Thursday, April 4, 2013

U.S. slaps more New York politicians with corruption charges

New York State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was charged with corruption by prosecutors on Thursday, and another assemblyman was forced to resign, in the second federal graft case brought against New York politicians this week.

Federal prosecutors have accused Stevenson of taking more than $22,000 in bribes in exchange for official acts, which included drafting and sponsoring legislation that would have effectively granted a monopoly to a network of adult day-care centers operated by four businessmen.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-usa-politics-newyork-corruption-idUSBRE9330L920130405

Argentine residents unhappy with rescue efforts after deadly floods

Fire litters Bahrain streets as police and protestors clash

Fierce fighting in Syria

Numbness gives way to anger in Cyprus

Public shock in Cyprus about the tough terms of an international bailout is turning into anger as millions of euros remain locked in the country's banks.

Cypriots were stunned by last month's collapse of its second-biggest lender, Popular Bank, and a decision to slap losses on large deposits at the Bank of Cyprus in return for financial aid from the European Union and IMF.

They are now demanding answers after allegations earlier this week that a company connected to the family of President Nicos Anastasiades shifted money out of one of the distressed lenders just before the banking system was effectively locked down on March 15.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-cyprus-bailout-idUSBRE93310R20130404

H7N9 bird flu strain: More deaths in China from new bird flu; U.S., Japan on guard

China said it was mobilizing resources nationwide to combat a new strain of bird flu that has killed six people, as Japan and Hong Kong stepped up vigilance and the United States said it was closely monitoring the situation.

All of the 14 reported infections from the H7N9 bird flu strain have been in eastern China and at least four of the six dead are in the financial hub of Shanghai, a city of 20 million people.

The strain does not appear to be transmitted from human to human but authorities in Hong Kong raised a preliminary alert and said they were taking precautions at the airport. Vietnam banned imports of Chinese poultry.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-birdflu-china-idUSBRE93201G20130405

Hong Kong: Suspected case of SARS-like virus

Health officials are investigating to see if a woman - admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital - contracted a SARS-like respiratory disease.
The woman - who's 37 years old - was suffering from fever, headache and shortness of breath.

She is said to be in stable condition.

Initial investigations show that she had travelled to Turkey and Dubai last month.

http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/20130405/news_20130405_56_913010.htm

Nuclear Reactor at S. Korea's Gori power plant halts operation

A nuclear reactor on South Korea's southeast coast was shut down Thursday afternoon, but the cause was not immediately known, plant operators said.

No immediate threats of a radiation leak were detected, according to the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co.

The Gori Nuclear Power Plant, about 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, halted operation at around 4:34 p.m., only hours after it resumed operation following a two-month maintenance that ended Wednesday.

An investigation was underway to identify the cause for the shutdown, officials from the state-run power company said.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/fullstory/2013/04/04/56/4500000000AEN20130404011200320F.HTML

India: 27 Dead As 'Illegal' Building Collapses

At least 27 people have died after a building that was being constructed illegally in Mumbai, India, collapsed.

A senior police official said a further 54 people were injured in the collapse in the suburb of Thane.

It is believed nine children were among the dead.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074163/india-27-dead-as-illegal-building-collapses

Nicholas McFadden who stole £1m worth of drugs seized from criminals and sold them back onto the streets has been jailed for 23 year

West Yorkshire Police Detective Constable Nicholas McFadden, 38, helped himself to heroin, cocaine and cannabis by exploiting "slack" procedures while working at secret evidence stores.

He and his 41-year-old brother Simon McFadden, who was sentenced to a 16-year prison term, then conspired to sell the drugs back to underworld contacts.

The drug trafficking made them at least £600,000, funding an extravagant lifestyle.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073951/corrupt-cop-who-stole-drugs-jailed-for-23-years

James Holmes' Doctor Warned Police he had homicidal thoughts BEFORE the attack

A psychiatrist who treated Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes had warned police he had homicidal thoughts before the attack.

Newly released documents show Dr Lynne Fenton told police in June that Holmes was a danger to the public, and that he had threatened and intimidated her.

Prosecutors claim a month later Holmes opened fire in a crowded cinema, killing 12 people and injuring 70.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074131/cinema-shooting-holmes-doctor-warned-police

Osborne In Disabled Parking Space Storm

George Osborne is facing more criticism over welfare after he was photographed getting into a car parked in a disabled space.

The picture shows the Chancellor being picked up by his official car in a restricted bay, after he stopped for lunch at the M4 service station.

Senior Conservative sources said he had been to buy food from McDonald's and was not aware the Land Rover had been illegally parked.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074148/osborne-in-disabled-parking-space-storm

Mississippi Police Station Shooting: Suspect And Officer Shot Dead In Police Station

An officer and a murder suspect have been found dead following a shooting inside a police station in Mississippi.

Jackson city's police chief said the suspect had been arrested and was being interviewed on the third floor of the police headquarters when the shooting happened.

People inside the building reported hearing shots fired and when other officers entered the room, they found both the officer and suspect dead.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074140/suspect-and-officer-shot-dead-in-police-station

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.4
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 01:58:48 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 07:58:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.233°N, 100.547°W
Depth
24.4 km (15.2 miles)
Region
GUERRERO, MEXICO
Distances
12 km (7 miles) WNW of Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 00:39:45 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 10:39:45 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
56.419°S, 26.663°W
Depth
66.8 km (41.5 miles)
Region
SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
Distances
45 km (27 miles) NE of Visokoi Island,

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 23:45:06 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 11:45:06 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
66.591°N, 17.891°W
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
ICELAND REGION
Distances
65 km (40 miles) NNW of Husavik, Iceland

Chemtrails chemical dump in skies over Virginia, April 3-4, 2013



15 year old girl leaves anti-gun politicians speechless

REVEALED: Korean special forces training filmed in preparation for war

Video shows inmates with beer, drugs, guns in New Orleans prison

U.S. would seek regime change in North Korea if attack occurs



The U.S. would oust the communist regime in North Korea if it uses its nuclear weapons or launches an all-out invasion on South Korea and the 28,500 American troops stationed there, national security sources say.

The Obama administration has not articulated such a far-reaching retaliation, even as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatens to attack both the South Korean and the U.S. mainland.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/4/us-would-seek-regime-change-north-korea-if-attack-/

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 16:30:51 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 08:30:51 AM at epicenter
Location
31.225°N, 115.913°W
Depth
5 km (3.1 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
Distances
44 km (27 miles) NNE of Camalu, Mexico

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake KYRGYZSTAN - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 15:44:30 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 09:44:30 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
39.684°N, 73.779°E
Depth
44.2 km (27.5 miles)
Region
KYRGYZSTAN
Distances
45 km (27 miles) E of Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Nuclear Threat Too Great To Axe Trident - PM

David Cameron has warned against any move to abandon the Trident deterrent in the face of the growing nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran.

The Prime Minister said it would be "foolish" to leave the country defenceless at a time when the "highly unpredictable and aggressive" regime in North Korea was developing ballistic missiles which could eventually threaten Europe.

His comments came as the US said that it was moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as Pyongyang continued to ratchet up the rhetoric against South Korea and its American ally.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073725/nuclear-threat-too-great-to-axe-trident-pm

Palestinians protest over prisoner death

Palestinians bury dead youth, prisoner

Rhode Island school reports possible gunman, no injuries

The University of Rhode Island said on Thursday it was investigating reports of a gunman on its campus in Kingston, but officials said they were not aware of any shots having been fired and no injuries had been reported.

"The university is still investigating reports of a man on the Kingstown campus," said Linda Acciardo, a spokeswoman for the school. "We have no reports of any injuries."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-usa-rhodeisland-shooting-idUSBRE9330RO20130404

China H7N9: New bird flu death toll rises to five in China

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu rose to five in China on Thursday as Beijing said it was mobilizing resources nationwide to combat the virus, Japan and Hong Kong stepped up vigilance and Vietnam banned imports of Chinese poultry.

The H7N9 bird flu strain does not appear to be transmitted from human to human but authorities in Hong Kong raised a preliminary alert and said they were taking precautions at the airport.

In Japan, airports have put up posters at entry points warning all passengers from China to seek medical attention if they suspect they have bird flu.

A total of 14 people in China have been confirmed to have contracted H7N9, all in the east of the country. One of the cases was a four-year-old child, who was recovering, the official Xinhua news agency said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-birdflu-china-idUSBRE93201G20130404

Cover-up? 100 People in Mainland Infected With Avian Flu Virus

Where's the real threat here – Kim Jong-un or Trident?

The enemy is coming. Declare war, dive for Cobra, hide the silver, lock up your daughters. A grateful nation cheers on its leader and saviour, Kim Jong-Cam, as he races north to prepare his war machines for battle. The running dogs of terrorism should quake in their boots.

The politics of fatuous fright know no bounds. This week the calmest response to the ludicrous rhetoric of North Korea's Kim Jong-un appears to have come from those most concerned, the people of South Korea. They ignored it. They have heard it before. Should their megalomaniac neighbour ever mean what he says, they could see him off in 24 hours. They even let him sink the occasional ship or shell a village to keep his people happy.

So what was the British prime minister doing today in boosting the nuclear threat from North Korea as "evolving" so fast as to prove Britain "needs a nuclear deterrent more than ever"? Is that really the quality of the defence intelligence being fed to him?

The answer for David Cameron is the same as for Kim Jong-un – that mighty dictator, domestic politics. Cameron is trying to justify capitulating to the navy lobby when he came into power, giving them new aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, weapons that serve no purpose but to keep him at some macho "top table". He seized on the latest bombast from North Korea to declare that "uncertainty and risk" had increased as a result of the "unpredictable and aggressive" North Korea. So we had to blow £20 billion on renewing Trident and its submarines.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/04/wheres-real-threat-kim-jong-un-trident

France drags on euro zone economy, Britain brighter

A huge drop in French business activity meant the euro zone's recession dragged on in March but British services firms provided a rare glimpse of economic sunshine, posting their best month since August.

Business surveys on Thursday showed the decline in French services businesses is now at its steepest since the nadir of the 2008-09 recession, outstripping even the downturns of struggling Spain and Italy.

In Germany, the region's biggest and most resilient economy, growth slowed to a near-stall last month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-europe-economy-idUSBRE9330E620130404

U.S. would seek regime change in North Korea if attack occurs

The U.S. would oust the communist regime in North Korea if it uses its nuclear weapons or launches an all-out invasion on South Korea and the 28,500 American troops stationed there, national security sources say.

The Obama administration has not articulated such a far-reaching retaliation, even as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatens to attack both the South Korean and the U.S. mainland.

But national security sources say it is a common assumption within the Pentagon and U.S. Pacific Command that a full-force attack by Pyongyang would put in place a contingency plan of massive retaliation against the North aimed at bringing down the Stalinist regime. President Obama then would be faced with making the war decision.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/4/us-would-seek-regime-change-north-korea-if-attack-/

US intel sees missile movement in North Korea

US intelligence has seen missile and launch components move to the east coast of North Korea in the “last few days”, a US official with direct knowledge of the information tells CNN’s Barbara Starr.

The movements are consistent with that of a Musadan missile, the official said. The Musadan missile has a 2,500 mile range and can threaten South Korea, Japan, Guam and southeast Asia.

The US is looking for a hidden North Korean east coast launch site or mobile launchers, the official said, which are of concern because a launch from the east coast would go over Japan.

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/04/us-intel-sees-missile-movement-in-north-korea/

Killers of Child Rapist will Receive longer terms then Parents who caused the Death of their SIX Children

Three men who battered a convicted child rapist to death have been jailed for life.

Geoffrey Reed, 57, was murdered in his flat by half brothers Stuart and Lee Wareham and Benjamin Walter.

Mr Justice Griffith Williams told Stuart Wareham, 26, he would serve a minimum of 20 years as he was the driving force behind the killing.

The other two men were given minimum terms of 18 years each at Winchester Crown Court for what the judge said was a "terrifying attack" on June 7 last year.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073940/three-get-life-for-murder-of-child-rapist

No Remorse: Mick Philpott stuck two fingers up in court as he, his wife and a friend are jailed for killing six of the couple's children

He was told by the trial judge at Nottingham Crown Court that he must serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars for the deaths.

Mairead was jailed for 17 years and was told she would serve half of that.

Their friend Paul Mosley, 46, received the same sentence as Mairead. He showed no emotion.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073782/fire-deaths-philpotts-and-friend-jailed

Eye in the Sky: Protests against drone use hit New York

Amid Pyongyang bluster, a hint of a missile launch

North Korea, which unleashed another round of scathing rhetoric accusing the United States of pushing the region to the "brink of war," could be planning a missile launch soon, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Communications intercepts in recent days indicated that Pyongyang could be planning to launch a mobile ballistic missile in the coming days or weeks, the official first told CNN. It's unknown whether it would be a test or a strike.

The news emerged as South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a parliamentary committee in Seoul that the North has moved a medium-range missile to its east coast for an imminent test firing or military drill.

The missile doesn't appear to be aimed at the U.S. mainland, Kim said, according to the semi-official South Korean news agency Yonhap.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
5.7
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 15:16:26 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 09:46:26 PM at epicenter
Location
19.292°N, 95.725°E
Depth
3.5 km (2.2 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
MYANMAR
Distances
176 km (109 miles) S (185°) from Meiktila, Myanmar

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWEST OF KURIL ISLANDS - 4th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Region NORTHWEST OF KURIL ISLANDS
Date time 2013-04-04 15:01:12.0 UTC
Location 48.14 N ; 148.68 E
Depth 349 km
Distances
87 km S of Vostok / pop: 2,779 / local time: 03:01:00.0 2013-04-05

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake WEST OF GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - 4th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Region WEST OF GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Date time 2013-04-04 14:49:13.0 UTC
Location 2.45 N ; 99.81 W
Depth 10 km
Distances 1691 km SW of Guatemala City, Guatemala / pop: 994,938 / local time: 08:49:13.0 2013-04-04

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
5.5
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 14:10:15 UTC
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 12:10:15 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
5.561°S, 147.206°E
Depth
180.8 km (112.3 miles)
Region
EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
130 km (80 miles) N of Lae, Papua New Guinea

NORTH KOREA: ARMOURED VEHICLES, SOLDIERS ENCIRCLING KAESONG INDUSTRIAL PARK, WITH 800 SOUTH KOREAN WORKERS INSIDE

North Korea threatens U.S. with nuclear strike

South Koreans in North's factory zone stay despite risk, need jobs

Hundreds of South Koreans rejected the chance to leave factories in North Korea on Thursday that have become the center of a bitter standoff between the two countries, running the risk of becoming hostages to keep their plants going.

For those whose commute to work already involved a trip across the world's most heavily fortified border and into one of its most repressive states, this week's tensions were another reminder of their precarious livelihoods.

It also showed how South Koreans have become largely inured to threats from their impoverished and bellicose neighbor.

On Wednesday, Pyongyang barred access to the Kaesong Industrial park, where 123 mostly small South Korean firms employ 50,000 North Korean workers to make clothing, shoes and other goods.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-korea-north-factories-idUSBRE93308L20130404

Anonymous 'hacks' North Korea social network accounts

The hacking collective Anonymous has said it has been "hacking" and vandalising social networking profiles linked to North Korea.

The group has issued several warnings since the country's threats have intensified.

Uriminzokkiri, a news site, has been forced offline - while Twitter and Flickr accounts have been breached.

Anonymous also claimed to have accessed 15,000 usernames and passwords from a university database.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025724

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 11:41:08 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 07:41:08 AM at epicenter
Location
34.673°S, 71.682°W
Depth
48.3 km (30.0 miles)
Region
LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
Distances
88 km (55 miles) N (359°) from Talca, Chile

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 4th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Region NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Date time 2013-04-04 10:39:20.0 UTC
Location 3.92 N ; 97.06 E
Depth 121 km
Distances
106 km E of Meulaboh, Indonesia / pop: 35,062 / local time: 17:39:20.0 2013-04-04


North Korea 'ratifies' nuclear strike against US

Bahrain police throw stun grenades at women and child - Truthloader

Troika of Bankrupts raiding countries to pay their debts

WWII bomb defused near Berlin's main train station

Farmer discovers sheep still alive after 11 days buried under a huge snow drift

Italian border police intercepted a ton of gold bullion worth 7.5 million dollars at Ponte Chiasso on the border with Switzerland on Easter Sunday

40-storey Russian skyscraper building engulfed in flames

The New Strain of Bird flu will become endemic unless action taken quickly: expert



Note: Which Strain of Bird Flu did the Dutch Researchers Mutate?, Did they actually use H5N1 or a lesser potent strain?


Obama Pick$ GOLDMAN SACHS Partner, Chicagoan Bruce Heyman, To Be Ambassador to Canada

President Obama’s pick to be ambassador to Canada is fellow Chicagoan Bruce Heyman, a Goldman Sachs partner in the Windy City, mega-fundraiser and member of the Obama campaign’s national finance committee, CBC News in Canada reported Wednesday.

Heyman runs a private wealth fund at Goldman Sachs, and his areas of responsibility include parts of Canada, the network reported, noting that he and his wife raised more than $1 million for Obama. He would replace David Jacobson, who’s also from Chicago.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/obama-said-to-pick-mega-fundraiser-bruce-heyman-for-canada/2013/04/03/e0a0fa5c-9cab-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_blog.html

Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.

Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts.

Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/03/cancer-clinics-are-turning-away-thousands-of-medicare-patients-blame-the-sequester/

Military buildup in China near North Korean border continues as tanks, armored vehicles spotted

China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea.

The Obama administration, meanwhile, sought to play down the Chinese military buildup along the border with Beijing’s fraternal communist ally despite the growing danger of conflict following unprecedented threats by Pyongyang to attack the United States and South Korea with nuclear weapons.

According to U.S. officials with access to intelligence reports, both intelligence and Internet reports from the region over the past week revealed the modest military movements in the border region that began in mid-March and are continuing.

http://freebeacon.com/risky-business/

David Cameron's £180m boost to Pakistan's aid bill when 70% of the country's own politicians pay NO tax

Critics of David Cameron's decision to increase foreign aid to Pakistan came under fire today after it emerged that fewer than one per cent of Pakistanis paid any income tax.

A cross-party group of MPs warned that British taxpayers should no longer be made to bail out Pakistan's poor when wealthy Pakistanis refuse to pay taxes themselves.

Revelations about the scale of tax avoidance in Pakistan come as the UK prepares to boost its aid to the country by nearly £180m.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303815/MPs-anger-180m-British-aid-boost-Pakistan-70-politicians-pay-NO-tax.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Egypt expects IMF loan agreement in two weeks

Egypt's planning minister said on Thursday the government expects to reach a final agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a $4.8 billion loan within two weeks, the state news agency MENA reported.

Ashraf al-Araby also said that Cairo had not requested an increase in the amount of the loan, needed to avert a deepening economic crisis.

An IMF delegation resumed long-delayed negotiations with Egypt on Wednesday and government officials have said the team is expected to stay until April 15.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-egypt-imf-minister-idUSBRE93306N20130404

Tanks drill in South Korea

U.S. army demonstrates chemical decontamination with South Korean forces in the face of rising tensions with the North.

German regulators probe Deutsche Bank accounts: sources

Germany's Bundesbank and financial watchdog Bafin are conducting an in-depth probe of Deutsche Bank AG's accounts over allegations that it failed to correctly value a derivatives portfolio, sources familiar with the investigation said.

Two of the sources said on Thursday that Germany's central bank was reacting to accusations that Deutsche Bank had incorrectly valued credit derivatives from 2007 through 2010, allowing it to hide as much as $12 billion in losses.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-deutschebank-derivatives-bundesbank-idUSBRE93309620130404

U.S. sends F/A-18 warplanes to Philippine military drills

Washington is this week deploying a dozen F/A-18 fighters to the Philippines, the first time it has sent so many of the aircraft there, to take part in annual military drills with a close security ally amid rising tension in the Asia-Pacific region.

The presence of the warplanes is not connected to tensions on the Korean peninsula, a Philippine army spokesman said.

"These exercises were planned more than a year ago, well ahead of what is now happening in the region," Major Emmanuel Garcia said. (Sure it was...)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-philippines-usa-military-idUSBRE9330BC20130404

‘Insane’ Crowds As Customers Flood Connecticut Gun Stores Before Vote

Gun stores all over Connecticut were packed Tuesday, one day before lawmakers were expected to vote on a sweeping package of laws that would ban military-style assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

“They’re insane. I’ve never seen them so busy before,” shopper Shari Reilly, who bought up several high-capacity magazines, told NBC Connecticut.

Gov. Dannel P. Molloy, a Democrat, has said he will sign what could be “the toughest law passed anywhere in the country" -- if it gets through the legislature.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/03/17575708-insane-crowds-as-customers-flood-connecticut-gun-stores-before-vote?lite

Unknown Species of Tarantula Discovered

The giant tarantula is as big as a human face.

Its legs, which have unique daffodil-yellow markings, span a massive 20cm (eight inches). The arachnid also has a distinctive pink band around its body.

The new species was found in the war-torn north of the South Asian country by scientists from Sri Lanka's Biodiversity Education and Research (BER) organisation.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073751/tarantula-the-size-of-a-human-face-discovered

David Cameron: Nuclear Threat Too Great To Axe Trident

David Cameron has warned against any move to abandon the Trident deterrent in the face of the growing nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran.

The Prime Minister said it would be "foolish" to leave the country defenceless at a time when the "highly unpredictable and aggressive" regime in North Korea was developing ballistic missiles which could eventually threaten Europe.

His comments came as the US said that it was moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as Pyongyang continued to ratchet up the rhetoric against South Korea and its American ally.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073725/nuclear-threat-too-great-to-axe-trident-pm

2 N. Korean Subs Missing?

The following pizza of a translation is taken from South Korean news, but the gist is there:

TV Chosun scoop today. Disappeared a few days before leaving the naval base in North Korea, please submersible two. Meanwhile, South Korea military to track the movement of North Korean submarine corvettes to send an additional vigilance. Between the beginning of next week, starting tomorrow. Been obtained intelligence that North Korea's provocations can

A few days ago, North Korean submarine two disappeared after leaving the naval base in Hwanghae Province Please hid a military source said.

30m small, 130-ton torpedo can carry a two Chinese crew of 10 people, and at depths of less than 100m mission for more than three or four days longer available.

http://beforeitsnews.com/global-unrest/2013/04/confirmed-2-n-korean-subs-missing-2454536.html


4.1 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 08:34:33 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 01:04:33 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.653°N, 69.649°E
Depth
213.3 km (132.5 miles)
Region
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distances
14 km (8 miles) SE of Taloqan, Afghanistan

Philpotts And Friend Jailed

Mick Philpott has been sentenced to life in prison for killing six of his children in a fire at the family home.

He was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

Philpott's wife Mairead and their friend Paul Mosley were each sentenced to 17 years in prison and were told they would serve half of that term.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073782/fire-deaths-philpotts-and-friend-jailed

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 07:35:29 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 07:35:29 PM at epicenter
Location
24.157°S, 179.190°E
Depth
547.5 km (340.2 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
Distances
675 km (419 miles) S (173°) from SUVA, Fiji

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Gary Stretch Arrested

One of the tallest men in Britain and his girlfriend who were wanted for murder were arrested yesterday after two men were stabbed in broad daylight - leaving one fighting for his life.

Gary Stretch, 47 - who stands at 7ft 3in - was put on a police force's wanted list after Kevin Lee, 48, was found knifed to death on Saturday morning near the A16 in Newborough, Cambridgeshire.

Stretch allegedly left the area with lover Joanna Dennehy, 30, after the body of Mr Lee was found in a ditch - and Cambridgeshire Constabulary launched a manhunt for the couple.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303400/Britains-tallest-murder-suspect-stands-7ft-3in-held-stabbings.html

Bodies found near Dog In A Doublet pub, Fenland Field in Thorney, near Peterborough

Police say they are treating the discovery of two bodies in a village today as 'unexplained'.

A member of the public found the bodies in a Fenland field in Thorney, near Peterborough, at about 11.30am and immediately called police.

They are believed to have been found in a narrow track close to the Dog In A Doublet pub.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303525/Police-probe-launched-bodies-field-village-pub.html

McDonald's demands a bachelor's degree and two years' experience - just to be a cashiers

It used to be high school drop outs flipping burgers at McDonald's, now the fast-food joint is demanding a bachelors degree.

In a frightening example of how competitive the job market is for young people right now, a McDonald's outpost in Winchedon, Massachusetts, has just posted a call-out for a full time cashier - but insists only college graduates need apply.

And even they must have 1-2 years of cashier experience before they'll be trusted with the Big-Mac-selling responsibility, according to the advert.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303618/Massachusetts-McDonalds-demands-bachelors-degree-years-experience-cashiers-job.html

North Korea deploys missiles, says ‘moment of explosion is approaching fast’

THE UNITED STATES has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam, as North Korea said today that it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on US targets.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pyongyang’s increasingly bellicose threats combined with its military capabilities represented a “real and clear danger” to the United States and to its allies South Korea and Japan.

“They have nuclear capacity now, they have missile delivery capacity now,” Hagel said yesterday. “We take those threats seriously, we have to take those threats seriously.”

http://www.thejournal.ie/north-korea-missile-deployment-856224-Apr2013/

US, Jordan stepping up training of Syrian opposition

The United States and Jordan have stepped up training of Syrian opposition forces that may be used to establish a buffer zone along Syria’s southern border, according to U.S. and Jordanian officials.

Training begun last year has been expanded and accelerated after rebel gains in the south, including capture of a stretch of the Jordanian-Syrian border near the Golan Heights, two military outposts and the country’s main border crossing with Jordan.

Jordanian security officials said a previous timetable to complete training of about 3,000 Free Syrian Army officers by the end of June has been moved up to the end of this month in light of the border victories.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-jordan-stepping-up-training-of-syrian-opposition/2013/04/02/e51831d2-9ba1-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html

Unions call for 3million workers to walk out in protest at austerity measures in first general strike since 1926

Britain could face the first general strike in 87 years after the country's two biggest unions backed plans for a co-ordinated mass walkout.

The measure would see public and private-sector workers stay away from work for 24 hours in protest at the Coalition's austerity programme.

If it goes ahead, it will be the biggest industrial action in the UK since the nine-day general strike of 1926.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303792/Unions-ask-3million-workers-walk-protest-austerity-measures-general-strike-1926.html

Key dates in U.S. military moves near North Korea

March 8: US flies B-52 bombers over South Korea
The Cold War-era bombers flew out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of what the U.S. Pacific Command called a routine mission to highlight a "continuous bomber presence" in the region. A second fly-over was planned for March 26.

March 22: US and South Korea sign joint military agreement
The Combined Counter-Provocation Plan was signed in order to improve the countries' mutual readiness and response capabilities in the event of a North Korean provocation.


March 26: US flies B-52 bombers over South Korea again
The exercise -- the 2nd in a month -- was a routine mission meant to "reiterate the U.S. commitment to the security of our allies and partners," according to the Pentagon.

March 28: US flies nuclear-capable B-2 Spirit bombers over South Korea
The stealth bombers flew from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to drop inert munitions as part of annual joint US-South Korea military exercises. The US military said the mission demonstrated "the United States' ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will."

March 31: US deploys F-22 Raptor jets to US Air Force Base in South Korea
The US Command in South Korea says the stealth fighter jets were deployed to support annual US-South Korea training exercises.

April 1: US Navy moves warship and sea-based radar platform closer to North Korean coast
The Defense Department said the USS John S. McCain destroyer and the oil rig-like SBX-1 will better monitor North Korea's military moves, and may be the first of other naval deployments.


April 3: US announces missile defense system to be send to Guam in coming weeks
The land-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) will defend against North Korean ballistic missile launches, according the Defense Department.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/korea-us-military-action-dates/?hpt=hp_t1

New York City Subway Mugging Caught On CCTV



Police have released CCTV footage of a vicious mugging at a Brooklyn subway station in the hope it will lead to the suspect's arrest.

Dana Perez, 55, was leaving the 18th Avenue Subway Station in Borough Park when a man wearing a dark hooded fraternity sweatshirt ran up from behind and attacked.

Security cameras captured the assault as the man is seen punching and kicking Ms Perez multiple times before grabbing her purse and emptying its contents onto the ground.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073508/new-york-city-subway-mugging-caught-on-cctv

Afghan Taliban kill 44 in suicide attack on courtroom

Bailout sends Cyprus on uncertain quest

Cyprus's bank restructuring, a condition for international aid it needed to stave off bankruptcy, will force the Mediterranean island to scramble for new ways to generate wealth.

If it fails, international lenders may have to do what they wanted to avoid and which Germany and its northern European allies may baulk at - give Cyprus more money.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/03/us-cyprus-bailout-economy-idUSBRE9320PK20130403

2 More Palestinian youths killed as West Bank seethes

Israeli troops have shot dead two Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank, medical officials said on Thursday, as confrontations entered a third day following the death of a prisoner in an Israeli jail.

The Israeli army said troops fired on Palestinians who threw fire bombs after dark on Wednesday at a guard post near Tulkarm in the northern West Bank. One body was swiftly recovered and a second was found in the early hours of Thursday.

Palestinian officials named the dead men as Amer Nassar, 17, and Naji Belbisi, 18. The army said it was investigating the incident, which left at least one other Palestinian wounded.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-israel-palestinians-idUSBRE93208F20130404


Sudden flooding kills at least 46 people in Argentina

Flash floods killed at least 46 people and forced about 1,500 residents to evacuate the Argentine city of La Plata, capital of Buenos Aires province, government officials said on Wednesday.

Some people drowned after being trapped in their cars or while walking along city streets when the water rose suddenly on Tuesday night, while others were electrocuted, provincial governor Daniel Scioli told reporters.

The same storm killed at least five people in Buenos Aires, which lies about 60 km (36 miles) northwest of La Plata.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-argentina-floods-idUSBRE93215F20130404

China H7N9: Deadly New Bird Flu Virus in China Possibly Linked to Dead Pigs

A new and deadly strain of bird flu is threatening two eastern Chinese provinces, with health authorities and virologists suspecting that a virus mutation is the link between the dead pigs that floated past Shanghai, dead migratory birds in north China, and the deaths of three people.

Two new cases of H7N9 bird flu, one of them fatal, have been reported in east China’s Zhejiang Province, bringing the total number of infections in the country to nine, according to a report by Chinese regime’s state media Xinhua.

Seven other H7N9 bird flu cases had been reported previously, with two people dying in Shanghai, one critical case in Anhui and four critical cases in Jiangsu, according to the report.

None of those who died had any links to poultry, though one of the men who died, Mr. Wu, was a pork butcher, according to the Guardian and Shanghai Daily.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/deadly-new-bird-flu-virus-in-china-possibly-linked-to-dead-pigs-373030.html

Bird-Flu Cover-Up? Chinese Social Media Out Possible Cases of Deadly Disease

A foreign journalist covering China has little choice but to get familiar with the basic habits of respiratory viruses. The country’s southern swath has been the historic incubator of many of the world’s new strains of influenza, a product presumably of humans and their food (pigs, chickens and various other creatures) living cheek by jowl by claw.

Now, just as the weather warms in the northern hemisphere, easing annual worries of an influenza pandemic, a new strain of avian influenza called H7N9 has begun to claim lives in China. As of April 2, seven people from Shanghai and the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Anhui had been confirmed to have the disease. Two died in early March and five are currently in critical condition, according to the Chinese state press.

The fact that a deadly strain of influenza has hatched in China isn’t surprising. But what is new this time is the level of scrutiny the Chinese themselves are giving to the H7N9 virus. China’s state-controlled press is limited by daily guidelines on what it can and cannot print.#

http://world.time.com/2013/04/03/bird-flu-cover-up-chinese-social-media-out-possible-cases-of-deadly-disease/?iid=gs-main-mostpop1

China H7N9: 2 Bird Flu Cases Hidden Before Official Release

H7N9 bird flu virus is being spread across China.

Will the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities
conceal the truth as it did with SARS in 2003?
On April 3rd Zhejiang Provincial Health administration
confirmed two H7N9 bird flu cases in Hangzhou city.
A netizen revealed that these two infections
had been previously covered up.

In March, a widely circulated microblog post talked about
some unknown disease being spread in Hangzhou.
"A couple from Suzhou had persistent high fevers
after returning from a sightseeing tour in Hangzhou.
The husband has died in hospital,
his body could not be taken home.
The wife is still in the hospital, but in critical condition.
She is there with her poor two-year-old child."

China mobilizes to fight new bird flu; Japan, Hong Kong on guard

China said it was mobilizing resources nationwide to combat a new strain of deadly bird flu that has killed three people, as Japan and Hong Kong stepped up vigilance against the virus and Vietnam banned imports of poultry from the mainland.

The new H7N9 bird flu strain does not appear to be transmitted from human to human but authorities in Hong Kong raised a preliminary alert and said they were taking precautions at the airport.

In Japan, airports have put up posters at entry points warning all airline passengers from China to seek medical attention if they suspect they have bird flu.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-birdflu-china-idUSBRE93201G20130404

U.S. On Alert For Nuclear Blast Overhead?

U.S. officials quietly are expressing concern that North Korea could use its “space launch vehicle” to explode a high-altitude nuclear device over the United States, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would destroy major portions of the U.S. electrical grid system as well as the nation’s critical infrastructures.

The concern is so great that U.S. officials who watch North Korea closely are continually monitoring the status of the North Korean “space launch vehicle,” whose status could suggest a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.

They are aware of the three-stage missile North Korea launched last December that also orbited a “package,” which experts say could be a test to orbit a nuclear weapon that then would be deorbited on command anywhere over the U.S. and exploded at a high altitude, creating an EMP effect.

This concern is in addition to North Korea’s latest threat to strike targets in Hawaii and the continental U.S., as well as possible attacks against U.S. bases in South Korea and Japan.

http://patdollard.com/2013/04/u-s-on-alert-for-nuclear-blast-overhead/

Hundreds Of DHS Armored Trucks On The Move? (2012)







ARCHEOLOGISTS DISCOVER DEADLY 'GATES OF HELL'

Archeologists say they have discovered ancient ruins that match historical descriptions of the mythical ‘Gates of Hell’.

A team led by Italian Francesco D’Andria discovered what they believe to be the ruins of the Plutonium in the ancient city of Hierapolis, now a part of a volcanic-spring resort town of south-western Turkey.

According to Greek and Roman legend, steps used to lead down to a cave doorway filled with deadly gasses.

“Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last breath and fell”, described Greek georgrapher Strabo in around 64 BCE.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16521011/archeologists-discover-deadly-gates-of-hell/

ONE DEAD AS FAMILY OF FIVE SET THEMSELVES ON FIRE IN INDIA

Five people set themselves on fire in western India, leaving one man dead as they protested official plans to raze their home in a drive to remove illegal structures, police said.

The five people, including three women, belonged to the same family and turned up at a city government office in the western state of Gujarat carrying kerosene-filled containers around noon on Wednesday, local police said.

Ram Sinh, a police official based in Rajkot city, where the incident took place said the group came "to request the officials to stop demolition of illegal encroachments".

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16547081/one-dead-as-family-of-five-set-themselves-on-fire-in-india/

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
5.4
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 06:31:32 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 11:01:32 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.475°N, 71.123°E
Depth
233.7 km (145.2 miles)
Region
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distances
43 km (26 miles) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 05:29:08 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 12:29:08 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
4.226°S, 102.490°E
Depth
63 km (39.1 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Distances
53 km (32 miles) SSE of Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 4th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 04:42:41 UTC
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 01:42:41 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.871°N, 140.731°E
Depth
34.6 km (21.5 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
10 km (6 miles) ENE of Omigawa, Japan

NORTH KOREA MILITARY MOVEMENT FINAL APPROVAL FOR STRIKES ON US - INTERMEDIATE MISSILE IN RANGE -GUAM

NORTH KOREA "HAS MOVED A SINGLE MISSILE TO THE EAST COAST"


North Korea has moved what appears to be a mid-range Musudan missile to its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Thursday, quoting multiple government sources privy to intelligence from US and South Korean authorities.

It was not clear if the missile was mounted with a warhead or whether the North was planning to fire it or was just putting it on display as a show of force, one South Korean government source was quoted as saying.

"South Korean and US intelligence authorities have obtained indications the North has moved an object that appears to be a mid-range missile to the east coast," the source said.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/north-korea-moves-missile-to-east-coast-report-349866

British taxpayers facing £40million bill to bail out Cyprus

British taxpayers will be forced to stump up nearly £40million to bail out Cyprus as the bill for rescuing the stricken euro continues to rise.

The International Monetary Fund yesterday said it will contribute around £850million to the controversial £8.5billion bailout agreed late last month.

It means Britain will have to cough up more than £38million because the UK provides 4.5 per cent of IMF resources.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303581/Cyprus-economy-British-taxpayers-facing-40million-bail-bill.html

Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum slaying: Police searching for motive


Investigators arrested a suspect but were still searching for a motive Wednesday after a West Virginia sheriff known for his tough stance on drug dealers was shot dead in his patrol vehicle.

Mingo County Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum was eating lunch just blocks away from a courthouse when he was gunned down, officials said.

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, is accused in the killing, West Virginia State Police First Sgt. Michael Baylous said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/03/justice/west-virginia-sheriff-killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Dozens die in 9-hour Afghan firefight

Insurgents wearing Afghan National Army uniforms killed at least 44 people and wounded nearly 100 others Wednesday in a nearly nine-hour attack on Afghan government buildings in the southwestern province of Farah, said Mohammad Akram Ekhpelwak, the province's governor.

The firefight has ended. Of the dead, 34 are civilians and 10 are Afghan security forces, according to Ekhpelwak. Nine armed attackers are dead, he added.

The attackers drove army vehicles to gain access to the area, said police chief Noor Agha Kantoz.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/03/world/asia/afghan-insurgent-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

'Good Jew' hashtag sparks lawsuit against Twitter

Hagel says North Korea represents "real and clear danger"

Grenade attack in Karachi kills at least four people

Cruise ship breaks loose

Palestinian youth shot to death as West Bank seethes

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian youth in the West Bank, a Palestinian medic said, as confrontations went into a third day after the death of a prisoner held by Israel provoked street clashes and rocket fire.

Medical staff said troops brought the body of 17-year-old Amer Nassar from the village of Anabta to a hospital near Tulkarm, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli army said troops fired on Palestinians who threw fire bombs at a guard post in the area after dark on Wednesday, but did not confirm the teenager was killed by them. It appeared to be the first violent death since trouble began on Tuesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/03/us-israel-palestinians-idUSBRE93208F20130403

One person killed in shooting at Fort Knox Army post

A man who worked as a civilian Army employee was shot to death on Wednesday in a parking lot at the Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky in an incident that prompted a security lockdown there, officials said.

Authorities said the shooting was "not a random act" and the shooter remained at large on Wednesday night.

The shooting, which came less than two weeks after a U.S. Marine shot dead two colleagues at a Virginia base, occurred on Wednesday afternoon outside the U.S. Army Human Resources Command headquarters, the Army said in a statement.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-usa-shooting-fortknox-idUSBRE93218V20130404

US posts $5 mn reward for Ugandan warlord Kony....Try London

The United States offered $5 million on Wednesday for the capture of Lord's Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted men, and posted rewards for three other rebel leaders evading trial for war crimes. The announcement came just as Uganda and Washington said they had been forced to suspend their two-year hunt for Kony in the jungles of the Central African Republic, after rebels seized power in Bangui.

The LRA, a Ugandan rebel group, has waged a brutal insurgency, accused of mutilations and child abductions for two decades across four countries.

Kony -- a self-proclaimed prophet who claims his rebels are fighting to establish a government based on the Biblical Ten Commandments -- and other LRA leaders face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Africa/US-posts-5-mn-reward-for-Ugandan-warlord-Kony/Article1-1037071.aspx

WWII bomb found near Berlin rail station

It happens more often than you might think: Streets cordoned off and bomb disposal experts called in to deal with unexploded bombs that were dropped on Germany nearly 70 years ago.

Commuters in Berlin Wednesday were the latest to suffer the inconvenience of dealing with ordnance dating back to World War II.

This time the culprit was a Russian-made aerial bomb weighing in at 100 kilograms (220 pounds), unearthed just two meters away from a train track leading into the city's main train station.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/03/world/europe/germany-berlin-bomb/index.html

More than one radioactive area at Magnuson Park

A portion of a renovated hangar at Seattle's Magnuson Park is not the only area contaminated by the Navy's past uses and storage of radium paint. The Navy confirmed Wednesday that a nearby hangar referred to as Building 2 also has radioactive contamination confined to rooms where sailors applied the paint aircraft gauges so they would glow in the dark. The park was part of the former Naval Air Station Sandpoint which operated from the early 1920s until it was decommissioned in 1970. Both contamin

India: State registered 30 swine flu deaths in March

The number of swine flu deaths in Maharashtra in March this year was more than thrice the number registered in the same month last year. While nine deaths were reported last March, the figure stood at 30 in the same month this year. Since January, 43 of the 242 people in the state who contracted swine flu succumbed to the infection, making for a mortality rate of 17%.

Maharashtra closely follows Gujarat, which has an 18.34% mortality rate. Only Punjab (21.79%) and Madhya Pradesh (23.19%) have a higher mortality rate, though their death tolls are much lower at 39 and 16 respectively.


Experts say that self-medication instead of reporting to hospitals immediately after developing symptoms, depleting immunity level against swine flu among those exposed to the virus earlier, and erratic and humid weather providing an ideal setting for the spread of the virus are among the reasons for the increase in the number of swine flu cases.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-02/pune/38217159_1_swine-flu-s-t-pardeshi-mortality-rate

Cambodia reports 10th bird flu case this year

A six-year-old boy from Southwestern Kampot province was confirmed to have contracted with Avian Influenza H5N1, bringing the number of the cases to 10 and the death toll remained at eight in 2013, a health expert said Wednesday. "The boy was admitted to the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh on March 31 for severe pneumonia, and he was tested positive for H5N1 at the Instituts Pasteur on Tuesday,"Dr. Denis Laurent, deputy director of the hospital, told Xinhua."The boy is still alive, but in severe conditions."

The country sees the worst outbreak of the virus this year since the disease was first identified in 2004. To date, the country has recorded 31 human cases of the virus, killing 27 people.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-04/03/c_132283023.htm

Mutant swine flu returns to Australia

IT's back, it's uglier than ever and it has more than four million Australians in its sights.

The swine flu, aka H1N1, which killed thousands of people when it swept the world in a pandemic in 2009, is returning in a new, mutated form to Australia, health authorities have warned as flu season begins.

And people aged 95 years and older may be safest from infection.

"We won't know how much it has mutated until people begin to get sick, but flu viruses mutate all the time as they pass through people and animals," said Dr Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Health director of health protection.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/year-olds-safest-from-new-mutant-swine-flu/story-fneuz9ev-1226611827453

Grozny Skyscraper Fire: Firefighters are tackling a massive blaze in a showpiece skyscraper in the Chechen capital Grozny

State television showed a huge plume of smoke rising from the clock tower of the Grozny City complex - the tallest building in the North Caucasus region of southern Russia.

Russian news agency Ria Novosti quoted the Ministry of Emergencies as saying there were no victims. Witnesses reported seeing a woman being carried from the scene.

http://news.sky.com/story/1073560/chechnya-fire-rages-in-grozny-skyscraper