Friday, April 19, 2013

Injury toll rises to 87 in Egypt's clashes

The injury toll rose to 87 in the clashes that erupted on Friday between pro- and anti-Islamists in Egypt's capital Cairo and other governorates across the country, a Healthy Ministry official told Xinhua.

"Some 82 were injured in the clashes in Cairo, while another four in Alexandria and one more in Daqahliya," Health Ministry's spokesman Yahya Moussa told Xinhua, noting that among them 69 have been discharged by hospitals while the rest is still receiving treatment.

Earlier in the day, thousands of Egyptian Islamists, the main supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, gathered outside the Supreme Courthouse in Cairo to protest against what they described as "corrupt judiciary," due to the recent acquittals of ex- officials affiliated to former President Hosni Mubarak as well as the "slow-pace" trial of Mubarak.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-04/20/c_132324095.htm

Warnings over 'ecstasy-like' drug called PMA following three Macclesfield deaths

Police are warning against the dangers of a drug called PMA following three deaths in Macclesfield.

It comes as detectives are investigating the deaths of Rachel Clayton, 34, and Emma Speed, 30, found dead at a house on Crompton Road on April 7. Toxicology results revealed evidence of PMA – described as an Ecstasy-like drug – found in their systems, which could have killed them.

PMA was also found in the system of a 34-year-old man who was found dead in a caravan on Batemill Close, Macclesfield in February.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/warnings-over-ecstasy-like-drug-following-2824659

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 02:38:35 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:38:35 AM at epicenter
Location
30.260°N, 103.129°E
Depth
12.1 km (7.5 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
94 km (59 miles) NW (325°) from Leshan, Sichuan, China

U.S. cites human rights problems in Russia, China, Egypt


Image: US Example on how to Treat Activists

The U.S. government on Friday expressed concern about increasing crackdowns on civil liberties around the world, from Russia to Egypt and China, saying these and other countries were shrinking the space in which independent political and other activists can operate.

In its annual survey of human rights around the world, the State Department singled out Myanmar for praise for the second year in a row, in recognition of political and economic reforms put in place since that country's military stepped aside and a quasi-civilian government was installed in 2011.

"Because of steps toward democratic reform and stronger human rights protections, a country that had been isolated for years is now making progress," Secretary of State John Kerry said of Myanmar as the human rights report was released.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-usa-rights-idUSBRE93I1BJ20130419

Watertown, MA Shootout in front of Students House April 18th 2013 GUNFIRE (Boston Bomber final shoot out)

While all eyes were on Boston, Cispa bill on cyber security passed by the US House

The US House of Representatives has passed the controversial Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act.

Cispa is designed to help combat cyberthreats by making it easier for law enforcers to get at web data.

This is the second time Cispa has been passed by the House. Senators threw out the first draft, saying it did not do enough to protect privacy.

Cispa could fail again in the Senate after threats from President Obama to veto it over privacy concerns.

A substantial majority of politicians in the House backed the bill.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22213379

Boston suspects' father: "Somebody clearly framed them"

Suspects' aunt: "I do not believe our boys would do that"

FBI interviewed Boston bombing suspect in 2011: source

The FBI in 2011 interviewed the elder of the two brothers who are suspects in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings, acting at the request of an unidentified foreign government, a U.S. law enforcement source said on Friday.

The FBI's dealings with Tamerlan Tsarnaev - who died overnight in a shootout with police - did not produce any "derogatory" information, and the matter was put "to bed," said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The revelation is the first indication that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, were known to U.S. security officials prior to Monday's bombings, U.S. authorities said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/20/us-usa-explosions-boston-fbi-idUSBRE93J00C20130420

China confirms 91 H7N9 cases, 17 deaths

During the 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. on Friday, China confirmed four new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza, including one in Jiangsu and three in Zhejiang.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 91 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 17 that have ended in death.

Of the total, seven H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 67 patients are being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-04/19/c_132324043.htm

James City County, Virginia: Plane Crashes Into Woodland Killing One

A plane has crashed into a wooded area in Williamsburg, Virginia, killing one, according to reports.

The light aircraft landed near a retirement home in James City County, some 50 yards from the nearest building.

The pilot has been killed, according to local media, but there have been no other injuries reported.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080538/plane-crashes-into-woodland-killing-one

China quake: 'Hundreds feared dead or hurt' in Sichuan

Hundreds of people may have been killed or injured after an earthquake in China's western Sichuan province, state media report.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which had a 6.6 magnitude, was centred 80km (50 miles) west of the town of Linqiong.

It said the tremor occurred at a depth of 12.3km (7.6 miles).

The area is prone to tremors. An 8.0 magnitude quake in Sichuan in May 2008 killed nearly 90,000 people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22228225

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 02:19:04 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:19:04 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.297°N, 103.040°E
Depth
12.4 km (7.7 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
42 km (26 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:37:28 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 09:37:28 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.283°N, 103.001°E
Depth
12 km (7.5 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
46 km (28 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:26:02 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 09:26:02 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.503°N, 103.037°E
Depth
12.4 km (7.7 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
41 km (25 miles) WNW of Linqiong, China

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:20:10 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 09:20:10 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.294°N, 103.121°E
Depth
11.9 km (7.4 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
35 km (21 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:11:51 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 09:11:51 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.218°N, 102.876°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
56 km (34 miles) WNW of Linqiong, China

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:11:51 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 09:11:51 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.218°N, 102.876°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
59 km (36 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:02:56 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 09:02:56 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.281°N, 103.002°E
Depth
10.3 km (6.4 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
46 km (28 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 00:37:11 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 08:37:11 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.274°N, 103.044°E
Depth
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
43 km (26 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 00:31:36 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 08:31:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.352°N, 103.142°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
31 km (19 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
3.1
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 00:30:39 UTC
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 05:30:39 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.460°N, 121.773°W
Depth
8.2 km (5.1 miles)
Region
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
Distances
11 km (7 miles) ENE (75°) from Milpitas, CA

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake LAKE ALBERT REGION, UGANDA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 00:30:29 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 03:30:29 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.496°N, 30.794°E
Depth
23.2 km (14.4 miles)
Region
LAKE ALBERT REGION, UGANDA
Distances
59 km (36 miles) WSW of Kigorobya, Uganda

China Quake: '100 Dead Or Hurt'

Around 100 people are dead or injured after an earthquake hits China's southwestern province of Sichuan, state media reports.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080558/100-dead-or-hurt-in-china-quake

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
6.6
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 00:02:47 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 08:02:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.284°N, 102.956°E
Depth
12.3 km (7.6 miles)
Region
WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
52 km (32 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 22:04:00 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 05:04:00 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
0.956°S, 101.635°E
Depth
268.5 km (166.8 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Distances
82 km (50 miles) ESE of Sijunjung, Indonesia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 21:41:05 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:11:05 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
27.060°N, 53.860°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN IRAN
Distances
57 km (35 miles) NNW of Kish, Iran

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 21:22:32 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 08:22:32 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
49.940°N, 157.608°E
Depth
38.8 km (24.1 miles)
Region
EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
133 km (82 miles) SE of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL IRAN - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 20:22:39 UTC
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:52:39 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
33.275°N, 51.654°E
Depth
15.5 km (9.6 miles)
Region
CENTRAL IRAN
Distances
52 km (32 miles) N of Dowlatabad, Iran

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 20:12:37 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 07:12:37 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
49.897°N, 157.723°E
Depth
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
Region
EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
142 km (88 miles) SE of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 19:59:27 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 05:59:27 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
39.736°N, 143.290°E
Depth
22.2 km (13.8 miles)
Region
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
115 km (71 miles) E of Miyako, Japan

Boston Bombing False Flag: Craft International, Ex Navy Seals, Patsies, and Convenient Executions

Boston bomber *not* read Miranda rights in disturbing development, and a sign of things to come

Former FBI special agent Donald Borelli said Monday that potential suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing might not be read their Miranda rights prior to questioning by law enforcement.

“It will be an FBI led investigation… However, that is not to say that intelligence collection isn’t a big part of this, and the trick is to find that delicate balance,” he told MSNBC host Chris Hayes near the end of an interview. “So, for example, if there is information to be collected by intelligence means, whether it’s a sensitive source, domestic, overseas, we’re going to pursue that, every angle of that. If it means that somebody’s in custody, and the decision is made that we to want interview this person without reading Miranda rights because right no–”

“You’re saying in foreign custody?” Hayes interrupted.

“Well, even in U.S. custody I think there are situations now where a lot of people would say, ‘Look, you don’t need to read them Miranda rights right away.’ If a very strong suspect is picked up, or someone who could provide very significant information, I think that decision could be discussed.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/15/former-fbi-agent-boston-bombing-suspect-might-not-get-miranda-warning/

INTERPOL issues global security alert in connection with Boston marathon bombings at request of US law enforcement authorities


INTERPOL has issued an international security alert, or Orange Notice, detailing the features of the improvised explosive devices used in the Boston marathon bombings to assist law enforcement across its 190 member countries detect any similarly configured bombs.

The INTERPOL Orange Notice, requested by the US authorities, contains photographs of the devices and identifying information including the fingerprints of the two suspects, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, currently being sought by authorities in the US, and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, aged 26, who died after a shoot-out with police in Boston in the early hours of Friday.

A public version of the Orange Notice – with confidential police information removed – is also being made available by the world police body.

http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News-media-releases/2013/PR050

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Marathon Bombing Suspect Captured In Watertown Following Gunbattle on Boat


A flurry of applause at the scene of a standoff between police and Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev signaled his capture Friday night.

After a nearly two-hour standoff in a Watertown neighborhood, Tsarnaev was taken from the scene by ambulance to a local hospital.

The standoff began just before 7 p.m., minutes after Massachusetts State Police announced that they had completed their door-to-door search in Watertown without locating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/04/19/gunfire-in-watertown-minutes-after-police-scale-back-search/

Martial Law In Boston: A Collage of Photos


WARNING: GRAPHIC... Tamerlan Tsarnaev Post-Mortem Photo Snuck out of Hospital (I didn't know blood looked like turnip juice when dried, interesting)





A grisly post-mortem photo of one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers appears to have been taken early today after medical personnel turned the body over to law enforcement officials.

The image of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, began circulating online this afternoon after it was posted on popular web sites like Reddit and 4chan. The source of the photo remains unclear.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/tamerlan-tsarnaev-post-mortem-photo-478612

http://beforeitsnews.com/terrorism/2013/04/graphic-unconfirmed-first-photo-of-mangled-body-of-boston-bombings-suspect-2445798.html

Craft International Private Military Forces at Boston Marathon? (Nah, it wuz dah mooslems)



There has been much discussion over the two individuals fitted with earpieces and military-esque gear spotted at the Boston Marathon, but as it turns out they may likely be employees of the Blackwater-style private military/security firm Craft International.

The two can be seen in the photo below with their hands up to their ears in what is later (second photo) confirmed to be a a wired communications device. Originally, it was thought that these men were likely some sort of military or special operations — specifically SEAL team members as indicated by an emblem on one of their black hats. After doing some digging, however, it becomes much more likely that these men are employees of Craft International — a private military/security firm similar in nature to Blackwater (Xe).

http://www.infowars.com/craft-international-private-military-forces-at-boston-marathon/

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
6.0
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 19:58:38 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 06:58:38 AM at epicenter
Location
49.968°N, 157.626°E
Depth
1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)
Region
EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
133 km (83 miles) SE (126°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

Aunt of Bostong Bombing Suspects Accuses Feds of Set-Up: "Where's the evidence?" (Shh, that's unpatriotic)

Boston Manhunt: Good friend of bombing suspect reacts to news

Ohio air show scraps Hiroshima bombing re-enactment after sparking outrage...Proud are they of being the only country to drop a Nuclear bomb on another Country in Anger?

A major US air show has canceled plans to stage a re-enactment of the World War II atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima following complaints that it was 'inappropriate.'

Dayton Air Show in Ohio has featured a re-enactment of the bombing of the Japanese city - in August 1945 - for more than 30 years.

Spokeswoman Brenda Kerfoot said a planned 'Great Wall of Fire' pyrotechnic show will still go ahead - but will not be used to represent the bombing after critics said it was inappropriate for a family event.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311627/Ohio-air-scraps-Hiroshima-bombing-enactment-Great-Wall-Fire-pyrotechnics-sparking-outrage.html

'Letter bomb' sent to German president just days after Obama was sent ricin

German authorities today destroyed a letter addressed to the country's president that was suspected of containing explosives.

A spokesman for President Joachim Gauck's office said the envelope was found during routine checks on mail late this morning.

The incident comes days after US president Barack Obama was sent a letter containing deadly ricin.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311723/Letter-bomb-sent-German-president-just-days-Obama-sent-ricin.html

Paedophile Stephen Pantlin Spared jail by Judge because brain tumour 'made him download child porn'....

A businessman has been spared jail for a second time in nine months for downloading child porn because he has a brain tumour.

Former company director, Stephen Pantlin, 49, downloaded hundreds of images of abused children on to his computers only months after being convicted of similar offences.

The 49-year-old defendant had previously been ordered to adhere to strict conditions, including having special monitoring software on his computer.

However, just a couple of months after his last conviction, he managed to get two new computers and a hard drive, so he could download hundreds of illegal images.

Today he walked free from court after the judge again accepted that the tumour and operations to reduce its size had affected his judgment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311728/Judge-spares-paedophile-jail-brain-tumour-download-child-porn.html

SECOND Costa Croc on the loose: Tourists warned as Spanish resort town is terrorised by another crocodile

A second killer crocodile is feared to be on the loose around the Costa del Sol, days after one was found dead following sightings of a large reptile in the area.

Fresh footprints found near the resort of Mijas, near Marbella in southern Spain, do not match those of the seven-foot-long reptile earlier this week.

The gardener who last month raised the alarm after spotting the creature - dubbed the Costa Croc - also insisted he had seen a bigger animal than the one that was found.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311507/Holidaymakers-warned-emerges-SECOND-Costa-Croc-loose-Spanish-resort-town.html

Britain's credit rating downgraded from AAA to AA+ by leading international agency

Britain's credit rating has been downgraded this evening by a leading international ratings agency.

Fitch Ratings trimmed the rating to AA-plus from AAA, blaming a weaker economic and fiscal outlook.

It is the second international agency to strip the country of its top-notch credit rating this year. It means borrowing costs for households and businesses as well as the government could be increased.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311755/Britains-credit-rating-downgraded-AAA-AA-leading-international-agency.html

Chechen President blames AMERICA for Boston bomb suspects’ acts of evil because of ‘immoral upbringing’

Chechnya's Russian-backed president has hit out at America for killing one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers and blamed the US for moulding them into terrorists.

Chechen-born Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died from gunshot wounds and possible blast injuries after a fierce gun battle rocked the Watertown area of Boston hours after a police officer was shot dead at the nearby MIT campus.

His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokha, fled the shoot out and is on the run, reportedly having strapped explosives to his body.

But President Ramzan Kadyrov, a former Chechen rebel himself, told US authorities that 'any attempt to draw a connection' between Chechnya and the brothers was 'futile'.

In a Russian-language statement on Instagram, he added: 'They were raised in the United States, and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there.

'It is necessary to seek the roots of this evil in America.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311664/Chechen-President-blames-AMERICA-Boston-bomb-suspects-acts-evil-immoral-upbringing.html

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF TIMOR - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
5.8
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 17:51:40 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:51:40 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.940°S, 121.604°E
Depth
9.1 km (5.7 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF TIMOR
Distances
221 km (137 miles) SSE of Baing, Indonesia

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 17:25:15 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 04:25:15 AM at epicenter
Location
14.929°S, 166.883°E
Depth
31.4 km (19.5 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
72 km (45 miles) NNW (338°) from Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu

H7N9 bird flu strain worries experts

A bird flu that has never before been a problem for humans has infected more than 80 people in China, killing 17 of them, and is raising concerns among infectious disease experts worldwide.

The first human case was identified three weeks ago, and the rapid compilation of human cases since then has public health officials in China and scientists from around the world scrambling to identify the source of the infection and prevent further spread.

So far, the strain identified as H7N9 does not appear to pass easily between humans. Human-to-human transmission is a critical sign that a virus could reach pandemic levels, such as what occurred with the H1N1 "swine flu" that quickly spread around the world in 2009.

http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/H7N9-bird-flu-strain-worries-experts-4446898.php

Flu Experts Probe H7N9 Outbreak as Cases Double in a Week

Influenza specialists from around the world are converging on China to help authorities identify how people are catching the new H7N9 bird flu strain after the number of reported cases there doubled in the past week.

China recorded its 88th H7N9 infection yesterday. Seventeen of the cases have been fatal and “several” patients are in critical condition, according to the World Health Organization.

“That’s a fairly high mortality rate,” Michael O’Leary, the WHO’s China representative, told reporters in Beijing today. Less severe cases may have escaped detection, he said. “What we don’t know is the size of the iceberg under this tip.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-19/flu-experts-probe-h7n9-outbreak-as-cases-double-in-a-week.html

U.S. Hospitals Told to Be on Lookout for H7N9 Bird Flu

U.S. hospitals are being urged to head off a spread of the new H7N9 avian influenza by looking out for people exhibiting flu-like symptoms who have traveled to China or had contact with someone who has the illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a conference call with health-care professionals yesterday to review procedures for treating bird-flu patients and controlling infections, Erin Burns, an agency spokeswoman, said in an e- mail. The Atlanta-based agency today issued interim guidance on the use of antiviral agents to treat H7N9 infections.

Issuing the guidance and holding the clinician calls “would be considered routine preparedness measures for an outbreak with pandemic potential,” Burns said.

China has recorded 92 human infections of the H7N9 strain of bird flu, with 17 of the cases fatal, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from national and provincial governments and the World Health Organization.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-19/u-s-hospitals-told-to-be-on-lookout-for-h7n9-bird-flu.html

Watertown operation: Boston bombing manhunt

Egypt Islamists demand overhaul of judiciary

Jihadist 'Islam Brigade' Growing in Damascus

French family kidnapped in Cameroon freed

Central China hailstorm leaves three dead

Hailstorms have battered parts of central China's Hunan Province since Thursday, leaving three people dead, local authorities said Friday.

According to Hunan's Provincial Department of Civil Affairs, the hailstorms have affected 105,000 residents and forced the evacuation of more than 9,400 people.

Nearly 200 houses collapsed and 11,000 houses were damaged to varying degrees. The storms have also destroyed about 3,900 hectares of crops.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-04/19/content_28597943.htm

Boston Hunt: Transport shut down | Hospitals closed

Much of Boston's transportation system followed the rest of the city into lockdown mode Friday as authorities hunted for one of the suspects in this week's deadly marathon bombings.

All modes of transit operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority -- including rail, subway, buses and ferries -- were halted Friday at the request of the police, according to Joe Pesaturo, an MBTA spokesman. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation cautioned travelers via Twitter not to wait at stations or bus stops.

Boston's Logan International Airport was operating normally under heightened security, according to airport spokesman Matthew Brelis.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/19/travel/boston-transport-shutdown/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

EU brokers historic Kosovo deal, opening door to Serbian accession

Serbia and its former province of Kosovo struck an historic deal on Friday to settle their fraught relations, opening the door to European Union membership talks for Belgrade in a milestone for the region's recovery from the collapse of Yugoslavia.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the prime ministers of both sides had initialed an agreement during talks in Brussels, capping six months of delicate negotiations after over a decade of deep animosity since Kosovo broke away in war.

"It's very important that now what we are seeing is a step away from the past and for both of them a step closer to Europe," Ashton told reporters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-serbia-kosovo-eu-idUSBRE93I0IB20130419

Boston Lockdown, house-to-house manhunt

Boston bombing suspects showed few radical signs

The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are ethnic Chechen brothers who spent much of their lives away from the breakaway Russian republic and showed few outward signs of radicalism in the United States.

Much is still unknown about Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, named by a national security official as suspects in the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded 176 on Monday.

Tamerlan, 26, a one-time Golden Gloves amateur boxer, was killed in a shootout late on Thursday. Dzhokhar, 19, described as a low-key student in high school, was the target of a massive manhunt on Friday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-usa-explosions-boston-profile-idUSBRE93I0R520130419

Boston bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev brought disgrace to Chechen ethnicity, shame to family: uncle

France investigates Sarkozy campaign funds on alleged Libya link

France has opened a judicial investigation into allegations that former President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election bid won illicit funds from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the public prosecutor's office said on Friday.

The inquiry adds to the legal issues plaguing Sarkozy, who some see making a comeback bid in 2017 after losing office last year - a defeat which cost him the immunity from prosecution he enjoyed during five years as head of state.

An official at the prosecutor's office said an inquiry had been opened after allegations made by a Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, himself under investigation in a separate affair of arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-france-sarkozy-idUSBRE93I0GL20130419

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 14:46:44 UTC
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 07:46:44 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
34.697°N, 73.243°E
Depth
19.7 km (12.2 miles)
Region
PAKISTAN
Distances
19 km (11 miles) E of Batgram, Pakistan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 19th April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 14:11:13 UTC
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:11:13 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.779°N, 140.886°E
Depth
55 km (34.2 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
7 km (4 miles) NE of Hasaki, Japan

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Boston Bomber Hunt Live



Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev Hunt: Shots Fired In Hunt For Terror Suspect

Armed police are hunting one of two men thought to be behind the Boston Marathon bombings, after his alleged accomplice was shot dead.

Described as "armed and dangerous", 19-year-old Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev is being sought by hundreds of officers in Watertown, around nine miles from Boston city centre.

He and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev - who was shot dead during a shoot-out with police - moved to the US a decade ago from a Russian region near Chechnya.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080236/boston-marathon-bombings-terror-suspect-hunt

Mob of young black women beat white and hispanic girl in Astoria Park (and even the cowardly black men join in)



Two eighth grade students are now recovering from a terrifying attack in Queens.

The girls were jumped by a mob of high school students in Astoria and the fight was all caught on video.

Cellphone cameras were rolling as a wild mob scene broke out in Astoria Park on Friday.

Stuck in the middle was 14-year-old Samatha Gonzalez, seen on the video in a black and white striped shirt.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/18/2-female-students-kicked-punched-bloodied-bruised-in-wild-queens-melee/

12 confirmed dead in Texas fertilizer plant explosion, 200 injured

A Texas law enforcement official says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that levelled a fertilizer plant.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion at facility Wednesday night in the small farming community of West, about 32 kilometres north of Waco.

Search and rescue crews have been sifting through the still-smouldering remains for survivors. That work continues. The blast crumpled dozens of homes, an apartment building, a school and a nursing home.

Authorities say there's no indication that the blast was anything other than an industrial accident sparked by a fire. The company has been cited for apparently minor safety and permitting violations over the past decade.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/04/19/texas-fertilizer-explosion.html

Boston Lockdown: Million people on LOCKDOWN as entire city of Boston is told to stay indoors during manhunt for the second bombing suspect

The entire city of Boston is on lockdown as authorities warn that residents should lock their doors and remain inside as they continue the manhunt for the surviving suspect from the marathon bombing.

The city is being controlled by SWAT teams and an army of police as they try to keep everyone indoors by shutting down the entire public transportation system, closing schools and ordering businesses to remain closed for the day.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway and commuter rail system is shut down until further notice as officials try to keep citizens off the streets following the fatal shoot out in Watertown early Friday morning that lead to the death of the first suspect.

Amtrak services between Boston and Providence have been suspended, keeping people- including 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev- from leaving the city.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311634/Boston-LOCKDOWN-ENTIRE-city-told-stay-indoors-manhunt-second-bombing-suspect.html

CHECHNYA KILLERS: One killed in shoot-out, second still on run after gun battle that left officer dead as desperate men hurled more IEDS at pursuing police cars

One of the Boston bombing suspects has been killed, left, and his 19-year-old brother, right, is today on the run and said to be 'armed and dangerous' after a dramatic firefight in the suburbs of the city. Police were today making desperate house to searches in Watertown, Boston, pictured centre, for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, dubbed 'Suspect 2', after a night of terror that left one policeman dead and another critically injured. In a night of chaos, the two Chechen brothers believed to be behind the Boston marathon bombing are said to have stolen a car and thrown bombs and traded gunfire with police chasing them. One officer was killed and another wounded. Boston was in lockdown with all mass transit shut and residents warned to stay inside.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311443/Boston-marathon-bombing-suspect-killed-shoot-Police-officer-shot-dead-second-terrorist-run-car-chase.html

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Hunt: Report of SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE at 2XX HARVARD ST in #CambMA


MASS STATE POLICE: Suspect 2, White Hat. If seen, do not approach but call 911 immediately


Boston Bomber: Father of Boston bombing suspect says son is accomplished medical student and 'a true angel' (AP)


MASS STATE POLICE: please do not broadcast video, locations of homes, cars being searched. It compromises officer safety.

Reminder-stay in home order remains in place Watertown, Boston, and residents of Cambridge, Belmont, Newton and surrounding towns.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Hunt: SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE at 2XX ALBANY ST in #CambMA


Boston Police Dept.: WARNING: Do Not Compromise Officer Safety by Broadcasting Tactical Positions of Homes Being Searched.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Hunt: SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE at CENTRE ST in #CambMA


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Uncle: "They do not deserve to Exist on Earth"