Tuesday, April 23, 2013

James McCormick found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors

A British businessman who sold bogus bomb detectors to countries at war where hundreds of people were dying and injured by explosive devices was found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey today.

James McCormick made massive sums of money selling novelty ‘golfball finders’ worth just $20 for up to $40,000 each. His maximum profits were from the vicious war in Iraq which became a byword for terrible suffering. The 57-year-old former policeman sold the devices to the government in Baghdad over a period of years for a total of $75 million.

McCormick had claimed that the ‘detectors’ could trace “everything from explosives to elephants” including narcotics, different types of fluids, gemstones, ivory and hidden people. They were able to operate, he maintained, through walls, underwater and underground.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/millionaire-businessman-james-mccormick-found-guilty-of-selling-fake-bomb-detectors-8584621.html

Australian police arrest senior member of LulzSec hacking group

Australian Federal Police have arrested the self-proclaimed leader of the international hacking group LulzSec, the collective that claimed responsibility for infiltrating and shutting down the CIA website.

Police said the 24-year-old IT worker, who held a position of trust at an international company, was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday evening and charged with hacking offences that carry a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Glen McEwen, manager of cyber crime operations at Australian Federal Police, said the man was detained at work, where he had access to sensitive information from clients including government agencies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/net-us-australia-lulzsec-arrest-idUSBRE93N02D20130424

Hero cop in Colombia saves man from speeding train

Multiple blasts rock Pakistan’s Quetta and Karachi

Burma Authorities Aided Buddhist Violence and Ethnic Cleansing Against Muslims (That's right people, welcome to reality)

Texas plant owner sued after deadly explosion

The owner of a fertilizer plant that exploded last week killing 14 people and destroying dozens of homes and an apartment complex in a tiny Texas town is being sued by a single mom and by several insurance companies.

Two lawsuits, filed in McLennan County district court, have accused Adair Grain, Inc, the parent company of West Fertilizer Co, of negligence, according to copies of the filings provided by the court on Tuesday.

The company "was negligent in the operation of its facility, creating an unreasonably dangerous condition, which led to the fire and explosion," said a lawsuit filed on Friday by insurance companies on behalf of individuals, two churches, and businesses including a Chevrolet car dealer and a bakery.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-usa-explosion-texas-lawsuits-idUSBRE93M1HP20130423

Crossing "red line" on Syria will require proof

While President Barack Obama has declared a "red line" over Syrian use of chemical weapons, U.S. officials suggested on Tuesday that Washington was unlikely to respond without clear-cut evidence of such use - evidence that may be very hard to come by.

Israel's top military intelligence analyst said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday that Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons - probably the nerve gas sarin - in their fight against rebels trying to force out President Bashar al-Assad.

He cited photographic evidence of victims foaming at the mouth, their pupils contracted.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/us-syria-crisis-usa-sarin-idUSBRE93N01W20130424

Lance Armstrong sued by government over sponsor money

The U.S. government filed court documents Tuesday laying out its case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, who is accused of defrauding the Postal Service by taking millions of dollars in sponsorship money while flouting professional cycling rules by doping.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in February it would join a whistleblower lawsuit brought in 2010 by Armstrong's former teammate, Floyd Landis, and on Tuesday filed its formal complaint.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/us-usa-armstrong-lawsuit-idUSBRE93N03M20130424

Cyber vulnerabilities found in Navy's newest warship: official

The computer network on the U.S. Navy's newest class of coastal warships showed vulnerabilities in Navy cybersecurity tests, but the issues were not severe enough to prevent an eight-month deployment to Singapore, a Navy official said on Tuesday.

A Navy team of computer hacking experts found some deficiencies when assigned to try to penetrate the network of the USS Freedom, the lead vessel in the $37 billion Littoral Combat Ship program, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/us-usa-cybersecurity-ship-idUSBRE93N02X20130424

Lawmakers grill FBI on Boston bombing investigation

U.S. lawmakers grilled top security officials on Tuesday about the handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation and why one of the suspects flagged as a possible Islamist radical was not tracked more closely.

FBI officials briefed members of Congress behind closed doors in Washington about the investigation into the April 15 blasts that killed three people and injured 264 others.

Authorities say the ethnic Chechen brothers, who immigrated to the United States a decade ago from the predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan in Russia's Caucasus, detonated two bombs made from pressure cookers near the finish line of the iconic foot race.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/us-usa-explosions-boston-shooting-idUSBRE93I0GQ20130424

Alleged Canada plot turns focus to trains' vulnerability

An alleged al Qaeda-backed plot to derail a U.S. passenger train in Canada sought to exploit the vulnerabilities of railroads that have not gotten much attention from the American public.

While the United States has sharply tightened security around airlines since the September 11, 2001, attacks, trains are far harder to police, with masses of passengers getting on and off and stops at many stations on a single line. Thousands of miles (km) of track, bridges and tunnels present a major challenge to monitor.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-arrests-usa-railroads-idUSBRE93M1IZ20130423

China confirms 108 H7N9 cases, 22 deaths

During the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, China confirmed four new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza, including two in Zhejiang, one in Anhui and the first case in Shandong.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 108 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 22 that have ended in death.

Of the total, 14 H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 72 patients are being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-04/23/c_132334426.htm

Becky Godden Murder: Mother's Plea To Killer

A mother whose daughter was murdered has pleaded with the man who led police to her daughter's remains to "come clean".

Karen Edwards urged taxi driver Christopher Halliwell to confess to killing Rebecca Godden, who was known as Becky.

Halliwell, 49, is serving life imprisonment after admitting murdering Swindon office worker Sian O'Callaghan, 22.

http://news.sky.com/story/1081901/becky-godden-murder-mothers-plea-to-killer

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL IRAN - 24th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.9
Region CENTRAL IRAN
Date time 2013-04-24 03:08:24.0 UTC
Location 33.49 N ; 50.52 E
Depth 21 km
Distances
21 km E of Golpāyegān, Iran / pop: 44,916 / local time: 07:38:24.0 2013-04-24


4.7 Magnitude Earthquake HONDURAS - 24th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 02:04:23 UTC
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 08:04:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
15.538°N, 87.221°W
Depth
17.1 km (10.6 miles)
Region
HONDURAS
Distances
5 km (3 miles) SSE of San Juan Pueblo, Honduras

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 24th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 00:37:36 UTC
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:37:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
40.074°N, 143.055°E
Depth
30.2 km (18.8 miles)
Region
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
106 km (65 miles) ENE of Miyako, Japan

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
6.5
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 23:14:42 UTC
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 09:14:42 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
3.911°S, 152.127°E
Depth
16.3 km (10.1 miles)
Region
NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
30 km (18 miles) N of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ECUADOR - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 21:15:27 UTC
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 04:15:27 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.591°S, 77.720°W
Depth
166.3 km (103.3 miles)
Region
ECUADOR
Distances
26 km (16 miles) ENE of Palora, Ecuador

Nigeria: 185 Killed, 2000 Houses Razed in Borno Town, Baga, as Soldiers, Boko Haram Fight



At least 185 persons including women and children were reported to have been killed by either gunshots or fire after suspected Boko Haram gunmen engaged soldiers of the Joint Task Force in a deadly shootout that left the commercial border town of Baga in Borno State completely burnt down.

Local government officials, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said 185 persons died, at least 2000 houses, 64 motorcycles and 40 cars were burnt in the wake of the attack.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, visited the town on Sunday and was told by residents that soldiers were responsible for the torching of houses that led to the death of many.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201304220230.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

Chinese and Indian soldiers facing off just 300 meters apart following Chinese military intrusion 15km into India


Uncertainty threatened high-level bilateral visits as Indian troops stayed locked eyeball-to-eyeball with 22 intruding Chinese soldiers in Ladakh on Tuesday and a flag meeting between the two sides flopped.

Senior officials on both sides swung into action to try and rescue visits by defence minister AK Antony to Beijing and Chinese premier Li Keqiang to India next month but sources warned that their job was getting tougher as the Chinese intrusion looked set to enter its ninth day.

Troops from the two sides are separated by just 300 metres in the cold desert battleground 17,000 feet above sea level.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Strain-on-Indo-Sino-ties-as-troops-face-off/Article1-1049389.aspx

First radiation detected in Japan from N. Korea February nuke test

Possible radioactive traces from a North Korean nuclear test in February have been detected for the first time, although it remains unclear what fissile material Pyongyang used, a monitoring organization said Tuesday.

“The ratio of the detected xenon isotopes (xenon-131m and xenon-133) is consistent with a nuclear fission event occurring more than 50 days before the detection,” the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said. “This coincides very well” with the North Korea’s announced nuclear test on Feb. 12.

The detection at a monitoring station in Japan came 55 days after the explosion.

The group said, however, that the discovery couldn’t help it answer the key question of whether Pyongyang used plutonium or uranium in the blast.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/24/world/first-radiation-detected-in-japan-from-n-korea-february-nuke-test/#.UXdDjoJAtlw

Con Artists Tormenting Chinese Immigrants In Brooklyn With Cash-Or-Curse Scam



Con artists are targeting the elderly in a frightening way in Brooklyn.

As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Tuesday, they ask for cash, and if they don’t get it, they terrorize their victims by threatening an evil curse.

As Chinese immigrants expand their growth in the city, con artists are targeting their older population, like those in Sheepshead Bay. Slattery spoke to one woman who knows one of the victims, and explained that the motive is said to be simple.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/23/con-artists-tormenting-chinese-immigrants-in-brooklyn-with-cash-or-curse-scam/

Bloomberg Says Interpretation of Constitution Will ‘Have to Change’ After Boston Bombing


In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

Mr. Bloomberg, who has come under fire for the N.Y.P.D.’s monitoring of Muslim communities and other aggressive tactics, said the rest of the country needs to learn from the attacks.

http://politicker.com/2013/04/bloomberg-says-post-boston-interpretation-of-the-constitution-will-have-to-change/

Rand Paul, the traitor: "If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don't care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him."



Ron Paul's vibrant fan base is in open rebellion today over Rand Paul's reversal on domestic drone strikes. The Kentucky senator, whose famous 13-hour Senate floor filibuster did much to strengthen his ties with his father's hardcore following, told Fox Business Network on Tuesday he's OK with drone strikes on American citizens who, for instance, rob a liquor store.

"I've never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on," Paul said. "If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don't care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him."

While it's true that Paul has always made an exception for "imminent threats" -- a 9/11-like moment -- the liquor store scenario struck many libertarians as a very low threshold for domestic drone strikes, especially considering Paul's Senate floor remarks, which if you recall, took a more anti-drone stance.

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/04/23/ron_paul_fans_furious_over_rand_pauls_drone_flip_flop

Matt's outrage:
Are there no men of conviction, and the courage to maintain it, left in the West?

China's gathering environmental storm: Earthquakes, polluted air, cancer clusters may threaten the ruling regime's 'mandate of heaven'


China's new leaders are grappling with their first natural disaster — the earthquake that struck Lushan county, a remote mountainous area of Sichuan province, early Saturday morning, killing about 200 people and injuring many thousands.

In office for only five weeks, the new leadership seems determined to do a better job than the last one, and for good reason.

The relationship between the country's rulers and the natural world looms large in traditional Chinese thought. Dynasties have risen and fallen on their handling of things like irrigation and flood control, and natural disasters have been interpreted almost as nature's commentary on the quality of governance.

It was no surprise then that, within hours of Saturday's quake, Premier Li Keqiang arrived at the epicentre by helicopter to begin sympathizing with victims and supervising the rescue effort.

Li's predecessor, Wen Jiabao, was criticized for arriving late at some disasters, and often ridiculed as "China's best actor" for the theatrical tears he would shed when he did arrive.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/04/22/f-vp-brown-china-environment.html

4th headless sea lion found on Vancouver Island beach


Officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are investigating after a headless sea lion was found dead on a Campbell River beach on Vancouver Island.

The massive animal's rotting corpse was still lying on the beach on Monday, and officers said it appeared the head had been cut off.

"We’ve got another situation of a sea lion that’s died that’s had its body parts removed, head in this case," said Paul Cottrell, spokesman for DFO.

It "is very disturbing, and it is similar to incidents that we had in the last six months, so [it's] something that we’re definitely looking into."

At least three other mutilated sea lion carcasses have been found on Vancouver Island beaches in the past few months, including one further south in Comox last fall.

In that case, the skin on the animal’s back had been removed and someone had attempted to remove the head. Officers also discovered that the whiskers on the head were missing.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/04/22/bc-sea-lion-campbell-river.html

Shocking Footage: Americans Ordered Out Of Homes At Gunpoint By SWAT teams



Note from Alex Jones: Even though we have seen countless instances of lone gunmen on the street, we have never seen an entire city locked down as we witnessed last week in Boston and its suburbs. The very definition of martial law is when due process is suspended and Americans are under military rule.

Infowars.com has reviewed hundreds of photos, many sent to us by our listeners, of militarized police pointing guns at them and treating citizens like terrorist criminals.

Below are samples of these images. We also saw a clip on CNN during the prison lock down in Boston showing a woman in a park playing with her children and a police helicopter told her to get out of the park.

Tons of photos and more info here

Matt's question:
How much will it take for people to begin taking this seriously?

Ricin suspect released from jail

The Mississippi man charged with sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge was released from jail on Tuesday, federal official said, though the reason for the release wasn't immediately clear.

Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., said Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody. Woodfin said he doesn't know if there were any conditions on the release.

The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing without explaining the reason for the change.

http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-ricin-suspect-released-jail-171027275.html

"White House attacked, Obama Injured": Hackers compromise AP Twitter account, send out fake tweet that sinks stock markets


Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.

The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.

The AP said Tuesday that its Twitter account had been suspended following a hack and said it was working to correct the issue.

The cyberattack is the latest in a string targeting international media organizations.

The tweet put out by hackers briefly sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower.

www.breitbart.com/system/wire/DA5RCA8O2

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 17:02:43 UTC
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 02:02:43 AM at epicenter
Location
0.597°S, 127.847°E
Depth
42.6 km (26.5 miles)
Region
HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
Distances
164 km (102 miles) SSE (162°) from Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 15:43:53 UTC
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11:43:53 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
15.883°N, 121.968°E
Depth
40.5 km (25.2 miles)
Region
LUZON, PHILIPPINES
Distances
28 km (17 miles) S of Dinalongan, Philippines

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 14:17:57 UTC
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11:17:57 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
29.162°N, 138.551°E
Depth
519.1 km (322.6 miles)
Region
IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
Distances
427 km (265 miles) WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan

Boston officials say 264 injured in marathon bombing

A total of 264 people injured in last week's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon were treated at 26 hospitals in the days following the attack, the Boston Public Health Commission said on Tuesday. Three people died in the attack.

Authorities have revised the number of injured several times over the past week as additional cases proved to be linked to the explosions on April 15. The latest count is higher than earlier estimates and reflects patients who may not have sought medical help at the scene but later checked in to hospitals in the area, said Nick Martin, a spokesman for the commission.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-usa-explosions-boston-injuries-idUSBRE93M0LW20130423

U.S. rejects North Korean demand for nuclear status

North Korea insisted on Tuesday that it be recognized as a nuclear weapons state, a demand the United States promptly dismissed as "neither realistic nor acceptable".

After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula, including North Korean threats of nuclear war, the North has in recent days begun to at least talk about dialogue in response to calls for talks from both the United States and South Korea.

The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper rejected as unacceptable the U.S. and South Korean condition that it agree to dismantle its nuclear weapons and suspend missile launches before talks can begin.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-korea-north-idUSBRE93M03R20130423

Fresh China-Japan Tension Over Disputed Islands

Tensions have flared up again between Tokyo and Beijing after Chinese ships and a flotilla of Japanese activists both arrived in the waters near a group of disputed islands.

The two countries have been at odds over the small rocky islands in the East China Sea after Japan purchased some in September, drawing anger from Beijing and anti-Japanese demonstrations across China.

No clashes were reported between the flotilla of 10 boats carrying about 80 nationalist activists, escorted by Japan’s Coast Guard vessels, and the Chinese ships.

http://news.sky.com/story/1081809/fresh-china-japan-tension-over-disputed-islands

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:00:09 UTC
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 06:00:09 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
12.699°N, 89.254°W
Depth
62.7 km (39.0 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
Distances
87 km (54 miles) S of La Libertad, El Salvador

Syria: Insurgents Shell Lebanese towns in Hermel region (22/04/13)

Nusra Front Blow up Civilian Homes in Masrib, Deir Ezzor

Hospitals 'Deport' Sick, Undocumented Immigrants

Huge spring floods are already inundating cities like Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Grand River has already hit a record

Springtime Snow Hits Denver

Mars One: Astronauts wanted for one-way ticket to Mars

Syria war: Missiles and rockets fired by rebels and government forces

Greeks prefer junta over incineration by Troika

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with conspiring to use WMD, may face death penalty.....Must of been a stockpile of Pressure Cookers in Iraq

'US backed Chechen 'freedom fighters', faces fallout of 'enemy's enemy' policy'

Euro zone slump moderates but German worries appear: PMIs

A sharp drop in German business activity overshadowed an easing downturn in France in April, surveys showed on Tuesday, raising concerns over a further economic contraction in the euro zone.

Markit's flash euro zone services PMI, an early gauge of business activity each month, rose to 46.6 in April from 46.4 in March, below the 50 line that divides growth from contraction but matching the forecast of economists.

Survey compiler Markit cautioned against taking the rise as a clear sign the region's recession has bottomed out, pointing to a surprise decline in German companies that form the backbone of the euro zone economy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-poll-euro-zone-idUSBRE93M0AA20130423

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 08:55:06 UTC
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:55:06 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
51.349°N, 176.030°W
Depth
30.8 km (19.1 miles)
Region
ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Distances
73 km (45 miles) SE of Adak, Alaska

Robot unearths three mysterious passages in 2,000-year-old tunnel near the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico

A tiny robot has made a momentous archaeological discovery deep under the famous Temple of Quetzalcoatl, near the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico, it was announced on Monday.

Experts expected to find just one ancient chamber at the end of a stretch of 2,000-year-old unexplored tunnel at the Teotihuacan site. Instead, the remote-controlled vehicle has beamed back images of three mysterious caverns.

The three-foot-long investigator, named Tlaloc II-TC after the Aztec god of rain, was first lowered into the depths of the pyramid to check it was safe for human entry.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313312/Robot-discovers-unexplored-passages-2-000-year-old-tunnel-near-Pyramid-Sun-Mexico.html

A.J. Clemente FIRED after his first words on air are 'f***, s***'

Mysterious structure found at bottom of ancient lake

A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently.

"We just bumped into it," recalls Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the project. "Usually the bottom of the lake is quite smooth. We were surprised to find a large mound. Initially we didn't realize the importance of this but we consulted with a couple of geologists, and they said it looked like an unusually large Bronze Age statue."

The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet (70 meters) at the base of the structure, is 32 feet (10 meters) tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/19/world/meast/israel-ancient-structure-mystery/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

China 'detained activists' in sweep

Chinese authorities have detained at least a half-dozen activists this month, human rights groups said, in what appears to be a crackdown targeting a campaign to publicize the financial assets of top government officials.

Human rights groups named six supporters of the New Citizens Movement who they said had been rounded up by security forces in several waves starting on April 1. Among them were Ding Jiaxi, a human rights lawyer, and Zhao Changqing, a former student leader from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

All six activists are being charged with unlawful assembly, said Liang Xiaojun, a human rights lawyer.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/22/world/asia/china-activists-detained/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

Taliban captures Turks in Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents seized an Afghan pilot and nine foreign nationals from a transport helicopter after it was forced to make an emergency landing late Sunday night in eastern Afghanistan, authorities said.

The private helicopter, that was used to carry food and other items for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was headed to Kabul from a NATO base in Khost province when it was forced to land in Azra district in neighboring Logar province, said the district's governor, Hamidullah Hamid.

On board were seven Turkish engineers and three pilots: an Afghan and two Russians. Because it's not always safe to travel by road in areas with heavy militant activity, engineers and others will often hitch rides in helicopters delivering supplies.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/22/world/asia/afghanistan-unrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

China: Quake survivors fear going home

Chinese ships 'near disputed islands'

Japan said Tuesday that eight Chinese government ships had entered waters around a group of islands in the East China Sea that lie at the heart of a territorial dispute between the two countries.

The Japanese Coast Guard said the number of Chinese ships around the uninhabited islands -- known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese -- was the largest since tensions increased over the dispute last year.

The Japanese government bought several of the islands from a private owner in September, angering Chinese authorities and provoking a spate of sometimes violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in many Chinese cities.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/23/world/asia/japan-china-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Buddhism: When pacifists go to war

For Thailand's Queen Sirikit, the 2007 attack on a minibus in southern Thailand's Yala province -- in which suspected Muslim militants shot eight Buddhists through the head in broad daylight -- was simply further proof of what she'd been saying for more than three years.

"We have to help people there to survive. If they need to be trained, train them. If they need to be armed, arm them," she was quoted as saying by one of her military staff, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, Thailand was convulsed by demonstrations condemning the attack.

Her response was to boost her support for the Or Ror Bor or Village Protection Force, the militia the Royal Aide-de-Camp department, under Queen Sirikit's direction, established in 2004.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/22/world/asia/buddhism-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_c6

Basic bomb's deadly blast

India asks: Why has nothing changed?

Four months after a vicious gang rape left a 23-year-old physiotherapy student dead and triggered a national outcry over the treatment of women, more protests ignited in New Delhi after another brutal rape -- this time the victim was a five-year-old girl.

Two men have been arrested in the case. Authorities say the girl was abducted, locked in a house and raped repeatedly. She was found semiconscious three days later and doctors removed foreign objects from her genitals, including candle pieces and a small bottle.

"In a capital city, we cannot provide protection to a young girl," said Bhagyashri Dengle, the executive director of Plan India, an organization that works to help underprivileged children.

The girl's family said that police officers had tried to bribe them to keep quiet about the case.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/22/world/asia/india-rape-sexism/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Bishops 'kidnapped by Syrian rebels'

Armed rebels in Syria have kidnapped two of the country's most prominent bishops, according to reports by state media. The two men had previously warned of the threat to religious tolerance and diversity arising from the two-year conflict in the country.

The Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi, were seized by “a terrorist group” in the village of Kfar Dael in the northern province of Aleppo as they were “carrying out humanitarian work”, said the government-owned SANA news agency.

A Syriac member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Abdulahad Steifo, said the men had been kidnapped on the road to Aleppo from the rebel-held Bab al Hawa crossing with Turkey.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130423-bishops-kidnapped-syria-rebels-aleppo-religion

Protest over Christian persecution in Egypt outside House of Lords

Enraged demonstrators condemned persecution of Coptic Christians outside the House of Lords during a protest demonstration organised by Coptic United on Saturday.

Coptic clerics, Human rights activists, leaders of like-minded organisations including Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), a Glasgow-based Human rights organisation’s Chief Executive, Sheraz Khan and others participated in the protest demonstration.

The protesters throughout the demonstration shouted full-throated slogans: “Christian blood isn’t cheap”, “Many killed and not a word said”, “Stop Islamisation of Egypt”, “No Islam by force” “We demand justice” “Where is justice”, “Wake up UK”

Addressing the demonstrators Dr. Ibrahim Habib, head of Coptic United, England accused Egypt President Muhammad Morsi’s regime of not doing anything for the people of Egypt.

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=4284

EU lifts sanctions against Burma...Despite Ethnic Cleansing reports!

The European Union has lifted the last of its trade, economic and individual sanctions against Burma in response to its political reform programme.

The sanctions were temporarily lifted last year, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi agreed Burma's progress merited the move being made permanent.

An EU foreign ministers' meeting said an arms embargo would stay in place.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22254493

Russian Police Continue Belgorod Shooter Manhunt

Russian police posted a reward of at least 3 million rubles ($95,000) on Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of the man suspected of shooting dead six people in Belgorod in southwest Russia on Monday afternoon.

The suspected assailant, named by police as 32-year-old Sergei Pomazun, opened fire from a hunting shop at random victims with a rifle before moving on to the streets of Belgorod. He later fled in the same vehicle in which he had arrived at the scene.

Police and the city administration said a 14-year-old girl was among the dead, five of whom died at the scene of the attack. A sixth victim died shortly after in hospital.

http://en.ria.ru/crime/20130423/180794923/Russian-Police-Continue-Belgorod-Shooter-Manhunt.html

Chileans demand water rights in massive Earth Day protest

In New Mexico, drone pilots learn new art of war

The tide of war may be receding, as President Barack Obama is fond of saying, but U.S. military demand for unmanned drones and their remote pilots is growing.

Here in the New Mexico desert, the U.S. Air Force has ramped up training of drone operators - even as the nation increasingly debates their use and U.S. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan.

"Every combatant commander in the world is asking for these things. Down in Southcom, Africom, Pacom, they're all asking for these assets, so it is in very high demand," said Lt. Col. Mike Weaver, 16th Training Squadron commander at Holloman Air Force Base, referring to the military's Southern, Africa and Pacific commands.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-usa-security-drones-idUSBRE93M04520130423

North Korea demands recognition as nuclear arms state

North Korea demanded on Tuesday that it be recognized as a nuclear weapons state, rejecting a U.S. condition that it agree to give up its nuclear arms program before talks can begin.

After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula, including North Korean threats of nuclear war, the North has in recent days begun to at least talk about dialogue in response to calls for talks from both the United States and South Korea.

The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper rejected as groundless and unacceptable the U.S. and South Korean condition that it agrees to dismantle its nuclear weapons and suspend missile launches.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-korea-north-idUSBRE93M03R20130423

French embassy in Tripoli hit by car bomb

France's embassy in Libya was hit by what appeared to be a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in the capital Tripoli since the end of the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Residents living near the embassy compound, in the capital's Hay Andalus area, said they heard two blasts early in the morning around 0700 a.m. (0500 GMT).

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-libya-attack-idUSBRE93M05320130423

Security officials face grilling over Boston bombings

Top security officials face a grilling from lawmakers on Tuesday over whether authorities who have charged one man with the Boston Marathon bombings may have overlooked warning signs two years ago flagging the other suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death at a bedside hearing on Monday in his hospital room, where he was recovering from gunshot wounds suffered in shootouts with police.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-usa-explosions-boston-shooting-idUSBRE93I0GQ20130423

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake JUJUY, ARGENTINA - 23rd April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 06:20:21 UTC
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 03:20:21 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
23.419°S, 66.630°W
Depth
197.8 km (122.9 miles)
Region
JUJUY, ARGENTINA
Distances
93 km (57 miles) NNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

Hewell Prison Branded 'Unsafe And Degrading'

One of the country's largest jails, HMP Hewell, has been labelled "unsafe and degrading" after a surprise visit from the chief inspector of prisons.

The Worcestershire prison is also "unacceptably dirty" and experiences a high level of assaults, said Nick Hardwick in his damning report.

"There are significant concerns about HMP Hewell, whose performance has deteriorated sharply since our last inspection," Mr Hardwick said.

"Much of the prison provided an unsafe and degrading environment for staff and prisoners alike."

http://news.sky.com/story/1081651/hewell-prison-branded-unsafe-and-degrading

French Embassy Attacked In Libya

The French embassy in Libya has been damaged after a car bomb attack in the capital of Tripoli.

According to reports at least two security guards were injured in the attack.

"There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a booby-trapped car," a Libyan official told Reuters.

"There was a lot of damage and there are two guards wounded."

http://news.sky.com/story/1081705/injuries-as-french-embassy-attacked-in-libya

Al Qaeda's boy commandos: Children as young as FIVE show off their horrifying arsenal of weapons at terror training camp

They are barely bigger than the assault rifles they grasp clumsily in their hands.

Yet these children are being trained to become the next generation of terrorists from the age of just five.

Sitting in long lines as if on a school outing, they struggle to lift deadly AK-47s as they are made to fire off a flurry of rounds, their tiny bodies getting knocked back by the recoil.

Others grapple with pistols as they are brainwashed into waging Jihad on the West and becoming suicide bombers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313023/The-Talibans-boy-commandos-Children-young-FIVE-horrifying-arsenal-weapons-terror-training-camp.html

'UFO's' flying in formation over Cork, Ireland

Hollande is most unpopular French president since Charles de Gaulle at height of 1968 riots

French president Francois Hollande has become the most unpopular president in five decades, a new poll has revealed.

Mr Hollande's personal approval rating has plunged to just 25 per cent of the population amid soaring unemployment and ballooning public debt
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He is even more unpopular that President Charles de Gaulle was in 1968 - when millions of French rioted to demand a complete overhaul of French society.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312906/Hollande-unpopular-French-president-Charles-Gaulle-height-1968-riots.html

'No water for him. Let him die': Horrifying moment Burmese Buddhists set fire to Muslim man in riots which left 43 dead - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: The video was largely filmed by police in the town of Meiktila, Burma during intense bloodshed between Buddhists and Muslim last month. The clip shows a man - almost certainly a Muslim - rolling around on the ground in dazed agony having been set alight by an angry mob.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312807/Burma-riots-Horrifying-moment-Buddhists-set-Muslim-man.html

Merkel warns eurozone that the Germa......EU 'has the last word' on national budgets ahead of crunch talks on saving the single currency

Countries in the single currency were warned last night they must accept the EU ‘has the last word’ on control of national budgets.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the continent’s most powerful leader, insisted countries would be forced to cede more sovereignty to rescue the troubled euro.

Her remarks, ahead of a summit of European leaders to discuss so-called ‘fiscal union’ in June, raised fresh concerns about Britain’s place in a rapidly changing European Union.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313140/Merkel-warns-eurozone-EU-word-national-budgets-ahead-crunch-talks-saving-single-currency.html

Leave justice to us, police warn vigilante paedophile hunters using Facebook to lure suspects before confronting them

A group of parents calling themselves 'Letzgo Hunting', have been posing as underage girls to confront potential paedophiles around Leicester, but police have warned them on taking the law into their own hands. Six alleged would-be sex attackers have been arrested from across the Midlands as a result of their tactics.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312824/Leave-justice-police-warn-vigilante-paedophile-hunters-using-Facebook-lure-suspects-confronting-them.html

Population of Spain FALLS for first time as foreigners leave because of eurozone crisis

Spain's population has fallen for the first time - because of the eurozone crisis.

The number of residents fell by 206,000 to 47.1million, the National Statistics Institute said, a figure entirely accounted for by foreign residents.

It was the first time a population drop had been recorded in official statistics since records began in 1857 - although until 1998 figures were published roughly every decade, rather than annually.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313261/Population-Spain-FALLS-time-foreigners-leave-eurozone-crisis.html

Armed Rebels abduct two bishops in northern Syria

Militants in a rebel-held area of northern Syria have abducted two bishops travelling from the Turkish border back to the city of Aleppo.

The kidnapping was reported by Syrian state media and confirmed by a member of the official opposition leadership.

Yohanna Ibrahim is head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo and Boulos Yaziji leads the Greek Orthodox Church in the city.

They are the most senior Christian clerics caught up directly in the war.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22259631

Eric Justin Toth Arrested by Police in Nicaragua

Police in Nicaragua announced the arrest of Eric Justin Toth, an American on the FBI's most wanted list, who is sought on child pornography charges.

Toth, a former schoolteacher and camp counselor was taken into custody in the northern city of Esteli on Saturday, police said. He had been living under an assumed identity the city 148 kilometers (92 miles) north of Managua since October, said national police chief Aminta Granera.

The suspect was transferred to Managua where he was presented to the press ahead of his swift extradition from this Central American nation.

Granera said Toth resisted arrest, though she did not detail how, before he was subdued and then transferred to Managua.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jVeASk8fODD957f0bVMNlZ9q8yYg?docId=CNG.6310f307347058d2d739d76148d6c09e.1b1

Cameron heads for row over EU opt-out

David Cameron is heading for a new coalition row over Europe, after his plan to pull Britain out of 130 EU justice and police co-operation measures was denounced by senior peers as dangerous to national security.

A report by the cross-party Lords EU committee echoes concerns by police and security chiefs by warning that opting out of the laws would have “significant adverse negative repercussions” for British security and justice.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d3944fac-ab61-11e2-8c63-00144feabdc0.html

Canada confirms arrests in plot to attack train

Japanese activists depart for disputed islands

Era of austerity has run its course, EU says

France and Spain fell short of their budget deficit goals last year and debt levels swelled across the euro zone but the pressure may be easing on Paris and Madrid as the European Commission signals an end to sharp spending cuts.

Outlining the state of Europe's accounts in 2012, the EU's statistics office Eurostat said on Monday that France posted a deficit of 4.8 percent of economic output, higher than its 4.5 percent target. Spain's shortfall was the largest in the EU.

With budget cuts blamed for a second straight year of recession, the EU's top economics official Olli Rehn indicated over the weekend that more flexibility on tough economic targets was needed. His boss, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, said on Monday that austerity had reached its natural limits of popular support.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/22/us-eu-economy-idUSBRE93L14G20130422

U.S. Army Sergeant John Russell pleads guilty to murdering fellow servicemen in Iraq

A U.S. soldier pleaded guilty on Monday to murder for shooting dead five fellow servicemen at a military counseling center in Iraq, a plea made in a deal with military prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.

U.S. Army Sergeant John Russell was accused of killing two medical staff officers and three soldiers at Camp Liberty, adjacent to the Baghdad airport, in a 2009 shooting the military said at the time could have been triggered by combat stress.

Russell pleaded guilty to five counts of intentional murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of assault. The hearing was held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/22/us-usa-iraq-courtmartial-idUSBRE93L0EL20130422

China confirms 104 H7N9 cases, 21 deaths - 13 recovered

During the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. on Monday, China confirmed two new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza -- both reported in Zhejiang.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 104 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 21 that have ended in death.

Of the total, 13 H7N9 patients have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 70 patients are being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2013-04/22/c_132331182.htm

H7N9: China says new bird flu case found in northeast

A man in the northeastern Chinese province of Shandong has been infected by a new strain of bird flu, the first case found in the province, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, bringing the total number of victims in China to 105.

The H7N9 virus has killed 20 people in China. Although it is not clear how people are becoming infected, the World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no evidence of the most worrying scenario - sustained transmission between people.

A 36-year-old man from the city of Zaozhuang in Shandong was being treated in hospital, while two more people were infected in eastern Zhejiang province, Xinhua said.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51619317#.UXU5d6JcOIU

Mexico Reports 11 New H7N3 Flu Outbreaks

MEXICO - There were 11 new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of the H7N3 subtype during the last month.

The veterinary authority has sent Follow Up Report No.5 dated 17 April to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report outlines 11 new outbreaks of H7N3 HPAI starting between 4 March and 4 April. A total of 664,126 poultry were involved, among which there were 8,505 cases and 502 birds died.

Of the new outbreaks, six were in in Jalisco, four in Guanajuato and one in Tlaxcala. Six outbreaks were on commercial layer farms (four in Jalisco and two in Guanajuato), three on heavy breeder farms (one in Jalisco and two in Guanajuato), one in broilers (Jalisco) and one in backyard poultry (Tlaxcala). An epidemiological investigation is on-going in this last outbreak.

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/28737/mexico-reports-11-new-h7n3-flu-outbreaks