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Sunday, September 2, 2012

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd September 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 02:14:43 UTC Monday 3rd September 2012
The epicenter was 53 km (32 miles) Northeast of San Isidro, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEVADA - 2nd September 2012

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has struck NEVADA at a depth of 9.7 km (6 miles), the quake hit at 23:57:57 UTC Sunday 2nd September 2012
The epicenter was 16 km (10 miles) Southeast from Tonopah, Nevada
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 2nd September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 46.3 km (28.8 miles), the quake hit at 21:32:22 UTC Sunday 2nd September 2012
The epicenter was 80 km (49 miles) SSW of Adak, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Unsolved Mysteries of the Second World War, Nazi Germany (Very Interesting)

El Nino cometh: More bad news for US Farmers as weather holds the key to the world's food price volatility

The World Bank's Food Price Index soared by 10pc in July, but global grain stocks are currently high enough to prevent a repeat of 2008's food riots, according to the World Bank. Things could rapidly change though.

The index, which weighs the US dollar price of internationally traded food commodities, shows that sharp price increases were felt across the board in July. Rice, which fell 4pc, was the only major exception.

The price of maize and wheat rose by a quarter and soybean prices jumped 17pc over the month, with increases prompted by the worst drought in 50 years in the US Midwest. Poor weather in Russia has also added to supply-side fears.

Maize and soybean prices in July exceeded those observed during the June 2008 and February 2011 peaks. In 2008 food riots were seen in parts of Africa, South America and the Middle East.

The World Bank was reassured by the decline in rice prices. "Large supplies of rice from bumper crops and increasing competition for Thailand (the world's largest exporter) have led to a recent rice price decline," it said. "Weak demand from the eurozone and a slight growth slowdown in China and the developing world in general all favour price moderation."

However, it warned that "the jury was still out", citing potential threats such as major producers pursuing "panic policies" such as restricting exports and weather developments in the near future "especially related to el NiƱo". more

It Is Time For The Ron Paul Revolution To Move Beyond Politic?

In the lead up weekend to the RNC convention, Tampa, Florida was awash in political electricity. It was so prevalent you could sense it in the corridors of air terminals across the country before you ever made it to that hot humid peninsula in the south. I admit, to be caught up in it is exciting. The ideal of democratic participation, the feeling of rejuvenation and community, joining the ranks of one’s ideological brethren to charge into intellectual combat for the future of our nation. If any of it was real, I would have been truly inspired. Unfortunately, I was well aware that the Republican convention was a farce, and knew full well what the end result would be for the Ron Paul campaign.

I had the privilege of being invited by the organizers of Paulfest, a Liberty Movement Woodstock of sorts, to give a speech on alternative economics and solutions to the general crisis we face as a country in the near future. On the long flight I found myself surrounded by GOP fanboys and even a Secret Service agent, as well as the endless FOX and CNN cavalcade reports on terminal TV’s during layovers. If you were in the middle of it, you would think something “important” was about to happen. If anything, it only clarified my concerns that there is still far too much that needs to be accomplished before the year of 2012 is over. more

Stock Market warning signs: Technicals flash amber as ECB and Fed struggle to validate rhetoric

Louise Yamada clinched her reputation as America’s oracle of technical analysis with an emphatic sell warning at the top of the Wall Street boom in 2007.

She is watching the torrid rise on US and European bourses with mounting unease. Retail investors have not taken part. America’s mutual funds haemorrhaged a further $12.7bn in July, the fifth consecutive monthly outflow.

“A lot of this rally is just short-covering by hedge funds. There is underlying weakness creeping into the markets. Volume is low, and going down. You could call it a vacuum rally. New highs against new lows have been deteriorating.”

The US index of transport stocks have lagged the Dow Jones industrials, a time-honoured warning sign. “There is no question that we have a Dow Theory sell signal in place. This is rare and needs to be watched carefully. It tends to accurate, eventually,” she said.

Morgan Stanley’s equity team says stocks are still cheap in historic terms but many of their “sentiment” indicators are nevertheless flashing amber to red. It is as if the great debt hangover has sapped our strength. Europe’s stocks cannot seem to claw their way above a 12-month forward price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 11.

Both the VIX volatility index and the "put/call" ratio on the options market are signalling the sort of complacency levels seen at past peaks. more

“Guerrilla Rainstorm” Caught on Camera From Tokyo Skytree

Back in 2006, Japanese mass media began using the term “guerrilla rainstorm” to describe short localized downpours of over 100 mm of rain per hour that appeared suddenly and unexpectedly.

The phenomenon is thought to be a result of rapid development of cumulonimbus clouds near urban areas caused by a combination of heat islands and local winds. The rainstorms have proven incredibly difficult to predict (hence the name “guerilla”) and are known for causing flash floods in urban areas.

The photo you see above is of one such guerrilla rainstorm, taken from Tokyo Skytree on September 1.

The photo was posted to Twitter and can best be described as Mother Nature getting food poisoning and letting it all out of downtown Tokyo.

Several other guerrilla rainstorms were reported around the country on the same day, but it seems this was the only one that was photographed.

To see a guerrilla rainstorm in action, check out this amazing footage of one that occurred in Hirakata city, Osaka prefecture on October 2, 2010.

Viral fever, dengue, now a bird flu scare in Bengal

There appears to be another assassin at Bengal’s doorstep. While parts of Kolkata and its surroundings have been hit by dengue and viral fever, a spectre of bird flu is lurking in Baduria and Swarupnagar, about 100 km from here, where more than 1 lakh chickens have reportedly perished.

The suspected outbreak of the virus took place over the past fortnight with birds displaying symptoms of respiratory trouble, lack of energy, swelling of head, eyelids and comb, similar to the deadly virus. Bird flu virus (H5N1) had struck Bengal between 2007 and 2009 affecting the entire poultry industry.

“We have got reports of several thousands of poultry birds, mainly chickens, dying in some villages of Baduria and Swarupnagar with symptoms of bird flu. Our experts have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation,” K K Saha, director of the animal resource development department), told HT.

“Some carcasses have been sent to the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL) in Belghachia for serological tests which will confirm if the birds died because of H5N1 virus. But there is no need to spread panic among the villagers,” Saha added.

An ARD official said all villages in both the blocks and adjoining areas have been sensitised on how to keep a watch on poultry birds. Read More

Russian bus station collapse 'kills one'‎

MOSCOW — The ceiling of a bus station in Russia's central coal producing region of Kemerovo collapsed on Sunday during repair work, killing at least one person and injuring 13, the Interfax news agency said.

The station in the mining town of Belovo was operating when the repairs on its roof were being carried out, Interfax quoted a local emergencies ministry official as saying.

Earlier reports said the incident happened at a train station.

Vesti 24 state television said eight people had been hospitalised in various conditions, adding that the area affected by the collapse was more than 200 square metres (over 2,100 square feet).

Another five people with light injuries were treated on the spot, news reports said. Read More

Virus kills hundreds of deer in Chicago area

CHICAGO -- Hundreds of deer in the Chicago area have been killed by a virus previously unknown in the area.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports ( that roughly 200 deer in Cook County have died. Six suspected cases have been reported in Kane County.

The disease is known as EHD, or epizootic hemorrhagic disease. It's a virus that kills deer in about a week and is spread among them by bites from flies known as midges.

The disease cannot be passed to humans or pets.

Cook County Forest Preserve District wildlife biologist Chris Anchor says the virus is typically found in other parts of the Midwest and in the Northeast.

He suspects the mild winter and hot summer helped it spread to northern Illinois. The first case was two weeks ago. Source

Most of New Orleans still without power; patience 'wearing thin'

Isaac lost most of its destructive steam by Saturday -- with the Gulf Coast still recovering from its battering earlier in the week -- but the storm managed to bring a small amount of needed rain to drought-stricken parts of the Midwest.

“This by no means will be a drought-buster,” said Chris Vaccaro, a National Weather Service spokesman. “But we’ll take whatever rain we can get.”

Up to 3 inches of rain was expected in the Mississippi and Ohio valleys ­-- though some parts of Illinois and Indiana could get more, Vaccaro said.

Residents of the Gulf Coast, meanwhile, were trying to cope with damage inflicted by the slow-moving storm. Then a hurricane, Isaac made landfall Tuesday, the day before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It then proceeded to pummel the region for several days, largely sparing New Orleans but devastating southern, low-lying parts of Mississippi and Louisiana with flooding.

In Mississippi, where two deaths have been attributed to Isaac, recovery efforts were underway Saturday even though some areas were still dealing with flooding and power outages. more

Anthrax outbreak kills approximately 60 cattle at Colorado ranch

After more than three decades without a case of anthrax in Colorado, the lethal bacterial disease has come back to an unusual extent on at least one Logan County ranch.

After initial reports of one cow death last week, Veterinary Practice News reported Friday, the death of nearly 60 cattle from the anthrax bacillus.

The one cow fatality from early last week has been laboratory-confirmed to have died from anthrax by the Colorado State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

According to the report, officials said they are certain “beyond a reasonable doubt,” based on the clinical signs, that the other cattle died from anthrax as well.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture quarantined the affected ranch last week and because no cattle left the Logan County ranch in the months before detection of the clinical signs of anthrax, infected cattle likely did not enter the food chain. Read More

Oregon reports first animal anthrax case in 50 years

For the first time in more than half a century, the state of Oregon is reporting the cause of death of some steer was from naturally occurring anthrax.

According to an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) news release Friday, one steer died from a herd in Klamath County. Oregon Department of Agriculture officials have been working to protect neighboring cattle. The steer identified with anthrax died August 22. Two other steers died at around the same time.

Oregon health officials say the anthrax cases pose no human public threat, the task will be to prevent cattle and other animals on neighboring ranches from being infected. Read More

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Minions of Darkness - Underground Documentary from Denmark

Dutch _ British Royals Nazis, Elite Behind Global Warming Scam_Eugenics_Depopulation

Activists prepare for march on 'Wall Street South'

Japan-China island dispute deepens

Iran strike a done deal? Israel prepares citizens for war

Chemical Barrels: Underwater threat may devastate Black Sea

'Military attack on Iran suicidal for Israel'

Police pepper-spray protesters in anti-pedophile demo in Belgium

Ready for Euro Collapse? Germany's ex-currency alive & kicking

Why You Should Care: Bullets and Social Security Administration

'Nightmare if West invades Syria'

Explosion in Syria

Great white shark found on beach

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 2nd September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 58.4 km (36.3 miles), the quake hit at 17:53:35 UTC Sunday 2nd September 2012
The epicenter was 91 km (56 miles) East of Sulangan, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Evacuations ordered in Isaac's wake

Slidell, Louisiana (CNN) -- Authorities dropped a mandatory evacuation order Sunday for neighborhoods threatened by a strained lock on a southeast Louisiana canal, but still recommended people stay away.

"As there is still a potential threat, even though reduced, a voluntary evacuation remains in place until the Army Corps of Engineers deems the lock stable and safe," the president and sheriff of St. Tammany Parish announced late Sunday morning. "Please stay vigilant."

The lock authorities feared would fail was on a man-made canal that juts off the Pearl River, along the Mississippi state line. The river has been swollen by rain from last week's Hurricane Isaac, forcing authorities to relieve pressure on the structure by releasing water Saturday and Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister told CNN the water level at the lock has been reduced "tremendously" since Saturday night, and "We feel a lot better." Read More

Legionnaires' disease kills 10 in Quebec

(CNN) -- Ten people have died, out of 165 total cases, after contracting Legionnaires' disease in Quebec City, the provincial government said Saturday.

Canadian authorities have not publicly pinpointed the exact source of the outbreak. Results from samples may take until mid-September to come in, said Regional Directorate of Health. The agency said it is focusing on places frequented by those afflicted with the disease.

Health authorities are looking especially into cooling systems in two large buildings in Quebec, CNN affiliates CTV and CBC report. A government order has been issued requiring those who own or manage buildings in an unspecified target area to regulate levels of chlorine in the water so that the legionella bacteria -- which cause the disease -- cannot grow.

Quebecois should not have to change their daily habits due to the outbreak, the health department said, noting that healthy people are generally at low risk. Read More

Police: Pakistan blasphemy girl 'framed' by Muslim Cleric

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani police say a Muslim cleric planted evidence to link a Christian girl to blasphemy -- a new twist in a case that has fanned flames of religious tension in the country and attracted worldwide interest. 

 The imam, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, will himself face blasphemy charges for tearing pages out of a Quran to use as evidence against the girl, Islambad police chief Bin Yamin said. The latest development may make it easier for the girl, 14-year-old Rimsha, to be released on bail at her next court hearing. Read More

Recalling 1812 battle, Putin calls for unity in Russia

(Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin made a rousing call for unity among Russia's diverse ethnic and religious groups on Sunday as he led commemorations of a battle 200 years ago that led to the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Standing by a monument at the scene of the 1812 Battle of Borodino, 120 km (75 miles) west of Moscow, Putin delivered a speech extolling the virtues of patriotism that enabled Russia to repel the French army in 1812.

Back as president since May, Putin faces more open opposition in big cities than at any time since he first rose to power in 2000, and a persistent Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus.

For the second time in five days he called for unity, underlining his concern that the insurgency could spread and threaten the integrity of Russia, home to many nationalities and religions.

"Only when Russia's nations were united, were together, they achieved the best results in the development of their fatherland," Putin told Russian and foreign dignitaries, including former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

"By and large patriotism, which was the basis of all our major victories, comes down to the unity of the Russian nation." Read More

Years of U.S. fines over Iran loom for foreign banks....Of Course US Banks are Squeaky Clean and Above Board

(Reuters) - For years, the United States struggled to get foreign bankers to comply with its effort to throttle Iran's economy - but a couple of billion dollars in fines, not to mention lurid headlines and talk of jail time, has suddenly got their attention.

A half-hearted shuffling forward to settle years-old claims of busting U.S. sanctions on Tehran is becoming a stampede since Washington tightened rules to punish Iran's nuclear program and a new aggression among regulators so alarmed many banks that shareholders will be paying out billions more for years to come.

Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) and Italy's Intesa San Paolo (ISP.MI) are among big names that may soon join the still short list of foreign banks that have so far paid more than $2.3 billion in fines; some still protest their innocence but have regarded the cash as the price of keeping access to the U.S. market - and keeping executives out of court, or even jail. Read More

Rebels hit army HQ in Damascus

(Reuters) - Syrian rebels said they planted bombs inside the Syrian army's General Staff headquarters in central Damascus on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad's forces bulldozed buildings to the ground in parts of the capital that have backed the uprising.

Syrian state television said four people were wounded in what it called a terrorist attack on the General Staff compound in the highly guarded Abu Rummaneh district, where another bomb attack killed four of Assad's top lieutenants two months ago.

"The operation targeted officers in the Assad army who have been planning and giving the go ahead for the massacres against the Syrian people," said a video statement by the Grandsons of the Prophet brigade, a division of the Free Syrian Army.

"Bombs were planted inside the army headquarters," said the video statement, which was broadcast on Arab satellite channels. Read More

South African prosecutor drops murder charges against miners

PRETORIA — South Africa said Sunday that controversial murder charges against 270 miners over the deaths of fellow workers shot by police, the worst such clash since the apartheid era, will be provisionally dropped.

Following a public furore, acting national director of prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba, said that after having sought an explanation from the department's lead prosecutors, she had taken the decision to review the charge.

"The murder charge against the current 270 suspects, which was provisional anyway, will be formally withdrawn provisionally in court on their next court appearance," Jiba told reporters.

A final decision would taken on the charges after a series of investigations into the shootings, which left 34 miners dead, had delivered their findings. They include a judicial commission of inquiry appointed by President Jacob Zuma, which has until January to present its findings.

A decision and a "pronouncement on final charges to be preferred against any persons involved will only be made once all investigations have been completed," she said.

Thursday's decision to charge the miners over the August 16 killings during a wildcat strike at the Lonmin platinum mine, in what was the worst police violence since the end of apartheid, had triggered outrage. Read More

Iran to hold massive air defense drill in October

Iran will hold a massive air defense drill in October incorporating aerial and ground forces, Iranian air defense commander Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili announced on Saturday.

Esmaili said that the maneuver will include all of the Iranian army’s air defense systems, as well as Iranian air force fighter jets, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iranian state news agency Press TV reported.

According to Press TV, “one of the initiatives in the drill will be… preparing the air defense personnel for the management of crisis.”

Reuters quoted Esmaili telling Iranian newspaper Hamshahri on Friday, ”Today our systems are prepared in a serious way for modern air threats, such that the performance of the systems compared to the previous profile has improved.”

The announcement of Iran’s air defense drill comes amid rising tensions between Iran and the West over its unsanctioned nuclear program. Read More

Iran would take action if U.S. attacked Syria

(Reuters) - Iran would take action if the United States were to carry out an act of "stupidity" and attack Syria, an Iranian military official was quoted as saying on Saturday, but the comments later disappeared from the state-linked agency website.

Iran has steadfastly supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his bid to suppress an uprising which both Tehran and Damascus see as a proxy war by Israel and Western states to extend their influence in the Middle East.

"If America were to attack Syria, Iran along with Syria's allies will take action, which would amount to a fiasco for America," Mohammad Ali Assoudi, the deputy for culture and propaganda of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was quoted as saying. Read More

Heavy rains wash away 'Mount Obama' in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte on Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention.

Workers were trying Saturday afternoon to reform the base of the sculpture, built from sand brought in from Myrtle Beach, S.C., pounding and smoothing out the sand that had washed off the facade of the waist-up rendering of the chief executive.

The sand sculpture was protected from above, and Mr. Obama's face didn't see too much damage. But the storm was so strong that its heavy winds blew the rain sideways, pelting the president's right side and leaving the sand pockmarked and completely erasing his right elbow. Read More

Barclays makes £500 ($790) million betting on food crisis

Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis.

Barclays is the UK bank with the greatest involvement in food commodity trading and is one of the three biggest global players, along with the US banking giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, research from the World Development Movement points out.

Last week the trading giant Glencore was attacked for describing the global food crisis and price rises as a "good" business opportunity.

The extent of Barclays' involvement in food speculation comes to light as new figures from the World Bank show that global food prices hit an all-time high in July, with poor harvests in the US and Russia pushing up the average worldwide cost of staples by an unprecedented 10 per cent in a month. Read More

Global War Economy: The Empire of the US Military Industrial Complex

Arguably, ever since entering World War II, the United States of America’s economy has been a war economy. Starting or fostering wars became essentially, independently of geopolitical reasons, a “good” business proposition. 

The early 1940s marked the start of the era of systematic wars for profit. War defined as the ultimate capitalist enterprise. The extraordinary war efforts of World War II turned the United States into a giant global arms factory for the war in Europe and in the Pacific. It was even, cynically, credited as the main factor in ending the Great Depression of 1929.

This trend continued at a slower pace, but without any real interruption, with the Korean war in the early 1950s, the Vietnam war in the 1960s until the early 1970s, and various proxy wars worldwide- including Afghanistan in the 1980s- against the Soviet Union. The event of 9/11/ 2001 gave American politicians the unique opportunity to start the perfect war on behalf of their friends and patrons of the military industrial complex. It is the endless war: the “war on terror” without any geographic boundaries, time frame or even the necessity to have a well defined enemy. Read More

South Africa: "SA exports 'crowded out' by Chinese products''

South Africa has lost out on $900-million in trade with sub-Saharan Africa because of increased Chinese imports, costing the country more than 77 000 jobs over a decade, a new report by the University of East Anglia (UEA) from the UK has revealed.

South Africa’s industrial production, which grew by 14% between 2001 and 2010, could have been about 5% higher had the country not lost market share to China, while its exports to sub-Saharan Africa would have been 10% higher.

The research has warned that South African industrial exports to sub-Saharan countries were at risk of being crowded out by Chinese exports, which had grown from $4.1-billion in 2001, to $53.3-billion in 2011.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over a fifth of South Africa’s total exports, with Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi and Ghana the most important markets. Read More

Rescue Teams Battle To Save Stranded Whales, Scotland

At least 13 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding off the coast of Fife in Scotland.

A pod of 26 whales was discovered at the base of steep cliffs in Pittenweem, near St Andrews, earlier today.

Gareth Norman of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) confirmed that 13 of the whales had died by the time rescuers arrived.

Only nine of the remaining animals are likely to survive, he added, and another 24 pilot whales have been spotted close to the shoreline.

"The live animals are currently being given first aid by the charity volunteers and their condition is being assessed by veterinary surgeons," the BDMLR said in a statement. Read More

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 2nd September 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 14:42:15 UTC Sunday 2nd September 2012
The epicenter was 94 km (58 miles) ENE of Sulangan, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 2nd September 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 14:36:06 UTC Sunday 2nd September 2012
The epicenter was 105 km (65 miles) North from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Man Arrested After Gun And Grenade Attack

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died in a gun and grenade attack.

The body of David Short, 46, was found at his house in Clayton, Manchester on August 10 after police responded to reports of gunfire.

Less than 10 minutes after Mr Short's body was discovered in Folkestone Road East, Greater Manchester Police received reports that shots had been fired at a second property, in Luke Road, Droylsden, where detectives say there was also a grenade blast.

No one was injured in the second incident.

Armed officers arrested a man in a park near the junction of Herne Street and Newton Close in Openshaw, police said. Read More

Courtney Meppen-Walter Arrested Over Fatal Car Crash which left two people dead

Manchester City footballer Courtney Meppen-Walter and another man have been arrested after two people were killed in a collision.

Police were called to the crash at the junction of Bury New Road and Sherborne Street in north Manchester on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old driver of a red Nissan Micra and the front seat passenger, a 37-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two teenagers in the back of the car were taken to Hope Hospital with serious head injuries.

Meppen-Walter and the other man, who were in separate cars, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in custody for questioning, Greater Manchester Police said. Read More

Couple Missing After Girl Found Alone On Boat

Police are searching for a couple last seen on a boat in Norfolk, after a 13-year-old girl was found on board alone.

The alarm was raised late on Saturday afternoon after a member of the public realised a hire boat had not been returned.

Police found the boat moored to a tree near Salhouse Little Broad and the girl was found unharmed on board.

She spent the evening in police custody and is expcted to be spoken to by specially-trained officers later today.

The boat has been recovered and returned to a boat yard at Horning where it will be examined.

Officers are continuing their search of the water along a mile-long stretch of the river near the Hoveton area from Salhouse Broad to Wroxham Broad.

Enquiries are on-going to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and to establish the whereabouts of the 13-year-old girl's parents.

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5.3 Magnitude Earthquake SVALBARD REGION - 2nd September 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the SVALBARD REGION at a depth of 8.6 km (5.3 miles), the quake hit at 12:44:03 UTC Sunday 2nd September 2012
The epicenter was 1306 km (812 miles) NNW from Murmansk, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Locals hurl fireballs in El Salvador

Sep. 1 - Revelers in El Salvador hurl fireballs at each other as part of a decades long tradition marking the explosion of a nearby volcano

S. Sudanese soldiers injured, killed in rebel attack

Sep. 1 - Rebels killed at least 24 soldiers and injured many others after ambushing a military convoy in South Sudan

Hong Kong students end hunger strike

Sep. 2 - Three Hong Kong students end their hunger strike over curriculum changes after 56 hours due to health concerns. Jessica Gray reports.

Norway's oil pay bonanza a ticking time bomb

(Reuters) - Paid more than the average American CEO, Norway's oil workers are demanding an even bigger bounty, threatening strikes and chewing away at the competitiveness of a vital European oil and gas supplier.

Riding a global exploration boom and backed by Europe's fastest growing economy, oil workers in Norway, the world's eighth biggest oil exporter, can almost set their own terms. And they are taking advantage.

Offshore workers shut part of the sector last month with a 16-day strike for better pay and the right to early retirement, and services workers are threatening a September shutdown if their own terms are not improved.

The labor action was a blow for a sector already struggling with record output costs, falling volumes and shrinking margins.

"As a Norwegian, it's almost embarrassing that it's twice as expensive to drill in the Norwegian side of the North Sea than on the UK side," Hege Kverneland, the Chief Technology Officer at National Oilwell Varco (NOV.N) said.

"It's hard to understand and when you see this from the outside, you start to wonder if they are completely mad," she added. Read More

Activists, police plan for big protests at Democratic convention

(Reuters) - The big protests that were planned outside the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, Florida, never really materialized, doused in part by a tropical storm. But activists say they expect a stronger showing this week, when Democrats gather for their nominating convention in Charlotte.

Law enforcement and officials in North Carolina say they are prepared if several thousands protesters show up as activists hope, starting with the first major demonstrations of the week on Sunday.

"We'll be ready," Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx told Reuters.

The 80-plus groups that make up the Coalition to March on Wall Street South plan to hold a 3-mile (5-km) march on Sunday aimed at putting a spotlight on Charlotte as the United States' second-largest financial center, behind New York.

Activists plan to stop in front of the headquarters of Bank of America and Duke Energy and the main Eastern hub for Wells Fargo to speak out against what they see as a range of injustices, including foreclosures and high student loan debt. Read More