Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wealth tax to pay for EU bail-outs

Senior advisers to Chancellor Angela Merkel are pushing for better-off households to pay towards the cost of any future bail-outs for the weaker members of the single currency.

The proposals, from members of Germany’s council of economic experts, raise the prospect of taxes being imposed on property in a country like Spain if its government was forced to seek a bail-out.

The council, known as the “Five Wise Men”, is often used to test new policies that are later adopted officially.

The German suggestion is the latest sign that Berlin is intent on imposing even tougher rules on weaker southern euro members in exchange for using its economic might to support their finances.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9993790/Wealth-tax-to-pay-for-EU-bail-outs.html

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA - 15th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Region NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA
Date time 2013-04-15 03:32:54.0 UTC
Location 12.89 N ; 87.87 W
Depth 67 km
Distances
39 km SE of Intipucá, El Salvador / pop: 3,540 / local time: 21:32:54.0 2013-04-14

H7N9 spreads in China in 'sporadic, unconnected way'

The deadly new strain of bird flu has spread further on the mainland, with two people in Henan province confirmed yesterday as infected with H7N9, the first cases in the region.

Shanghai reported two new deaths, those of a 67-year-old woman who died on Saturday and a 77-year-old man who died yesterday morning, bringing the national death toll to 13.

Three new cases were confirmed in Shanghai yesterday, four in Zhejiang province and two in neighbouring Jiangsu , giving a national total of 60.

A 34-year-old restaurant chef in the city of Kaifeng , Weishi county, was admitted to a county hospital on April 6 after developing flu symptoms, according to health authorities in Henan, one of the most densely populated provinces. He was sent to a Kaifeng city hospital on Tuesday and was now in critical condition.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1214364/two-new-h7n9-bird-flu-infections-found-central-henan

Symptom-Free Bird Flu Case Suggests Wider H7N9 Spread

Bird flu was found in a 4-year-old Beijing boy who has no symptoms of the infection, health authorities said, suggesting more people may be catching the H7N9 influenza virus than reported.

The first asymptomatic H7N9 case was discovered by health care workers searching for possible cases, the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau said in a statement on its website today. The boy’s parents are poultry and fish sellers, and their neighbors across the street had bought chicken sold by the family of a 7- year-old girl whose H7N9 infection was reported two days ago.

The boy, who is under medical observation, suggests that some H7N9 infections may be going unrecorded because of a lack of obvious symptoms. Almost all the 60 previous cases in eastern China were extremely unwell, with complications extending to brain damage, multi organ failure and muscle breakdown.

“With asymptomatic cases around, I think everything changes,” said Ian Mackay, an associate professor of clinical virology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, in a telephone interview today. “There has been a spike in pneumonia cases that have drawn the health officials’ attention, but the virus may have been going around as a normal cold.”

The boy’s case was picked up as part of contact tracing -- a process whereby relatives, neighbors and others known to have been in contact with a confirmed case are screened for the virus. The boy was one of 24 people tested in connection with the 7- year-old girl’s infection.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-15/symptom-free-bird-flu-case-suggests-wider-h7n9-spread.html

California Mystery Of Washed Up Sea Lions

Scientists admit they have no idea why hundreds of sick sea lion pups are washing up on the beaches of California.

Officials have now designated the crisis as an "unusual mortality event" to release funds for the rescue effort and to try to find an answer.

Since January, more than 1,100 sick and malnourished California sea lion pups have been rescued from a 200-mile stretch of the coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

http://news.sky.com/story/1078211/california-mystery-of-washed-up-sea-lions

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE - 14th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE
Date time 2013-04-14 21:50:43.0 UTC
Location 30.73 S ; 71.85 W
Depth 13 km
Distances
63 km W of Ovalle, Chile / pop: 77,138 / local time: 17:50:43.0 2013-04-14

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake MOROCCO - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 21:43:15 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 09:43:15 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
33.382°N, 5.088°W
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
MOROCCO
Distances
13 km (8 miles) ESE of Azrou, Morocco

Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around country and dumps them downtown

Over the past five years, Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.

Since July 2008, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has transported more than 1,500 patients to other cities via Greyhound bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental United States, according to a Bee review of bus receipts kept by Nevada's mental health division.

About a third of those patients were dispatched to California, including more than 200 to Los Angeles County, about 70 to San Diego County and 19 to the city of Sacramento.

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/14/5340078/nevada-buses-hundreds-of-mentally.html

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Don't underestimate Germany's new anti-euro party

The political establishment has dismissed Germany's new anti-euro party as a fear-mongering populist aberration that could implode even before a looming federal election.

But the first congress of the "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) showed that the movement, launched only a few months ago by a group of renegade academics, journalists and businessmen, is striking a chord with voters and may prove an influential force come September.

Over 1,500 AfD supporters from across Germany packed into the Intercontinental Hotel in central Berlin on Sunday to elect the party leadership and formally approve a policy program that has one objective above all: an end to the euro and return of the deutsche mark.

http://news.terra.com/analysis-dont-underestimate-germanys-new-anti-euro-party,72a865993090e310VgnCLD2000000dc6eb0aRCRD.html

Cyprus offers passports if you have lost 3 Million Euros in Bailout Theft

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Sunday that foreigners with bank deposits in Cyprus who lost at least three million euros ($3.9 million) under the recent EU bailout for the island would be given passports. The move will likely affect Russian depositors most.

"Non-resident investors who held deposits prior" to the bailout and lost "at least three million euros will be eligible to apply for Cypriot citizenship," he told a Russian business conference in the coastal resort of Limassol.

"We believe that a number of measures to be adopted could on the one hand mitigate to some extent the damage the Russian business community has endured," Anastasiades said.

http://ruvr.co.uk/2013_04_14/Cyprus-offer-passports-for-bailout-losers-Russian-depositors/

Egypt to try Muslim Brotherhood members accused of torture

Two Muslim Brotherhood members in northern Egypt have been ordered to stand trial on charges of detaining and torturing students during a protest against the president the group propelled to power.

The charges are a rare acknowledgement of the alleged role that some of the president's supporters have had in attacks on his opponents.

The U.S. State Department suggested this month that Egypt was selectively prosecuting those accused of insulting the government while ignoring or playing down attacks on anti-government demonstrators.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-egypt-brotherhood-idUSBRE93D0BJ20130414

TAIWAN: Specimens from Chinese tourist with fever sent for H7N9 testing

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Specimens from a 4-year-old Chinese tourist who developed a fever in the eastern county of Hualien were delivered for testing for H7N9 avian influenza Sunday, health officials said that day. Chung Mei-chu, a secretary in the county's Health Bureau, said the child, who arrived in Taiwan April 12 with his parents as independent tourists, was taken to the Mennonite Christian Hospital's emergency room after developing a fever.

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=2195996

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 14th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region SOUTHERN IRAN
Date time 2013-04-14 19:39:37.0 UTC
Location 28.40 N ; 51.94 E
Depth 10 km
Distances
78 km SW of Fīrūzābād, Iran / pop: 66,558 / local time: 00:09:37.0 2013-04-15

Airstrikes pound Syrian city

Carnage in Somalia as bombs and gun battles kill at least 19

Neo-Nazi network uncovered in German prisons

German authorities said on Wednesday they had uncovered a network of far-right activists in prisons communicating by secret code.

Among the names on the network's address list was that of a woman who goes on trial next week accused of a series of racially motivated murders.

Wednesday's revelations are embarrassing for Germany, which has been shaken by charges that for decades its intelligence services bungled the monitoring of far-right groups.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/10/us-germany-neonazis-idUSBRE93910Y20130410

Big Bro Next Door: UK faces silent boom of private spooks

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 14th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Region CENTRAL TURKEY
Date time 2013-04-14 18:25:22.0 UTC
Location 37.34 N ; 36.23 E
Depth 15 km
Distances 352 km NE of Nicosia, Cyprus / pop: 200,452 / local time: 21:25:22.0 2013-04-14
29 km N of Osmaniye, Turkey / pop: 202,837 / local time: 21:25:22.0 2013-04-14
12 km E of Kadirli, Turkey / pop: 70,248 / local time: 21:25:22.0 2013-04-14

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 17:07:27 UTC
Monday, April 15, 2013 at 01:07:27 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.409°N, 126.420°E
Depth
13.1 km (8.1 miles)
Region
MOLUCCA SEA
Distances
126 km (78 miles) WNW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 16:10:37 UTC
Monday, April 15, 2013 at 02:10:37 AM at epicenter
Location
6.621°S, 154.389°E
Depth
73.3 km (45.5 miles)
Region
BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
136 km (84 miles) WSW (251°) from Arawa, Bougainville, PNG

Brighton Marathon Runner Dies After Collapse

A 23-year-old man has died after becoming ill and collapsing while taking part in the Brighton marathon.

Emergency services were called to Grand Avenue in Hove around 11.45am where it is believed the London man suffered a cardiac arrest.

Sussex police said he was treated at the scene by medical staff including doctors and paramedics along with an off duty police officer before being taken by ambulance to hospital.

He underwent surgery but could not be saved and died a short time later

http://news.sky.com/story/1078105/brighton-marathon-runner-dies-after-collapse

Margaret Thatcher's death puts Cameron's leadership in spotlight

Margaret Thatcher's funeral this week may be the costliest political advert in history, if critics are to be believed - but her death is reminding Conservatives that their current prime minister pales against her ideological conviction and power.

Pollsters say David Cameron may get a small lift in the polls from public nostalgia for such a historic figure, even as figures on the right of his party pine openly for a leader who would have scorned his consensual quest for the centre ground.

"She believed in the battle of ideas — something that we would welcome returning to domestic politics today," Conor Burns, a Conservative lawmaker and friend of Thatcher's, told a parliamentary debate on her legacy last Wednesday.

Burns recounted how a taxi driver had told him there hadn't been a good premier since Thatcher, an assessment he said Thatcher shared. Cameron laughed, but it was an awkward moment for him.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/uk-britain-thatcher-cameron-idUKBRE93D07H20130414

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN COLOMBIA - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 15:23:30 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10:23:30 AM at epicenter
Location
6.602°N, 72.787°W
Depth
176 km (109.4 miles)
Region
NORTHERN COLOMBIA
Distances
72 km (45 miles) SE (145°) from Bucaramanga, Colombia

Long commutes are fatal: Journeys over 30 miles cause higher blood pressure, stress and heart disease (What's this? Capitalism kills?)

People complaining of a killer commute may be closer to the truth than they realise.

Research has found that workers with long commutes of over 30 miles die younger than those who live closer to their work.

Social geographer Erika Sandow from Sweden’s Umeå University presented her worrying findings which showed that travelling workers were likely to suffer higher blood pressure, stress and heart disease.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308666/People-long-commutes-die-sooner.html

North Korea's Kim Jong-un missing in Public for Two Weeks


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for the past two weeks sparking widespread speculation amid escalating tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Unconfirmed reports which suggested a coup against the leader have been rubbished by experts in Seoul citing no unusual military movement in the country.

Alongside a flurry of threats from North Korea, Kim's absence has set rumour mills rolling. One question being asked is whether Pyongyang has been forced to tone down its war rhetoric against the US and South Korea.

Kim was last seen in public on 1 April when he headed a parliamentary session. The leader has been missing in action for the last 15 days at a time when the country is set to mark the birth anniversary of his grandfather and former leader of North Korea Kim Il-sung.

It is widely speculated that North Korea will launch a ballistic missile to mark the occasion.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/456840/20130414/north-korea-threat-missile-launch-birthday-kim.htm

Syria: Foreign Islamists capture huge arms Cache

Teenagers among five dead in Belgium bus crash

China hit by more bird flu cases

Austria's Fekter claims victory in EU bank secrecy fight

Austrian Foreign Minister Maria Fekter has declared a victory in her lonely battle with the other 26 European Union countries to maintain her country's banking secrecy and avoid reporting foreigners' accounts to their tax authorities.

Dismissing suggestions that her position had left Austria under pressure and isolated, the woman who has vowed to "fight like a lion" to defend the country's banking rules insisted she had emerged on top in weekend talks with EU partners.

"I can even report a success," she told the Oesterreich paper, because her counter-call to shed more light on opaque offshore trusts elsewhere was now part of an initiative by big EU countries to crack down on cross-border tax cheats.

It was a typically self-assured performance by Fekter, who described herself once as "the only man in the Austrian government".

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-eu-banksecrecy-fekter-idUSBRE93D04X20130414

Justin Bieber to Ann Frank: "Sorry they murdered you, hope you would have bought my CDs"


TEENAGE pop singer Justin Bieber has sparked controversy after writing a message in the Anne Frank House guestbook saying that he hoped she would have been a fan of his music.

The 19-year-old is due to perform tonight in Arnhem, around an hour from Amsterdam, where the Anne Frank House is situated, and visited the museum on Saturday night.

Staff from the museum wrote on their Facebook page: “Yesterday night Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, together with his friends and guards.

“Fans were waiting outside to see a glimpse of him. He stayed more than an hour in the museum.

“In our guestbook he wrote: ‘Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.’”

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/music/news-and-features/justin-bieber-pays-bizarre-tribute-to-anne-frank-1-2894721

Somalia Rocked By Bomb And Gun Attacks

At least 16 people have been killed in a series of bomb and gun attacks in Somalia.

Militants launched a sustained assault on the law courts in the capital Mogadishu.

Two car bombs were set off and the complex was stormed before the gang took hostages and a gun battle erupted with security forces.

Hussein Ali, who works at the courts, said: "Armed men entered the court and then we heard a blast. Then they started opening fire."

http://news.sky.com/story/1078072/somalia-rocked-by-bomb-and-gun-attacks

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 13:25:02 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10:25:02 PM at epicenter
Location
37.624°N, 141.338°E
Depth
53.5 km (33.2 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
73 km (45 miles) NNE (32°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 12:32:18 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 04:02:18 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.248°N, 51.850°E
Depth
10.9 km (6.8 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN IRAN
Distances
96 km (59 miles) SW of Firuzabad, Iran

H7N9: China says bird flu death toll rises to 13

Two people in the central Chinese province of Henan have been infected by a new strain of avian influenza, the first cases found in the region, while the death toll has risen to 13 from a total of 60 infections after two more deaths in Shanghai.

One of the Henan victims, a 34-year old man in the city of Kaifeng, is now critically ill in hospital, while the other, a 65-year old farmer from Zhoukou, is stable. The two cases do not appear to be connected.

A total of 19 people in close contact with the two new victims were under observation but had shown no signs of infection, state news agency Xinhua said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-birdflu-china-idUSBRE93B0QM20130414

The government continues to claim there is nothing to worry about, 13 deaths reported in the past 2 weeks may not seem that alarming, considering the common flu could do worse, however...

We are looking at a new strain, source is not determined and it is spreading and mutating fast.

Lets look at the the H5N1 virus just for a moment, this strain has killed 371 people globally since first discovered in humans in 2003, with a mortality rate from 50% - 90% of those who have become infected.

China alone has seen 45 infected which resulted in the deaths of 30 of the 45 people in the past TEN YEARS!!!

H7N9 is now at 60 Infected, 13 Deaths reported in the PAST TWO WEEKS, do the maths....

Just one final fact, report 2 days ago informed us that a 4 year old was the first person to recover from H79N, so the remaining are either still dying or the recovery isn't being reported.

Japan, U.S. agree cannot let North Korea have nuclear arms: Japan foreign minister

Japan and the United States cannot allow North Korea to possess nuclear weapons, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishia said on Sunday after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry is in Japan for the last stop on an Asian tour aimed at solidifying support for curbing North Korea's nuclear program. Pyongyang has threatened for weeks to attack the United States, South Korea and Japan since new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to its latest nuclear arms test in February, fuelling speculation of a new missile launch or nuclear test.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-korea-north-japan-idUSBRE93D04420130414

North Korea Rebuffs Talks As A 'Crafty Trick'

North Korea has rejected the South's call to negotiate to resolve the nuclear crisis, calling it a "crafty trick".

The development came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan for the last leg of his four-day Asia tour aimed at reining in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

South Korea last week urged the North to discuss stalled operations at a joint factory complex and other issues.

But an unidentified spokesman at the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said on Sunday that Pyongyang had no intention of talking with Seoul unless it abandoned its confrontational posture.

http://news.sky.com/story/1077998/north-korea-rebuffs-talks-as-a-crafty-trick

Euro exit is no easy option......But a Brave one!

SINCE - what is now widely acknowledged - Cyprus’ botched bailout, a debate has been raging on over whether the island should stay in the eurozone or go back to its former national currency, the pound.

Naturally there are two schools of thought on the issue: those arguing that since the conditions of the bailout have all but destroyed the economy, Cyprus should abandon the common currency and the tough terms imposed by its lenders, and those who say the consequences of a so-called Cypexit would be much worse than the alternative.

It does appear however that there are also those who support a Cypexit because of the profits they stand to make.

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was adamant.

“Cyprus should leave the euro. Now,” he said.

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/euro-exit-no-easy-option/20130414

EU’s growth strategy is a failure so far: study

The European Union’s economic growth strategy has been a failure so far and unless bold steps are taken the economy will continue to stagnate, a study commissioned by EU finance ministers said.

The paper by Brussels-based Bruegel think-tank scholars Zsolt Darvas, Jean Pisani-Ferry and Guntram Wolff was the basis of discussions on the future of growth in Europe among the 27 EU finance ministers this week at informal talks in Dublin.

“Much of Europe suffers from a mutually reinforcing interaction between limited productivity gains, protracted deleveraging, weak banking sectors and distorted relative prices,” the Bruegel study said.

“This combination contributes to an overall weakening of economic growth and threatens to turn into self-perpetuating stagnation. This dark picture calls for bold policy action significantly beyond what is currently being undertaken,” it said.

The paper said that while 30 years ago, the output of the countries that formed the European Union until its 2004 expansion was 15% higher than that of the US, it is likely to be 17% lower in 2017.

http://www.gulf-times.com/business/191/details/349038/eu%E2%80%99s-growth-strategy-is-a-failure-so-far%3A-study

EU pours millions into groups seeking state control of press

Angered by the British media’s coverage of Brussels, the European Commission says it wants to be a “moral compass” against press misconduct, seeking new national and Europe-wide regulatory powers over journalists.

The EU has spent £2.3 million on the previously unpublicised “Mediadem” project to “reclaim a free and independent media”. In a “policy brief” co-authored by its lead British researcher, Rachael Craufurd Smith, Mediadem says it is “simplistic” to “see state influence [over the press] as inherently stifling”.

Dr Craufurd Smith, an Edinburgh University academic, said that it was also “simplistic” to believe that “market-driven media” were now “free and independent”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9992229/EU-pours-millions-into-groups-seeking-state-control-of-press.html

Cyprus central bank chief calls for its independence to be respected

Cyprus's central bank governor said on Sunday he was willing to work with the government to pull the island out of its economic crisis, provided the bank's independence was respected.

A rift between Governor Panicos Demetriades, appointed last May by the communist former administration, and the ruling center-right government has deepened in recent days and pressure has grown on him to resign over his handling of the crisis.

In the past week, the Cypriot parliament started an investigation against Demetriades, President Nicos Anastasiades's government withdrew the appointment of his deputy, and three central bank officials resigned.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-cyprus-centralbanker-idUSBRE93D03020130414

Belgium Bus Crash: five people dead and another five critically injured

A bus carrying Russian children has crashed in Belgium, leaving at least five people dead and another five critically injured.

The Polish vehicle containing the youngsters crashed through guardrails and ended up on its side under a raised road near the port city of Antwerp.

The accident in Ranst happened at dawn and no other vehicles were believed to be involved, mayor Lode Hofmans said.

He said: "We have five dead and five who are in critical condition", adding that two more were seriously injured and seven had light wounds.

http://news.sky.com/story/1077985/bus-crash-at-dawn-near-antwerp-belgium

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 09:51:08 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 06:51:08 AM at epicenter
Location
15.438°N, 46.623°W
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
Distances
1324 km (823 miles) NNE (28°) from CAYENNE, French Guiana

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 09:46:36 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 07:46:36 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.573°S, 154.529°E
Depth
36.1 km (22.4 miles)
Region
BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
109 km (67 miles) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Five Sisters Zoo Fire: Animals Die In Fire At Scottish Zoo

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirm that animals have died after a "fierce fire" broke out at a zoo.

The blaze, which has now been brought under control, occurred overnight in the tropical house of the Five Sisters Zoo at Polbeth, West Calder, West Lothian.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters have controlled the fire ... resources have been scaled back to two fire appliances and crews remain on site dealing with small pockets of fire and assisting zoo and vet staff.

"Firefighters were able to help them rescue two dwarf crocodiles and an otter but sadly some animals have perished in the fierce fire.

http://news.sky.com/story/1077951/firefighters-tackle-blaze-at-scottish-zoo

Immigration bill could exclude millions from citizenship if they were in the U.S. later than December 2011

A promised path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally may leave out hundreds of thousands of them.

Bipartisan Senate legislation would make legalization and ultimately citizenship available only to those who arrived in the U.S. before Dec. 31, 2011, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals.

Anyone who came after that date would be subject to deportation.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308452/Immigration-exclude-millions-citizenship-U-S-later-December-2011.html

Courtney Hutchins charged with child abuse for 'lifting her 3-year-old son over zoo's protective barriers where he got mauled by a bobcat'

A New Mexico mother has been arrested for child abuse after lifting her three-year-old son over a safety railing at the zoo which led to the child being attacked by a bobcat last month.

Courtney Hutchins, 22, of Carlsbad was arrested on Thursday and released on $5,000 bail.

Investigators say that the woman had jumped the protective barrier with son Ethan Kennedy and they were coaxing the animal nearer when it lashed out and clawed at the child.

The boy needed eight staples to the left side of his head after the incident at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park on March 18.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308647/Mom-charged-child-abuse-lifting-3-year-old-son-zoos-protective-barriers-got-mauled-bobcat.html

16 adults mysteriously fall ill at Buy Buy Baby store...as experts are at a loss to explain why

Firefighters and emergency crews are at a loss to explain what made at least 16 adults fall ill at a children's store in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the Buy Buy Baby store at 4650 Southwest Loop 820 in Fort Worth twice on Saturday.

The patients reported feeling dizzy, headaches and vomiting.

A fire department spokesman said carbon monoxide had been ruled out as the cause of the illnesses.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308829/16-adults-mysteriously-fall-ill-Buy-Buy-Baby-store--authorities-loss-explain-why.html

Policeman Ron King fired for bringing hooded 'Trayvon Martin' shooting targets complete with a pack of Skittles to range

A police sergeant from Cape Canaveral, Florida has been fired after it was discovered he brought two shooting targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a training session last week.

According to WFTV two officers saw the targets in the back of Sgt. Ron King's vehicle and they informed the Chief of the Port Authority Police.

King was allegedly bringing the targets to a firearms training session in Cocoa, Florida at Brevard Community College.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308786/Policeman-fired-trying-use-Trayvon-Martin-shooting-targets.html

Peace Eric Williams Arrested: Disgraced court official 'will be charged' with murders of Texas district attorney, his wife and assistant DA after they convicted him of theft

A former justice of the peace is reportedly set to be charged with three murders, including a former Texas district attorney and assistant DA, after he was arrested on Saturday.

Eric Williams, 46, has been arrested by authorities investigating the murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, last month and the fatal shooting of assistant DA Mark Hasse in late January.

Williams was booked into Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning for making terroristic threats and 'insufficient bond.' He is being held on a $3 million bond.

Sources tell CBS that he will be charged with capital murder in the deaths of the DA, his wife and assistant attorney.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308824/Mystery-Texas-killings-solved-Disgraced-court-official-charged-murders-Texas-district-attorney-wife-assistant-DA-convicted-theft.html

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 14th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Region SOUTHERN IRAN
Date time 2013-04-14 09:09:42.0 UTC
Location 28.27 N ; 51.58 E
Depth 20 km
Distances
106 km SE of Bandar Būshehr, Iran / pop: 165,377 / local time: 13:39:42.0 2013-04-14


Violent and sexually explicit DVDs are to be banned in prison perk crackdown....Why were they allowed in the first place?

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has banned prisoners from watching 18-rated DVDs as part of his plan to turn jails into ‘no-frills’ institutions.

Violent and sexually explicit movies will be removed from prison libraries and inmates will no longer be able to receive them from visitors. Any such material found in cells will in future be confiscated.

Computer and video games for over-18s were banned in prisons several months ago and now the Government has widened the net.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308782/Now-violent-DVDs-banned-prison-perks-crackdown.html

Raymond Sean Clark Arrested: US man is set on fire inside his SUV by homeless man after he refused to give him money




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Muslims vs Christians: Schismatic chaos creeps up in Egypt

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'US shooting itself in leg, Obama hostage to anti-Russian lobby'

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Guards shoot at Gitmo inmates forcing them to solitary cells

French jailbreak: Robber used bombs, hostages

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Northern Peru Bus Crash: Dozens Killed

More than 30 people have been killed after a bus veered off a cliff and plunged into a river in the Peruvian highlands.

The bus fell 200 metres down a ravine near the town of Otuzco, some 570km (350 miles) north of the capital Lima.

At least 33 died and several others were injured in the accident.

The victims included three doctors, two nurses and several rural school teachers.

http://news.sky.com/story/1077958/dozens-killed-in-northern-peru-bus-crash

New state laws illustrate America's stark divide on gun control

While Washington politicians battle over new gun-control measures, state legislators have already passed dozens of new firearms laws since the Newtown school massacre ignited a national debate in December.

The new state laws, a small fraction of the 1,500 or so gun-related bills that have been proposed at state level, reflect the vast political and ideological differences in the debate over gun rights - a gulf that helps explain why lawmakers in Washington find it so difficult to reach a consensus on the issue.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/12/us-usa-guns-states-idUSBRE93B0TZ20130412

Bus blast kills at least eight in Pakistan

Thatcher death "party" in London draws small crowd

NASA unveils plan to catch asteroid

President Barack Obama wants NASA to start work on finding a small asteroid that could be shifted into an orbit near the moon and used by astronauts as a stepping-stone for an eventual mission to Mars, agency officials said on Wednesday.

The project, which envisions that astronauts could visit such an asteroid as early as 2021, is included in Obama's $17.7 billion spending plan for the U.S. space agency for the 2014 fiscal year.

It is intended as an expansion of existing initiatives to find asteroids that may be on a collision course with Earth, and preparations for a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/11/us-space-asteroid-idUSBRE93A00F20130411

H7N9: China says new bird flu cases found in central China

Two people in the central Chinese province of Henan have been infected by a new strain of avian influenza, the first cases found in the region and bringing the total number nationwide to 51, Xinhua state news agency said on Sunday.

One of the victims, a 34-year old man in the city of Kaifeng, is now critically ill in hospital, while the other, a 65-year old farmer from Zhoukou, is stable. The two cases do not appear to be connected.

Three cases have now been reported outside the original clusters in eastern China, including one in the capital Beijing, but there is nothing out of the ordinary so far, the China representative of the World Health Organization said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-birdflu-china-idUSBRE93B0QM20130414

Pushing to rein in North Korea, Kerry to meet Japan leaders

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan on Sunday, the last stop on an Asian tour aimed at solidifying support for curbing North Korea's nuclear program and reassuring U.S. allies after weeks of threats of war from Pyongyang.

The North has threatened for weeks to attack the United States and South Korea since new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to its latest nuclear arms test in February. Speculation has mounted of a new missile launch or nuclear test.

"We must make them (North Korea) recognize that their provocative actions will not benefit them at all," Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying during a tour on Sunday of Iwo Jima, the site of a major battle towards the end of World War Two.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-korea-north-usa-idUSBRE93C01Z20130414

Bankers count on watered down EU trading tax

Bankers are confident they can persuade the European Union that its proposed financial trading tax poses enough risks to struggling economies and banks to warrant being watered down.

Their campaign against the tax, which will be imposed by 11 of the EU's 27 countries, focuses on how much it would boost the cost of funding for governments and companies, erode returns earned even by long-term investors, and hurt funding markets which are crucial to the health of the financial system.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/14/us-europe-banks-tax-idUSBRE93D02E20130414

US, China agree to work together on cyber security

China and the United States will set up a working group on cyber-security, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday, as the two sides moved to ease months of tensions and mutual accusations of hacking and Internet theft.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing during a visit to China, Kerry said the United States and China had agreed on the need to speed up action on cyber security, an area that Washington says is its top national security concern.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/13/us-china-us-cyber-idUSBRE93C05T20130413

Margaret Thatcher dead: The vile outpouring of hate shows there is no respect any more

I didn’t much like my country last week because I saw a side to it that was ugly and coarse and cruel.

Maggie Thatcher wasn’t even cold before the tsunami of hatred crashed through the plaudits like a poison riptide. “The Witch is dead”, “Rot in Hell”, “Rejoice, Thatcher is dead” said the vile banners, even though many of those brandishing them weren’t even alive when Thatcher was in power.

And how ironic that the people screaming she’d wrecked the country and wrecked their lives still had enough money to buy champagne to drink to her death, to shout that they hoped it was a painful and degrading one.

Still, they followed the mob, sheep-like, shouting that someone had told them she was a bitch... and so they were glad she was dead.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/margaret-thatcher-dead-vile-outpouring-1829807

US risks wrath of Moscow with threat to officials on 'Magnitsky list'

Washington risked further inflaming relations with Moscow on Friday by targeting 18 Russian officials for alleged human rights abuses and threatening them with financial sanctions and visa bans.

The names, released by the Treasury, follow the passage of a controversial bill through Congress requiring the US to take retribution against Russians alleged to have been involved in covering up corruption and organised crime.

Known as the Magnitsky Act, after the Russian lawyer and whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian officials of stealing $230m in tax rebates. In prison, Magnitsky was repeatedly beaten and denied medical treatment. He died in 2009 of untreated pancreatitis.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/12/us-moscow-sanctions-threat-russians

President Obama's shame: The forgotten prisoners of America's own Gulag

For long periods we forget it, even though it is a human rights disgrace surely unequalled in recent American history. But now, 11 years after it opened, the prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay is demanding our attention once again, thanks to the largest hunger strike by detainees in its infamous history. Al-Qa'ida has been decimated; America's war in Iraq is over and the one in Afghanistan soon will be. But the scandal of Guantanamo endures.

Today, 166 inmates remain. Three have been convicted, while a further 30 will face trial. Fifty or so are in a legal no-man's-land, deemed by the authorities too dangerous to release but against whom there is not enough evidence to prosecute. And then there are 86 who have been cleared for release, but who instead rot in a hell from which there is no escape. No wonder yesterday more than 160 of them were involved in clashes with guards that led to what the US said were "less than lethal" rounds being fired.

In 2009, Barack Obama entered office vowing to close Guantanamo within a year. Perhaps he should have listened more closely to his predecessor. George W Bush, too, wanted to shut Guantanamo; even he came to understand it was perhaps the most powerful single recruiting agent for global terrorism. But, he warned presciently, the devil was in the detail – or, more exactly, in Congress.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/guantanamo-bay--president-obamas-shame-the-forgotten-prisoners-of-americas-own-gulag-8572215.html

Five Sisters Zoo fire: Crews tackle blaze in tropical house

About 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a West Lothian zoo.

The fire broke out in the tropical house of the Five Sisters Zoo at Polbeth, West Calder, at about 03:50 BST and is understood to be confined to the tropical house.

The zoo is preparing an inventory of any animals not accounted for, a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said.

No people are thought to have been injured in the blaze.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-22141494

Popocatepetl volcano spews ash over central Mexico state

The Popocatepetl volcano has spewed a dense cloud of ash over the central Mexico state of Puebla, with ash falling to the ground in several towns.

Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center says ash was blown about 400 yards (meters) into the air above the volcano, located east of Mexico City. Prevailing winds carried the material northeast, away from Mexico City.

The center said ash falls had been confirmed in Huejotzingo, near the city of Puebla, which is capital of the state of the same name.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/popocatepetl-volcano-spews-ash-over-central-mexico-state/2013/04/13/14611856-a466-11e2-bd52-614156372695_story.html

Benzene found 1400 feet from leak site northwest of Parachute, Colorado

High benzene levels in groundwater have been detected about 1,400 feet downstream of the presumed source of a hydrocarbons leak northwest of Parachute, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday.

That’s the farthest such reported detection from the site, as the area of known contamination continues to grow.

A new monitoring well about 10 feet from the creek found benzene at 340 parts per billion, the state said. The drinking water standard for benzene is 5 ppb or less.

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/benzene-found-1400-feet-from-leak-site-northwest-o

Guantanamo: Guards Fire Rounds To Quell Unrest

Guantanamo Bay prison guards have fired several rubber shots to quell prisoner unrest as they moved inmates into individual cells, US military officials said.

The violence erupted during an early morning raid carried out because, according to military officials, prisoners had covered up security cameras and windows as part of a protest and hunger strike over their indefinite confinement and conditions at the US base in Cuba.

Prisoners fought guards with makeshift weapons that included broomsticks and mop handles when troops arrived to move them, said Robert Durand, a military spokesman.

Guards responded by firing four "less-than-lethal rounds" in the section of the prison known as Camp Six, he said.

http://news.sky.com/story/1077911/guantanamo-guards-fire-rounds-to-quell-unrest

LSE: BBC N Korea Report Put Students At Risk

The London School of Economics says the BBC deceived its students and put them in serious danger while making a Panorama programme in North Korea.

It has asked the BBC to withdraw Panorama: North Korea Undercover, which is due to air on Monday night, and issue a full apology.

The LSE said three people working for the BBC used a student trip as cover to get into North Korea, but the students were not told who they worked for.

http://news.sky.com/story/1077883/lse-bbc-n-korea-report-put-students-at-risk

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 05:11:28 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 01:11:28 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.486°N, 126.192°E
Depth
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
Region
MOLUCCA SEA
Distances
112 km (69 miles) E of Bitung, Indonesia

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 03:09:27 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 01:09:27 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.778°S, 154.685°E
Depth
95.7 km (59.5 miles)
Region
BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
101 km (62 miles) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 14th April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 03:01:31 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 06:31:31 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.400°N, 51.707°E
Depth
12 km (7.5 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN IRAN
Distances
97 km (60 miles) WSW of Firuzabad, Iran