Friday, April 5, 2013

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.4
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 22:55:02 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 03:25:02 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.446°N, 71.409°E
Depth
103.6 km (64.4 miles)
Region
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distances
82 km (51 miles) NW (322°) from Chitral, Pakistan

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 22:10:44 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 09:10:44 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.249°S, 170.797°E
Depth
24.4 km (15.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
Distances
129 km (80 miles) W of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 21:53:01 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 07:53:01 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.346°N, 144.704°E
Depth
37.4 km (23.2 miles)
Region
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
321 km (199 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Unite for world peace.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN SAKHA, RUSSIA - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 20:38:23 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 08:38:23 AM at epicenter
Location
67.621°N, 142.877°E
Depth
15.1 km (9.4 miles)
Region
NORTHEASTERN SAKHA, RUSSIA
Distances
340 km (211 miles) N (358°) from Ust'-Nera, Russia

Too much debt or 'too much' working class income caused crisis?

'Nuclear weapons risk security rather than bolster it'

Japan aquarium shows mysterious clear-blood fish

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.4
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 20:00:52 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 05:00:52 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.781°N, 141.354°E
Depth
45.9 km (28.5 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
51 km (31 miles) SE of Iwaki, Japan

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 19:55:56 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 05:55:56 AM at epicenter
Location
4.314°S, 152.721°E
Depth
35.1 km (21.8 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
61 km (38 miles) E (100°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

North Korea's Kim supervises "drone" attack drill

U.N. aid agency suspends Gaza distribution over riot at HQ

China kills 20,000 birds as flu deaths mount

Chinese authorities slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai on Friday as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mounted to six, spreading concern overseas and sparking a sell-off in airline shares in Europe and Hong Kong.

The local government in Shanghai said the Huhuai market for live birds had been shut down and 20,536 birds had been culled after authorities detected the H7N9 virus from samples of pigeons in the market. Other live poultry markets in the city will be closed down from Saturday, it said.

All the 14 reported infections from the H7N9 bird flu strain have been in eastern China and at least four of the dead are in Shanghai, a city of 23 million people and the showpiece of China's vibrant economy.

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

Rebels say take army post near Syria's southern border

Syrian rebels said they overran an army garrison that defends the main southern border crossing with Jordan on Friday and vowed to press on to take control of the major transit route.

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army said they captured the Um al-Mayathen post on the main Damascus-Jordan highway in heavy fighting overnight that ended a siege that lasted more than a week. Dozens died in the clashes they said.

"It (the garrison) is a major defense and now we will lay siege to the border crossing and cut their (the Damascus government's) supply lines," Abu Omar, commander of the Lions of the Sunna Brigade, told Reuters by phone.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-jordan-syria-border-idUSBRE9340MC20130405

Nigeria: Petrol Tanker Explodes Killing 36

At least 36 people have died after a petrol tanker exploded when it collided with a bus on a highway in Nigeria.

The accident took place on the Benin-Ore highway at Igbogui village in southern Edo state.

Jonas Agwu, a spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Commission, confirmed the death toll, adding it included 30 passengers from the bus.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074599/nigeria-petrol-tanker-explodes-killing-36

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 19:24:58 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 04:24:58 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.490°N, 145.918°E
Depth
101.6 km (63.1 miles)
Region
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Distances
33 km (20 miles) ENE of Nemuro, Japan

Japan: Retractable Tsunami Breaker Construction and First Test Underway off Coast of Wakayama (Awesome)



Late last year we reported on the development of a completely new kind of breakwater to prevent a tsunami from hitting the coast with its full might. Unlike other breakwaters that would otherwise hinder sea transportation and the aesthetics of the ocean, these remain at the ocean floor until called upon.

If a tsunami warning is in effect then they can rise up in a matter of minutes and disrupt the coming wave. On 28 March the first nine-meter segment of this system was constructed and successfully tested.

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/04/04/retractable-tsunami-breaker-construction-and-first-test-underway-off-coast-of-wakayama/

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.5
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 17:35:30 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 12:35:30 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
0.263°N, 98.678°E
Depth
45.5 km (28.3 miles)
Region
NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
Distances
138 km (85 miles) SSW of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

School Bus Overturns In Illinois

A man has died and more than 36 people have been hurt after a school bus overturned in northern Illinois.

The bus, which was taking 25 children to Newport Elementary School in Wadsworth, around 45 miles north of Chicago, is believed to have collided with two cars.

The driver of one of the cars was killed, although there were no fatalities among those on the bus.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074467/one-dead-as-school-bus-overturns-in-illinois

Lee Halpin Died Sleeping Rough In Cold For Documentary

A young documentary maker has been found dead while sleeping rough in freezing temperatures to highlight the plight of the homeless.

Lee Halpin, 27, had planned to spend a week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle.

He began the project on Sunday but was apparently found dead three days later in a derelict building in the West End of the city.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074477/man-dies-sleeping-rough-in-cold-for-documentary

North Korean military situation: Map

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake ALASKA PENINSULA - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 14:04:04 UTC
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 06:04:04 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
56.916°N, 156.238°W
Depth
70.6 km (43.9 miles)
Region
ALASKA PENINSULA
Distances
93 km (58 miles) SE (137°) from Ugashik, AK

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 13:48:02 UTC
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 08:48:02 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
9.577°S, 108.629°E
Depth
31.6 km (19.6 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
Distances
196 km (121 miles) S of Citotok, Indonesia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SAMOA ISLANDS REGION - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 13:12:35 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 02:12:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
15.269°S, 172.509°W
Depth
40.6 km (25.2 miles)
Region
SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
Distances
152 km (94 miles) ENE of Hihifo, Tonga

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN RUSSIA-N.E. CHINA BORDER REGION - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
6.2
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 13:00:02 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 12:00:02 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
42.713°N, 131.105°E
Depth
561.9 km (349.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN RUSSIA-N.E. CHINA BORDER REGION
Distances
9 km (5 miles) N of Zarubino, Russia

RUSSIAN BOMBERS RESUME PRACTICE STRIKES AGAINST US MISSILE DEFENCES IN ASIA


Russian bomber recently carried out simulated cruise missile attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Asia, raising new questions about Moscow’s goal in future U.S.-Russian defense talks.

According to U.S. officials, a Russian Tu-22M Backfire bomber on Feb. 26 simulated firing air-launched cruise missiles at an Aegis ship deployed near Japan as part of U.S. missile defenses.

A second mock attack was conducted Feb. 27 against a ground-based missile defense site in Japan that officials did not identify further.

The Pentagon operates an X-band missile defense radar on the northern tip of Japan that is designed to monitor North Korean missile launches and transmit the data to missile-firing ships.

The bomber targeting comes as Russia is building up forces in the Pacific by modernizing submarines and building a spy ship specifically for intelligence-gathering against U.S. missile defenses.

http://freebeacon.com/russian-bomber-roulette/

ALL EMBASSIES CURRENTLY INSTRUCTED TO EVACUATE PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA BY ORDER OF GOVERNMENT; MORE INCOMING

North Korea Warns Foreign Embassies Of Risks

The Foreign Office says it has no intention of evacuating its embassy in Pyongyang after North Korea warned foreign diplomats they may not be safe if war breaks.

The North Korean government asked foreign embassies whether they considered evacuating staff, saying it cannot guarantee their safety in the event of conflict from April 10.

Tensions in the region are high after reports that North Korea has now moved two missiles to its eastern coast and loaded them on mobile launchers.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074212/north-korea-warns-foreign-embassies-of-risks

US New Jobs At Lowest Level For Nine Months


The US labour market softened much more than expected, adding only a third of February's job gains.

The unemployment rate dipped to 7.6% from 7.7% in February, the labour department reported.

America's lower unemployment rate was due mainly to people leaving the workforce.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074388/us-new-jobs-at-lowest-level-for-nine-months

Kirchner Called 'Old Hag' By Uruguay President

The President of Uruguay has been caught on microphone calling his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Kirchner, an "old hag".

Jose Mujica was caught at the beginning of a news conference while speaking quietly with another official during a visit to a farming area in Uruguay to discuss trade with Brazil and Argentina.

The microphone picked him up saying: "This old hag is worse than the cross-eyed man."

http://news.sky.com/story/1074295/kirchner-called-old-hag-by-uruguay-president

The Truthseeker: Looting Of America

'Cameron may go bananas' upgrading UK atomic arsenal

Media Grounded: No-fly zone over Arkansas oil spill to censor news coverage?

Torture Shamer: UK army in spotlight as Iraq war vets blow whistle

Fear Factory: New bird flu strain a genuine or bogus threat?

Deadly H7N9 Bird Flu Breaks Out in China - a Test for Xi-Li

At least 30 dead in India building collapse: police

Dramatic road rage footage: Two men caught in brawl on Australian road

Iran's nuclear programme

France to help Yemen with drafting new Constitution

European integration must continue, says Verheugen

With the urgency of the financial crisis, Günter Verheugen, former Vice President of the European Commission voiced the need for further European integration, in a video interview with EurActiv.

Speaking in the margin of a EurActiv's workshop on the 'Future of Europe,' Verheugen stressed the importance of fostering deeper EU integration, adding it is the only way the EU can “cope with the challenges of the future”.

"We are in a changing global environment and I have to say that only a stronger and bigger Europe can cope with the challenges of the future," he stressed, adding policymakers should galvanise support for 'widening' the Union to include strategic partners, like Tukey.

Despite the lack of support in our societies, European integration must continue,” Verheugen said.

http://www.euractiv.com/general/verheugen-european-integration-c-news-518838

Euro exit a high risk option for Cyprus

An exit from the eurozone may look tempting for Cyprus in the throes of economic collapse but it is a high-risk option for an island economy heavily reliant on imports, analysts say.

The Institute of International Finance, which represents the world's largest banks, said it would be "much easier" for the small EU state to bounce back through a devaluation, something which is not an option in the eurozone.

Paul Krugman, an American laureate of the Nobel Prize for economics, says "Cyprus should leave the euro, now" on his blog.

"Leaving the euro, and letting the new currency fall sharply, would greatly accelerate" rebuilding by allowing agricultural exports and the key tourism sector to be more competitive, he writes.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130405-euro-exit-high-risk-option-cyprus

North Korea tensions: Is Obama to blame?

It's been a busy week for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Over just a few days, he has unilaterally nullified the 1953 armistice with South Korea; vowed to restart his uranium enriching and plutonium programs; and issued "final approval" for "merciless" nuclear strikes against the United States.

He taunted South Korea's new leader, and shut down the Kaesong industrial estate, which served as unusual example of cooperation between the two Koreas. Most recently, he transported a missile to the east coast — either in an attempt to lob a warhead in America's general direction (he lacks the capability to actually hit the continent), or more probably, to test it, perhaps on the April 15 birthday of deceased founding father Kim Il Sung. "Is there a more bizarre and frightening figure in the world today than North Korea's young, impetuous and untested leader?" writes GlobalPost senior foreign affairs columnist Nicholas Burns.

For its part, the Obama administration helped amp up the belligerance, flying nuclear-capable B-52s and F-22 stealth bombers over the peninsula in late March, and sailing destroyers to the region in an apparent attempt to remind Kim Jong Un that he's messing with a bad-ass super power.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/north-korea/130404/north-korea-tensions-obama-south-korea

Disgraced Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice set to receive $100,000 BONUS despite being sacked over attacking players

He may have been fired, but the shamed Rutgers University basketball coach is still owed a $100,000 bonus that the school is contractually obligated to give him for finishing last season.

Mike Rice was let go yesterday after a video was made public of him kicking and shoving players and firing off gay slurs during team practices.

The bonus is hinged on Rice coaching for the entire season, so had he been fired in December when university officials first saw the video, Rutgers would not have to pay him.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304034/Mike-Rice-Former-Rutgers-coach-owed-100-000-bonus-finishing-season.html

Lorna Valle who murdered her two daughters by drowning them in the bathtub has committed suicide in prison

A mother who murdered her two young daughters by drowning them in the bathtub has committed suicide in jail, it was revealed today.

Guatemala native Lorna Valle, 33, was being held at Lynwood prison in California ever since being charged with the death of her daughters Lindsay, one, and Marian, five, last year.

She was said to have been suffering from depression at the time.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304179/Lorna-Valle-Mother-murdered-daughters-drowning-bathtub-killed-prison.html

Suzy Lee Weiss: Is it because I'm white, educated and middle class? High school senior with 4.5 GPA sparks firestorm with scathing open letter to Ivy League schools that rejected her

Greg Horn found and charged after disturbing footage revealed him beating his teenage daughters

A father who was caught on camera whipping his teenage daughters with cable wire has been charged with child endangerment and corporal punishment, authorities said on Thursday.

Greg Horn, 35, allegedly beat his two daughters, aged 12 and 14, after he caught them filming a 'twerk' video and posting it on Facebook at their home in Dayton, Ohio.

One of the girls was left with welts and open wounds to her thighs, police told ABC.

The sisters said that their father had hit them as punishment for sneaking out of the house.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304208/Twerking-Facebook-video-Ohio-father-Greg-Horn-charged-footage-whipping-daughters.html

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 5th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 10:00:03 UTC
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 10:00:03 PM at epicenter
Location
31.947°S, 176.916°W
Depth
32.9 km (20.4 miles)
Region
KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
Distances
313 km (195 miles) SSE (163°) from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 5th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.5
Region ATACAMA, CHILE
Date time 2013-04-05 09:56:46.0 UTC
Location 27.75 S ; 71.00 W
Depth 65 km
Distances
78 km SW of Copiapó, Chile / pop: 129,280 / local time: 05:56:46.0 2013-04-05


Europe is being split by north/south economic divide warns EU chief Barroso as he appeals for solidarity among nations

EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso has admitted he is worried by the widening gap between Europe’s north and south.

The Portuguese head of the European Commission said during a visit to Austria today that countries which are doing well 'should show solidarity to the others’.

Bailing out the struggling countries has not been popular among the richer nations, including Britain.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304134/Europe-split-north-south-economic-divide-warns-EU-chief-Barroso-appeals-solidarity-nations.html

Experts debate case for new bird flu vaccine

Experts from around the world are in daily talks about the threat posed by a deadly new strain of bird flu in China, including discussions on if and when to start making a vaccine.

Any decision to mass-produce vaccines against H7N9 flu will not be taken lightly, since it will mean sacrificing production of seasonal shots. And scientists warn it will take months to get any finished bird flu vaccine to the market.

But the groundwork is being laid.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-birdflu-vaccine-idUSBRE9330RN20130404

China culls birds as bird flu deaths mount

Chinese authorities slaughtered over 20,000 birds on Friday at a poultry market in the financial hub Shanghai as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mounted to six, spreading concern overseas and sparking a sell-off on Hong Kong's share market.

State news agency Xinhua said the Huhuai market for live birds in Shanghai had been shut down and birds were being culled after authorities detected the H7N9 virus from samples of pigeons in the market.

All the 14 reported infections from the H7N9 bird flu strain have been in eastern China and at least four of the dead are in Shanghai, a city of 23 million people and the showpiece of China's vibrant economy.

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

A QUIETER SECOND-ACT FOR U.S.-SOUTH KOREA MILITARY DRILLS?

The Obama administration, which has made military moves intended to signal to North Korea and U.S. allies that it takes Pyongyang's threats seriously, plans to switch gears and tone down public pronouncements about joint military exercises with Seoul, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The U.S. messaging, which has included flying two B-2 stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula and the announcement of new or expanded missile defence systems in Alaska and Guam, was intended to reassure South Korea and Japan it would back them in a crisis, the officials said.

But it also appears to have prompted even greater threats and bellicose rhetoric from North Korea.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16576203/a-quieter-second-act-for-u-s-south-korea-military-drills/

India Building Collapse: At Least 35 Dead

At least 35 people have died and more than 100 are feared trapped after an illegally constructed building near Mumbai came crashing down without warning.

Most of the dead and missing are migrant construction workers who were living on the site in Thane, on the outskirts of the city, with their families.

The police say at least nine of the dead are children but that figure is expected to rise.

http://news.sky.com/story/1074285/india-building-collapse-at-least-35-dead

Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in Gulf: Dubai police chief

Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi'ite neighbor Iran, but Dubai's veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the "dictators" of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dhahi Khalfan's suspicions focus mostly on the Egyptian branch of the Sunni Islamist organization, propelled to power in the most populous Arab country in elections since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in 2011.

"The Brotherhood as a ruling party in Egypt has no right to interfere with other countries. They are no longer a political party and should respect the independence of other countries," Khalfan told Reuters in an interview this week.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/03/us-emirates-islamists-police-idUSBRE9320FN20130403

Leaks reveal secrets of the rich who hide cash offshore

Millions of internal records have leaked from Britain's offshore financial industry, exposing for the first time the identities of thousands of holders of anonymous wealth from around the world, from presidents to plutocrats, the daughter of a notorious dictator and a British millionaire accused of concealing assets from his ex-wife.

The leak of 2m emails and other documents, mainly from the offshore haven of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), has the potential to cause a seismic shock worldwide to the booming offshore trade, with a former chief economist at McKinsey estimating that wealthy individuals may have as much as $32tn (£21tn) stashed in overseas havens.

In France, Jean-Jacques Augier, President François Hollande's campaign co-treasurer and close friend, has been forced to publicly identify his Chinese business partner. It emerges as Hollande is mired in financial scandal because his former budget minister concealed a Swiss bank account for 20 years and repeatedly lied about it.

In Mongolia, the country's former finance minister and deputy speaker of its parliament says he may have to resign from politics as a result of this investigation.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/03/offshore-secrets-offshore-tax-haven

8 killed as Myanmar Buddhist, Muslims clash in Indonesia

In a testament to just how deep tensions are running, Buddhist fishermen and Muslim asylum seekers who fled Myanmar hoping for a better life brawled with rocks and knives on Friday at an immigration detention centre in Indonesia, leaving eight dead and another 15 injured, police said.

The deadly melee broke out in North Sumatra province, where more than 100 Rohingya migrants most intercepted off Indonesia’s coast in rickety boats and 11 illegal fishermen from Myanmar were being held together, said local police chief Endro Kiswanto.

Insults were quickly traded, and the cleric was allegedly stabbed by a fisherman, said Yusuf Umardani, detention centre chief. When the cleric screamed, his friends jumped in to help. From there, a burst of fighting broke out so quickly, security guards were too late to stop it.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/8-killed-as-myanmar-buddhist-muslims-clash-in-indonesia/article4584282.ece

China on high alert over bird flu

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico City

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

The epicenter of the earthquake was in Guerrero state on Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A Reuters witness in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, the biggest city in Guerrero, said the earthquake seemed slight, with some people not even noticing the tremor.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-mexico-earthquake-idUSBRE93402E20130405

ECB's Coere sees euro zone inflation straying off course....Was it ever on course?

The European Central Bank will monitor euro zone inflation carefully over the next 18 months, ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said on Friday as it threatened to sink further below a 2 percent target.

Euro zone inflation slipped in March for a third straight month to an annual rate of 1.7 percent, versus the ECB's goal of close to, but not above, 2 percent. ECB chief Mario Draghi said this week the bank stood ready to act to boost the stalled economy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-eurozone-ecb-coeure-idUSBRE93406820130405

Prepare for disappointment on U.S. jobs data

North Korea hides two missiles on east coast: report

North Korea has placed two of its intermediate range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Friday, citing intelligence sources in South Korea.

The report could not be confirmed, but may be intended to demonstrate a threat by the North to either Japan or to U.S. bases on Guam. The North has threatened to attack bases on Guam if the United States launches a strike on it.

"Early this week, the North has moved two Musudan missiles on the train and placed them on mobile launchers," Yonhap cited a senior military official familiar with the matter as saying.

South Korea's Defence Ministry declined to comment on the report.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-korea-north-missiles-idUSBRE93406S20130405

SIXTH H7N9 BIRD FLU DEATH AS CHINA CULLS POULTRY

A sixth person has died of H7N9 bird flu in China, state media said on Friday, after authorities slaughtered poultry in a mass cull at a Shanghai market where the virus has been detected.

The latest fatality was a 64-year-old farmer who died in Huzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, local officials said according to the state Xinhua news agency.

He is thought to be among 14 previously confirmed human cases of H7N9, and is the second person from Zhejiang to die from the strain, with the other four fatalities in Shanghai, China's commercial hub.

Authorities in the city have also said they are monitoring a person who had been in close contact with one of the dead, and who is being treated for flu-like symptoms.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16562360/china-begins-poultry-slaughter-after-bird-flu-found-xinhua/

Fukushima nuclear plant: Cooling system failure for 2nd Time in a Month

Part of the cooling system at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has stopped for the second time in a month, the plant operator says.

After an alarm sounded at reactor number three, checks showed the system had stopped at one of the pools containing spent but highly radioactive fuel rods, Tokyo Electric Power said.

The breakdown is not thought to pose any immediate danger.

Last month a power cut shut cooling systems for four spent fuel ponds.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22037345

North Korea Moves Second Missile To East

North Korea has now moved two missiles to its east coast, loading them on mobile launchers, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

The agency cited a top government official.

"It has been confirmed that North Korea, early this week, transported two Musudan mid-range missiles by train to the east coast and loaded them on vehicles equipped with launch pads," Yonhap quoted the official as saying.

Seoul said earlier it had been seeking urgent information on the first Korean missile that had been moved to the east coast.

Intelligence officials from Washington, Tokyo and Seoul are monitoring the movement of the weapon.
http://news.sky.com/story/1074212/north-korea-moves-second-missile-to-east

Pentagon scales back military public pronouncements as North Korean military 'prepares missile test'

The Pentagon has pledged to switch gears and tone down public pronouncements about joint military exercises with Seoul, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The Obama administration, which has made military moves intended to signal to North Korea and U.S. allies that it takes Pyongyang's threats seriously, plans to switch gears and tone down public pronouncements about joint military exercises with Seoul, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304287/U-S-steps-edge-Korea-Pentagon-scales-military-displays-North-Korean-military-prepares-missile-test.html

250,000 UK jobs advertised in EU (compared to France's 14,000)

Britain is advertising 250,000 jobs to job seekers in the European Union creating more competition for unemployed people at home.

Around half the jobs advertised on a taxpayer funded EU website are in Britain, raising questions about the government’s approach to unemployment.

By contrast France has advertised just 14,000 posts for other EU workers and seven countries - have put up so few that they do not register with the European Commission’s EURES work programme.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304298/As-jobs-werent-hard-come-250-000-UK-jobs-advertises-EU-compared-Frances-14-000.html

Stranger in our Own Country: Alienated Biritsh white working classes should attend citizenship ceremonies to help them feel part of British society again, says Cameron's poverty tsar

The white working classes are so alienated from society that they should attend citizenship ceremonies with immigrants, according to David Cameron’s poverty tsar.

Frank Field said some working class people were increasingly unsure of their identities.
He suggested that going to the ‘wonderful’ citizenship ceremonies could help them feel like they were part of British society again.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304010/White-working-classes-attend-citizenship-ceremonies-help-feel-society-again.html

Syria warns of regional disaster unless Jihadists reined in

Amid reports that Syria has turned the main destination of the world's Jihadists, Damascus warned that unless those Jihadists are denied access, the crisis it has sustained for over two years will spill over across its border and set the entire region ablaze.

Syria, via its state-controlled newspaper al-Thawra, warned Jordan on Thursday against training foreign fighters on its territory and accused it of espousing the policy of a double ambiguity.

Al-Thawra said Jordan is now "closely feeling the meaning of drowning into anarchy, which even does not need a matchstick to ignite in all directions." It added that Jordan is getting closer to the "volcanic crater."

The report came just two days after the Washington Post said the United States is currently training some 3,000 rebels in Jordan to send them later to Syria "to escalate the crisis."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-04/05/c_132285245.htm

Shanghai begins culling poultry; one contact shows flu symptoms

Authorities in Shanghai on Thursday closed a live poultry trading zone in an agricultural products market and began slaughtering all birds there after detecting H7N9 bird flu virus from samples of pigeon from the market.

Meanwhile, a person who had close contact with a dead H7N9 bird flu patient in Shanghai has been under treatment in quarantine after developing symptoms of fever, running nose and throat itching, the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission said late Thursday.

China's Ministry of Agriculture said Thursday it found the H7N9 virus from pigeon samples collected at the Huhuai wholesale agricultural products market in Songjiang district of Shanghai.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-04/05/c_132285203.htm

CDC Begins Work on Vaccine for China H7N9 Flu

Federal health officials have begun to make a seed vaccine against the mysterious new H7N9 flu circulating in China, they said Thursday.

While it is being made “only as a precaution,” a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized, an agency virologist said the agency was “fairly worried” about the new virus.

China reported Thursday that it had confirmed 14 cases of the new flu, of which five were fatal. (6 Fatal as of this morning)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/world/asia/cdc-has-begun-work-on-vaccine-for-new-china-flu.html?_r=0

South West coast path landslips 10 times higher than normal

There have been 10 times more landslips than normal on the South West coast path over the winter, figures show.

The South West Coast Path Association said 30 slips and cliff falls have been recorded since November.

Between 2007 and 2012 there were 11 major cliff falls that resulted in a diversion of the coast path

Earlier this week, thousands of tonnes of earth and sandstone fell from the cliffs at Oddicombe in Devon, turning the sea red.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22029730

Jade Anderson death: No prosecution over dog attack

No prosecutions are being sought "at this stage" over the death of a teenager attacked by dogs in a Greater Manchester house, police have said.

Jade Anderson, 14, was found alone with five dogs at a house she was visiting in Chaucer Grove, Atherton, Wigan, on 26 March.

Police investigating the death said there was no evidence to prove a crime has been committed.

Police said enquiries are ongoing so it was not ruling out future prosecutions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-22028082

Romanian and Bulgarian immigrant numbers played down

Romanian and Bulgarian migration to the UK will hit schools but have a lesser impact on housing, a report has said.

However, it remains uncertain how many people will come to the UK when restrictions are lifted at the end of the year, said the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007 but workers were prevented from travelling to the UK.

Pressure group Migration Watch UK called the report a "whitewash".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22031724