Wednesday, May 1, 2013

UK 'a world power in irreversible decline' if Scotland separates


The United Kingdom could be viewed on the world stage as a “power in irreversible decline” if Scotland votes for independence next year, a report by senior MPs has warned today.

The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee concluded that even the Special Relationship with the US could be harmed if a separate Scotland makes good its threat to remove the Trident nuclear deterrent from its waters.

Countries hostile to the UK would also seek to exploit the damage to Britain’s reputation and “soft power”, the report said, for example by lobbying for the UK to no longer be permanent member of the UN Security Council.

The UK’s influence in the EU would also be eroded, the committee said, although the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) could limit the fallout from a ‘yes’ vote by starting to brief other countries now about the impact.

However, the study also warned Scots that independence would not mean them having more weight on the world stage, even going as far as calling the concept of a separate Scottish foreign policy a “misnomer”.

They would be forced to tailor their actions to suit the British as they would remain dependent on the rest of the UK (RUK) for their security and intelligence, the MPs said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10028772/UK-a-world-power-in-irreversible-decline-if-Scotland-separates.html

Last rhinos in Mozambique killed by poachers


The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique have been wiped out by poachers apparently working in cahoots with the game rangers responsible for protecting them, it has emerged.

The 15 threatened animals were shot dead for their horns last month in the Mozambican part of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which also covers South Africa and Zimbabwe.

They were thought to be the last of an estimated 300 that roamed through the special conservation area when it was established as "the world's greatest animal kingdom" in a treaty signed by the three countries' then presidents in 2002.

The latest deaths, and Mozambique's failure to tackle poaching, has prompted threats by South Africa to re-erect fences between their reserves.

Wildlife authorities believe the poachers were able to track the rhinoceroses with the help of game rangers working in the Limpopo National Park, as the Mozambican side of the reserve is known.

A total of 30 rangers are due in court in the coming weeks, charged with collusion in the creatures' deaths, according to the park's administrators.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mozambique/10028738/Last-rhinos-in-Mozambique-killed-by-poachers.html

Children shouldn't have best friends, London private school head argues, so as not to "hurt others feelings", recommending fraternization be replaced by Glorious Labour



Young children should not have best friends because it could leave others feeling ostracised and hurt, the headmaster of a leading prep school has said.

Instead they should be encouraged to have “lots of good friends” to avoid overly possessive relationships and upsetting fall-outs.

Some parents of pupils at Thomas's private day school in Battersea, South-West London, have been told that their children cannot have best friends, The Telegraph understands.

Ben Thomas, the school’s headmaster, said there was no official policy to that effect but he supported the idea.

He said: “There is sound judgment behind it. You can get very possessive friendships, and it is much easier if they share friendships and have a wide range of good friends rather than obsessing too much about who their best friend is.

“I would certainly endorse a policy which says we should have lots of good friends, not a best friend.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10031299/Children-shouldnt-have-best-friends-private-school-head-argues.html

Gore: "No Intermediate Step Between A Final Supreme Court Decision And A Violent Revolution"



In an interview with Bloomberg TV from the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, former Vice President Al Gore claims American democracy has been "hacked." Gore also opined on former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently commenting that she regretted her decision in Bush v. Gore.

"[America] has been hacked. That is a computer term when the operating system of a computer is taken over and the computer does things the owner does not want it to. That is what has been happening to American democracy. You have 90% of the people in favor of background checks for gun purchases and the congress is incapable of doing what the American people want. They have not been able to regulate these phony baloney financial derivatives that caused the financial crisis. They voted to invade Iraq even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Unfortunately there are a lot of examples. They can't pass a budget. I can't keep the country from facing financial danger and the main reason is simple, the influence of the money is at un-healthy levels," Gore said.

While addressing Bush v. Gore, the former Vice President said "there is no intermediate step between a final Supreme Court decision and a violent revolution."

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/04/30/gore_no_intermediate_step_between_a_final_supreme_court_decision_and_a_violent_revolution.html

Cameron says he is ready to introduce legislation on an in-out EU referendum BEFORE the next election in attempt to win back voters..... Will it work when he has told the same lie more than once?

David Cameron today revealed he was willing to introduce legislation on staging a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union before the general election.

The Prime Minister said a Bill could be brought forward on an in-out referendum in the next three years, despite opposition from the Lib Dems.

The move will be seen as an attempt to win back support from Eurosceptic voters who have drifted to the UK Independence Party ahead of local elections tomorrow.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317785/Cameron-says-ready-introduce-legislation-EU-referendum-BEFORE-election.html

Doctors advised how to spot bird flu in patients in BRITAIN as virus continues to mutate at an alarming rate

A deadly bird flu virus sweeping through China has taken the first steps towards becoming a global threat to humans, experts have revealed.

In the space of one month, the avian strain known as H7N9 has spread through all 31 Chinese provinces and claimed 125 victims, killing a fifth of those infected.

Scientists say it is mutating rapidly and already has two of five genetic changes believed to be necessary for human-to-human transmission.

Experts speaking in London today said there was no room for complacency over H7N9, and warned against the mistake of assuming it was a far-away foreign problem.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2317779/GPs-advised-spot-bird-flu-virus-continues-mutate-alarming-rate.html

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 18:31:04 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 10:01:04 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.293°N, 51.745°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN IRAN
Distances
101 km (62 miles) SW of Firuzabad, Iran

US military drill in Persian Gulf to pressure Iran: Russia

Bangladesh buries the bodies of unidentified victims

'Witch' Burners Face Death In Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is to repeal its controversial sorcery law and treat black magic killings as murder, it has been announced.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said there would be a renewed push for the death penalty, and life sentences for rape, saying that "draconian" penalties were needed to tackle spiralling violent crime.

Mr O'Neill said the impoverished Pacific nation, north of Australia, would also unveil tough new punishment for drug and alcohol offences in addition to repealing the Sorcery Act.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085647/sorcery-law-repeal-in-png-after-witch-burnings

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev Arrested as part of the Boston Bombing Investigation

Three additional suspects have been taken into custody by police investigating the Boston Marathon bombings.

They have been charged with obstructing justice in the case and are accused of removing a backpack belonging to main suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from his university dormitory room.

A lawyer said two of the three new suspects are men originally from Kazakhstan who were friendly with Tsarnaev.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev appeared via video for a visa violation hearing in immigration court in Boston earlier on Wednesday.

Boston lawyer Linda Cristello represented them and confirmed that they now face separate federal charges and have an imminent court appearance related to the Boston Marathon bombing.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085626/boston-bombing-three-new-suspects-in-custody

Shocking video shows motorcyclist ploughing into bike riders in Southern California

Greeks stage 24-hour anti-austerity general strike

A general strike against tough austerity measures is under way in Greece, with trade unions calling for "mass mobilisation" of protesters.

The 24-hour action caused some disruption to public transport and reduced staffing at hospitals.

Organisers are demanding an end to spending cuts and tax rises, which the government says are needed to lead Greece out of six years of recession.

But a BBC reporter says the protests so far have been the smallest for months.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22362757

7 Americans killed in Afghan plane crash identified - USA Today



Brad Hasler was married in a small ceremony about two weeks ago.

But his life came to a tragic end Monday when he and six other civilians, all but one of them from Michigan, were killed when a cargo plane crashed after taking off from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

"He was just a great fun guy," said neighbor and friend Krista Oetjens, 38. "He loved life. There was never a dull moment with him. I just can't believe this happened. I'm in shock."

Six people from Michigan were on the plane, which was carrying vehicles and general cargo from Afghanistan to Dubai, when it crashed just after takeoff about 7 a.m. ET within the perimeter of Bagram Air Base. Initial reports had put the Michigan casualties at five.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/05/01/afghanistan-bagram-crash/2126357/

Russians mark Labour Day with marches

Armed protests in Libya threatening safety in capital

Armed protests targeting Libya's ministries and media in the capital this week have alarmed international observers who say deteriorating security conditions are becoming a matter of serious concern.

Reporters without Borders said there was cause for "grave concern about recent violent attacks on Libyan journalists, whose safety conditions are deteriorating drastically" and called on the government to act.

Gunmen in heavily armed vehicles remained in control of Libya's Foreign Ministry for a fourth day on Wednesday, while the Justice Ministry was similarly surrounded on Tuesday and other institutions including the media have been targeted.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-libya-militia-idUSBRE9400PO20130501

France: Le Pen Supporters March Through Paris

Hundreds of people have been taking part in a march in Paris headed by Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front.

The party organises a procession through the capital on May 1 every year in honour of the iconic French warrior and one of the country's patron saints, Joan of Arc.

At a rally in front of Paris's famed opera building, Ms Le Pen - a fervent critic of the EU - said France had "shut itself away in the darkness of Europe".

http://news.sky.com/story/1085578/france-le-pen-supporters-march-through-paris

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 1st May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.6
Region SOUTHERN IRAN
Date time 2013-05-01 16:31:33.0 UTC
Location 28.57 N ; 51.77 E
Depth 2 km
Distances
83 km W of Fīrūzābād, Iran / pop: 66,558 / local time: 21:01:33.0 2013-05-01

Six teenagers attacked fellow tram passengers 'like a pack of dogs' armed with sticks and poles but all walk free from court

Six teenagers who launched a violent and frenzied attack on passengers on a tram have walked free from court.

A judge said that the youths acted 'like a pack of dogs' when they cornered their victims, three young Afghan men, and beat them with sticks, poles, and socks filled with ballast in what was a mistaken revenge attack.

But despite the teenagers all pleading guilty to violent disorder after the attack, which was captured on the tram's CCTV, they were spared jail at Croydon Crown Court this week.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317645/Teenagers-walk-free-court-frenzied-attack-tram-passengers-New-Addington-Croydon.html

Moderate earthquake shakes Indian-controlled Kashmir, injuring 9 people and damaging buildings

Officials say a moderately strong earthquake has hit a mountainous region in Indian-controlled Kashmir, injuring at least nine people and damaging several buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.4 earthquake struck Wednesday and was centered near the border between Indian-held Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh state to its south.

Abdul Rashid Zargar, a local weather office official, says the quake damaged at least four buildings, including two schools, and injured seven students and two teachers. It also disrupted cellphone communications.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/01/moderate-earthquake-shakes-indian-controlled-kashmir-injuring-people-and/

H7N9 Carries Genes from Rare H9N2, H7N3, H4N9, H11N9 Bird Flu Viruses

A team of microbiologists led by Prof Chen Hualan of the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute investigated the origins of a new influenza A (H7N9) virus by testing samples collected from live poultry markets and poultry farms located in Shanghai and Anhui Province, China.

The scientists sequenced the complete genome of three H7N9 isolates – from a chicken, pigeon, and environmental sample. Genetic analysis of these isolates revealed high homology across all eight gene segments. Phylogenetic analysis of these novel H7N9 influenza virus isolates showed that that the six internal genes were derived from avian H9N2 viruses.

According to the GenBank database, the HA genes of the novel isolated viruses were most similar to those from duck H7N3 influenza viruses, sharing 95.2-95.8 per cent homology at the nucleotide level. The NA gene of the virus isolates shared highest homology (97.3-97.9 per cent) with NA genes from H4N9, H11N9 influenza viruses isolated from ducks, and environmental samples from duck farms.

“It is clear that the novel H7N9 viruses are the product of gene reassortment, with the internal genes from one donor, and HA and NA genes from one or several other donors.”

http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/article01039.html

Bangladesh workers vent fury in May day protests

Boston police arrest three new suspects in bomb case

Three additional suspects have been taken into custody in the investigation of last month's bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Boston Police Department said in its official Twitter feed on Wednesday.

A police spokeswoman, Katherine Shea, said by telephone that she had no further details to provide.

"It's happening right now," Shea said.

Investigators had previously identified two suspects, ethnic Chechen brothers they said placed pressure-cooker bombs at the race's finish line on April 15.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-usa-explosions-boston-arrests-idUSBRE9400M720130501

H7N9: Deadly Bird Flu Is Global Threat, GPs Warned

A virulent bird flu virus that has killed more than 20 people in just four weeks could become a global threat, public health experts have warned.

At least 126 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 virus, most of them near Shanghai. So far around 20% have died. Another 60% have been treated in hospital for serious lung problems.

Public Health England (PHE) has taken the precaution of writing to GPs, warning them to be alert for symptoms in travellers returning from the Far East.

Dr John Watson, Head of Respiratory Diseases at PHE told a news briefing at the Science Media Centre in London: "There may be a temptation in the UK to think this is happening a long way away.

"But this should be taken very seriously. We need to be vigilant.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085613/deadly-bird-flu-is-global-threat-gps-warned

UK Coal Fights For Future Amid Creditor Talks

UK Coal has admitted it is in talks with creditors to keep solvent but refused to deny a claim it is considering voluntary liquidation.

When a fire at the company's Daw Mill mine forced its closure and 600 job losses in February, UK Coal warned the closure could harm the viability of the whole company unless it got outside help from government or creditors.

The country's largest coal miner released a statement to clarify its position after the Financial Times (FT) reported it had proposed voluntary liquidation and the handing over of its remaining mines to a new company.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085588/uk-coal-fights-for-future-amid-creditor-talks

Jessica Heeringa Abduction: New Suspect Sketch

West Michigan police have released a sketch of a man possibly connected to the abduction of a late-night fuel station worker.

They are searching for a grey SUV and its driver, who is described as a white man, aged 30 to 40, about 6ft tall, with light brown wavy hair.

Witnesses saw the van park near the Exxon Mobil in Norton Shores and then drive away just before Jessica Heeringa disappeared on Friday night.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085444/jessica-heeringa-abduction-new-suspect-sketch

Jobless Spaniard barters to survive

Damascus bomb spurs anger at U.S.

Frederik Pleitgen reports on blame aimed at the U.S. and rebels for increased violence in Syria.

Demonstrators clash with police in Turkey

May day protests spread across Europe

At least 6 injured in May Day violence in Istanbul

Thousands rally Across Europe against European austerity on May Day

Workers hit by lower living standards and record high unemployment staged May Day protests across Europe on Wednesday, hoping to persuade euro zone governments of the case for easing austerity measures and boosting growth.

Thousands of protesters marched in Madrid, snaking up the Gran Via central shopping street, waving flags and carrying placards reading "austerity ruins and kills" and "reforms are robbery".

"The future of Spain looks terrible, we're going backwards with this government," said former civil servant Alicia Candelas, 54, who has been without a job for two years.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-europe-protests-idUSBRE94009K20130501

Venezuela MPs Brawl in Parliament: Politicians Trade Punches over Opposition Speaking Ban



Political tension in Venezuela erupted in a massive parliament brawl that left several MPs bruised and bleeding, weeks after the country's disputed elections.

Opposition and pro-government MPs blame one another for the fight that began shortly after a banner, protesting a post-election ban stripping opposition lawmakers of most of their legislative powers, was unfolded in the National Assembly in Caracas.

Videos of the scuffle updated on YouTube show MPs trading punches and pushing each other on the floor.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/463260/20130501/venezuela-parliament-fight-video.htm

NYC Realtor Offers Employees Pay Raise For Getting Tattoo Of Company Logo... and 40 actually say yes



If your company offered you a pay raise to tattoo its logo on your body, would you do it?

A New York City real estate company made the offer and dozens of employees are getting inked.

As CBS 2′s Emily Smith reported Tuesday, a tattoo can be a way to show off your personality. For Rapid Realty employees, it is the fast track to a 15 percent pay raise if you get inked with the company logo.

There are no size or location restrictions. Brooke Koropatnick got hers behind the ear.

“I had a paycheck coming in what was a substantial amount of money different, so it was nice,” she told Smith.

Stephanie Barry got tattooed two weeks ago and, along with it, a permanent pay raise for every real estate transaction.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/30/nyc-realtor-offers-employees-pay-raise-for-getting-inked-with-company-logo/

Chicago Warzone: 20 shot overnight, several dead

At least three people were killed and 17 wounded in shootings across Chicago overnight as the city saw its warmest weather in seven months.

In one of the fatal shootings, three men were shot in a parking lot across the street from the headquarters of the UIC Police Department, police said. The shooting happened around 10:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Maxwell Street, Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

All three men were taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The conditions of two of them, 19 and 21, were stabilized at the hospital, Greer said. The third man, 19-year-old Tytrell Jackson, was pronounced dead at 11:13 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-at-least-8-wounded-in-separate-shootings-on-the-south-north-side-20130430,0,4341847.story

Boston Bombing: Three New Suspects In Custody

Three additional suspects have been taken into custody by police investigating the Boston Marathon bombings.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085626/boston-bombing-three-new-suspects-in-custody

Colorado is hit by snow in May as temperatures drop by 67 degrees

It may be May, but a blast of cold air that's being brought southwards by the jet stream means parts of the Rockies, Plains and Midwest are to have record spring snowfalls today.

Nearly two feet of snow is forecast for the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, where heavy snow has already begun falling.

The National Weather Service says several inches could also fall by the end of the week in a band of wintry weather stretching from Texas to Wisconsin.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317687/Temperatures-drop-67-degrees-Colorado-hit-snow--May.html

Doctors warn that antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea could be 'worse than AIDS'

Doctors are warning that an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhoea, now considered a superbug, has the potential to be as deadly as the AIDS virus.

Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in North America.

This particular strain of gonorrhea, known as HO41, was discovered in Japan two years ago in a 31-year-old female sex worker who had been screened in 2009. The bacteria has since been found in Hawaii, California and Norway.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317690/Doctors-warn-antibiotic-resistant-strain-gonorrhea-worse-AIDS.html

Germany accuses France of being 'Europe’s biggest problem child' and accuses Hollande of 'meandering'

France and Germany are embroiled in a war of words after a leaked German report branded the country Europe's biggest problem child'.

A leaked briefing by Germany's economoics ministry slams President Francois Hollande as 'meandering' and analyses France's economic weakness.

The government department listed the failings of its neighbour, highlighting that it is the highest 'tax and social security burden' in the eurozone, and has the 'second lowest annual working time'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317683/Germany-accuses-France-Europe-s-biggest-problem-child-accuses-Hollande-meandering.html

Israel gets 5th nuke-ready sub, 'arms race in Middle East ongoing'

Syria Next? 'US interventions only spawn millions of enemies'

Sharia Scare Shakes UK: 'Law of the land go to hell'

May Day Mayhem: Cops teargas, water cannon Turkish protesters

'West lets Israel play with nukes so Egypt quits talks'

Italy's Letta faces early squeeze over anti-austerity drive

Italy's new prime minister, Enrico Letta, is preaching an end to austerity while pledging to meet European Union debt targets and his fledgling coalition is already at odds over how to pay for cuts to an unpopular housing tax.

Letta, who took his message to Berlin on Tuesday, is due to meet French President Francois Hollande later on Wednesday where he can expect a favorable hearing for his calls for Europe to start focusing on economic growth as well as budget rigor.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a conciliatory tone in Berlin but gave no sign that she was willing to change her government's tough approach to the heavily-indebted countries of southern Europe, insisting there was no contradiction between growth and fiscal consolidation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-italy-politics-idUSBRE9400GW20130501

Clashes break out in Venezuela parliament

Austerity under fire in May Day protests

Workers hit by lower living standards and record high unemployment staged May Day protests across Europe on Wednesday, hoping to persuade euro zone governments of the case for easing austerity measures and boosting growth.

Thousands of protesters marched in Madrid, snaking up the Gran Via central shopping street, waving flags and carrying placards reading "austerity ruins and kills" and "reforms are robbery".

"The future of Spain looks terrible, we're going backwards with this government," said former civil servant Alicia Candelas, 54, who has been without a job for two years.

The Spanish economy has shrunk for seven consecutive quarters, and unemployment stands at a record 27 percent.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-europe-protests-idUSBRE94009K20130501

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 10:15:48 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 07:15:48 PM at epicenter
Location
6.376°S, 130.332°E
Depth
150.7 km (93.6 miles)
Region
BANDA SEA
Distances
204 km (126 miles) NNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

Thousands rally against European austerity in May Day protests

Trains and ferries were canceled and hospital staff walked off the job in Greece on Wednesday and thousands were due to demonstrate across Spain as May Day triggered protests against harsh government spending cuts.

Separately, Turkish riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds gathering in central Istanbul for a rally on what has become a traditional labor holiday.

In Spain, where the unemployment rate stands at a record 27 percent, the two largest trade unions, CCOO and UGT, called on workers and the unemployed to join over 80 demonstrations across the country.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-europe-protests-idUSBRE94009K20130501

Taliban kill senior peace envoy in south Afghanistan

Taliban fighters killed a senior member of Afghanistan's peace council on Wednesday, officials said, dealing another blow to nascent peace efforts with the insurgency.

President Hamid Karzai formed a 70-member High Peace Council in 2010 in a bid to reach a peace settlement with the insurgents, but little has been achieved, with the Taliban saying they will not talk with the Afghan government.

Malim Shahwali, the council's chief in the southern province of Helmand, was traveling to the violence-plagued Gereshk district when insurgents ambushed his convoy, said the provincial governor's spokesman, Omar Zwak.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSBRE9400BX20130501

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 09:51:28 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 08:51:28 PM at epicenter
Location
17.641°S, 167.761°E
Depth
8.5 km (5.3 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
58 km (36 miles) WNW (282°) from PORT-VILA, Vanuatu

Bill Roache Corrie Star Arrested Over 'Sexual Assault' ...Blaming abuse victims for being abused during several interviews start to make sense now

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been arrested over a historical allegation of a sexual assault.

The actor, who has played Ken Barlow in the TV soap for decades, was held at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, this morning.
Roache, 81, faces an allegation of raping an under-age girl in Lancashire between April and July 1967.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "An 81-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning, Wednesday May 1 2013, been arrested by Lancashire Constabulary on suspicion of rape.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085437/corrie-star-arrested-over-sexual-assault

19th March 2013: Bill Roache: 'Sex abuse victims bring it on themselves'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295588/Bill-Roache-Coronation-Street-actor-apologises-making-astonishing-claims-sex-abuse-victims-bring-themselves.html

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KASHMIR - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 09:19:46 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 02:49:46 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
33.043°N, 75.716°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN KASHMIR
Distances
6 km (3 miles) N of Bhadarwah, India

Musharraf treatment angers Pakistan military

Pakistan's powerful army chief has suggested the military is unhappy with how authorities have treated former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf since his return from exile.

A Pakistani court on Tuesday imposed a lifetime ban on Musharraf from contesting elections, undermining his efforts to regain influence by winning a seat in parliament.

The former army chief returned in March after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest a May 11 general election, but election officers disqualified him because of court cases pending against him.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-pakistan-musharraf-military-idUSBRE94004R20130501

Greeks strike, Turkish police fire teargas in May Day protests

Trains and ferries were canceled and hospital staff walked off the job in Greece on Wednesday as workers marked May Day with a strike against harsh austerity required by the country's foreign lenders.

Elsewhere, Turkish riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds gathering in central Istanbul for a rally on what has become a traditional labor holiday.

Greece's 24-hour walkout was called by its two major public and private sector unions. It is the latest in a long line of strikes and protests in the debt-laden country ravaged by its sixth year of recession and popular fury over wage and spending cuts.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-europe-protests-idUSBRE94009K20130501

Scottish Independence: Warning For Rest Of UK

Scotland becoming independent would damage the rest of the UK's international reputation, according to a new report by MPs.

The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee warned the UK's influence in the EU could decline and the special relationship with the US might be harmed.

It urged the Government to consider more what it will do if Scotland does vote Yes next year, in order to reassure international partners.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085368/scottish-independence-warning-for-rest-of-uk

Russian airlines banned from flying over Syria after missile attack

Russian airlines were banned Tuesday from flying through Syrian airspace after a passenger aircraft came under fire a day earlier, raising new concerns for commercial airliners which are still flying over a country that has been devastated by an ongoing civil war.

The incident occurred on Monday morning when a NordWind Airlines plane carrying 159 passengers was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh, a resort city in Egypt, to Kazan, located in Russia's republic of Tatarstan. The crew said they had to take evasive action in Syrian airspace to avoid being hit by two ground-to-air missiles, which exploded near the aircraft.

While the aircraft was able to land safely, the incident has raised safety concerns for commercial airliners which are still flying through Syrian airspace despite the ongoing civil war. As a result, Russia's Federal Agency for Air Transport on Tuesday decided to ban all Russian airlines from using Syrian airspace.

http://wireupdate.com/russian-airlines-banned-from-flying-over-syria-after-missile-attack.html

Egypt walks out of nuclear talks in Geneva

Egypt has walked out of a round of global nuclear talks in protest at what it called the failure to implement a 1995 resolution for a Middle East as a zone free of nuclear weapons.

A statement from Egypt's foreign ministry on Monday said the nation ended its participation in two weeks of Geneva talks out of frustration that the zone has yet to be created. The talks run through this week.

"We can't wait forever for the implementation of this decision," said the ministry's statement on Monday night, explaining that Egypt's walkout was meant to send a message to the world that it can no longer accept what it considers to be a lack of seriousness on the issue.

But establishing the Middle East as a zone free of nuclear weapons has long been an elusive goal.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/04/201342922453324367.html

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake MENDOZA, ARGENTINA - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 07:00:24 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 04:00:24 AM at epicenter
Location
32.470°S, 69.329°W
Depth
115.3 km (71.6 miles)
Region
MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
Distances
66 km (41 miles) NW (314°) from Mendoza, Argentina

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KASHMIR - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
5.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 06:57:12 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 12:27:12 PM at epicenter
Location
33.108°N, 75.824°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN KASHMIR
Distances
140 km (87 miles) ENE (61°) from Sialkot, Pakistan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 1st May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Region CENTRAL TURKEY
Date time 2013-05-01 06:50:52.0 UTC
Location 37.31 N ; 37.11 E
Depth 3 km
Distances
25 km SW of Pazarcık, Turkey / pop: 23,850 / local time: 09:50:52.0 2013-05-01

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 1st May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region CENTRAL TURKEY
Date time 2013-05-01 06:47:57.0 UTC
Location 37.30 N ; 37.10 E
Depth 6 km
Distances
27 km SW of Pazarcık, Turkey / pop: 23,850 / local time: 09:47:57.0 2013-05-01

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
5.3
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 05:38:00 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 01:38:00 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
14.938°N, 123.280°E
Depth
34.2 km (21.3 miles)
Region
LUZON, PHILIPPINES
Distances
88 km (54 miles) NNE of Sabang Indan, Philippines

Three British Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Three British soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

The soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst on a routine patrol, the Ministry of Defence said.

The attack took place on Tuesday in the Nahr-e Saraj district. The three were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion but could not be saved, the MoD said.

Their families have been informed.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085339/three-british-soldiers-killed-in-afghanistan

James Holmes: Lawyers may enter insanity plea over his objections

Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes are questioning the constitutionality of the state's insanity defense law, court records released on Tuesday show, and raising the possibility that they may enter an insanity plea over his objections.

Public defenders for Holmes, 25, said in a filing that there is "significant uncertainty and confusion" in Colorado law surrounding an insanity defense in the context of a case where prosecutors are seeking capital punishment.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-usa-shooting-denver-idUSBRE94003B20130501

Indian Rape Girl, 5, Dies After Long Coma

A five-year-old girl who was abducted and raped in India has died almost two weeks after the attack.

The girl suffered a cardiac arrest and died late on Monday at a hospital in Nagpur city, where she was being treated for injuries following the assault on April 18.

According to Bharat Yadav, the official collector for Seoni district in the central state of Madhya Pradesh where the rape occurred, two men have been arrested.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085065/indian-rape-girl-5-dies-after-long-coma

Philip Goodeve-Docker dies In Trek Across Arctic

A British adventurer has died during an attempt to cross part of the Greenland ice sheet with two colleagues.

Philip Goodeve-Docker, 30, was taking part in the unsupported 400-mile trek with friends Andy Norman, 33, and expedition leader Roan Hackney.

The men had planned to negotiate part of the ice cap from east to west in 30 days, pulling heavy sleds known as 'pulks' containing their food, equipment and supplies.

But they got into difficulties two days and 120 miles into the trip after they were engulfed by a severe snow storm known as a 'Piteraq' which blew away their tent.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085301/brit-explorer-dies-in-trek-across-arctic

John and Carolyn Jackson 'broke foster children's bones and starved them, force fed them hot sauce and denied them water to train them how to behave'

A New Jersey-based Army major and his wife have been accused of torturing their three foster children, breaking bones, force-feeding them hot sauce, denying them water and using one of their biological kids to guard toilet bowls and sinks to ensure the foster kids couldn't get access to water.

Carolyn Jackson, 35, was arrested Tuesday morning at their Mount Holly home, while John Jackson, 37, surrendered to federal agents a short while later.

The couple have been charged with 17-counts includes conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, assault and more than a dozen counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317315/John-Carolyn-Jackson-Army-major-wife-broke-foster-childrens-bones-starved-them.html

Obama denies knowing Benghazi terror-attack survivors have been forbidden from talking to Congress

President Barack Obama said during a rare public session answering reporters' questions that he was unaware of any efforts to prevent survivors of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya terror attack from testifying before Congress about what they experienced.

'I'm not familiar with this notion that anybody's been blocked from testifying,' the president said Tuesday in response to a question from Fox News Channel correspondent Ed Henry.

'They’ve hired an attorney,' Henry told Obama, 'because they're saying that they've been blocked from coming forward.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317202/Obama-denies-knowing-Benghazi-terror-attack-survivors-forbidden-talking-Congress.html

Caroline Starks Death : Boy, 5, shoots dead his sister, 2, with .22 caliber rifle he was given as a GIFT

Authorities in southern Kentucky say a 2-year-old girl has been accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother, who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle he received as a gift.

Kentucky State Police said the toddler, identified as Caroline Starks, was shot just after 1pm CDT on Tuesday in Burkesville and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the children's mother was at home at the time.

'It's a Crickett,' Mr White said. 'It's a little rifle for a kid. ...The little boy's used to shooting the little gun,' he said about the weapon.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317512/Its-just-crazy-accidents-5-year-old-boy-shoots-dead-sister-2-child-size-22-caliber-rifle-given-year-ago.html

Saudi Arabia warned the U.S. IN WRITING about the threat from Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev last year after rejecting his application for an entry visa to visit Mecca in 2011

Intelligence officials from the Saudi Ministry of Interior, headed by Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulazizin, pictured center, wrote to the Department of Homeland Security in 2012, according to a senior Saudi official, naming the accused Boston Marathon bomber, left, and citing intelligence sources who said he planned a jihadi attack on a major U.S. city. The letter was said to go to the highest levels of the DHS, raising the question of whether Secretary Janet Napolitano was aware of it. Tsarnaev wanted to enter Saudi Arabia so that he could make a pilgrimage to Mecca, but his visa was denied in December 2011.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317493/BOMBSHELL-Saudi-Arabia-warned-United-States-IN-WRITING-Tamerlan-Tsarnaev-2012-rejected-application-entry-visa-visit-Mecca-2011.html

Sam Stanton killed after huge explosion at secluded French holiday chalet

French authorities are probing the death of a 21-year-old British man who was killed by an explosion at a secluded holiday chalet.

Sam Stanton was trapped by a huge blaze that swept through a building in Coetlogon, a rural commune in the Cttes-d'Armor region of Brittany.

Another Briton, named locally as Raymond Baxter, raised the alarm on Saturday when he saw thick smoke billowing from a window.

Firefighters battled to get the blaze under control for 45 minutes but were unable to save Mr Stanton, who was staying in there during a short break in north west France.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317281/Young-British-man-killed-sparked-following-huge-explosion-secluded-French-holiday-chalet.html

Afghan woman is shot dead by her own father in front of mob of 300 after she 'dishonoured her family by running away from her husband'

An Afghan woman has been shot dead by her own father in front of a mob of 300 after she was accused of dishonouring her family by running away from her husband.

The victim, known only as Halima, was aged between 18 to 20 and had two children, according to Amnesty International.

She had eloped with a male cousin while her husband was in Iran. But ten days later he returned her to her family in Kookchaheel, in the Aabkamari district of the north-western Badghis province.

Her father sought the advice of village elders and three of them issued a fatwa ordering that Halima be publicly executed.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317170/Afghan-woman-shot-dead-father-mob-running-away-husband.html

How 34,000 criminals have been given a let-off by police... because they said sorry

Tens of thousands of violent thugs are escaping a criminal record simply by saying sorry to the victim.

Almost 34,000 violent criminals – including some who have carried out knife crimes, sexual assaults and serious assaults – were dealt with using ‘community resolutions’ last year.

They avoid a criminal record because they do not have to go to court nor do they receive a police caution, which also appears in police records.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316961/How-34-000-criminals-given-let-police--said-sorry.html

Mexico: 6 killed in plane crash

A plane crash Tuesday killed six public servants working for Mexico's attorney general's office, officials said.

The crash in Zacatecas state occurred a day after the authorities onboard had carried out an arrest warrant against several suspected members of the Zetas cartel, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said in a statement.

Authorities are investigating what caused the crash of the plane, which belonged to his office, Murillo Karam said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/30/world/americas/mexico-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Armed men occupy Libyan ministry in the new Peaceful democratic Libya

Armed men in trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them occupied the Libyan Justice Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, forcing ministry staff to leave, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said.

The militants consisted of 20 to 30 armed men in military fatigues, according to al-Marghani, who said he tried to talk to the men before fleeing.

This comes as the nation's Foreign Ministry remains under siege for a third straight day.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/30/world/africa/libya-unrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Deadly bus bomb hits Damascus

Ireland may spend any spare budget cash rather than ease austerity

Ireland may spend any spare cash from future budgets rather than ease austerity measures, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Tuesday, after it left its plans to cut spending by 5.1 billion euro ($6.7 billion) for the next two years unchanged.

Ireland has consistently beaten deficit goals set under its EU/IMF bailout agreement, and the European Central Bank cut it some slack on future targets in February when it delivered savings on its debt servicing.

Noonan, presenting an updated medium-term fiscal plan to parliament, said his preference would be to spend any leftover money on capital projects which would generate jobs.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-ireland-economy-idUSBRE93T12H20130430

Obama says Guantanamo problems "not a surprise"

U.S. won't rush to intervene in Syria

President Barack Obama signaled on Tuesday he is no rush to respond quickly to Syria's apparent use of chemical weapons, taking a cautious approach to the country's civil war, mirroring the views of the American public, most lawmakers and some U.S. allies.

Obama, who last year declared that the use or deployment of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would cross a "red line," told a White House news conference there was evidence those weapons were used, but there was still much that U.S. intelligence agencies did not know.

"We don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them," he said, and, "We don't have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-syria-crisis-usa-obama-idUSBRE93T0QX20130430

FBI says lab tests link Everett Dutschke to ricin letters

A dust mask and other items seized from the martial arts studio of a Mississippi man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials tested positive for ricin, according to a court document released on Tuesday.

Records seized by the FBI also showed that Tupelo martial arts instructor Everett Dutschke ordered castor bean seeds, used to make ricin, from eBay, FBI Special Agent Stephen Thomason said in an eight-page affidavit.

Dutschke, who is being held in jail without bond, is expected to appear in U.S. district court in Oxford, Mississippi, for a detention hearing on Thursday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-usa-security-ricin-idUSBRE93T17F20130430

Chinese toddler contracts H7N9 bird flu after his dad was one of the first to catch virus

Health officials revealed yesterday that the four-year-old boy, who tested positive for the virus after developing a fever, is in a stable condition in hospital.

The pair are from the Shandong province and The Jinan Times said the family have not had contact with chicken but live near a poultry market.

This is the latest of several 'family clusters' of the H7N9 bird flu strain to be reported.

The deadly virus has so far infected 126 people, and the death toll rose to 24 on Monday after an 89-year-old man died from bird flu in Shanghai.

The Shandong health department said there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/396062/Chinese-toddler-contracts-H7N9-bird-flu-after-his-dad-was-one-of-the-first-to-catch-virus?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-express-world-news+%28Daily+Express+%3A%3A+World+Feed%29

3 nurses in Taiwan became infected after treating Taiwan's first H7N9 case, they had not traveled to china or played with any chickens, so how did they get infected, if it wasn't from the H7N9 patient they were treating?