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Protesters ransack Brotherhood HQ in Alexandria

Mursi on defense

Eyeing Iran, Netanyahu buoyed by Gaza conflict

Both on the diplomatic and military front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will draw some comfort from his offensive against Gaza as he switches his gaze once more to his main strategic challenge -- Iran.

Israel views Iran's nuclear program as an existential threat in a totally different league to the problems posed by the Islamist group Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 20:50:48 UTC
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 07:50:48 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.733°S, 162.779°E
32 km (19.9 miles)
98 km (60 miles) ESE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 20:21:28 UTC
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 05:21:28 AM at epicenter
38.212°N, 141.827°E
47 km (29.2 miles)
83 km (51 miles) E (93°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake DOMINICA REGION, LEEWARD ISLANDS - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 19:54:12 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 03:54:12 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
15.311°N, 61.034°W
134.3 km (83.5 miles)
23 km (14 miles) E of La Plaine, Dominica

Palestinian foreign minister says shooting violates truce

Black Friday 2012 Madness: The End of America is Nigh

Analysis: With eye on Iran, Gaza conflict reassures Netanyahu

Both on the diplomatic and military front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will draw some comfort from his offensive against Gaza as he switches his gaze once more to his main strategic challenge -- Iran.

Israel views Iran's nuclear program as an existential threat in a totally different league to the problems posed by the Islamist group Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu fears a nuclear-armed Iran could one day eradicate Israel and has promised that Tehran will not get the bomb should he win a third term in office in elections on January 22.

Syria says Turkey's bid for NATO missiles "provocative"

Syria on Friday condemned Turkey's request for NATO to deploy Patriot defense missiles near their common border, calling it "provocative", after a spate of fighting there that has raised fears of the Syrian civil war embroiling the wider region.

In the first Syrian response to Ankara's request earlier this week, a ministry source told Syrian state television that Damascus would hold Turkey's prime minister responsible for increasing tensions along the frontier.

Eurozone Crisis: Cyprus Poised For Bailout

Discussions between Cyprus and European officials are ongoing, as the island negotiates the terms of a sovereign bailout.

Cyprus government officials said they had agreed on a package with the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

But the European Commission (EC) denied that a deal had been struck, adding that discussions are ongoing.

"Discussions are expected to continue from respective headquarters with a view to making further progress toward a potential program," a a joint statement from the EU, IMF and EC said.

Egypt Protests: Brotherhood Offices Set Alight

Violent clashes have broken out in cities across Egypt in a day of protest after President Mohamed Morsi granted himself sweeping new powers.

In Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city, protesters stormed the headquarters of Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party throwing chairs and books into the street and setting them on fire.

Police fired tear gas on crowds gathered in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, the scene of the violent clashes during the overthrow of the former president, Hosni Mubarak.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 16:37:30 UTC
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 04:37:30 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
17.903°S, 178.399°W
561.9 km (349.2 miles)
287 km (178 miles) SE of Lambasa, Fiji

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 16:20:15 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:20:15 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
1.977°N, 96.642°E
28.2 km (17.5 miles)
62 km (38 miles) SSE of Sinabang, Indonesia

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 15:51:47 UTC
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 12:51:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
36.029°N, 139.839°E
57.6 km (35.8 miles)
5 km (3 miles) WSW of Iwai, Japan

EU budget talks collapse as leaders fail to compromise

The EU summit finishes without agreement after talks on a future budget collapsed and David Cameron accused Brussles of operating in a "parallel universe".

Country leaders were unable to bridge deep divisions over spending priorities for the next seven years.

One senior MEP even accused David Cameron of undermining an agreement by defending the UK rebate.

Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire

The House In The Middle Of The Street: The Sprawl That Destroys Humanity

Photo courtesy of Reuters / China Daily

Matt's thoughts:
Interestingly, this could happen in China, but not in America, where "laws" of eminent domain would allow that land to be confiscated at will.

Naked Man Climbs On To Whitehall Statue

A section of Whitehall has been closed off after a naked man was seen straddling a statue.

Scotland Yard said it was believed that the man might have a knife as officers shut down part of the road, near the heart of Westminster in central London.

The man was seen balancing precariously on the head of the statue of Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, at first straddling the Duke's head, before climbing up to stand on it.

Anti-semitic chanting mars Lazio match

Lazio's 0-0 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur in a top European club football match Thursday was marred by anti-semitic chanting, according to local media.

The chant "Spurs Jews, Spurs Jews" came from the north stand of the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, reported Italian news agency ANSA.

A banner reading "Free Palestine" was also unveiled by Lazio fans during the key Europa League match.

Will violence threaten cease-fire?

Europe's Ariane rocket ready to do battle

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket has established itself as the dominant force in the satellite launch market.

The big European vehicle throws up everything from three-tonne TV satellites to the 20-tonne ATV space truck used to resupply astronauts on the ISS.

Half of the major telecommunications platforms lofted every year ride the European battlehorse.

But as good as it is, Ariane is under pressure. Competitors are circling and changes are needed if the vehicle is to retain its benchmark status.

Mursi called "dictator" for seizing new powers

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.

Mursi's aides said the decree was to speed up a protracted transition that has been hindered by legal obstacles but Mursi's rivals were quick to condemn him as a new autocratic pharaoh who wanted to impose his Islamist vision on Egypt.

"Mursi a 'temporary' dictator," was the headline in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm and hundreds of protesters in Tahrir Square

Truce hits Netanyahu support ahead of election

Discontent over the ceasefire Benjamin Netanyahu struck with Hamas in Gaza has cost the Israeli prime minister support but he should still win a January 22 election, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

Maariv newspaper conducted the survey after an eight-day Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip ended on Wednesday with an Egyptian-mediated truce that Netanyahu's critics said was premature.

The survey said the newly-merged party of Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Likud Beitenu, would take 37 of the 120 parliamentary seats up for grabs on January 22. A poll before the conflict suggested they would win 43.

German states reject Swiss tax deal in slap to Merkel

Germany's upper house of parliament on Friday rejected a deal with Switzerland to tax assets stashed by German citizens in Swiss bank accounts, dashing Chancellor Angela Merkel's hopes of having the lucrative agreement in place by 2013.

Despite a last-ditch appeal to the assembly by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, the agreement was rejected by states run by the opposition Greens and Social Democrats, who said the legislation would have let off tax evaders too easily.

Merkel's centre-right government had struck the deal with Switzerland in April, but without a majority in the Bundesrat upper house, where Germany's 16 states are represented, it needed opposition support.

Nick Clegg's European ally calls for Britain's rebate to be scrapped

Nick Clegg's main ally in the European parliament has called for Britain's multibillion-pound EU rebate to be scrapped as part of a plan to strip EU leaders of their powers to set the EU budget.

As EU leaders gathered for a second day of talks, Guy Verhofstadt called for the EU to be given powers to raise its own revenues as a way of ending what he called "this Turkish bazaar" in the negotiations.

"If own resources [tax revenues that go directly to the EU] are further developed then the rebate shall disappear," the former prime minister of Belgium said at the summit. The British rebate was worth €3.6bn in 2011.

And The New Name For Mexico Is... Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has one last job to do in the dying days of his presidency - he wants to change his country's name.

Calderon has sent a bill to Congress to alter the constitution in order to tweak his nation's official name from Estados Unidos Mexicanos, or United Mexican States to plain old Mexico - as the country is already known the world over.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:05:08 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 08:05:08 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.871°S, 131.838°E
101.4 km (63.0 miles)
103 km (64 miles) WSW of Tual, Indonesia

'End has come, stop the suffering from Brussels mandarins'

Armed Austerity? Cash-strapped EU beefs up military

China flexes naval might amid islands row

Israeli soldiers kill 1 Palestinian, injure several 2 days after ceasefire

Scene of Gaza-Israel border shooting after IDF kills Palestinian

Farage: Europe split in every way possible

Racist Australians abuse girl & smash bus window

Venezuelans rally against Israeli violence in Gaza

Israeli media: Protests in Israel demanding for further bombardment of the Strip

'Israeli regime could break truce'

20yo Anwar Qudai, killed today in Gaza by Israeli border forces, 19 more Injured, I would say they have completed Broken the Truce

Syrian aid smugglers haggle for flour in Turkey

Chinese passports anger neighbours

UK, Germans say deeper cuts or no deal in EU budget

Britain and Germany warned on Friday there will be no summit deal on the European Union's proposed 1 trillion euro long-term budget without deeper spending cuts, after the latest compromise plan ignored their calls for further restraint.

British Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed a proposal to scale back tentative cuts to EU farm subsidies and regional aid to placate France and Poland, taking savings elsewhere to keep the overall budget cut at about 80 billion euros.

UK, Germans say deeper cuts or no deal in EU budget

Britain and Germany warned on Friday there will be no summit deal on the European Union's proposed 1 trillion euro long-term budget without deeper spending cuts, after the latest compromise plan ignored their calls for further restraint.

British Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed a proposal to scale back tentative cuts to EU farm subsidies and regional aid to placate France and Poland, taking savings elsewhere to keep the overall budget cut at about 80 billion euros.

Can you crack the code? Experts stumped by secret message found attached to leg of dead WWII carrier pigeon

A secret message found attached to the leg of a dead World War II carrier pigeon has left Britain’s top codebreakers stumped.

The unfortunate bird’s remains were found in a chimney in Surrey with a red capsule attached to its leg.

Inside, a “cigarette paper thin” piece of paper was rolled up with the words “Pigeon Service” and 27 five-letter blocks of code handwritten underneath.

The discovery was made by David Martin, 74, who found the skeleton while ripping out a fireplace at his home in Bletchingley.

Walmart suspends India employees

Walmart has suspended several employees in India as the world's biggest retailer by sales pursues an internal investigation into whether its local joint venture in the promising Asian market violated US anti-corruption laws.

The suspensions are related to the US retailer's widening probe into allegations that employees in several key emerging markets bribed government officials.

Who wants what from EU budget?

Syria fighting leaves more than 150 dead

One day after Syrian rebels accused government forces of a deadly bombing near a hospital in the besieged city of Aleppo, opposition groups said another 151 people had been killed in the fighting Thursday.

The majority of those deaths occurred in the Syrian capital of Damascus and its suburbs, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based opposition group.

Another 34 were killed in Aleppo, where some of the heaviest fighting has occurred.

Congo rebels seize key town

Anti-government rebels are making quick progress in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, cementing control of a strategically important town Friday and advancing toward the next potential battleground.

The United Nations, which supports the Congolese army, as well as Britain have condemned the military campaign, intended to overthrow the government.

After two days of battling government troops in Sake, M23 fighters now hold the town they first entered Wednesday, according to a journalist there.

Clashes flare in Gaza during truce

Parents Publicly Shame Girl with Sign

Fixing China's 'drinking problem'

When China's new leader Xi Jinping spoke to the media last week, one sound bite struck me as especially noteworthy.

The Chinese people love life, he said, and they wish for better education, more stable jobs, better medical care -- in short, "more comfortable living conditions and a more beautiful environment."

This, he said, is the goal that China must strive for, one that is surely shared by many Chinese.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian, wound 19

A fragile truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to hold amid reports Friday that Israeli troops opened fire in a buffer zone with Gaza, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding 19, Hamas security and health officials said.

The shooting occurred east of Khan Younis, a border city in Gaza, when a group of protesters and farmers approached the 300-meter "no man's land" -- a security buffer between Israel and Gaza, according to Hamas security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately confirm the casualty report, telling CNN it was looking into the report.

Substitute teacher Mr Smith in Shocking video of student attacking him

Dustin Leftwich charged with raping and murdering missing 18-year-old homecoming queen Brenna Morgart

A 21-year-old Walmart attendant has been charged with raping and murdering a Kansas homecoming queen then dumping her body in a field.

Dustin Leftwich could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the slaying of 18-year-old Brenna Morgart.

The Topeka man was initially charged with premeditated first-degree murder but the charge was upgraded on Wednesday after new evidence came to light, which added rape to his long list of indictments.

Anwar Qudai, 20, killed today in Gaza by Israeli border forces. Shot in the mouth. No accident! (via HARRY FEAR)

Let's quit the European Court of Human Rights says ex-justice minister: Uproar in Commons over votes for prisoners

A former minister called on Britain to quit the European Court of Human Rights yesterday as the Government made its latest attempt to calm the bitter row over prisoner votes.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling published a draft bill containing three options for resolving the UK’s stand-off with Strasbourg.

These were giving votes to inmates who have been jailed for up to four years, for up to six months or, crucially, maintaining the UK’s existing blanket ban.

Cameron tells EU leaders to stop budget 'tinkering' and instead impose big cuts on 'outrageous' pay and perks

David Cameron today slammed EU leaders for only 'tinkering' with the Brussels budget, as the second day of crunch talks began with little sign of a deal being reached.

The Prime Minister arrived back the summit in Brussels this morning, after talks were suspended at midnight when conflicting demands made a compromise seem impossible.

Mr Cameron yesterday brandished a list of the ‘outrageous’ pay and perks of tens of thousands of Eurocrats which he said could be slashed/

Minority Report becomes reality: New software that predicts when laws are about to be broken

An artificial intelligence system that connects to surveillance cameras to predict when people are about to commit a crime is under development, funded by the U.S. military.

The software, dubbed Mind's Eye, recognises human activities seen on CCTV and uses algorithms to predict what the targets might do next - then notify the authorities.
The technology has echoes of the Hollywood film Minority Report, where people are punished for crimes they are predicted to commit, rather than after committing a crime.

Egyptian Protesters Rally in Cairo After Mursi Expands Powers

Egyptian demonstrators rallied in Cairo against a decree by President Mohamed Mursi that placed his decisions above the law.

Crowds gathered in Tahrir Square, the center of last year’s uprising against Hosni Mubarak, to protest what they see as the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mursi’s assumption of more powers. Clashes broke out near the Interior Ministry between activists and police for a fifth day. A coalition of political parties and civil society groups said they will join the protest, and similar ones are scheduled in other cities.

Demonstrators chanted “the people want the regime down,” an echo of anti-Mubarak protests, and held banners that said “Mursi is the new Pharaoh” and “No to a new dictator.”

"Cyber saboteur" charged with targeting Oxbridge

A 20-year-old man is to appear in court next month, charged with trying to bring down the websites of elite Oxford and Cambridge universities, police said on Friday.

Lewys Martin, from Kent, faces 17 counts relating to attacks on corporate websites, including that of Kent Police.

"He's not being charged with hacking," a Kent Police spokesman said. "He's being charged with attempting to bring the wesbites down."

Germany floats 'plan B' – a budget deal without Britain

Germany has raised the pressure on British Prime Minister David Cameron to seek an agreement on the EU's long-term budget at a summit in Brussels today (23 November), by floating an alternative deal that would sideline Britain and neutralise its veto.

EU sources have fleshed out reports circulating last week about a plan to sideline the United Kingdom from ongoing budget talks, as Cameron threatened to veto a deal on the EU budget.

The plan, a last-resort option, originated in Berlin two weeks ago according to a reliable EU source, who spoke to EurActiv on condition of anonymity.

Israeli Troops Said to Kill Palestinian, Testing Cease-Fire

Health officials said on Friday that a 20-year-old Palestinian was killed and nine others wounded in a clash with Israeli soldiers in the southeast Gaza Strip, testing the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel after wild celebrations here on Thursday.

The leadership in Gaza has said that the agreement, announced on Wednesday in Cairo to end eight days of ferocious exchanges, includes an Israeli promise to halt “incursions” into a 1,000-foot-wide buffer zone along Gaza’s northern and eastern borders where Palestinians have not been allowed to go.

Europe budget talks heading for collapse

A special summit of the European Union leaders in Brussels to reach a deal on its next seven-year budget appeared heading for a collapse after their negotiations got bogged down on Thursday night in a dispute over plans to boost the budget.

Summit host, European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, adjourned the meeting till mid-day on Friday.

This is after day-long bilateral discussions among the E.U. leaders, a series of meetings with the E.U. executive and a joint meeting failed to bridge the deep divisions between those demanding significant spending cuts and those supporting the plans to increase the budget.

Extreme weather and climate change

Greece's lenders inch closer to debt viability agreement: source

International lenders have agreed new steps to cut Greece's debt pile further but it still has to fill a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) gap to gain the IMF's approval for its next tranche of aid, a senior Greek government official said on Friday.

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to deem the country's debt viable if it falls to 124 percent of GDP in 2020, giving ground on its earlier target of 120 percent, the official said on condition of anonymity.

IDF soldiers kill 1 Palestinian, wound at least 10 at Gaza-Israel border 2 days after ceasefire

One adult has been killed and at least 10 teenagers injured after Israeli soldiers opened fire at the Gaza-Israel border, Gaza medical authorities claimed.

The incident happened east of the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

The clashes erupted after a group of Palestinian farmers wandered into the disputed 300-meter buffer zone along the border, Al Jazeera reported.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:24:27 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 04:54:27 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
22.558°N, 96.025°E
14.9 km (9.3 miles)
33 km (20 miles) E of Shwebo, Myanmar

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 23rd November 2012

Magnitude ML 4.1
Date time 2012-11-23 08:56:07.0 UTC
Location 23.98 S ; 67.52 W
Depth 218 km
Distances 222 km SE Calama, Chile

Steel Giant Tata Cuts 900 Jobs Across UK......this is Cameron's Version of being out of Recession

Indian-owned Tata Steel confirms that it will close 12 plants in Britain as it attempts to boost its competitiveness.

The move will result in 900 job losses, the company confirmed, including 580 in South Wales, 155 in Yorkshire, 120 in the West Midlands and 30 in Teesside.

Sites to close include Wales' Tafarnaubach and Cross Keys plants, and it will also reduce shifts at its Rotherham and Hartlepool sites in response to lower demand for products.

Australia: Bird flu outbreak eradicated after cull

An outbreak of bird flu in the NSW lower Hunter region has been eradicated after authorities culled 50,000 chickens at an egg farm.

Tests from 12 nearby properties confirmed the virus hadn't spread, but the Maitland facility would remain quarantined while disinfection and surveillance were completed, The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) said.

The virus detected at the Maitland facility was not the H5N1 strain that can fatally infect humans.

33 homes must go after Indy blast

Thirty-three homes damaged in a house explosion this month will be razed, officials in Indianapolis said.

The blast that rocked the Richmond Hill subdivision killed two people, John and Jennifer Longworth. Dozens of homes also took a hit.

City officials this week said that of the 37 houses that were boarded up after the Nov. 10 incident, four appeared to be repairable, according to the Indianapolis Star-Tribune.

Libya Robbed Dry by the International Community

Shoppers Kick Off Black Friday

Madrid's government backtracks on plans to dismantle hospital

Jacob Provo and Joshua Anderson steal, kill Florida family's pet turkey for Thanksgiving meal

Gulf Breeze, Florida (PNJ) -- Tom the turkey had lived happily on Brian and Christa Caponi's 6-acre spread in Gulf Breeze for the past year along with their menagerie of cats, goats, a dog, chickens and roosters.

He was special among their 50 or so animals, Christa said.

"He was a family pet," she said. "It was like having a normal family dog."

But when her husband got up early Monday morning to feed the animals, the 30-pound Tom was missing.

He soon discovered a trail of blood and feathers and feared the worst.

Egypt protest call over President Mursi's sweeping powers

Opposition leaders in Egypt have called for large protests after President Mohammed Mursi passed a decree giving himself sweeping new powers.

The decree states the president's decisions cannot be revoked by any authority - including the judiciary.

It also opens the way for a retrial of people convicted of killings during Egypt's 2011 uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Mr Mursi's critics have denounced the move as a "coup against legitimacy".

Israel desire to attack Iran "childish" -Ahmadinejad

Israel has a "childish" desire to attack Iran and Tehran is capable of defending itself, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday.

"They wish to hurt the Iranian nation. They are waiting for the chance. They known that Iran does not attack anybody and they know that Iran knows how to defend itself," he told a news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

"We don't accept the hegemony of Israel. They wish to attack Iran but it is like a childish desire."

For Israel, Gaza Conflict Is Test for an Iran Confrontation

The conflict that ended, for now, in a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel seemed like the latest episode in a periodic showdown. But there was a second, strategic agenda unfolding, according to American and Israeli officials: The exchange was something of a practice run for any future armed confrontation with Iran, featuring improved rockets that can reach Jerusalem and new antimissile systems to counter them.

It is Iran, of course, that most preoccupies Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama. While disagreeing on tactics, both have made it clear that time is short, probably measured in months, to resolve the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

And one key to their war-gaming has been cutting off Iran’s ability to slip next-generation missiles into the Gaza Strip or Lebanon, where they could be launched by Iran’s surrogates, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, during any crisis over sanctions or an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

IDF preparing for disturbances in West Bank, Gaza following Friday prayers

The Israel Defense Forces are preparing for possible disturbances in the West Bank and Gaza Strip this morning after worshipers emerge from prayer services at the mosques.

On Thursday, some 200 Palestinian demonstrators approached the border between Israel and Gaza near Khan Yunis and began shaking the border fence, causing minor damage. Three of them managed to get through the fence, but were caught by IDF troops within minutes. The demonstrators dispersed after soldiers fired in the air.

In an effort to minimize potential disturbances, the IDF arrested 55 Palestinians in the West Bank on Thursday.

Egypt president cancels state visit to Pakistan

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi cancelled a state visit to Pakistan on Friday, government officials said, a day after granting himself extended powers, a move likely to widen divisions in his country.

No reason was immediately given for the cancellation of the visit or for Mursi's decision not to attend a summit of developing nations in Islamabad a day earlier.

Gunman kill 7 in Guatemala in attempted hit on drug dealer

Gunmen dressed as police officers shot dead seven men at a Guatemalan health clinic on Thursday in a brazen attempt to kill an alleged drug trafficker, who managed to escape the firefight, the government said.

Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez told reporters a gang of men entered the clinic in an upper-class neighborhood of the capital looking for frequent client and alleged Guatemalan drug trafficker Jairo Orellana.

Israel says objectives achieved as Hamas says 'victory' is a game changer

Thanksgiving day pile up on Texas highway

Student protest dissolves into clashes in Chile

Sandy victims struggle on Thanksgiving

Price of milk makes Greeks' blood boil

To understand why milk costs more in Greek shops than anywhere else in the European Union, Stathis Aravanis's farm is a good place to start.

Tall elm trees screen the 4 hectares (10 acres) of land that Aravanis farms outside the small town of Orchomenos in central Greece, not far from the ancient city of Thebes. The silence is broken only by the sound of grazing cattle and a passing tractor.

Each day 200 or so cows produce 5.5 metric tonnes of milk that he has been selling to Delta, a division of food conglomerate Vivartia, since 1990. Delta, which collects the milk every two days, pays him 45 euro cents a liter.

That is in line with the average farm-gate price in Greece of 44.79 cents, according to Eurostat, the EU's statistics office. Only in Finland, Malta and Cyprus is the price higher.

At the other end of the dairy chain stand Greek shoppers, who wonder why they have to pay around 1.50 euros for a liter of fresh milk.

Agnes Papadopoulou, 46, a mother of two young children who lost her job as an accountant in January, stopped buying fresh milk months ago because she could no longer afford it.

Afghanistan truck bomb kills two, foreign troops among 70 wounded

A suicide truck bomb killed two people and wounded more than 70 in volatile eastern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, with several foreign troops among those injured.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing in Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital of Wardak province, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of the capital, Kabul, but it was unclear what the target was.

Two Dead After 100-Car Pile-Up In Texas

Two people died and up to 100 were hurt when at least 100 vehicles collided on a Texas highway in dense fog.

The Thanksgiving holiday morning crash left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

Twelve of those injured were in a critical condition, officials said.

EU Budget: Leaders Say Deal Is Unlikely.....It's our Way or Not at All!

EU leaders could fail to reach a deal on Europe's budget as they enter a second day of negotiations.

France and Germany's leaders are already saying a deal is unlikely after a crucial budget summit in Brussels.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters: "I believe that the positions are still very far apart.

"We'll meet again at noon and then our president will know what still preoccupies us.

"I think that … we will advance a little, but doubt that we will achieve a result."

UK: Man Dies In Floods As Storms Set To Continue

A man has died after becoming trapped in his car in floods as large parts of the UK were hit by strong winds and heavy rain.

Forecasters said there will be some respite today with drier and brighter conditions - but the wet weather is expected to get worse again this weekend.

Around 90 flood warnings are in place for rivers across England and Wales along with more than 200 less serious flood alerts.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 06:21:03 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 04:21:03 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.120°S, 145.897°E
10.9 km (6.8 miles)
194 km (120 miles) SW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

Gangs of aggressive wild turkeys terrorizing Boston suburb on Thanksgiving

Complaints to police about the aggressive and threatening nature of wild turkeys in Brookline, Massachusetts, have doubled over the last month.

Residents of the town have had enough of being chased, harried and physically attacked by the birds, which can grow to 20 pounds and 4 feet tall.

Sandy victims line up for free turkey as hundreds give up Thanksgiving to volunteer

High school student suspended for refusing to wear chipped ID tag fitted with a GPS tracker because it is the 'Mark of the Beast'

A high school student was suspended after she refused to wear a student ID card implanted with a GPS identification chip because it is against her religious beliefs.

Andrea Hernandez, from Texas, has been fighting with officials at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio since they began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall.

The Radio Frequency Identification badge has a bar code which is able to track students movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave and is aimed at a way to combat truancy.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 23rd November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 04:52:39 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 12:52:39 PM at epicenter
14.052°N, 120.756°E
199.7 km (124.1 miles)
2 km (1 miles) S of Toong, Philippines

Boy who killed fellow pupil Euan Craig in front of classmates in shocking gym attack is jailed for just three and a half years

A boy of 15 who killed a fellow pupil who accidentally hit him with a sponge ball in a school gym has been ordered to serve three and a half years detention.

The teenager - who cannot be named for legal reasons - killed Euan Craig by repeatedly punching him in the head at a Glasgow school in May.

The teenager exploded into a rage, shouting: 'What the f*** are you doing?' after Euan accidentally threw a sponge ball which struck his attacker on the side of the face.

Syria rebels capture army base in eastern oil region

Syrian rebels captured an army base in an eastern oil province on Thursday, further weakening President Bashar al-Assad's control in the strategic region bordering Iraq.

The capture of the artillery base on the outskirts of Mayadeen, a town on the Euphrates river near some of Syria's main oilfields, followed rebel takeovers of military installations in the north and centre of the country this week.

EU budget: Leaders to study new proposals

European Union leaders have suspended talks on the bloc's seven-year budget in order to give the 27 leaders time to study new proposals.

The leaders of France and Germany have already expressed doubts whether an agreement can be reached.