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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Car bomb rocks police HQ in Damascus as military showdown continues

DAMASCUS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- A booby-trapped car bombing tore through the garage of the Police Headquarters in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday evening, killing one policeman, as the military showdown continued in many hotspots nationwide between the government troops and the armed rebels, the state-run SANA news agency reported,

The car exploded inside the police headquarters' garage after an explosive device attached to it went off while the car was parked, said SANA, adding that one police member was killed, while others were slightly injured.

The report said the blast also left material damages to the headquarters and nearby buildings and also set a number of parked cars ablaze.

The police command center is located at Khaled Bin al-Walid Street in al- Fahammeh area, which is usually crowded with people and passersby. Read More

Tanks in the streets as Venezuelan electoral council declares Hugo Chavez victory

According to the Associated Press, Venezuela’s electoral council has declared that Hugo Chavez beat Henriques Capriles in Sunday’s presidential election with about 54 percent of the vote, despite exit polls showing otherwise.

Venezuela Twitter users have claimed Chavez’s victory was wrought with election fraud, and that the socialist incumbent president sent tanks into the streets of his country as those exit poll reports showed him losing. A picture of the tanks surfaced on Twitter Sunday evening.

The British Guardian newspaper reported that Chavez also sent troops armed with AK-47s into Venezuela’s streets to fight against any protests in case unrest came as a result of the news.

A Spanish news outlet reported earlier on Sunday that exit polls showed Capriles defeated the socialist president by a narrow margin. more

Paris to Boost Antiterror Laws

PARIS—The French government aims to strengthen antiterrorism laws and boost security at places of worship, French President Fran├žois Hollande said Sunday, after authorities mounted a series of raids against an alleged Islamic terror network suspected of targeting France's Jewish community.

Police swept across France over the weekend—from the northeastern city of Strasbourg to the Mediterranean city of Cannes—taking at least 10 people into custody, and killing one man suspected of participating in a grenade attack last month against a Jewish grocery store outside Paris that lightly injured one person.

The raids turned up weapons, more than €27,000 ($35,200) in cash and a list of Jewish groups in the Paris area, Paris's prosecutor said at a news conference to discuss the operation.

On Sunday, Mr. Hollande met with Muslim and Jewish leaders, and said in an address that a new antiterrorism law, which was presented to government ministers last week, would be submitted to Parliament as soon as possible.

The law would empower French authorities to pursue French citizens who commit terrorist acts or receive terrorist training overseas, even if they haven't committed crimes in France. Read More

Lebanon Says Israeli Planes Circled Its Airspace for an Hour

JERUSALEM — The morning after the Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified drone in the Negev Desert, the Lebanese government said that four Israeli warplanes spent an hour on Sunday illegally circling in its airspace.

The Israeli Defense Forces refused to confirm or deny the report from the Lebanese Army, which said the planes entered above the village of Kfar Kila at 10:10 a.m. and left above Naqoura an hour later.

Such flyovers are not unusual and prompt regular complaints from Lebanon to the United Nations, but Sunday’s caused a stir because of the drone shot down the day before, which many in Israel suspect was sent by Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group. No one has claimed responsibility for the drone.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, a spokeswoman for the Israeli military, said Sunday that Israel had tracked the drone for nearly a half-hour before taking it down in an unpopulated area of the Negev in the south, and that investigators had collected all of its parts and were analyzing them in hopes of determining its origin and mission.

“The concern is when you take it to the broader perspective of the arms race in the region,” Colonel Leibovich said. “The drone is part of those efforts. Read More

Flu jabs are postponed as vaccine is withdrawn...because of "an unexpected test result"

GP surgeries across the country are having to postpone flu jabs for patients because of a shortage of vaccine. Crucell, the global pharmaceutical company based in the Netherlands, said it had stopped all supplies because of "an unexpected test result".

High-risk patients, including the elderly and those with chronic conditions such as asthma, may have to wait up to a month for their jabs, having been invited by GPs to have them before the winter flu season starts.

Flu lays low millions of Britons every winter, resulting in thousands of deaths, disruption to the NHS and harm to the economy.

It poses a particular threat to those in high-risk groups. Between 2,000 and 4,000 people, mostly elderly, die of flu-associated illnesses in a mild year – and up to 20,000 die in years when there is a severe epidemic.

Crucell supplies 10 per cent of the UK market for flu vaccine. The company said: "Patient safety is our first concern. We have voluntarily halted all deliveries because of an unexpected test result on one of our batches. We want to investigate the cause before we release the vaccine."

Another announcement will be made next Monday, when the results of further tests are known, it added. Read More

EADS-BAE deal must limit foreign stakes to pass US muster

(Reuters) - BAE Systems insists there is "no magic number" for French and German government shares in a possible merger with EADS, but U.S. experts say anything over 10 percent could ruin the chances of winning approval from U.S. regulators.

Britain has told France and Germany repeatedly that their respective holdings in the merged firm should not exceed 10 percent, according to several sources familiar with the process.

BAE and the British government want to keep government shareholdings and rights in the proposed merger as low as possible, concerned that larger stakes could unravel the deal.

U.S. experts say stakes of 9.9 percent and lower have been viewed as generally "benign" in the past, which should allow the combined company to keep working on sensitive U.S. military and intelligence projects without Washington demanding divestitures or creation of a more restrictive proxy board.

Either of those two conditions would prompt BAE to abandon the merger talks, according to BAE executives. Read More

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE at a depth of 115.3 km (71.6 miles), the quake hit at 01:50:25 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 103 km (64 miles) Northeast of Calama, Chile
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the FIJI REGION at a depth of 587.4 km (365 miles), the quake hit at 01:25:56 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 72 km (44 miles) South of Ndoi Island, Fiji
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA at a depth of 7.7 km (4.8 miles), the quake hit at 00:39:08 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 22 km (14 miles) Southwest from Ocotillo Wells, California
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Hugo Chavez wins relection after all... somehow...

Venezuela's electoral council says President Hugo Chavez has won re-election, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles.

National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena says that with most votes counted, Chavez had about 54 percent of the vote.

It was Chavez's third re-election victory in nearly 14 years in office. The victory gives Chavez another six-year term to cement his legacy and press more forcefully for a transition to socialism in the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves. source

Hugo Chavez calculated to lose election in exit polls

Details forthcoming.

Thousands treated after toxic gas leak in S. Korea

More than 3,000 South Koreans near the southeastern city of Gumi have received medical treatment as the damage from a major toxic chemical leak continues to grow, media reports said Sunday.

An explosion at the factory of chemical maker Hube Global on September 27, which killed five people, led to the leak of hydrofluoric acid which has affected crops, livestock and villagers near the plant.

Nearly 3,200 people have so far been treated for nausea, chest pain, rashes, sore eyes or sore throats after apparently inhaling toxic fumes, Yonhap news agency said, citing data from the city government.

The explosion and leak affected nearly 80 firms, some of which were forced to shut plants. The esimated damage has increased to 17.7 billion won ($15.9 million) from 9.4 billion won previously reported, Yonhap and other media reports said.

The leak also damaged 212 hectares (524 acres) of farmland and affected 3,200 livestock, which showed symptoms similar to a cold. more

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UAV intrusion: Iranian act of belligerence against US and Israeli military targets?

However Israeli official spokesmen present the incident of Saturday, Oct. 6, the penetration of Israeli air space by a large unmanned helicopter should not have been allowed to happen. The surprise interloper should have been shot down before spending nearly half an hour over southern Israel. The incident showed ID intelligence and command not up to handling enemy surprises, even after countless drills and exercises.

Four months ago, on July 20, Hizballah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech, “The resistance movement will surprise Tel Aviv in any future war.”

Hizballah with Iranian backing almost certainly proved its point Saturday, very likely in collaboration with its Palestinian ally, Hamas.

Our intelligence experts note that before the Israeli Air Force fighters scrambled to shoot it down, the intruder would have had enough time for its surveillance equipment to beam to its Iranian control station, wherever it was, the electronic signatures of US and Israeli military installations within its purview in the South and the Negev.

This was a major lapse.

The alien aircraft should have been intercepted the moment it flew in from the Mediterranean and entered the skies of the Gaza Strip. By then, it was clearly seen heading toward Beersheba. Had there been weapons aboard, the incident would have ended in a worse disaster, reminding Israel of its worst nightmare: an Iranian plane flying over with a nuclear bomb. more

Turkey fires artillery into Syria after shelling

(Reuters) - Turkish forces fired across the frontier into Syria on Sunday after a shell launched from Syria landed in Turkey's border town of Akcakale, underlining Ankara's warning that it will respond with force to any violence spilling over into its territory.

It was the fifth consecutive day of Turkish retaliation against incoming bombardment from northern Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces have been battling rebels who control swathes of land close to the Turkish frontier.

The continued exchanges are the most serious cross-border violence in Syria's revolt against Assad, which began in March last year with protests for reform but has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones which threatens to draw in regional powers.

The latest Syrian shell landed near a plant belonging to the Turkish Grain Board, the Dogan news agency reported, several hundred metres from the center of Akcakale where five civilians were killed on Wednesday in previous Syrian artillery fire. Read More

Rebels seize Syrian army outpost at Turkey border: witnesses

(Reuters) - Syrian rebels have seized a government army outpost near the Turkish border province of Hatay and a rebel flag flew over the building on Sunday, while clashes could be heard in the area of a nearby Syrian village, a Reuters witness and villagers said.

The rebels took control of the three-storey white building, around 1 km (mile) from the border on a hill overlooking the Turkish village of Guvecci on Saturday, and raised the flag of the Free Syrian Army, villagers said.

"In the last four days there were heavy clashes going on here. We couldn't sleep. Yesterday morning, the Syrian army controlled this area. Now it is calmer," said villager Musa Sasak, 27.

Three mortar bombs fired from Syria landed near Guvecci village on Saturday, prompting a fourth day of retaliatory fire from Turkish forces. The Syrian mortar rounds hit empty land and there were no casualties. Read More

Israeli jets stage mock raids over south Lebanon

Lebanon's state news agency says Israeli warplanes have staged mock raids over villages in southern Lebanon, breaking the sound barrier.

The National News Agency says the planes flew low over the market town of Nabatiyeh and nearby villages on Sunday.

The exercise comes a day after the Israeli military shot down a drone that crossed deep into Israel from the Mediterranean Sea, marking the first time in at least six years that a hostile aircraft has penetrated Israeli airspace.

It was not immediately clear who launched the drone, but suspicion quickly fell on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The Iranian-backed group is known to have sent drones into Israel on several previous occasions.

The Israeli military declined to comment on reports that its jets flew over southern Lebanon. source

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake AZERBAIJAN - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck AZERBAIJAN at a depth of 40.9 km (25.4 miles), the quake hit at 11:42:50 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 6 km (3.7 miles) ESE of Basqal, Azerbaijan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 376 km (233.6 miles), the quake hit at 11:34:13 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 145 km (90 miles) NNW of Dili, East Timor
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 32.8 km (20.4 miles), the quake hit at 11:08:55 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 35 km (21 miles) WNW of Nabire, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Anti-racist subway ads to Appear in NYC subway stations

The International Action Center has contracted with MTA to run 10 ads opposed to racism, anti-Muslim bigotry and war.

The IAC ads will be in NYC subway stations in one week, starting Monday, Oct 8. They are in response to the racist ads posted in NYC subway stations — placed by Pam Geller from Stop Islamization of America and American Freedom Defense Initiative.

Geller's ads refer to Muslim community members as being "savages" among other offensive language. Two years ago around the 9-11 date Pamela Geller, in a well-funded media campaign, tried to whip up in NYC the same climate of bigotry and intolerance against Muslims with an ugly campaign against the building of an Islamic Center blocks from the World Trade Center. Read More

Oct. 5-7: Anti-war protests set for 30 cities

As of Sept. 26, organizations in 27 cities in North America have called demonstrations, meetings, vigils or other actions, mostly for the weekend of Oct. 5-7, to mark the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and to protest further wars “at home and abroad.”

Demonstrations are also scheduled in London, England; Tehran, Iran, and Islamabad, Pakistan, on that weekend in solidarity with the actions here, according to the Web page, which lists the actions in all the cities with time and place.

The demonstrations, which were called and coordinated by the United National Antiwar Coalition and others, have highlighted the issues: ending the occupation of Afghanistan, demanding hands off Syria and no war on Iran, as well as protesting drone attacks. UNAC has also focused the protests on what the group calls “war at home.” This means especially the ongoing persecution of Muslims within the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, and the stop-and-frisk laws that target youth of color in U.S. cities. Read More

Pakistani motorcade protesting drones heads to SW

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Local media say thousands of Pakistanis, joined by U.S. anti-war activists, are heading toward Pakistan's militant-riddled tribal region to protest U.S. drone strikes, despite threats of suicide attacks by the Pakistani Taliban.

After an overnight stay, the motorcade led by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan departed for the town of Tank near the tribal belt.

The U.S. says its drone strikes are aimed at militants, but Pakistan charges they violate its sovereignty and kill civilians.

Video on Pakistani media showed barricades with hundreds of police in riot gear. It appeared unlikely the protesters would be allowed to reach South Waziristan for a rally.

In a televised speech, Khan thanked his supporters and the U.S. group, declaring they achieved their goal of sending a message to the world against drone strikes. Source

'He's a white n****': Online backlash against Snoop Dog after he posts offensive list of reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney

The politically incorrect rapper Snoop Dog put his two cents in the heated national debate leading up to the November election, posting online a foul-mouthed yet funny list of reasons why he would vote for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney.

The 40-year-old hip hop-turned-reggae artist, who had recently changed his name to Snoop Lion, posted a photo of the handwritten list originally created by @DragonflyJonez on Friday.

The number one justification for not voting for the Republican candidate is that ‘He is a white n**ga,’ followed by: ‘He looks like he says 'n**ga' all the time.’ Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 09:16:48 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 123 km (76 miles) Southwest of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Ian Brady DIES but is brought back to life by hospital staff... despite his pleas not to be resuscitated

Moors murderer Ian Brady's heart stopped beating during a near-fatal fit at psychiatric hospital - but staff brought the killer back to life.
The 74-year-old collapsed for a number of minutes before staff turned to a defibrillator to save him, his confidante and health adviser Jackie Powell revealed.

She said Brady was furious when he discovered what had happened after lodging instructions with officials at the Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool never to resuscitate him.

Following the seizure, he is said to have repeated an offer to show police to the site of 12-year-old Keith Bennett's body - his only undiscovered victim.

His trusted mental health advocate Jackie Powell told the Sunday Mirror last night: 'He should be dead. They should have let him go.' Read More

'We will be richest in Europe': Venice wants independence from Rome

Thanks US? 'Afghans want Americans out'

Economy a leaking balloon, govts make things worse

Denis Telyakov Brutally Beaten: Russia demands justice for student attacked in Canada prison

Canadians call for increased state control of natural resources

Romney: 'Obama Doesn't Know How to Fix Economy'

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'Jordan immobile without West, Zionists'

Bill Mayer on Obama: 'Looks Like He Took My Million and Spent it All on Weed'


The Obama campaign dropped a bombshell this morning. It announced that, combined with the DNC, the campaign raised a staggering $181 million in September. The windfall is a huge increase over July and August, when the campaign raised around $100 million, although it is slightly down from the $193 million it raised in September 2008. The news should raise eyebrows.

The campaign said that just over 1.8 million people made donations to the campaign last month. According to the campaign, over 500k of these were brand-new donors, having neither given in 2008 nor 2012. 98% of contributions were under the reporting threshold of $250. Of these, the average contribution was $53.

Its really a tale of two worlds. 35k people gave an average of $2,600, while just over 1.7 million people gave an average of $53. Half the campaign's haul came from people giving around the maximum amount and half from people who don't have to be disclosed. Seems a bit odd.

The average of $53 from small donors is particularly noteworthy. Contributions under $200 don't have to be disclosed, but the campaign still has to keep track of the donor's name, in case subsequent donations push their contribution over the reporting threshold.

For contributions under $50, however, the campaign doesn't even have to keep track of the donor's name. It is effectively considered a "petty cash" donation. A person could theoretically make 10 $49 donations and never be reported, even though their total contributions are above the FEC's reporting threshold. Read More

Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya

ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties.

Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support.

No one has yet to argue that the DC-3 would have definitively made a difference for the four Americans killed that night. The security team in question, after all, left Libya in August.

But the question – both for the State Department, which is conducting an internal investigation, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding hearings next week – is whether officials in Washington, D.C., specifically at the State Department, were as aware as they should have been about the deteriorating security situation in Libya, and whether officials were doing everything they could to protect Americans in that country.

Earlier this week, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and another member of the committee wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listing 13 incidents leading up to the attack, ranging from IED and RPG attacks to a “posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page” publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Stevens and his security detail around Tripoli. Read More

Egypt to US: Era of 'Yes, Sir' Has Ended

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, veteran Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa said that although strong US-Egypt relations are in the best interests of his country, "the era of 'yes sir' has to come to an end."

Moussa also defended the stand of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, his one-time foe, saying "Egypt is in a state of revolution, so how can a new republic based on revolutionary process just ignore the situation in Syria or look the other way?"

Moussa, a former secretary-general of the Arab League (2001–2011) and Egyptian foreign minister (1991–2001), ran this year in Egypt's first presidential elections since former President Hosni Mubarak's ouster. He managed 11% of the vote, failing to qualify for the run-off, which was won by Muslim Brotherhood candidate Morsi. Moussa is now the leader of two coalitions — the Egyptian Conference Party and the Coalition of the Egyptian Nation — representing secular and nationalist parties. The coalitions are dogged by fragmentation but held loosely together by the common aim of challenging the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament and executive office. Read More

The toxic French economic cocktail: weak growth, poor competitiveness, fiscal tightening

Since the start of 2011 French economic growth has been extremely disappointing, falling from an annual rate of nearly 2.5% to just 0.3% in the second quarter of this year. Of course the whole Eurozone has seen weakness over the period, but French growth has lagged that of the “core” over the period. German GDP growth was at or above 2% for all but the last two quarters, and now stands at 1%. Purchasing Managers’ surveys for September show more divergence, with more falls in French manufacturing and services, whilst the German surveys strengthened.

Of course, it could be worse – Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Ireland have experienced much weaker economic growth and, perhaps most damaging, higher rates of unemployment. Spanish unemployment has risen from 8% in 2007 to 25% today, with youth unemployment over 50%. The French jobless total stands at “just” 10.3%. And the other big difference is that the bond markets believe that France is part of the core, not part of the periphery.

Looking at 5 year CDS rates (the cost in basis points to insure a sovereign bond against the risk of default), France trades at 110 bps per year, compared with Ireland at 300 bps, Italy at 325 bps and Spain at 370 bps. And whilst this is still much wider than German CDS at 54 bps, since May the spread between German and French government bonds has narrowed significantly, from over 1.4% to 0.75%. Read More

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''U.S. level of vacant homes is "extraordinary": Fed's Duke

(Reuters) - The housing bust has saddled the United States with an "extraordinary" level of abandoned properties that inflict heavy costs on the wider community and government aid may be needed to tackle the problem, a top U.S. central banker said on Friday.

"In order to see the robust economic recovery we all want, we need to deal effectively with the large volume of vacant and distressed properties throughout the country," said Federal Reserve Board Governor Elizabeth Duke.

The Fed has cut interest rates to almost zero to boost growth in the aftermath of the recession and vowed in September to buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed bonds every month until the U.S. labor market recovered.

In prepared remarks to a New York conference on the distressed U.S. property market, Duke noted that although unsold home inventory levels have declined as real estate has picked up, the number of abandoned homes remains stubbornly high. Read More

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5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 08:36:32 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 139 km (86 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Hit-And-Run Crash In Bradford: 12 year old boy Killed

A 12-year-old boy has been killed after being hit on a crossing by a car driving away from police in Bradford, police said.

Two people were arrested after the collision on Rooley Lane on Saturday at 7pm. A police car had stopped a red Seat Ibiza in a lay-by for a check but when officers got out of the car the vehicle sped off and hit the boy on a crossing close to Asda.

A police spokesman said: "He tragically died of his injuries."

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7 dead as meningitis outbreak grows

Atlanta (CNN) -- The death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections has risen to seven, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday. The total number of cases has also grown to 64 people in nine states, the CDC said. That is 17 more cases and two more states than the day before. Patients contracted the deadly meningitis after being injected in their spine with a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate that was contaminated by a fungus. The steroid is used to treat pain and inflammation. Read More

Gilbert Thomas Collar killed at University of South Alabama by Campus Officer for acting erratically whilst Naked....and yes he was Unarmed

(CNN) -- Authorities are investigating why a University of South Alabama officer fatally shot an 18-year-old freshman who they say was naked and acting erratically outside the campus police station early Saturday.

With few details of the shooting, the student's mother and one of his friends said they could not understand how a six-year varsity wrestler and good-natured teenager could have died under such strange and sad circumstances.

According to a statement from the school, the campus police officer heard a loud banging noise on a window at the station at 1:23 a.m. CT (2:23 a.m. ET) Saturday. When he left the station to investigate, the school said, "he was confronted by a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically."

The man, later identified as Gilbert Thomas Collar, of Wetumpka, Alabama, repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance, the school said.

The officer, whose name hasn't been released, drew his weapon and ordered Collar to stop, the school said. The officer retreated several times to try to calm the situation. Read More

Official: 48 Tunisian security forces hurt in clash with protesters on tourist island

(CNN) -- Security forces and protesters clashed Saturday on a Tunisian tourist island, leading to injuries to 48 police and two protesters, state news reported.

The violence occurred in Guellala on the island of Djerba, along the Mediterranean Sea. People there had staged a sit-in on a road leading to a waste facility, the official news agency Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported.

Khaled Tarrouch, spokesman for Tunisia's Interior Ministry, said on state-run Wataniya TV that about 40 demonstrators were blocking the road to the facility, which is the only one serving the area.

Talks aimed at clearing the road failed, and security forces subsequently came in and broke up the demonstration, Tarrouch said.

Later, a large group of the protesters gathered in Guellala's city center and "attacked" security forces, according to the Interior Ministry spokesman. Some citizens threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at authorities, he said. Read More

Turkey: Future attacks 'will be silenced'

(CNN) -- Residents of a Turkish border town hid inside their homes Saturday after three Syrian shells landed inside Turkey in separate incidents amid fierce fighting in Syria.

The shelling prompted Turkish forces to return fire as clashes between the two neighbors entered a fourth day, according to government and semi-official media reports.

As Turkish forces deployed along the border, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned that "any future attack on Turkey from anywhere will be silenced," according to the semi-official Anadolu Agency news service.

The Syrian shells hit outside two villages in Hatay province, the provincial government said in statements.

One shell landed about 50 meters (164 feet) into Turkey. In the second incident, a shell landed about 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) into Turkey, between a Turkish village and a border post, the provincial government said.

In both cases, authorities believe Syrian troops were firing on rebel forces stationed near the border. Read More

Turkish military buildup on border

Oct. 6 - Turkey positioned tanks and other military vehicles along the Syrian border after a number of mortar rounds landed on Turkish soil. Deborah Gembara reports

Assad visits tomb of unknown soldier in rare public appearance.

Oct. 6 - President Bashar al Assad makes a rare public appearance to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier as civil war rages in Syria and cross border skirmishing with Turkish forces threatens to destabilize the region.

EADS-BAE deal may be hostage to politics

(Reuters) - To win approval for their planned $45 billion merger, EADS and BAE systems must persuade Washington to let a pan-European behemoth control some of the most sensitive U.S. defense contracts, without triggering a political backlash.

Defense industry experts say it should not be difficult for Washington to protect its security interests in allowing the deal to go ahead, but the politics could become complicated if Boeing and other competitors lobby against the deal.

"The security issue can be dealt with if the deal is structured properly," said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Virginia-based Lexington Institute think tank.

"The only way this deal can be blocked in the U.S. is if opponents demagogue the issues of security."

The merger must first be cleared by European officials, and the companies and shareholders must agree terms, but U.S. approval would eventually be necessary as well. Read More

One dead, 11 detained in French anti-terror sweep

PARIS — A man shot dead by French police Saturday in a nationwide crackdown on terror suspects that made 11 arrests was linked to an attack on a Jewish store last month, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

The man killed in an exchange of fire in Strasbourg was "a delinquent who had converted to radical Islam" and his fingerprints were found on the remains of a grenade thrown into the kosher grocery store in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, Molins told a press conference.

Molins named him as Jeremy Sidney, 33, and said that he was of French nationality.

He said the sweep had uncovered a list of Jewish associations, adding that "the inquiry will determine what were the next targets of this cell".

Strasbourg prosecutor Patrick Poirret for his part said Sidney was "very determined with probably the ambition to die a martyr, and had emptied the chamber" of his revolver at the police before being shot dead.

Poirret said that when police entered Sidney's home, he was standing armed with a .357 magnum and fired at them, prompting them to return fire.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said earlier the sweep in a number of French cities was aimed at "dismantling terrorist networks". Read More

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EADS 'will ditch' BAE deal over EU government demands

Aerospace giant is ready to walk away from merger if France and Germany don’t give ground.

Aerospace giant EADS is preparing to dump its audacious, £30bn merger with British defence group BAE Systems if European governments fail to lower their demands over the next three days.

Sources close to EADS said the governments, who effectively control the Airbus-maker, need to make “significant progress” in their negotiations to avoid the deal falling apart.

There were reports of a row between Britain and France jeopardising the deal on Friday.

Advisers are understood to have told EADS boss Tom Enders that there is little point extending Wednesday’s Takeover Panel deadline for the companies to come up with agreed terms unless politicians start ceding ground.

Mr Enders is understood to want to avoid upsetting staff any longer than is necessary– the companies have more than 50,000 employees in the UK alone – through the uncertainty surrounding the talks. Even if strides are made, it is unlikely that EADS and BAE can hit the initial deadline and will have to ask the panel for extra time. Read More

US warns American activists not to attend anti-drone rally

U.S. diplomats Friday warned a group of American activists not to attend a rally against U.S. missile strikes scheduled for this weekend, claiming terrorists have threatened to attack the demonstration.

The rally is being led by Imran Khan, an internationally famous cricket player who has become one of Pakistan’s most popular opposition politicians largely on the basis of his outspoken criticism of the U.S. role in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The demonstration is scheduled to leave Islamabad Saturday and hopes to enter South Waziristan, part of the militant-plagued tribal area that is considered a no-go zone, on Sunday as a protest against the use of unmanned drones to attack suspected militants. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SAMOA ISLANDS REGION - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the SAMOA ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 07:38:45 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 183 km (114 miles) South from APIA, Samoa
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Two more deaths as US meningitis outbreak affects more states

Number of cases now 64 in outbreak traced to products sent out by unaccredited pharmaceutical compounding company

An outbreak of meningitis linked to contaminated steroid shots prepared by a Massachusetts pharmacy has now resulted in seven deaths, officials said Saturday as they confirmed that the illness had spread to more states.

The total number of cases of the rare form of fungal meningitis is now 64, with Minnesota and Ohio added to the list of states affected.

Since the outbreak was traced to products sent out by an unaccredited pharmaceutical compounding company with a history of health violations, medical clinics across the eastern USA have been making contact with patients given the injection.

In the past 24 hours, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added two people to the number of fatalities. The total number of cases has jumped by 17 from Friday's figure of 47.

The updated figures comes amid growing concern over why clinics from as far away as Florida and Tennessee chose to buy in bulk from a pharmacy that had not applied for accreditation form a professional body and had a checkered health and safety record. Read More

US court fight starts for radical cleric sent from Britain

(Reuters) - One-eyed radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri made his first appearance in federal court in New York on Saturday after Britain extradited him to the United States to face trial and a potential life sentence on terrorism charges.

The Egyptian-born Hamza, 54, entered U.S. District Court in Manhattan after being refused the prosthetics - including his signature metal hook - that he wears because of his missing forearms.

Hamza is accused by Washington of supporting al Qaeda, aiding a kidnapping in Yemen and plotting to open a training camp for militants in the United States.

He was flown late on Friday to the United States along with four other men also wanted on U.S. terrorism charges.

Hamza is missing both his hands and an eye, injuries he says he sustained while living in Afghanistan in the 1980s and carrying out humanitarian work. Authorities say he was fighting for the Mujahideen against the Soviet Union. Read More

Iran shifts enriched uranium to reactor fuel stock in 'confidence' show for West

TEHRAN, Iran — In a bid to ease international concerns over its nuclear program, Iran has converted more than a third of Tehran’s most highly enriched uranium into a powder for a medical research reactor that is difficult to reprocess for weapons production, experts and U.N. monitors say.

The work — noted in a technical report by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency in late August — suggests Iran is trying to display enough goodwill to restart nuclear talks with world powers, while aiming to soften demands by the U.S. and others to halt Tehran’s top-level uranium enrichment.

An influential Iranian parliament member, Hossein Naqavi, said the country was taking a “serious and concrete confidence-building measure” by converting some of the 20 percent enriched stockpile into U3O8, or uranium oxide, in the form of powder.

The move also appears to be part of a wider strategy to seek relief from tightening Western sanctions in exchange for step-by-step plans to scale back uranium enrichment, which Washington and its allies fear could lead to weapons-grade material. Iran insists it only has peaceful nuclear ambitions. Read More

Philippines agrees to peace deal with Muslim rebels

The Philippine government says it has reached a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group.

The deal follows long negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to end the 40-year insurgency that has killed more than 120,000 people.

It provides for the creation of a new autonomous region in Muslim-majority areas in the south of the country.

President Benigno Aquino says two sides reached the deal for the resource-rich region during talks in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

"This agreement creates a new political entity and it deserves a name that symbolises and honours the struggles of our forebears in Mindanao and celebrates the history and character of that part of our nation. That name will be Bangsamoro," he announced via a live broadcast from the presidential palace.

"This framework agreement is about rising above our prejudices. It is about casting aside the distrust and myopia that has the plagued efforts of the past."

The agreement is expected to be signed in the coming days. Read More

3 killed, 10 missing in southwestern Colombia mudslide

At least three people were killed and at least another 10 went missing Saturday when a mudslide caused by heavy rains flooded a village in the southwest of Colombia.

The mudslide took the rural settlements of Villa de Prado and Remolinos by surprise early Saturday morning, reported local newspaper Diario del Huila.

"The fire department in the area informs us there are ten people missing. With the help of the police we will fly [over the area] to evaluate the situation," Government Secretary Julio Cesar Triana told the newspaper.

"There's the body of a girl on the other side of the creek but we haven't been able to cross because it continues to rain and the creek is swollen," the local fire department director told newspaper El Tiempo that reported 15 people had gone missing.

Caracol Radio said as many as 27 villagers are missing. Read More

Dozens of villagers evacuate gas leak-contaminated village to temporary shelter, South Korea

(Yonhap) -- Dozens of villagers evacuated to a temporary shelter Saturday as officials tried to assess the extent of damage from a poisonous gas leak that devastated a large farmland.

About 70 elderly residents left their village, Bongsan-ri, in the southeastern city of Gumi to a public facility considered safer from the aftermath of the Sept. 27 leak of about eight tons of hydrofluoric acid.

The chemical is an acute poison which can damage lungs and bones and affect the nervous system.

The village is home to about 300 people, and the disaster management office in Gumi said the rest will be evacuated in stages. The evacuation came after villagers demanded their relocation in a meeting earlier in the day.

"We decided to relocate by ourselves as the government is doing nothing for us," village leader Park Myung-seok said, demanding the Gumi city government and the Bongsan-ri office provide them with shelters.

Residents in nearby Imcheon-ri village are also demanding evacuation, officials said.

Five workers were killed in the accident at the compound of chemical maker Hube Global at the Gumi National Industrial Complex in the industrial city, about 200 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

The secondary damage has been extensive and fast spreading. Read More

David Cameron vows to use Britain's veto to block the EU budget

David Cameron has said he would use Britain's "veto" a second time if he feels Europe's seven-year spending plan is too high.

As the Conservative Party conference opened in Birmingham, the Prime Minister said he was prepared to halt next month's budget talks if EU leaders refuse to cut spending.

Mr Cameron said he would not stand for "outrageous" attempts to increase the overall EU budget in negotiations on spending for the period 2014 to 2020.

"If it comes to saying, 'No' to a deal that isn't right for Britain, I'll say, 'No,'" he said in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph.

The Prime Minister also confirmed this time he has his Deputy PM Nick Clegg's blessing on the issue. The Liberal Democrats reacted with dismay when Mr Cameron used Britain's veto to oppose the EU fiscal pact last December. Read More

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA at a depth of 23.7 km (14.7 miles), the quake hit at 07:00:55 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 20 km (12.4 miles) Southwest of Paquera, Costa Rica
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 7th October 2012

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck LUZON, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 33.1 km (20.6 miles), the quake hit at 03:14:23 UTC Sunday 7th October 2012
The epicenter was 5 km (3.1 miles) West of Santa Praxedes, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time