Sunday, April 28, 2013

Golden Dawn Blood Donation Draws Ire

The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party’s ongoing blood drives with donations earmarked only for Greeks pitted it against protesters outside a hospital in Tripoli in which a man who was photographing the event said he was attacked by the extremists.

Tensions rose on April 27 at the Panarkadiko Hospital of Tripoli, Peloponnese, when Golden Dawners ordered the cameraman to delete video footage recorded on his mobile phone, arguing that their faces should not be identifiable.

Labour unionists of PAME – the trade union affiliated with the Communist party KKE – had gathered outside the hospital protesting Golden Dawn and holding banners that read “Golden Dawn is the bosses’ sidekick and the system protects them.”

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/04/28/golden-dawn-blood-donation-draws-ire/

Greece omnibus bill paves way for 2000 immediate civil service layoffs

Greece's Parliament has approved an emergency omnibus bill that will ensure continued bailout funding by the country's creditors and pave the way for public sector layoffs.

The bill, which passed in a by 168-123 vote Sunday night, paves the way for the first civil service layoffs in more than a century. About 2,000 civil servants will be laid off by the end of May, with another 2,000 following by the end of the year and a further 11,500 by end-2014, for a total of 15,500.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/greece-omnibus-bill-paves-way-for-2-000-immediate-civil-service-layoffs-1.1258056

Italy's newly sworn-in government takes office amid fears of social tension

Italy's awaited new government took office on Sunday amid hopes of urgent reforms against recession and fears of civil disorder, as two police officers and a passerby were shot and injured during what was supposed to be a day of celebration.

Enrico Letta, a prominent member of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), was sworn in as prime minister at the head of an unprecedented large coalition including the center-right and PD opponent People of Freedom (PdL) of former premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Letta and his 21 ministers swore to President Giorgio Napolitano, the first to be reelected in Italy's history and architect of what he called the "only government possible" to introduce immediate measures to tackle deepening crisis, signaling the end of two months of political stalemate.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-04/29/c_132348090.htm

Conservatives turn on anti-EU rival before vote

The Conservatives derided the rival UK Independence Party as a "collection of clowns" on Sunday as they tried to stop supporters switching to the surging anti-European Union movement in local elections this week.

Thursday's vote in England and Wales offers parties a chance to test the political climate before a national election in 2015 at a time when Conservative strategists fear UKIP will split the centre-right vote.

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, the senior partner in a two-party national coalition, trail the opposition Labour party by up to 10 percentage points in opinion polls.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/29/uk-britain-politics-election-idUKBRE93R08120130429

Dongguan faces H7N9 virus hit

Concern has mounted in Hong Kong as neighboring Dongguan city in Guangdong started culling poultry after suspected H7N9 bird flu was detected in chicken for the first time.
In Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang visited a disease control center to stress the importance of preventive efforts.

The mainland reported 11 more people with H7N9 bird flu, bringing the total number of infections to date to 123, including 24 deaths.

The central province of Hunan confirmed its first case yesterday, while eastern Jiangxi reported three more for a total of five, and Fujian recorded its second case.

Li asked medics to stay on high alert as "this is a new virus, and we don't have all the information."

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=11&art_id=133270&sid=39583103&con_type=3&d_str=20130429&fc=10

More H7N9 cases reported in China

Five more H7N9 bird flu cases were confirmed Sunday in four Chinese provinces, according to local health authorities.

The latest confirmed cases came from east China's Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Shandong provinces, as well as southeast China's Fujian Province.

A 38-year-old man surnamed Xu tested positive for the bird flu in Zhejiang's capital of Hangzhou, according to the provincial health department.

He exhibited flu symptoms on April 18 and is now hospitalized at the First Affiliated Hospital at Zhejiang University.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-04/28/c_132348080.htm

US health leader warns of human-to-human H7N9 bird flu

There is no evidence that the deadly H7N9 bird flu has yet spread between humans in China but health authorities must be ready for the virus to mutate at any time, a top US virologist has warned.

Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said officials in China had studied more than 1,000 close contacts of confirmed cases and not found any evidence of human-to-human transmission.

"That is powerful evidence because if you had a thousand contacts with someone with the flu you would be pretty sure some of them would have been infected," Fauci said in an interview with AFP.

Nevertheless, Fauci cautioned that authorities needed to be ready for the possibility of the virus mutating and spreading between humans.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130428-us-health-leader-warns-human-human-h7n9-bird-flu

2.8 Magnitude Earthquake GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA - 29th April 2013

Magnitude
2.8
Date-Time
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 03:06:19 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 08:06:19 PM at epicenter
Location
33.962°N, 118.422°W
Depth
12 km (7.5 miles)
Region
GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
Distances
3 km (2 miles) SE (125°) from Marina del Rey, CA

Millions in CIA "ghost money" paid to Afghan president's office: New York Times

Tens of millions of U.S. dollars in cash were delivered by the CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, according to the New York Times, citing current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.

The so-called "ghost money" was meant to buy influence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but instead fuelled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington's exit strategy from Afghanistan, the newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying.

"The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan", one American official said, "was the United States."


http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/29/us-afghanistan-money-cia-idUSBRE93S00K20130429

Syrian Christians hold a mass to pray for the release of two bishops who were kidnapped by Rebels in northern Syria

Campaigners call for ban on "killer robots"

Machines with the ability to attack targets without any human intervention must be banned before they are developed for use on the battlefield, campaigners against "killer robots" urged on Tuesday.

The weapons, which could be ready for use within the next 20 years, would breach a moral and ethical boundary that should never be crossed, said Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, of the "Campaign To Stop Killer Robots".

"If war is reduced to weapons attacking without human beings in control, it is going to be civilians who are going to bear the brunt of warfare," said Williams, who won the 1997 peace prize for her work on banning landmines.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/23/us-arms-robots-idUSBRE93M12620130423

Gunmen surround Libyan foreign ministry

Gunmen surrounded Libya's Foreign Ministry on Sunday, calling for a ban on officials who worked for deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi holding senior positions in the new administration.

Just days after the French embassy in Tripoli was bombed, the armed protest raised fresh security fears in the capital and the German embassy suspended some of its activities.

At least 20 pick-up trucks loaded with anti-aircraft guns blocked the roads while men armed with AK-47 and sniper rifles directed the traffic away from the Foreign Ministry, witnesses said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/29/us-libya-militia-idUSBRE93R03B20130429

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION - 29th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 02:32:50 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 09:32:50 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
3.282°S, 78.607°W
Depth
91.3 km (56.7 miles)
Region
PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION
Distances
14 km (8 miles) NNW of Gualaquiza, Ecuador

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 29th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 01:41:33 UTC
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:41:33 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
3.135°S, 136.979°E
Depth
40.7 km (25.3 miles)
Region
PAPUA, INDONESIA
Distances
111 km (68 miles) NE of Enarotali, Indonesia

The Sun and how it's affecting our weather

The New America: Women's Lingerie Now for Men


If you’re a man and have ever wanted to dress in women’s lingerie a firm has come up with the perfect product for you.

HommeMystere are hoping their new range of lingerie for males, which includes thongs and padded bras, will change the landscape of men’s underwear.

The Australian firm said their under garments include ‘comfortable men’s panties that really do fit, bra straps that don’t fall off the shoulder, teddies that don’t ride up halfway through the night and quality soft fabrics that feel great for all day wear’.

http://metro.co.uk/2013/04/27/lingerie-firm-launches-womens-underwear-for-men-3669208/

*Matt shakes his head in disappointment, then clicks the "publish" button*

Iran and Syria moving advanced anti-aircraft equipment to Lebanon, while Israeli planes circle Damascus: How near is war?


Israeli Air Force jets were reported flying over Damascus in the last few hours by foreign sources. According to debkafile’s Iranian and intelligence sources, Iran has been pushing Bashar Assad hard to let Hizballah have sophisticated weapons, including self-propelled SA-17 interceptor missile systems. Tehran is reminding the Syrian ruler of the debt he owes Hizballah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah who was ready to deploy 5,000 out of Hizballah’s 8,000 combat-ready fighters to Syrian battlefields to fight rebel forces and keep the Assad regime in power.

Assad is therefore in no position to spurn Tehran’s demand.

And so, preparations for sending those weapons systems across to Lebanon have been sighted in the last few days at Syrian military bases. Israeli Air Force are said to be overhead monitoring these movements after Israel repeatedly warned Damascus any attempts to make such transfers would draw a reaction.

On Jan. 30, Israel bombed a convoy passing through Jamraya near Damascus on its way to Lebanon with a consignment of sophisticated weapons systems for Hizballah.

The drone launched on April 25 from Lebanon, which Israeli fighter planes shot down opposite Haifa, is seen now as a counter-warning from Tehran that if Israel strikes another arms convoy on its way from Syria to Lebanon, the next drones flying over Israel would be armed and come in numbers.

http://www.debka.com/article/22934/Tehran-presses-Assad-to-send-Hizballah-sophisticated-anti-air-interceptors

The Twidiocracy: The decline of Western civilization, 140 characters at a time

At the risk of being abrasive, I am about to say something unthinkable, heretical. I am about to say six words you have likely never heard from a working member of the media, and may never hear again: Do not follow me on Twitter.

You can try, if so inclined. But unlike Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, the pope, the Dalai Lama, and the Church of England (which invited Twitter users to help select the next archbishop of Canterbury), you won’t find me there. I’m not on it, and hope never to be. I say hope, because the clip at which the Twidiocracy has infiltrated itself into every crevice of society might leave me no choice. In the dystopian future—which in the age of Google glasses is starting to feel like the dystopian present—I might be forced to join Twitter in order to, say, collect my Social Security e-check when the time comes. Though the likelihood of there still being Social Security in 25 years is much less than the likelihood of people endlessly tweeting about how there’s no more Social Security.

If you’re not following this, there’s an outside chance you still have an analog life that unfolds beyond the glow of a screen. That you remember a time, not all that long ago, when the social-media contagion of FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram hadn’t yet made us wonder how we used to talk to each other. A time when a phone was considered a communication device, not an extra limb. (A Stanford study found 75 percent of iPhone users fall asleep with their phones in their beds, only 2 percent less than the number of spouses who sleep with each other.) More likely, it just means you’ve been in a deep coma since Twitter’s birth in 2006. In which case, I envy you.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/twidiocracy_719178.html#

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Ecology vs Economy: Dirty gold dig split Greeks in Chalkidiki

California: Manhunt After Intruder Stabs Girl, 8, At Home

A manhunt is under way in northern California for a suspect in the stabbing death of an eight-year-old girl.

The youngster, named by officials as Leila Fowler, was found by her 12-year-old brother after he came face-to-face with an intruder at their home in the rural community of Valley Springs.

Calaveras County Sheriff's office said the man was considered armed and dangerous, and authorities are warning residents in the town of Valley Springs to lock their doors.

The sheriff's office declined to release details of the attack.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084100/manhunt-after-intruder-stabs-girl-8-at-home

Department of Homeland Security spending exceeds that of New Deal

Video surveillance is big business. Expect it to get bigger. After law enforcement used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help identify last week's Boston bombing suspects, lawmakers and surveillance advocates renewed calls for increased numbers of cameras nationwide.

"We need more cameras, and we need them now," ran a Slate headline.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) agrees. In an interview the day after the bombings with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, he called for more video surveillance so that we can "stay ahead of the terrorists."

"So yes, I do favor more cameras," said King, who sits on the U.S. House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees and has also called for increased monitoring of Muslim Americans. "They're a great law enforcement method and device. And again, it keeps us ahead of the terrorists, who are constantly trying to kill us."

Law enforcement officials in New York are almost certain to oblige. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly wants to "increase significantly" the amount of surveillance equipment in Manhattan, which already has one of the country's most robust systems.

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/26/video-surveillance-boston-bombings/

Iraq watchdog suspends 10 TV channels for inciting violence

Iraq has suspended the licenses of satellite news network Al Jazeera and nine other channels, accusing them of inciting violence through their coverage of recent sectarian clashes.

The Communication and Media Commission (CMC) regulator criticized their reporting of violence triggered by a security forces raid on a Sunni Muslim protest camp in Hawija on Tuesday.

None of the channels was immediately available for comment.

More than 170 people have been killed in the fighting - the worst Iraq has seen since Sunnis started staging protests in December to complain about their treatment by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/28/us-iraq-media-idUSBRE93R06B20130428

Armed groups also targeted Libya's interior min, state media: PM

As well as surrounding the Libyan Foreign Ministry, armed groups also tried unsuccessfully to storm the Ministry of Interior and state news agency on Sunday, the prime minister said.

"These attacks will never get us down and we will not surrender," Prime Minister Ali Zaidan told a press conference.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/28/us-libya-militia-idUSBRE93R03B20130428

Two Italian police wounded in shooting near PMs office

German finance minister calls anti-euro party's policy "insane"

A core policy of a new anti-euro party was criticized as "economically insane" by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in an interview published on Sunday.

Support for the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD), which wants Germany to quit the euro and reintroduce the deutsche mark, is at 2 percent, according to a survey by Emnid pollsters also released on Sunday.

"For Germany, it would be economically insane to exit the euro," Schaeuble told German weekly Focus, adding that Switzerland's struggle with its soaring franc proved how problematic it could be to have a stronger currency.

Schaeuble warned support for the AfD could still cost the ruling coalition crucial votes in September's elections.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/28/us-germany-euro-idUSBRE93R0AE20130428

Mary Thom, 68, killed in New York motorcycle crash

Renowned feminist and former women's magazine editor Mary Thom was killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend in Yonkers, New York, friends and colleagues said.

Thom, 68, a former editor of Ms. Magazine, crashed her motorcycle on the Saw Mill Parkway on Friday evening, said Eleanor Smeal, publisher of Ms. Magazine and a close friend of Thom.

An accomplished author, editor and journalist, Thom devoted her career to giving voice to women's rights issues in books, magazine columns and through her work within the women's movement, which mourned the loss over the weekend.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/28/us-marythom-idUSBRE93R09K20130428

China: Fish poisoned in two Hubei supermarkets

A suspect poisoned a large number of fish in two supermarkets on Saturday in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province, according to the city's publicity department on Sunday.

The two separate incidents occurred at 2:02 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Upon realizing that the fish had died suddenly, staff at the two supermarkets cordoned off the fresh fish sections and called the police.

Surveillance videos show that no fish were sold after the poisoning incident, and the poisoned fish and tainted water have been sent to a lab for testing.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/8227145.html

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS - 28th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
Date time 2013-04-28 17:41:32.0 UTC
Location 53.08 N ; 168.63 W
Depth 60 km
Distances
164 km SW of Unalaska, United States / pop: 4,376 / local time: 08:41:32.0 2013-04-28

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 28th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Date time 2013-04-28 17:25:26.0 UTC
Location 21.26 S ; 68.58 W
Depth 130 km
Distances
138 km N of Calama, Chile / pop: 143,084 / local time: 13:25:26.0 2013-04-28

France: 'Two Killed' In Building Blast And Collapse

At least 10 others were injured when the building collapsed in Reims, in the country's Champagne region, possibly because of a gas blast.

More than 100 rescue workers, firefighters and bomb and gas experts rushed to the scene, hunting for victims trapped under debris of the council estate building.

The city's mayor Adeline Hazan told France's BFM television that "a very powerful explosion" had taken place. She said the bodies of the two people killed remained under the rubble.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084024/two-killed-in-building-blast-and-collapse

Bangladesh Factory Collapse: Fire Breaks Out

A fire has broken out at the scene of a building collapse in Bangladesh, forcing some rescuers to halt their search for survivors.

The blaze started because of sparks generated as rescuers tried to cut through a steel rod to reach a survivor, officials said. Three people have been injured and firefighters are at the scene.

It comes hours after the owner of the eight-storey factory complex, which toppled killing at least 377 people, was arrested along the country's border with India.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083965/bangladesh-factory-collapse-fire-breaks-out

India Rape: Six-Year-Old Assaulted In Delhi

A six-year-old girl has been raped in a public toilet in Delhi just days after the brutal sexual assault of a five-year-old in the Indian capital caused a public outcry.

The six-year-old was in stable condition after she was taken to hospital and had surgery, doctors said.

Police said they had rounded up 22 suspects.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083994/india-rape-six-year-old-assaulted-in-delhi

Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh Face Dubai Drugs Verdict

The sister of a man on trial for drugs offences in Dubai has described how her brother was tortured by police, after he was arrested with two other Britons while on holiday last year.

Suneet Jeerh, 25, was arrested along with Grant Cameron, 25, and Karl Williams, 26, while they were out in the nightlife area of the principality on July 10.

All three will find out on Monday the verdict in their trial in Dubai for possession and intent to supply synthetic cannabis, known as 'spice'

http://news.sky.com/story/1084053/tortured-uk-trio-face-dubai-drugs-verdict

Down Hall Country House Hotel Deaths: Man and Woman Found Dead In Swimming Pool

Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who were found under water in a hotel swimming pool.

Officers were called to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, in Essex, at about 7.35pm on Saturday.

Hotel staff and ambulance crews tried to revive the man and woman but both were pronounced dead at the scene.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084013/hotel-guests-found-dead-in-swimming-pool

Italy Shooting: 'Gunman Angry At Politicians'

A shooting outside the Italian PM's office that wounded two policemen was the "tragic criminal gesture" of an unemployed man, the interior minister has said.

The shooting happened in front of several witnesses as Premier Enrico Letta and his new government were being sworn in at a different location nearby in Rome.

The assailant, an Italian man dressed in a suit and tie, was arrested at the scene. He has since told police he was acting out of "anger with politicians".

http://news.sky.com/story/1083999/italy-shooting-gunman-angry-at-politicians

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN GREECE - 28th April 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Region SOUTHERN GREECE
Date time 2013-04-28 16:31:05.0 UTC
Location 37.43 N ; 22.70 E
Depth 10 km
Distances
4 km NW of Ástros, Greece / pop: 2,222 / local time: 19:31:05.0 2013-04-28


4.2 Magnitude Earthquake DODECANESE IS.-TURKEY BORDER REGION - 28th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region DODECANESE IS.-TURKEY BORDER REG
Date time 2013-04-28 16:30:53.0 UTC
Location 36.95 N ; 27.75 E
Depth 28 km
Distances 374 km E of Athens, Greece / pop: 729,137 / local time: 19:30:53.0 2013-04-28
62 km SW of Muğla, Turkey / pop: 48,183 / local time: 19:30:53.0 2013-04-28
24 km N of Datça, Turkey / pop: 10,121 / local time: 19:30:53.0 2013-04-28

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PANAMA - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 15:40:16 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:40:16 AM at epicenter
Location
7.341°N, 78.228°W
Depth
39.5 km (24.5 miles)
Region
PANAMA
Distances
118 km (73 miles) S (184°) from La Palma, Panama

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 15:28:07 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 11:28:07 PM at epicenter
Location
31.714°N, 104.190°E
Depth
43 km (26.7 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
62 km (39 miles) WNW (302°) from Mianyang, Sichuan, China

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 12:36:46 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 09:36:46 PM at epicenter
Location
28.807°N, 128.035°E
Depth
182.7 km (113.5 miles)
Region
RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
Distances
296 km (184 miles) N (7°) from Naha, Okinawa, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 12:11:31 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 03:41:31 PM at epicenter
Location
26.857°N, 54.400°E
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN IRAN
Distances
190 km (118 miles) W (259°) from Bandar-e Abbas, Iran

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 09:37:24 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 05:37:24 AM at epicenter
Location
21.568°S, 69.893°W
Depth
82.3 km (51.1 miles)
Region
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Distances
144 km (90 miles) NW (316°) from Calama, Chile

The Glorious Boston Police State, and the Sheep Who Allow It to Happen

The search goes on for the living and dead in Bangladesh

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MID-INDIAN RIDGE - 28th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Region MID-INDIAN RIDGE
Date time 2013-04-28 06:16:12.8 UTC
Location 21.16 S ; 68.44 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 1145 km E of Port Louis, Mauritius / pop: 155,226 / local time: 10:16:12.8 2013-04-28


The case against a European Union army - from UKIP

It is clear that the EU is making concrete plans to create a European army with little in the way of public discussion, despite the potential damage to NATO, claims UKIP MEP

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said recently that the European Union is not about peace, but about power. We know now that Blair was greatly in favour of waging war. In his first six years in office, Blair ordered British troops into battle five times. Indeed, more than any other prime minister in British history. It included wars in Iraq twice; Kosovo in 1999; Sierra Leone in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2001.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, of which I am a member, on Tuesday voted in favour of a report authored by Elmar Brok and Roberto Gualtieri calling for, among other things, EU battle groups as well as a permanent military operational headquarters - in which every national delegation is to have a military attaché. All this is part of expanding the role and scope of the European External Action Service, which currently has a budget of €500m per year.

And of course, the report talked about economies of scale, downplaying national embassies and upsizing EEAS representations. There has been a lot of talk in the last month about growing German hegemony in Europe. Who can ignore German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her Kalspreis speech, in Aachen on May 13, 2010 when she said: "We have a shared currency but no real economic or political union. This must change. If we were to achieve this, therein lies the opportunity of the crisis and beyond the economic, after the shared currency, we will perhaps dare to take further steps, for example for a European army."
http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/3376/the-case-against-a-european-union-army-from-ukip

Fears in Hong Kong and Guangdong as H7N9 virus hits Hunan

A 64-year-old woman from Shaoyang in Hunan province was diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu yesterday, sparking fears that the virus might soon emerge in Guangdong and Hong Kong.

The provincial health department said the woman's case was the first confirmed in Hunan, Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, a 54-year-old man who sells pork in Jiangxi province, and who was admitted to hospital in Hunan, was also diagnosed with the H7N9 strain yesterday.

China National Radio said the latest cases raised the number of people infected with the virus to 121, of whom 23 have died.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1224743/china-reports-new-bird-flu-case-hunan-province

China H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Keep Rising, Mainland Total Reaches 120

The number of confirmed H7N9 bird flu cases in mainland China stood at 120 as of yesterday at 7 p.m. Beijing time, according to China National Radio. The number of dead was 23.

The latest case of the deadly new flu includes the first illness in Hunan Province.

Cases continued to rise after World Health Organization officials this week concluded a trip to China and lauded the country’s efforts to control the deadly new flu.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/russellflannery/2013/04/28/china-h7n9-bird-flu-cases-keep-rising-mainland-total-reaches-120/

Iceland votes with EU talks hanging in the balance

S. Korean workers quit troubled joint factory zone

Russian police arrest anti-Putin protesters

Ukrainian ex-PM Tymoshenko may face life in prison for 'ordering murder'

Cult leader on the run over baby's ritual bonfire killing in Chile as four appear in court including the child's mother

A cult leader was being hunted today over the horrific ritual killing of his three-week-old baby as four of his followers appeared in court - including the child's mother.

Natalie Guerra, 25, hid her face in a coat as she attended a hearing into the killing of her daughter who was burned alive on a bonfire.

She put a hand over her mouth as she sat alongside sect members Carla Franchy, Maria del Pilar Alvarez and David Pastene during the tribunal in Quilpe, 70 miles west of Santiago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315754/Cult-leader-run-babys-ritual-bonfire-killing-Chile-appear-court-including-childs-mother.html

Egyptian police refuse to protect Coptic Christians during gun and machete attack on mourners at cathedral

A shocking video has emerged that appears to show Egyptian police standing idly by as an anti-Christian mob launch a frenzied attack on a cathedral filled with mourners.

Two worshippers were left dead and 84 injured, including 11 police officers, as men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to the walled Coptic cathedral compound in Cairo earlier this month.

Footage of the prolonged mass attack shows uniformed officers looking on and appearing to help one gunman take aim at people streaming out of a service held for five men killed in an earlier clash with Muslims.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315779/Egyptian-police-refuse-protect-Coptic-Christians-gun-machete-attack-mourners-cathedral.html

Egypt: muslims kill Coptic Christians then attack their funerals (8th April)

The enduring scenes of devastation six months after Hurricane Sandy: Tens of thousands of people are still homeless along the East Coast

The 9-year-old girl who got New Jersey's tough-guy governor to shed a tear as he comforted her after her home was destroyed is bummed because she now lives far from her best friend and has nowhere to hang her One Direction posters.

A New Jersey woman whose home was overtaken by mold still cries when she drives through the area. A New York City man whose home burned can't wait to build a new one.

Six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region is dealing with a slow and frustrating, yet often hopeful, recovery. Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. Housing, business, tourism and coastal protection all remain major issues with the summer vacation — and hurricane — seasons almost here again.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315868/Tens-thousands-homeless-months-Hurricane-Sandy-areas-years-fully-recover.html

'I'm not the young Muslim socialist I used to be!' Obama takes aim at critics and mocks Michelle's HAIR at Correspondents' Dinner

Bangs, Jay-Z and sideswipes at the media and his political foes helped Barack Obama win laughs at this year's White House Correspondents Dinner. The traditional send-up speech saw the President earn some laughs at his own expense but also land some funny blows against the media and the Republican Party. The President opened with a soft joke about his time in office but increasingly moved onto more controversial territory - even joking about 'burning books with Michelle Bachmann'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315967/Wisecracker-Chief-Jay-Z-Michelles-bangs-Republican-rivals-come-President-Obamas-hilarious-White-House-Correspondents-Dinner-speech.html

Stephen Palmer killed woman, 38, while banned for the EIGHTH time..........Jailed for Just 5 years!!

Stephen Palmer, 28, (pictured right) was speeding when he lost control on a bend and crashed into Louise Clark's oncoming Audi TT, in Uxbridge, West London, in December last year. The collision left Miss Clark, 38, (pictured left) trapped inside her vehicle with broken legs and a serious brain injury. She was rushed to hospital by air ambulance but her life support machine was switched off more than a week after the smash on December 30 last year. Palmer was jailed for five-and-a-half years at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315687/Hit-run-driver-killed-woman-motorist-banned-EIGHTH-time.html

Helicopter captures Saturn's rings

Greece to sell State buildings online

Athens - Greece on Friday announced plans to auction some of the country's state buildings online, as part of a privatisation drive required for the release of EU-IMF bailout loans.

The Hellenic asset development fund (HRADF) said its board had approved the procedure to create the necessary web-based platform and that the first e-auctions would begin on a test basis between July and September.

“This is an innovative effort aiming to maximise transparency, speed and the competitive intensity of our operations,” HRADF managing director Yiannis Emiris said in a statement.
http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/greece-to-sell-state-buildings-online-1.1507160

Nepal: Bird flu in Rupandehi

Authorities have confirmed bird flu virus at Pokharvindi in Rupandehi. The virus was detected at the Bhatapurhawa-based Laxmi Poultry Farm owned by Santa Kumar Yadav. More than 200 fowls and 50 kilograms of chicken feed were destroyed on Saturday following the confirmation of flu after samples of dead chicken tested positive, said Dr Laxman Dhakal, chief of the District Livestock Office, Bhairahawa. The lab test was carried out after 120 chickens died in the farm. Earlier, the bird flu virus was reported at Lakhanautiya VDC-based Sandip Poultry farm belonging to Dirganarayan Yadav. More than 4000 fowls were culled in the firm

India: Hundreds down with chicken pox, measles

Even as the mercury level steadily climbs, the city is reeling under twin attacks of chicken pox and measles. While hundreds have been affected by either of the two diseases, scores have been hit by both.

Though a large of number of the patients had been vaccinated, the immunization has apparently failed to work. Some doctors believe it is the usual seasonal occurrence, while some experts feel the outbreak has been triggered by poor ventilation in office buildings. Over the last two weeks, hospitals and clinics have reported a deluge of patients.

The city is reeling under the twin attacks of chicken pox and measles. Even as the mercury steadily climbs, hundreds have been affected by either of the two, scores by both. A large number of the patients had been vaccinated for the diseases but the immunization failed to work. Even though doctors believe it is the usual seasonal occurrence, some hospitals reported a deluge of patients over the last two weeks.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Hundreds-down-with-chicken-pox-measles/articleshow/19761345.cms

Explosion injures one at Marathon Detroit Refinery

A tank containing diesel fuel has exploded during maintenance work at Marathon Detroit Refinery, forcing a mandatory evacuation order for a nearby area. One employee has been injured in the blast, authorities said.

Reports of the explosion and fire came in just before 6 pm local time.

Authorities on the ground say the explosion injured an employee. The incident occurred during a maintenance check.

http://rt.com/usa/explosion-refinery-detroit-tanker-520/

Icelanders oust government over austerity program

Fatigued by years of austerity and swayed by promises of debt relief, Icelandic voters dumped the Social Democrats from power on Saturday, returning a center-right government that ruled over its stunning financial collapse just five years ago.

Once a European financial hub, this windswept north Atlantic island of glaciers, geysers and volcanoes has been limping along for years, still crippled from a crash that brought it to its knees in just a matter of days.

"We are offering a different road, a road to growth, protecting social security, better welfare and job creation," Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson, the favorite to become the next prime minister after his party took first place in the vote, told Reuters as the results were coming in.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/28/us-iceland-election-idUSBRE93Q0EC20130428

Israeli air strike hits Gaza militant base after rocket fired: military

An Israeli aircraft hit a site belonging to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to a rocket that militants fired from the territory into southern Israel, the Israeli military said.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said the air strike hit a training base belonging to the group in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip but nobody was hurt.

No militant group had initially taken responsibility for launching the rocket. It landed in an open field and did not cause damage or injuries, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/28/us-palestinians-israel-violence-idUSBRE93R01A20130428

No extra security at Moscow marathon two weeks after Boston bombings

The war in Syria comes to suburban Damascus

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake GREECE - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 04:49:56 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 07:49:56 AM at epicenter
Location
38.249°N, 22.177°E
Depth
61.4 km (38.2 miles)
Region
GREECE
Distances
39 km (24 miles) E (87°) from Patras, Greece

Everett Dutschke charged with biological weapons use

A Mississippi martial arts instructor was charged on Saturday with attempting to use a biological weapon after a ricin-laced letter was sent to President Barack Obama earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Everett Dutschke, 41, was arrested at his Tupelo home shortly after midnight by FBI agents following searches of the residence and a former business as part of the ricin letter investigation.

He was later charged with "developing ... and possessing" ricin and "attempting" to use it "as a weapon," according to a joint statement by the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Mississippi and the head of the FBI's Mississippi office.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/27/us-usa-security-ricin-arrest-idUSBRE93Q07420130427

Michael Easton's Body, 13, Discovered On Motorway

The body of a 13-year-old boy discovered on a motorway has been identified by police.

Emergency services were sent to the M9 between junctions five and six near Cadger's Brae, Grangemouth, Scotland, where Michael Easton was found at around 5.40am on Saturday.

Michael, from the nearby Polmont area, was last seen at around 9.50pm on Friday in Grangemouth, and was due to return home at around that time.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083877/body-of-boy-13-discovered-on-motorway

UKIP Slams Tory Election 'Smear Campaign'

UKIP has accused the Tories of running a "morally reprehensible" smear campaign by trawling through would-be councillors' Twitter and Facebook posts.

The row comes as one of the party's council candidates faces criticism for allegedly posting a series of anti-gay comments on Facebook.

Gloucestershire County Council hopeful John Sullivan is accused of writing that regular physical exercise in schools can prevent homosexuality and congratulating Russia for banning gay pride.

At least two Sunday newspapers are running negative UKIP stories.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083869/ukip-slams-tory-election-smear-campaign

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 28th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Date time 2013-04-28 03:51:11.0 UTC
Location 24.10 S ; 67.79 W
Depth 234 km
Distances
138 km S of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile / pop: 2,000 / local time: 23:51:11.0 2013-04-27


3.3 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
3.3
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 03:06:41 UTC
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:06:41 PM at epicenter
Location
34.198°N, 96.855°W
Depth
5 km (3.1 miles)
Region
OKLAHOMA
Distances
3 km (2 miles) ENE (59°) from Mannsville, OK

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 28th April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 01:24:08 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:24:08 AM at epicenter
Location
24.755°N, 123.246°E
Depth
17.3 km (10.8 miles)
Region
SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
Distances
104 km (65 miles) WNW (292°) from Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 27th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 23:54:23 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 08:54:23 AM at epicenter
Location
36.772°N, 142.203°E
Depth
34.9 km (21.7 miles)
Region
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
120 km (75 miles) ESE (105°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 27th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 23:31:09 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 08:31:09 AM at epicenter
Location
3.802°S, 139.607°E
Depth
79 km (49.1 miles)
Region
PAPUA, INDONESIA
Distances
186 km (116 miles) SW (221°) from Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 27th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 22:05:19 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 08:05:19 AM at epicenter
Location
4.842°S, 153.308°E
Depth
67.4 km (41.9 miles)
Region
NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
143 km (89 miles) ESE (119°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 27th April 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 21:51:31 UTC
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 05:51:31 PM at epicenter
Location
18.260°S, 69.239°W
Depth
109.8 km (68.2 miles)
Region
TARAPACA, CHILE
Distances
111 km (69 miles) ESE (105°) from Tacna, Peru

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 27th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 19:51:43 UTC
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 05:51:43 AM at epicenter
Location
23.149°N, 143.294°E
Depth
43.6 km (27.1 miles)
Region
VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
Distances
271 km (168 miles) SE (132°) from Iwo-jima, Volcano Islands, Japan