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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chilean students clash with police

June 28 - Chilean students clash with police in protests demanding an overhaul of the education system.

U.S. company sent military copter tech to China

(Reuters) - United Technologies Corp on Thursday admitted selling China software that helped Beijing develop its first modern military attack helicopter, one of hundreds of export control violations over nearly two decades.

At a federal court hearing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United Technologies and its two subsidiaries, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Hamilton Sundstrand Corp, agreed to pay more than $75 million to the U.S. government to settle criminal and administrative charges related to the violations.

As part of the settlement, Pratt & Whitney Canada pleaded guilty to two federal criminal charges - violating a U.S. export control law and making false statements.

Federal prosecutors said the company knew that its export of modified software to China would allow Beijing to test and develop its new military helicopter, called the Z-10, using 10 engines that had been legally exported as commercial items.

They said the company's motive was to gain access to China's lucrative civilian helicopter market. Read More

Colorado Springs fire ranks as state's most destructive on record

(Reuters) - A fierce Colorado wildfire that has forced the evacuation of some 35,000 people while raging for six days at the edge of the state's second-most populous city has destroyed 346 homes, Mayor Steve Bach said on Thursday, citing preliminary damage reports.

If those figures hold up, the tally of lost homes in and around Colorado Springs would make the so-called Waldo Canyon Fire the state's most destructive on record, surpassing the 257 homes consumed in recent weeks by a much larger blaze north of Denver near Fort Collins.

While no deaths or serious injuries have been reported from the blaze so far, Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey said authorities were seeking the whereabouts of some people he described as "unaccounted for," though he did not give a number.

A police spokeswoman, Carrie McCuffland, said there were no specific reports from citizens of missing people, and that the unaccounted-for list consists of individuals who apparently neglected to register with the city or the American Red Cross as evacuees.

"Every indication is that there are no casualties," McCuffland told Reuters. Read More

Japan, South Korea Sign 1st Military Pact Since WWII

Japan and South Korea have agreed to share intelligence in their first joint military pact since World War II.

Japan's Cabinet approved the pact Friday. It will allow sharing intelligence in such areas as missile defense, North Korea's nuclear weapons program and other regional security matters. It has already been approved by South Korea and is to be signed in Tokyo later in the day.

The pact reflects mutual concerns that more cooperation is needed to enhance security readiness, and is seen as a breakthrough in ties between the two neighbors.

Japan ruled Korea as a colony for several decades until the end of World War II in 1945, and Seoul has often been wary of Japan's postwar military development. Source

Assad’s Exit Focus of Geneva Meeting as Russia Objects

Russia heads to tomorrow’s Geneva meeting on UN envoy Kofi Annan’s plan for a handover of power in Syria amid conflicting accounts about its willingness to cut ties to President Bashar al-Assad.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that there is no agreement yet on Assad’s fate. Leaks to the press suggesting otherwise were an “unscrupulous approach to diplomacy,” he told reporters in Moscow.

Persuading Assad to step aside and not be part of a transitional government paving the way for elections is at the core of Annan’s plan to be discussed at the foreign ministers’ meeting. The outlook for action may depend on whether, as some diplomats said on condition of anonymity, Russia is prepared to break with its long-time ally Assad. Read More

'Fracking' safe with strong regulation, Government Scientist says (Check out the Experts Contradiction)

A gas extraction method which triggered two earth tremors near Blackpool last year should not cause earthquakes or contaminate water but rules governing it will need tightening, experts say.

"Fracking" involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at pressure.

The joint report from the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering say the technique is safe if firms follow best practice and rules are enforced.

Exploratory fracking is being mooted in at least seven sites around the UK.

The report was commissioned by the government's chief scientist, Sir John Beddington, following the decision last year to halt the UK's most advanced project, in Lancashire, after fracking caused small earth tremors. Read More

UK Flash flooding: Man found dead as downpours cause chaos

A man has died, roads and rail lines have been blocked and thousands left without power as torrential rain flooded parts of the UK.

Two storms, which began in Wales, grew stronger with one heading across the Midlands, the other heading northwards to Newcastle and into Scotland.

The Environment Agency has 10 flood warnings and 47 alerts in place, mainly in the Midlands and northern England.

Both main rail lines between Scotland and England are blocked by landslides.

West Mercia Police say a man who died in flood water in Shropshire is believed to have been in his 60s.

A spokesman said his body was discovered in a stream in Bitterley near Ludlow just before midday following a search. Read More

Dotcom's US extradition in doubt Following FBI's Illegal Raid

A NEW Zealand High Court ruling that the armed police raid on piracy accused Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion was illegal is a major blow to US authorities trying to extradite him, his United States lawyer says.

Justice Helen Winkelmann on Thursday ruled the search warrants were too broad and police exceeded their powers in seizing what they did.

She also said it was unlawful for copies of Dotcom's computer files to be taken by US authorities and New Zealand police should return copies to Dotcom, 38.

FBI agents, who had sought help from New Zealand police, seized 150 terabytes of data. Read More

Pakistan: Attacks Kill at Least 17

Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in southwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25, officials said.

The bus, carrying about 40 passengers, was attacked with a bomb and gunfire, the police said. In a separate attack, a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary convoy in the northwestern tribal area, killing seven soldiers, a government official said. Source

Euro zone agrees on bank supervision, bond support

(Reuters) - European leaders agreed on Friday to create a single supervisory body for euro zone banks and to allow them to be recapitalised directly by the currency area's rescue fund without adding to government debt.

European Council chairman Herman Van Rompuy said the aim was to create a supervisory mechanism involving the European Central Bank by the end of this year, and to break the "vicious circle" between banks and sovereign governments.

He also said countries that were complying with European Union budget policies would be able to access the bloc's temporary EFSF and permanent ESM rescue funds to support their government bonds on financial markets.

"We are opening the possibility to countries that are well behaving to make use of financial stability instruments in order to reassure markets and to get again some stability around some of the sovereign bonds of our member states," Van Rompuy told a 3:30 a.m. British Time (0230 GMT) news conference after late night talks with leaders of the 17-nation currency zone.

Spain and Italy had withheld their agreement to a growth package at a European Union summit to demand emergency action to bring down their spiralling borrowing costs, which threatened to force the third and fourth largest economies in the euro zone out of the capital markets. Source

Colorado Fires: Hundreds Of Homes Destroyed

Hundreds of homes are burned to ashes as wildfires in Colorado rage on - and Nasa releases satellite footage of the destruction. A raging Colorado wildfire has destroyed an estimated 346 homes this week, making it the most destructive fire in the state's history, officials have said.

But amid the devastation in the foothills of Colorado Springs, there were hopeful signs. Flames advancing on the US Air Force Academy were stopped and cooler conditions could help slow the fire.

Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city, is home to the US Olympic Training Center, NORAD and the Air Force Space Command, which operates military satellites. They were not threatened.

President Barack Obama was to tour fire-stricken areas on Friday.

From above, the destruction becomes painfully clear: Rows and rows of houses were reduced to smoldering ashes even as some homes just feet away survived largely intact. Read More

Amazing New Crop Circle 25th June 2012 at Fabricco (Reggio Emilia) Italy

Reader info request: The Arecibo response among the Chilbolton formations can be studied in more depth at the link below.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake TAJIKISTAN - 29th June 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck TAJIKISTAN at a depth of 15.7 km (9.8 miles), the quake hit at 02:06:58 UTC Friday 29th June 2012
The epicenter was 11 km (6 miles) WNW of Vose', Tajikistan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Syria's Assad: We Must 'Protect' Civilians

The Syrian president dismisses the idea of outside intervention and vows to "eliminate terrorists" in a rare interview.

Syria's president has said in a rare TV interview that his government had a duty to "eliminate terrorists" to protect its people.

Bashar al Assad also ruled out any solution to the crisis imposed from outside the country.

The interview coincides with an escalation of violence in the capital, Damascus, and a flurry of diplomatic activity ahead of a meeting in Geneva that aims to end the bloodshed.

Diplomats said the talks involving UN Security Council members and key regional countries would focus on a proposed transition plan to open the way for a unity government. Read More


USDA suggests food stamp parties, games to increase participation

While spending on the food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama, the government continues to push more Americans to enroll in the welfare program.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has embraced entire promotional campaigns designed to encourage eligible Americans to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

A pamphlet currently posted at the USDA website encourages local SNAP offices to throw parties as one way to get potentially eligible seniors to enroll in the program.

“Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle,” the agency advises. “Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a ‘true/false’ quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.” more

Thought: How about a job-seeking party, where participants pulled out the classified sections and used a marker fun-pack to circle those positions which best suited them? America cannot be fixed, not for lack of wanting to fix it, but because America no longer exists. Those who understand will get the meaning.

US Army Developing Laser That Shoots Lightning (with enough energy to power a small city) (because destroying is easier than creating) (and I hope they accidentally turn it on while in the bath tub)

Soon, superheroes such as Thor won’t be the only ones who are able to use lightning to destroy their target.

U.S. Army personnel at Picatinny Arsenal are developing a military weapon that is able to shoot lightning bolts down laser beams, destroying any potential target with enough power to fuel a large metropolitan city.

The development of the Laser-Induced Plasma Channel comes as the military places more emphasis on eliminating targets that conduct electricity at a better rate than their environmental surroundings in the air and on the ground, according to the U.S. Army.

“We never got tired of the lightning bolts zapping our simulated (targets),” George Fischer, the lead scientist on the project, told

Though the actual time of the lightning only goes for two-trillionths of a second, the amount of energy generated by the LIPC is jaw-dropping, estimated to be more than enough power to fuel a large city, Fisher said. more

Merck vaccine fraud exposed by two Merck virologists; company faked mumps vaccine efficacy results for over a decade, says lawsuit

According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 -- a complaint which has just now been unsealed -- vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought the vaccine thinking it was "95% effective." more

'Iran, Russia will respond to Syria war'‎

Syrian Rebels Slaughter Families in Hama massacre - NEWS THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE

Footage showing the results of an alleged massacre in the Syrian city of Hama in April has been obtained by RT. In the video, family members claim opposition rebels committed the atrocity.

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has struck the CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION at a depth of 21 km (13 miles), the quake hit at 08:55:58 UTC Wednesday 27th June 2012
The epicenter was 91 km (56.3 miles) Southwest of Valle gran rey, Tenerife
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: The swarm is still ongoing around El Hierro for the 4th day, Canary Islands with 897 earthquakes recorded since Monday 24th June 2012.

Nigel Farage on Canadian TV

Nigel Farage vs. Tony Blair

40 workers missing after landslide, China

Nearly 40 people were still missing by this noon after a heavy downpour triggered a landslide that buried shelters for workers who were building a hydropower station in Ningnan County, Sichuan Province.

The landslide occurred at 6:14am this morning after the region recorded 236.8 millimeters of rainfall which lasted from 8pm yesterday to 7:20am today.

The landslide destroyed the dormitory houses where 38 to 41 workers lived. They were out of contact and Sichuan authorities have launched a rescue operation to find them, according to news on Sichuan Daily website. Source

Floods kill 27, displace 900000 in north-east India

GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, officials said on Thursday.

A state government spokesman said 21 of Assam's 27 districts were hit by flash floods which began last weekend as the rains lashed the tea and oil-rich Indian state.

'So far, 27 people have died in separate incidents including five who were killed when their boat sank,' Assam Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka told AFP in Guwahati, the state's largest city. Source

Why Washington and Moscow want to make a backroom deal over Syria

The scene is set for a Clinton-Lavrov meeting that could still ring the death knell for the Assad regime.

Months of futile diplomatic tussling, UN deadlock, and angry finger-pointing over Syria have now boiled down to this: a dramatic, last-ditch effort this weekend to cut a deal between the US and Russia that eases President Bashar al-Assad from office and replaces him with an inclusive, transitional government that can halt the current downwards spiral towards all-out civil war.

Barack Obama's administration first floated the idea of ditching Assad while simultaneously guaranteeing Russia's interests in Syria more than a month ago. Despite Moscow's rebuffs, the White House has kept at it. Obama spent two hours discussing Syria with a deeply sceptical Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, at this month's G20 summit in Mexico.

US officials did not pretend Putin was won over. But they did claim headway in identifying areas where US and Russian interests coincide, principally preventing a chaotic implosion and a regional war. "We agreed that we need to see a cessation of violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war," Obama said. "We have found many common points on this issue," said Putin. Read More

From Nazi to Terminator, Europe's media target Merkel

(Reuters) - Demonized in Europe's media as a red-eyed Terminator robot, a flabby centerfold pinup and a fleshy Roman god eating Greeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the subject of a new wave of vitriol for her tough stance on the euro zone crisis.

Already a figure of hate in Greece for insisting on austerity in exchange for aid, Merkel has long endured montages of herself in a Nazi uniform, but the run-up to this week's EU summit has unleashed particularly savage images and headlines.

Politicians from Paris to Washington are piling pressure on Merkel, leader of Europe's biggest economy, to solve the debt crisis which threatens to derail the global economy.

But 'Frau Nein' shows little sign of giving ground on such issues as mutualizing Europe's debt or slashing public spending - not least because her approach has boosted her popularity among German voters in the countdown to next year's election.

Britain's left-wing New Statesman magazine last week splashed an image of Merkel as the Terminator with a glistening robotic eye and Arnold Schwarzenegger-style black jacket on its front cover under the headline "Europe's most dangerous leader". Read More

JPMorgan shares slide on $9 billion loss report

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- JPMorgan's stock price tumbled Thursday following a report that its trading losses from a London unit could reach $9 billion.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500) dipped more than 3% after the New York Times report.

The loss would be far wider than the $2 billion originally announced by JPMorgan on May 10. At that time, Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said that the trading losses had occurred since the start of April.

The trading losses stemmed from the firm's corporate unit, which had been conducting derivatives trades to try to hedge against risk. The losses were blamed on a trader known as the "London whale." Read More

Future of the eurozone at stake

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN GREECE - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN GREECE at a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles), the quake hit at 17:34:28 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 69 km (42.7 miles) Northwest of Kolimvári, Greece
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIAA - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA at a depth of 181 km (112.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:57:22 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 314 km (194.6 miles) Northeast of Los palos, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Top Democratic Party staffers gloat over Obamacare, taunt all Americans with expletives: ‘bitches,’ ‘mother******s’

Read entire story and see the tweets here.

Enjoy your police-state IRS-enforced health care, America.

Two arrested in London terror probe

London (CNN) -- Two men were arrested in London on Thursday on suspicion of terror offenses, police said.

The men, ages 18 and 32, were detained at separate addresses in east London on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, Metropolitan Police said.

Both men are in custody at a central London police station, police said. The two addresses are currently being searched. Source

Syria rebels 'armed and organized'

Colorado wildfires: At the mouth of hell

Since the embers in the latest round of Colorado wildfires exploded into a blaze on Tuesday, the flames have destroyed more than 18,500 acres and sent 36,000 fleeing from their homes.

The true nature of Waldo Canyon fire is only understandable through pictures. The vague notion of a fire burning idly in some uninhabited area is quickly dissolved when these photos emerge -- photos of homes, entire neighborhoods, against a backdrop of angry, orange flames.

The fire has threatened such landmarks as Pikes Peak and the Air Force Academy, and terrorized Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city with 400,000 residents.

Although tens of thousands of Colorado citizens have been ordered to evacuate, experts are hopeful that calm winds may help the hundreds of firefighters who are battling the blaze. Until then, those affected can only wait and, from a safe distance, watch. Source

Eystna Blunnie beaten to death days before giving birth

A young woman has been killed in the street just days before she was due to give birth.

Eystna Blunnie, 20, was found suffering from severe head and face injuries in the early hours of Wednesday morning, in Harlow, Essex.

She was taken by paramedics to Princess Alexandra Hospital but could not be saved, and police have now begun a murder investigation into her death and that of her unborn baby daughter.

Miss Blunnie, whose Facebook profile picture was an ultrasound photo, was due to have her first child on Saturday.

Her parents, Kevin and Susan Blunnie, said in a statement: “We hope that you will understand that we have suffered a tragic loss to our family.

“Our daughter and granddaughter have been taken from us in such a tragic and horrific way. Read More

David Cameron has indicated that he is prepared to wield Britain's EU veto again as he seeks to protect the City of London

PM arrives in Brussels, where EU leaders will discuss greater fiscal co-ordination, with pledge to 'safeguard' UK interests

David Cameron has indicated that he is prepared to wield Britain's EU veto again as he seeks to protect the City of London in negotiations to shore up the eurozone.

As he arrived at the EU summit in Brussels, where eurozone leaders will discuss plans to introduce greater fiscal co-ordination, the prime minister said that he would demand "safeguards".

Cameron and George Osborne believe it is in Britain's national interests for eurozone leaders to follow the "remorseless logic" of monetary union and take decisive steps towards a fiscal union.

The prime minister believes the single currency will be unsustainable without fiscal transfers from the prosperous – and fiscally disciplined – north to the less prosperous and less disciplined south.

But Britain will not take part in the new arrangements and it is determined to fight off any changes that would change the EU's single market, which covers all 27 members and not just the 17 members of the eurozone.

The prime minister, who blocked eurozone leaders from embedding their fiscal compact in EU treaties last December, indicated that he may be prepared to wield the veto for a second time. Read More

Barclays Has £3.7bn Wiped From Value Amid Scandal

Some £3.7bn has been wiped off the value of Barclays bank in the wake of its massive £290m fine for the rate rigging scandal.

Its share price opened on Thursday at 196p and initially rose 1% on the FTSE 100 but later plunged by 17% - finally closing at 15.5% down, at 165p.

The dramatic tumble came after it was clear that the apology from the bank's chief executive Bob Diamond had failed to placate angry investors and the industry's many critics.

Other major lenders also suffered drops in their value - 11.45% for RBS and 3.9% for Lloyds - in a sign of worries about wider exposure to the international probe, which has also been examining actions at RBS and HSBC.

Chancellor George Osborne told MPs in the Commons that the investigation had identified systemic failures in the system and it was a "shocking indictment" of the banking culture while Labour leader Ed Miliband called for a criminal inquiry.
It has been confirmed that Serious Fraud Office investigators are in talks with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) - raising the prospect of potential criminal charges and further fines totalling many billions of pounds across the sector. Read More

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck VANUATU at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:51:59 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 236 km (146 miles) NNW from Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake AEGEAN SEA - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the AEGEAN SEA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 13:11:31 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 9 km (5.6 miles) Northeast of Istiaía, Evvoia, Greece
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 12:20:04 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 184 km (126.4 miles) South of Kencong, Java, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 50 km (31 miles), the quake hit at 12:10:05 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 144 km (89 miles) SSE of Krajan Tambakrejo, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA at a depth of 132 km (82 miles), the quake hit at 11:49:13 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 18 km (11 miles) Southwest of Chepes, Argentina
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Supreme Court Upholds Key 'Obamacare' Law

The US Supreme Court has upheld US President Barack Obama's key health care reform that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty.

The heart of the president's signature overhaul was passed in a 5-4 vote, giving him a victory ahead of the country's election in November.

Chief Justice John Roberts said: "The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax.

"Because the constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."

The 2010 law, which constitutes the $2.6 trillion (£1.7 trillion) US healthcare system's biggest shake-up in nearly 50 years, sought to provide health insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans and to slow down soaring medical costs. Read More

Banks Braced For New Mis-selling Scandal

The FSA is set to reveal evidence that small businesses have been victims of inappropriate selling of interest rate swap products.

Barclays will tomorrow be drawn into another huge City mis-selling scandal that threatens to intensify the pressure on Bob Diamond, its under-fire chief executive.

I can reveal that the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is preparing a statement revealing it has uncovered evidence that many small business customers (SMEs) were the victims of inappropriate selling of interest rate swap products and that the major high street banks will write to every customer who was sold them.

The City regulator is in talks today with the major banks about its proposed statement, which is being scheduled for tomorrow morning. It could lead to another compensation bill for the country’s biggest banks running potentially to hundreds of millions or even billions of pounds.

I’m also told that the banks may agree to a moratorium on the sale of the swaps (although it’s unlikely that many people will be buying them at the moment given where interest rates are) and to pursuing customers who have been left facing large bills from the ultra-low interest rate environment. Read More

Turkey deploys anti-aircraft guns to Syrian border

Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns and other weapons alongside its border with Syria, state television reported on Thursday, days after the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syrian forces heightened the tensions between the two countries.

A small convoy of military trucks, towing anti-aircraft guns, entered into a military outpost in the border village of Guvecci, which faces a Syrian military outpost across the border and where Syrian forces and rebels clashed in recent months, TRT television footage showed.

Several anti-aircraft guns have also been deployed elsewhere alongside the border. Some trucks were seen carrying self-propelled multiple rocket launchers, TRT footage showed.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat. Turkey's NATO allies have expressed solidarity with Ankara and condemned the Syrian attack but made no mention of any retaliatory action against Syria.

The deployment came before President Abdullah Gul chaired a National Security Council meeting on Thursday, TRT said. The meeting, attended by cabinet members and the military's top brass, is expected to focus on tensions with Syria. more

Saudi military on state of high alert on king's order

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has ordered the country’s security forces to go on a state of high alert due to what he calls a 'turbulent situation' in the region.

King Abdullah issued the order in a "top secret" letter addressed to the kingdom’s security and intelligence chiefs as well as the ministers of defense and interior.

A copy of the letter, dated June 27, 2012, has been obtained by Press TV.

The decree, calling for preparation against “foreign or terrorist attacks,” warns the Saudi security forces against any negligence in following the order.

The Saudi Defense Ministry consequently put all armed forces on high alert, saying all the forces inside and outside of the kingdom were ready to take part in an operation dubbed as “al-Farouq.” more

Obamacare lives! High court upholds key part of Obama health law

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.

The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling also hands Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced the court's judgment that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

The justices rejected two of the administration's three arguments in support of the insurance requirement. But the court said the mandate can be construed as a tax. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," Roberts said. more

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 11:37:02 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 154 km (95.4 miles) South of Kencong, Java, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE - 28th June 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles), the quake hit at 10:33:17 UTC Thursday 28th June 2012
The epicenter was 64 km (39.6 miles) Northwest of Tomé, Bio-Bio, Chile
No Tsunami Warning issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

China opposes Vietnam patrol plane provocation

BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- A Ministry of Defense spokesman said Thursday that China opposes any military provocation committed by Vietnam as a result of the country's air patrols over China's Nansha Islands.

"China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and its adjacent waters, and opposes any military provocation," ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said during a regular press conference.

Geng said the Chinese military has established a regular patrol system in its territorial waters to safeguard its sovereignty, security and developmental interests.

"The armed forces have the steady resolution and will to safeguard our territorial sovereignty, sea rights and interests," Geng said. Read More