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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus caused by the H5N1 virus has been reported at a commercial farm near Dhaka to the OIE.

The outbreak was reported by Dr Musaddique Hossain, Director (Animal Health & Administration), Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak

Australia's first outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they do not know what caused the case at an egg farm in New South Wales state.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) said all chickens at the property in Maitland, 160 km (100 miles) north of Sydney, will be destroyed after the H7 virus was detected last week.

Gaza truce could pave way for new US peace push

Egypt's The US success in helping to broker a Gaza ceasefire shows it cannot turn its back on the Middle East and should perhaps seize the moment to try to rekindle peace talks, experts said.

With Egypt's new Islamist President Mohamed Morsi emerging strengthened from his first big test, having shown he can act as a broker between Israel and the Palestinians, the time could be right for a new American push, they said.

ADHD Medication for prisoners so they have yet another excuse for their Behaviour

Treating a common behavioural disorder in convicted criminals could dramatically reduce the risk of them re-offending, new research suggests.

One of the biggest studies of its kind has found that people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at least 30% less likely to commit crime if they are given medication.

The researchers now say that if prisoners suffering from ADHD were identified and treated, the impact on the criminal justice system could be significant.

UK Renters Warned About 'Rogue' Letting Agents

The lettings sector needs more regulation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said, after revealing a rise in the number of so-called rogue agents.

Those renting properties are at risk of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous agents amid "a total lack of effective regulation", RICS warned after surveying 2,000 people.

The organisation said that renters had come to expect "worryingly low standards", with two thirds of those questioned saying they had not been given an inventory when they moved into a rented property in the last two years.

Cameron To Insist On Austerity In EU Budget

David Cameron travels to Brussels later insisting that austerity being enforced around Europe is reflected in the EU's budget.

He will join leaders from all 27 countries at a special summit to set the European Union's spending limits from 2014 to 2020.

It is a complex and deeply divisive process, with the UK balking at the European Commission's opening gambit - to increase the overall spending ceiling to a maximum €1,091,000,000,000.

This was flatly rejected by Britain and nearly all the net contributors to the European Union.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 22nd November 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 01:42:48 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:42:48 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.790°S, 154.358°E
398.7 km (247.8 miles)
137 km (85 miles) WNW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ALASKA PENINSULA - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 23:30:07 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 02:30:07 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
54.309°N, 160.757°W
23.2 km (14.4 miles)
94 km (58 miles) SW of Chernabura Island, Alaska

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 22:52:28 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:52:28 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
33.985°S, 72.012°W
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
55 km (34 miles) SW of San Antonio, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 22:51:22 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:51:22 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
33.978°S, 72.183°W
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
67 km (41 miles) SW of San Antonio, Chile

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 22:25:25 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 06:25:25 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
23.978°N, 122.341°E
22 km (13.7 miles)
74 km (45 miles) E of Hualian, Taiwan

Firefighters in Tibetan Monasteries to "Fight Fires" (Uh-huh)

Could Obama put himself in a position to run for a third term?



As ceasefire takes fragile hold, Hamas celebrates "victory" (according to Israeli media), Netanyahu defends truce deal

More info:

Hamas militants may have received new weapons from Iran through Sudan, experts say

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 21:36:22 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 06:36:22 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
34.002°S, 71.957°W
15.6 km (9.7 miles)
54 km (33 miles) SW of San Antonio, Chile

'Mordor volcano' erupts in New Zealand

Divisions surface as EU leaders prepare for summit

10 killed in Yemen military plane crash: ministry

London students protest against rising tuition fees

Surveillance Video Released in NYC Shootings

Ban urges halt to rocket attacks on Israel

Boxer 'Macho' Camacho Critical in Puerto Rico

US dollar devalues again in Iran

Video shows moment New York's Midtown Tunnel was flooded by Sandy

Millions of South Carolina residents' data stolen in 'biggest ever cyber attack against a state government' - thanks to a single email

A single email sent to South Carolina Department of Revenue employees has allowed a computer hacker to break into the state's system and snatch personal information for millions of residents.

The email, which was sent in August, contained a link to a virus and, after at least one worker clicked it, the international hacker stole 1.9 million Social Security numbers, 3.8 million tax returns and bank account details for 3.3 million people across the state.

In what experts are calling the biggest ever cyber attack against a state government, the data was then posted online - and only discovered by the Secret Service nearly two months later.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 21st November 2012

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2012-11-21 19:07:02.0 UTC
Location 29.63 N ; 139.43 E
Depth 384 km
Distances 553 km SE Nachikatsuura, Japan

Casey Anthony Revealed: How investigators bungled evidence that 'would have convicted Casey' as TV probe claims she searched 'foolproof suffocation' on day Caylee was last seen alive

A bombshell new investigation reveals that a key piece of evidence that could have resulted in the conviction of Casey Anthony for the murder of her two-year-old daughter was missed.

On the last day Caylee Anthony was seen alive, someone searched 'foolproof suffocation' on the Anthonys' home computer, police confirm.

Somehow, investigators never discovered this before the month-and-a-half-long trial last year.
Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder charges in July of last year.

WKMG-TV claims the revelation, which was never brought up by prosecutors in the case, is a new development that 'points right to Casey' and 'could have changed the jury's mind.'

The 'foolproof suffocation' search was known to Anthony's defense attorney Jose Baez, who admitted that he was waiting for the damning evidence to be brought up during the trial.

But Baez told the network that he was 'shocked' when the evidence, which the defense team was planning to pin on Casey's father George Anthony, was never mentioned.

Paula Castle Murder: Boys of 14 and 15 Arrested

Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the murder of Paula Castle, the Metropolitan Police have said.

The boys are aged 14 and 15, according to a statement released by Scotland Yard.

"The males ... are in custody and will be taken to a London police station in due course," the statement read.

"They have been arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery, the latter count relating to a separate incident on 20 November."

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 18:16:36 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 03:16:36 PM at epicenter
33.962°S, 72.142°W
9.7 km (6.0 miles)
107 km (67 miles) SSW (204°) from Valparaiso, Chile

Gaza death toll rises to 161, incl 42 children & 11 women. 1222 wounded including 431 children & 207 women via @reuters

TSA reportedly exposed breasts of Rep. Ralph Hall’s teen grandniece, called it ‘accidental’; Update: TSA internal report released, blames girl’s ‘loose fitting’ dress

Gaza/Israel Cease Fire in 24 Min

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 17:42:37 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 02:42:37 AM at epicenter
38.499°N, 141.735°E
37.3 km (23.2 miles)
39 km (24 miles) ENE of Ishinomaki, Japan

90 schoolchildren among tourists who flee for their lives as Lord of the Rings 'Mount Doom' volcano erupts

A group of 90 schoolchildren fled from a volcano in New Zealand dubbed 'Mount Doom' featured in Lord of the Rings after it erupted today.

An ash plume more than 5,280ft high was seen emitting from the Te Maari crater on Tongariro Mountain there was a thick smell of sulphur in the air making it difficult to breathe.

The pupils from Napier, who were walking the Tongariro track with six parents and four teachers, are believed to be safe along with other hikers despite being less than a mile from the eruption.

The Al-Qaeda rapper with a 'Barry White growl' who uses out-of-tune hip-hop to call for holy war is on FBI's Most Wanted List

The world's only known jihadist rapper who uses out-of-tune hip-hop to drum up support for his holy war has been added to the FBI's Most Wanted List.

U.S.-born Omar Shafik Hammami is thought to be a senior leader with al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group in Somalia which was placed on the U.S. State Department's terror blacklist in 2008.

Also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki or 'the American', Hammami has been releasing rap songs in English on the internet since 2009 even though music is forbidden in Al-Qaeda's strict interpretation of Islam.

GM corn variety 'cannot be regarded as safe': Author of study linking food to cancer issues new attack

The team of researchers who caused uproar when they claimed a variety of genetically modified corn causes cancer has insisted the crop 'cannot be regarded as safe'.

Leading scientists lined up to condemn the study after it was published two months ago, saying it lacked scientific rigour and had made a series of basic errors.

Russia banned the import of the corn and a group of six French scientific institutions carried out an investigation which accused the study authors of playing on public fears to hype their own reputations.

The Israel-Gaza Conflict: Matt's response to a reader's questions

The following is my response to an Anonymous reader's questions, which was probably too big to fit in the comment section. Feel free to use this post thread for the peaceful, thoughtful discussion of the conflict.

Original comment:

Anonymous said...

The media would have us believe that Hamas isnt firing rockets into Israel because Israel is firing rockets in Gaza. They're doing it because, as they state very clearly numerous documented times, they want to wipe Israel out and won't stop until they have. How much truth do you think there is to that? (no sarcasm intended in this post at all) If it is true, then if Israel did stop retaliating, Hamas would just keep going until there was noone left in Israel. Thoughts Matt? Hamas means "violence" in Hebrew. Their mission is easy to find online even from non-Israeli sources, yet Israel has never said it wants to wipe out Palestinians...perhaps the removal to the strip was to protect themselves from all the suicide bombers? Isn't that why there is a strongly held border?

Matt's response:

I'll try to address the questions point by point:

There are two sides to the Hamas agenda. The first side is based on hatred of Israel, of Jews, of the Jewish faith and even Christians and Christianity. The other side of the agenda involves reclaiming land taken away from Palestinians, and to escape the embargo and achieve some sort of freedom. One side is obviously more legitimate than the other. Same with Israel. Some want to punish everyone and anyone who isn't Israeli or a Jew, and others simply want to live in peace. Once again, one side carries more legitimacy.

That said, "Israelis" and "Palestinians" are both nebulous terms. Artificial geography and politics has now constructed two camps into which everyone now conveniently, although erroneously, falls. The vast, vast, majority of Jews in Israel are not originally Israeli by geography, and came from other parts of the world once the nation was created. "Israel" and "Jew" are not synonymous, despite this connection today. By the same token, Palestinians are mostly Jordanian, Egyptian, and so on.

"Hamas wants to wipe Israel off the map." Hamas has indeed said this many times, as has Iran. But again, refer to point (i). Some would like to "wipe Israel off the map" to exterminate them, while others want to "wipe Israel off the map" literally, as in replace "Israel" with "Palestine". Does Israel have a right to exist and defend itself if attacked? Certainly. Does Gaza have the right to exist and live in freedom? Definitely. Is it right that Israel is constantly harangued with various weapons? Not one bit. Is it alright that Arabs were forcibly removed from their lands and prevented from reentry? Not at all. And therein lies the eternity of this conflict.

The "Hamas means violence in Hebrew" angle is probably the strangest of all to me, and I've read it many times. In the Bible the word appears as "hamasim", and in Hebrew dictionaries "hamas" is indeed listed as a Hebrew word for violence. But that's the entire point, it's in Hebrew, and the logic doesn't make any sense. Why would an Islamic resistance group choose a Hebrew word for its name? Well, they wouldn't, and the only connection is that Arabic and Hebrew, being neighbouring languages, share words whose meanings don't always align.

What Hamas actually means, in Arabic from which it was chosen, is an acronym: Harakat al-Muqāwama al-Islāmiyya, meaning simply, "Islamic Resistance Movement." Indeed, in Arabic the word "hamas" means strength, zeal, devotion to God, and so on. This isn't a defense of Hamas by any means, but rather cautioning those trying to project their dislike of another group using really far-out methods. It's a huge stretch for sure, and the stuff of propaganda, not objectivity.

Alternate history time: New Zealand, and Maori and Whites have lived there side by side throughout history, peacefully in fact. A global war has just come to an end, and concentration camps full of Maori survivors empty into an uncertain new world. The United Nations decides to give the Maori a new homeland based upon their ancestral territory, and chooses the North Island of New Zealand, the richest island, and renames it Maoriland.

To make room, the Maori remove Whites from their property and expels them to the South Island, now known as New Zealand, and confiscates / nationalizes anything already existing in Auckland and other cities. Having lost everything, and being told by the world that they can no longer have their North Island, New Zealanders, with the help of other white nations including Australia, the United States and Canada, launch a military offensive to retake the North Island and put an end to Maoriland, which fails. The Maori seize upon this opportunity and invite Maori from all over the world to settle on the North Island, and the population doubles, triples.

To prevent any further aggression, Maoriland builds a large army, and engages in an embargo of New Zealand. To prevent the construction of military facilities, concrete supplies are limited. To maintain control of the infrastructure, Maoriland completely provides all internet and electricity and water to the south island. Baby food and medicines are also completely rationed and used as levers when needed. Every once in a while it sends boats to the south with food so that the people won't starve, which would look bad.

Conditions in New Zealand, the south island, grow progressively worse. Unemployment at 50% or higher. All travel in and out of the island is restricted. The United Nations no longer recognizes New Zealand as a nation, and considers it merely as an enclave of the North.

Unfortunately, the Maori feel it is their religious right to control both islands, and they're also running out of room for their own people, so they begin to send over boats of settlers, who start building Maori towns on the South Island. Powerful Maori in the world's richest countries pay lobby groups to have the media turn the other way. Desperate and without any means, New Zealanders in their anger begin lashing out by constructing rockets with anything they can find lying around, and fire them at Auckland, mostly haphazardly and without any damage done. Those who can't afford to build a rocket simply strap explosives to themselves, get on a bus in Auckland and detonate their bodies.

Time passes. Hatred festers. No longer just about land, New Zealanders begin calling for the extermination of the Maori people. The Maori consider whites useless trash, barbarians locked in the seventh century, and frequently launch air raids over Nelson and Christchurch, now sprawling ghettos, and occasionally send down soldiers to invade and pacify.

And so it goes on, ad infinitum, with New Zealand shelling Maoriland, and Maoriland bombing New Zealand in response, in approximately 5-10 year cycles, with no initiatives for peace seen anywhere in the horizon.

When people only look at the present situation, and fail to take in the entire situation of the Middle East, it often looks like the Gazans are hairy knuckled neanderthals who know nothing else other than violence. Would Israel be safe if it laid down its weapons at this point? Absolutely not. Will Gazans be free and/or get their land back if they did the same? Not a chance.

And the wheels keep on turning. Many don't agree with this, but history is something that happens, and our opinions are just that, opinions. Israel now exists, and that can never be undone, at least by men. Israel also has Arab and Muslim neighbours, a fact it can never undo. Hamas must give up the past and look toward the present and future and the opportunities to be found there in, and stop unrealistically demanding things it can never have and deriving political profits from such wants. Israel needs to give up on the religious propaganda that they're the "chosen people" who are allowed to bomb other countries and restrict their freedom however it pleases them.

God does not take sides. He merely confiscates the souls of those delinquent in their righteousness. Any nation that starts misbehaving will be punished, a truth fully illustrated in all of the scriptures, and the children of Israel are no exception.

None of us who do wrong are safe.

Killer Dengue fever outbreak reaches Britain after holidaymakers spread it across Europe

An outbreak of dengue fever has reached Britain after holidaymakers helped spread the killer disease across Europe.

Although hundreds of Britons contract dengue fever every year, the majority do so in tropical countries such as Thailand and India.

But with more than 1,300 people infected with the mosquito-borne disease in the island of Madeira, Europe is experiencing its first sustained transmission of dengue fever since the 1920s.

Tel Aviv Bus Bombing 'Act Of Lone Operator'

Israeli intelligence officials have said a bus bomber who injured at least 21 people in Tel Aviv was a lone operator with no links to any major groups, according to Sky sources.

The explosion took place across from the military headquarters - on the eighth day of an Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza - jeopardising frantic diplomatic negotiations to secure a truce.

Israel has agreed to truce in Gaza, but will not lift blockade: Israeli sources

Israel has agreed to a truce in the Gaza Strip, but will not lift its blockade of the Palestinian territory, Israeli sources said, declining to give further details of any deal.

President Morsi expected to hold a news conference to announce truce - Israeli source says

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 16:46:39 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 12:46:39 AM at epicenter
11.376°S, 117.921°E
16.7 km (10.4 miles)
293 km (182 miles) SE (138°) from Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia

BBC Fabricating the Truth AGAIN! after reporter tweets 'heartbreaking photo of child hurt by Israeli rocket' which is actually a girl in Syria

A BBC war reporter made a shocking blunder by tweeting a photograph of an injured child from Syria but indicating she was from Gaza.

Donnison's tweet went out to his 7,971 followers on the social networking site and he was soon hit with a barrage of outraged responses highlighting the mistake.

The website highlighted the error and wrote: 'Up to now, it may have been possible to put down Jon Donnison’s frequently problematic reporting to a lack of knowledge and understanding of the region.

Facebook and social networking sites are used by child abuse gangs to groom victims for 'sex parties'

Gangs of child abusers use Facebook and other social networking sites to trawl ‘menus’ of potential victims and plan sickening sex parties, a devastating report warns today.

Naive young people are ‘wandering round’ in the ‘thicket’ of the internet, which plays a central role in grooming and planning abuse.

Sue Berelowitz, deputy children’s commissioner for England, claimed groups of men use ‘menus of girls’ and warned that it was ‘rare’ to find abuse cases where technology such as mobile phones and computers were not in some way connected.

'This is gonna be one for the history books': Curiosity team set to reveal 'major discovery' in Martian soil... just not yet

Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover has reportedly made a major discovery on the Red Planet - but scientists are keeping quiet about what it is.

The finding was made by the six-wheeled rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument in the Rocknest area of the Gale Crate, close to where the rover touched down.

SAM is Curiosity's on-board chemistry lab and is able to take a sample of Martian rock, soil or air and find out what it is made of.

Most importantly, it is capable of identifying organic compounds - carbon containing substances that could indicate life.

Wiretapping the web: New technology could allow governments to listen in on your Skype conversations

New eavesdropping technology could allow government agencies to 'silently record' conversations on internet chat services like Skype in real time.

Until now, so called voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services have been difficult for police to tap into, because of the way they send information over the web. (but not impossible)

The services convert analogue audio signals into digital data packets, which are then sent in a way that is costly and complex for third parties to intercept.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister says most people struck by attacks in Gaza "deserved it"

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 14:46:32 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 06:46:32 AM at epicenter
52.439°N, 131.769°W
15.5 km (9.6 miles) (poorly constrained)
229 km (142 miles) SSW (206°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

US 'launched Flame cyber attack on Sarkozy's office'

A French news magazine has accused the US government of hacking into the office of Nicolas Sarkozy in the final weeks of his presidency of France.

L'Express said a cyber war agency whose job it is to detect and prevent hacking had found a "powerful worm" in the computers of the Elysee Palace.

The palace has since confirmed a big cyber attack did take place.

The US embassy in Paris "categorically denied" the US had been involved in any cyber attack on the French government

World powers want new nuclear talks with Iran quickly

Six world powers are committed to holding a new round of nuclear negotiations with Iran as soon as possible, said a spokesman for the European Union's foreign policy chief, who represents the six in talks with Iran.

Officials from the six countries - China, Russia, the United States, Britain, France and Germany - met in Brussels on Wednesday to plan for future contact with Iran, in an effort to make progress in the decade-long rift over Tehran's atomic work.

FDA took 684 days to warn meningitis-linked firm: files

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took 684 days to issue a warning letter after uncovering serious issues at the pharmacy at the center of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak, newly released documents showed.

The New England Compounding Center (NECC) chastised the FDA for taking so long, telling the agency its response time was nearly 18 months longer than the FDA's average response, according to letters released by a Freedom of Information Act request from Reuters.

Turkey asks NATO for missile defense against Syria

NATO said on Wednesday it would consider a Turkish request to deploy Patriot missiles on its territory to help it defend itself against any Syrian attacks.

"Ambassadors will have an initial informal discussion on the Turkish request today," a NATO official said. Turkey said the NATO ambassadors would meet shortly, while the head of NATO said the alliance would discuss the request "without delay".

First pictures of dead dolphins with gunshot wounds show that humans are to blame for spate of mysterious deaths on U.S. Gulf Coast

They are the horrific pictures which prove that a mysterious spate of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf Coast of America have nothing to do with natural causes.

This bottlenose dolphin was found dead along the coastline of Mississippi after being shot. When investigators examined the mammal, they found a bullet inside its body.

It is one of a number of dolphins which have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast over the past few months.

Spanish job seekers flee cities

Military cargo plane catches fire, crashes in Yemeni capital; 10 killed

A small military cargo plane crashed in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday, killing all 10 passengers, the country's defense ministry said.

The plane caught fire shortly after taking off from Sanaa International Airport, airport officials said. The crew tried to head back to the airport, but the plane crashed near a public market in the Hasaba area of Sanaa.

The defense ministry said passengers were on a pilot training mission, with the head pilot instructing trainees from the government's armed forces.

Desperate Battle to stay alive in Gaza

Rockets rain down on Israeli town

Cease-fire threatened by blast?....I am sure it was already threatened when Israel Bombarded Gaza Throughout the Night

China: Boys' deaths in bin sparks outrage

Eight Chinese officials have been fired or suspended after five boys died in a rubbish bin after suffocating on fumes from charcoal they burned to stay warm, according to state-run media.

The bodies of the boys, aged between 9 and 13, were found by a trash collector on Friday in Bijie in China's southwestern Guizhou province, Xinhua reported.

They are believed to have died the night before, as rain fell and temperatures plunged to as low as six degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit).

Ministry of Interior building levelled by Israel (Via Harry Fear)

Greece needs positive shock....Instead they realize the EU will never Set them Free

French citizen kidnapped in Mali: security source

A French citizen has been kidnapped in Mali near the border with Mauritania and Senegal, a Mauritanian security source and Mauritanian state media said on Wednesday.

The man had crossed into Mali from Mauritania by car on Tuesday morning and had been kidnapped near the Malian town of Kayes, according to state press agency AMI.

The Mauritanian security source confirmed the information, but provided no new details.

Al Jazeera studio in Cairo set ablaze after angry protest

A studio used by the Al Jazeera TV network in Cairo was set on fire on Wednesday in an attack that an employee said was carried out by a mob that had been chanting slogans against the Qatari-owned station.

The studio overlooks Tahrir Square and is located near the scene of violent clashes between youths and the security forces this week in which dozens of people have been injured. Those confrontations grew out of protests to mark the first anniversary of lethal street battles in the same area.

The first-floor office used by Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, a station set up after the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, was badly damaged by fire.

Greece's lenders fail again to clinch debt deal for 2nd Week,.....will try again Next Week

International lenders failed for the second week to reach a deal to release emergency aid for Greece and will try again next Monday, but Germany signaled that major divisions remain.

Several European officials played down the delay, saying the disagreements were technical and a deal would be reached when they meet again on November 26.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:40:08 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:40:08 PM at epicenter
8.622°S, 159.166°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
65 km (41 miles) SSE (167°) from Dadali, Solomon Islands

Cameras Inside Mannequins Spy on Shoppers...

Israel Warns Journalists to Stay Away from Hamas

The warning comes after several targeted attacks hit high-level targets seeking refuge in the same building holding journalists.

The Israeli army says it "surgically targeted a Hamas intelligence operations center on 7th floor of a media building in #Gaza." The military claims a "direct hit."

Chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting; Police pepper-spray residents rushing stage

A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray.

After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents.

"In the absence of a quorum, I have an obligation to sit in," Booker said, though he was barely audible over the din.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF SUMBA, INDONESIA - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:26:24 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:26:24 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
11.622°S, 119.657°E
26.1 km (16.2 miles)
167 km (103 miles) SSW of Lailunggi, Indonesia

Obama's 'Constituency Groups' Checklist Offers No Options for Whites or Men?

Fresh off his reelection, President Barack Obama is asking his supporters to complete a survey that asks the people being polled to check off which “constituency groups” they identify with – there are 22 groups listed but not one for “whites” or “men.”

The post-election survey, distributed through to “take this organization forward,” includes the question, “Which constituency groups do you identify yourself with? Select all that apply.” It then lists 22 groups.

But whites and men are not on the list – women are, as are African Americans, Arab-Americans, Latinos and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).

Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff."

Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily.


The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l'Express.

The magazine reported late Tuesday that the computers of several close advisers to then-president Nicolas Sarkozy – including Chief of Staff Xavier Musca – were compromised in May by a computer virus that bears the hallmarks of Flame, which was allegedly created by a U.S.-Israeli team to target Iran's nuclear program. Anonymous French officials pointed the finger at the United States.

“You can be on very good terms with a 'friendly' country and still want to guarantee their unwavering support – especially during a transition period,” an official told the magazine. The alleged spying attack took place a few days before the second round of the French presidential elections, which Sarkozy lost to Francois Hollande, a socialist.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reportedly did not deny the allegations when asked point-blank about them.

Twitter Warzone: Israel losing battle of words on social media

CrossTalk on Gaza: Pillar of Hypocrisy

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:44:32 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 09:44:32 PM at epicenter
51.485°N, 150.750°E
522.3 km (324.6 miles)
386 km (240 miles) WNW (285°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

21st December 2012: The end is nigh... except in one French village

FBI: 4 Calif. Men Charged in Alleged Terror Plot

Prosecutor: No Arrests Made in Deadly Indy Blast

30 Israeli Missiles Hit Gaza Overnight

Bomb kills three soldiers in Pakistan, toll "likely to rise"

A bomb killed three soldiers in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday and security officials said the death toll was likely to rise.

Officials said the bomb exploded near a security vehicle escorting schoolchildren. About 10 people were seriously wounded. A Reuters reporter saw the corpses of three soldiers under the vehicle as it burned.

Syrian jets bomb Damascus suburb for second day

Syrian warplanes bombed a Damascus suburb on Wednesday, opposition activists said, as heavy fighting raged for the second day on the outskirts, challenging President Bashar al-Assad's hold on the capital.

MiG fighter jets hit the suburb of Daraya, situated amid farmland near the main southern highway, where rebels have been battling elite Republican Guard units that have deployed around the town, a major opposition centre of the 20-month revolt.

Pakistan foils teen bomb plot

Greek deal fails again

Kabul suicide attack: 2 Dead

Congo rebels plan to "liberate" country after Goma falls

Rebel forces in eastern Congo said on Wednesday they planned to take control of the whole of the vast central African country after they captured the eastern town of Goma while United Nations peacekeepers looked on.

A spokesman for the M23 rebels, a group widely believed to be backed by Rwanda, said they planned to "liberate" the country, by moving to the town of Bukavu and then marching on the capital, Kinshasa, nearly 1,000 miles away.

Hector Camacho Shot In Face

Three-time boxing world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho could be left paralysed after he was shot in the face while sitting in a car.

Another man died in the attack after at least one gunman opened fire on the vehicle in the city of Bayamon, according to a statement from police.

Camacho, 50, was rushed to San Juan's Centro Medico trauma centre, where he was in critical but stable condition and expected to survive, Dr Ernesto Torres said.

Israel: Explosion On Tel Aviv Bus Hurts Ten

At least 10 people are thought to have been injured in an explosion on a bus in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

Israeli media reported that the blast was caused by a bomb.

Television footage showed pictures of a smoke-filled bus, with its windows broken.

The blast happened across from the military headquarters in Israel's second largest city and commercial capital.

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the explosion was a "terrorist attack".

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 09:59:42 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 05:59:42 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
8.873°S, 118.575°E
129 km (80.2 miles)
13 km (8 miles) SSW of Tolotangga, Indonesia

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 09:17:42 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:17:42 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.586°S, 151.760°E
89.9 km (55.9 miles)
147 km (91 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Gaza 'will not be liveable by 2020' - UN report (Aug 2012)

The Gaza Strip will not be "a liveable place" by 2020 unless action is taken to improve basic services in the territory, according to a UN report.

Basic infrastructure "is struggling to keep pace with a growing population", the UN Country Team (UNCT) in the occupied Palestinian territory said.

It estimates Gaza's population will rise from 1.6m to 2.1m by 2020.

Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza after the Islamist movement Hamas seized power in the coastal territory in 2007.

UN GAZA 2020 Report in FULL

EU set for Budget cut, but Britain will still end up paying more to Brussels

David Cameron is winning crucial support in his fight for a real-terms cut in the EU budget – but risks a hollow victory as Britain’s annual contributions increase regardless.

The Prime Minister is understood to be reconciled to a rise in the UK’s annual payments to Brussels, thanks to Labour’s decision to give up part of the budget rebate negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

He faces a battle at a crunch EU summit tomorrow to fend off demands for Britain to give up still more of the deal, struck after Mrs Thatcher produced evidence that Britain’s relative payments were far higher than those of other countries.

How the UK is STILL run by private school elite: Study shows 80 per cent of those who hold key positions in British society received privileged education

At least eight in ten of the most influential people in Britain went to private or selective school while 44 per cent of those at the top arts, business, education, civil service and the media attended a fee-paying school.

Pepsi found to be in breach of advertising rules after refusing to pay competition 'winner'

Pepsi was found to be in breach of advertising rules when the drinks giant refused to pay an angry competition ‘winner’ who claimed to have won hundreds of random £500 cash prizes.

The promotion on bottles and cans of Pepsi offered the chance to win £500 every hour by emailing or texting the last four digits of the barcode on the product.

The customer ‘won’ hundreds of times, but complained to watchdogs when soft drink giant PepsiCo said they would only pay up one £500 prize per entrant.

Gunmen drag body through the streets of Gaza WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Six men accused of being 'Israeli spies' were dragged through the streets of Gaza City and executed in front of a chanting mob today as Israel warned Palestinians to evacuate some areas of the territory in apparent preparation for a ground invasion.

Witnesses said the six were taken to an intersection in the north of the city where they were summarily shot for providing intelligence that helped Israel pinpoint key figures in Hamas and the Islamic Jihad targeted by their warplanes.

The names of the men are said to have been scrawled on the road after they had been questioned by Hamas security officials about who provided the 'human intelligence' necessary to pinpoint targets for 'precision' attacks that have 118 Palestinians - half civilians, including women and children, dead - in seven days of military operations.

Anger as sex abuse report 'turns blind eye to Asian gangs Praying on White girls' despite admitting they account for QUARTER of all cases

The author of report into gang sex abuse today hit back at government criticism of her findings that there was no particular problem among Asian groups.

The study by deputy children’s commissioner Sue Berelowitz came to the controversial conclusion, despite figures in her own report revealing that more than a quarter of perpetrators of gang-based child abuse known to the authorities are Asian.

Senior Whitehall figures have branded the report 'hysterical' and 'highly emotional'.

Britain set to be lashed by floods and strong winds as alerts warn that downpours will affect several counties

Parts of Britain were put on flood alert today with heavy rain due in the coming days, the Environment Agency has warned.

Forecasters are predicting that up to four inches of rain will fall in south-west England and south-east Wales before the weekend.

With the downpours falling on already saturated ground, there is a risk that river and groundwater flooding will occur in several counties.

Tel Aviv University charging foreign students twice for dorm rent

Tel Aviv University charges students in its school for overseas students double the amount Israeli students pay to live in its dormitories. Overseas students pay nearly NIS 2,400 a month for their share in a double room and nearly NIS 3,200 for a single room while Israelis pay about NIS 1,200 a month to share a room with a roommate.

In the introductory materials the university sends to overseas students it recommends that they stay in the dorms on campus and says that renting a room in an apartment off campus with one or two roommates would cost between NIS 2,500 and NIS 3,600 per month for each person, depending on the accommodations.

Poland Thwarts Terror Attack on Top Leaders

A Polish university researcher driven by nationalistic and anti-Semitic hatred was arrested for planning to detonate a four-ton bomb in front of the Parliament building in Warsaw with the president, prime minister, government ministers and lawmakers inside, authorities said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the suspect and his plot were discovered as investigators looked into Polish links to the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. Polish security officials have said that Breivik bought small amounts of material for his bomb-making in Poland.

The foiled attack comes as the far-right movement appears to be growing in Poland

Syrians may be better off without cheerleaders

Having spent a year trying to make their favoured opposition group, the Syrian National Council, into a government in exile, the United States and other western countries have abandoned these attempts and hammered together the unwieldy-sounding National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. It is barely a week old but, with schoolboy enthusiasm and indecent haste, France and, as of Tuesday, Britain, have recognised it as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Syrian people.

So is significant military assistance on the way? The common assumption is that the rebels must already be swimming in high-grade weaponry sent by their wealthy backers in the Gulf states and overseen by the CIA. Yet few journalists and fighters claim to have seen it. When I phoned him in the refugee camp where he's hidden away under Turkish protection, the head of the Free Syrian Army's military council, Mostafa Al-Sheikh, was clear. "The international community need Syria for the stability of the international system. They don't give us any support, and what support they do give us is corrupt or not worth having. What they're giving us isn't big enough to liberate one city, never mind the entire country."

Merkel ally rules out "haircut" after Greek deal failure

A senior lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives warned on Wednesday against any write-down of public holdings of Greek debt, saying it would send a fatal signal to other bailout countries and fail to address the roots of Greece's woes.

Greece's international lenders, who met in Brussels late on Tuesday, failed for the second week running to agree how to get the country's debt down to a sustainable level and will have a third go at resolving their most intractable problem in six days' time.

U.N. chief warns Israel against Gaza ground offensive

Explosion in Gaza

Rebel training in Syria

India executes Mumbai attacker

Food banks alarmed as drought dents supplies

The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has weakened the safety net for the 50 million Americans who struggle to get enough to eat, and the nation's food banks are raising the alarm as the holiday season gets into full swing.

Demand for food assistance - unrelenting as the U.S. economy slowly recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression - ticks higher during the winter holidays.

Asian shares, euro fall on uncertainty over Greek bailout

The euro skidded on Wednesday and Asian shares fell after European officials failed to reach a deal on another bailout for Greece, a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke highlighted the dangers of a U.S. fiscal crisis.

U.S. stock futures eased 0.4 percent, pointing to a weak Wall Street open.

Financial spreadbetters predict London's FTSE 100 .FTSE, Paris's CAC-40 .FCHI and Frankfurt's DAX .GDAXI would open down as much as 0.2 percent, following weakness in Asia. .L .EU .N

The euro slumped 0.5 percent to $1.2752, extending losses and retreating from Tuesday's two-week high of $1.28295.

Gaza shakes, Israelis killed as Clinton seeks truce

A general view of destroyed government offices is seen after what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 21, 2012. Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border.

Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops.

Egypt's new Islamist government is mediating talks and had floated hopes for a ceasefire by late Tuesday between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza. However, by the time Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was clear there would be more argument, and more violence, first.

Gaza Ceasefire Delayed As Israel intensifies its bombardment of Gaza

A ceasefire between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Gaza has been delayed – but a diplomatic push is under way to try to stop the fighting.

On Tuesday night, Hamas official Ayman Taha said an Egyptian-brokered truce had been finalised and would take effect from 10pm.

But a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the announcement was premature.

The United States has now stepped in, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting Mr Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:05:50 UTC
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 05:05:50 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.063°S, 154.425°E
243.2 km (151.1 miles)
168 km (104 miles) ESE of Taron, PNG

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 21st November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 05:13:43 UTC
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:13:43 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
16.409°N, 90.889°W
41.9 km (26.0 miles)
28 km (17 miles) WSW of Benemerito de las Americas, Mexico

Sergeant John Russell accused of Iraq shooting "psychotic": doctor

A U.S. soldier accused of killing five fellow servicemen at a military combat stress center in Baghdad in 2009 was psychotic and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder during the shooting frenzy, a top U.S. forensic psychiatrist testified on Tuesday.

Sergeant John Russell, 48, is accused of going on a shooting spree at Camp Liberty, near the Baghdad airport, in an assault the military said at the time could have been triggered by combat stress.

Euro zone, IMF fail to strike Greek debt deal

Greece's international lenders failed for the second week running to agree how to get the country's debt down to a sustainable level and will have a third go at resolving their most intractable problem in six days' time.

After nearly 12 hours of talks through the night during which myriad options were discussed, euro zone finance ministers, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank failed to reach a consensus, without which emergency aid cannot be disbursed to Athens.

Police chief killed in Libya's Benghazi

A top security official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was killed in front of his home overnight on Wednesday, security officials said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of the North African country's revolt.

Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, died from multiple gunshot wounds, police and interior ministry sources said.

"This happened in front of his house when unknown attackers opened fire and hit him before fleeing," a police source.

Mount Tongariro no longer spewing ash, New Zealand

This afternoon's small eruption at the Te Maari crater on Mount Tongariro appears to be over, GNS Science reports.

Accordingly, GNS scientists have now decreased the Aviation Colour Code from Red to Orange, signalling that ash is no longer being emitted.

However, minor eruptive activity continues and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2.

Iran's Fordo Nuclear Complex Reaches Capacity

Iran has finished installing all the critical equipment at a deep underground site where it is producing nuclear fuel that could quickly be converted to use in a nuclear weapon, international inspectors reported on Friday. But they said Iran has yet to ramp up production, leaving several months for President Obama and his allies to work on a diplomatic solution that could avoid a military confrontation.

The report, by the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said that satellite photographs show Iran has worked for months to alter another site that the agency has long suspected may have been used for weapons-related experiments. Inspectors have been barred, and the agency said it fears that the movement of earth and removal of equipment has been so widespread that its ability to “conduct effective verification will have been seriously undermined.”

Gaza conflict tests Israeli defense system......Is this being tested for the War with Iran?

A missile defense shield jointly developed by the United States and Israel is intercepting nearly 90 percent of Palestinian rockets that appear to be a threat to populated areas, Israel claimed Friday while making clear that it is not now seeking U.S. military help.

The conflict that began Wednesday is the largest test yet of the Iron Dome missile defense system designed to protect southern Israeli towns from rockets fired from the bordering Palestinian territory of Gaza. Its limits were evident Friday, when two Palestinian rockets were fired toward Jerusalem, beyond the zone regularly protected by Iron Dome.

Fat Duck chefs killed in Hong Kong car accident

Two chefs from Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck have been killed along with their taxi driver in a collision with a bus in Hong Kong.

The pair, who are yet to be identified, were travelling in the Chai Wan district when a bus travelling downhill collided with the oncoming vehicles.

The Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, confirmed both men were senior members of staff.

Hong Kong Police Force said the bus driver, 57, had been arrested.

Afghan loses death penalty appeal over French deaths

A military court has rejected an appeal by an Afghan soldier sentenced to death for killing five French troops in an insider attack in January, an official said Monday.

So-called green-on-blue attacks have spiralled this year, with a total of 61 NATO troops killed by members of the Afghan security forces, fuelling distrust between the allies in the war against Taliban Islamist insurgents.

The French casualties prompted France to withdraw combat forces from Afghanistan earlier than planned.

Attacker stabs guard at US embassy in Tel Aviv: police

A man apparently suffering from mental health problems stabbed a security guard at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and was apprehended, police said.

"A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while jogging along Tel Aviv's Mediterranean promenade.

Wen Jiabao adamant on South China Sea claim

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has made a strong defence of his country's claim to almost all of the South China Sea after a summit of world leaders ended in bitter disagreement over how to ease tensions in the strategic and resource-rich waterways.

"China's act of defending its sovereignty is necessary and legitimate ... and we have properly handled the incidents that were not of the making of China," Mr Wen told 17 other leaders on the final day of the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, according to Chinese vice foreign minister Fu Ying.

US president Barack Obama told the leaders to rein in tensions over the disputed territory, but stopped short of firmly backing smaller Asian nations in their disputes with China.

Congo: UN security council condemns Goma takeover by M23 rebels

The United Nations security council has unanimously condemned the seizure of the Congolese city of Goma and asked the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to report on what external support the rebels have received.

Diplomats at the United Nations and regional mediators in Central Africa sought on Wednesday night to ward off a deeper conflict after rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda captured the eastern Congolese city.

Uganda's president is trying to broker a meeting between the leaders of Congo and Rwanda in Kampala.