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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Obama Pledges to Continue Crackdown on 'Irresponsible Behavior'

President Barack Obama pledged this morning in his weekly radio address to continue to crackdown on "irresponsible behavior."

"Here in America, we know the free market is the greatest force for economic progress the world has ever known. But we also know the free market works best for everyone when we have smart, commonsense rules in place to prevent irresponsible behavior," Obama began.

Liberty Bell threat

Bomb squad members investigate two backpacks after a man threatened to blow up the Liberty Bell on Saturday. No explosives were found, but police shut down Market Street, between 7th and 8th streets, much of the morning. (Jonathan Lai / Staff)

A man threatening to blow up the Liberty Bell was detained Saturday, police said, after leaving two backpacks nearby that he said contained explosives.

Police investigated and found no explosives.

Japan launches 2 intelligence satellites

Japan launched two intelligence satellites into orbit on Sunday amid growing concerns that North Korea is planning to test more rockets of its own and possibly conduct a nuclear test.

Officials say the launch Sunday of the domestically produced HII-A rocket went smoothly and the satellites - an operational radar satellite and an experimental optical probe - appear to have reached orbit.


An Indian news report says India has successfully tested a medium-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile fired from an underwater platform in the Bay of Bengal.

The Press Trust of India news agency says the missile would soon be ready for deployment on platforms, including a nuclear submarine.

India's Defense Ministry spokesman was not available for comment.

Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force

The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials.

The move, requested by the head of the Defense Department’s Cyber Command, is part of an effort to turn an organization that has focused largely on defensive measures into the equivalent of an Internet-era fighting force. The command, made up of about 900 personnel, will expand to include 4,900 troops and civilians.

Obama, Clinton defend record in Middle East

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended their foreign policy record in the middle East, saying in an interview aired Sunday that they wisely chose not to “shoot from the hip.”

In a joint interview aired on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the president and secretary of State said the United States has not retreated from the world stage, a charge made by critics urging the Obama administration to do more to intervene in Syria and take a tougher stance with Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Israel warns of possible pre-emptive chemical weapons strike in Syria

Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria's chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon's Hezbollah or al Qaeda inspired groups, officials said Sunday.

The warning came as the military moved a rocket defense system to a main northern city, and Israel's premier warned of dangers from both Syria and Iran.

Israel has long expressed concerns that Syrian President Bashar Assad, clinging to power during a 22-month civil war, could lose control over his chemical weapons.

Chaos in Brazilian city after fire

We could back a 'No' vote on EU, says Tory chairman: Senior Tories issue warning if Britain fails to claw back powers from Europe

Senior Tories yesterday indicated that they would back a ‘No’ vote in the EU referendum if Britain fails to claw back powers from Europe.

In a long-awaited speech last week, David Cameron announced an in-out referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in 2017 if the Conservatives win the next election.

He vowed to negotiate to get a range of powers repatriated from Brussels and said he would campaign ‘with all my heart and soul’ for Britain to stay in a reformed EU.

37 jailed killers walk out and flee: Alarm over security at open prisons as figures reveal 175 inmates absconded last year

Dangerous criminals, including predatory paedophile Ivan Leach (above right), have simply walked out of open prisons such as North Sea Camp prison (top) in Boston, Lincolnshire, or disappeared on day release, it has been revealed. Conservative MP Philip Davies (left), who has revealed that 175 inmates absonded last year, said: 'The public expect to be protected from serious offenders, and the fact that so many can abscond is outrageous and unacceptable.'

Israel using deadly force on unarmed protesters, watchdog says

Israel is breaking its own rules of engagement by using deadly force to disperse unarmed Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli rights group B'Tselem reported on Monday.

Israeli forces have killed 56 people since 2005 in clashes with rock-throwing Palestinians, said B'Tselem, which accused the military of having "extensively and systematically violated" rules barring deadly retaliation for non-lethal assault.

Kiss Nightclub Fire: Bouncers initially blocked people from leaving club

Obama says struggling over whether to intervene in Syria

President Barack Obama said he has been wrestling with the question whether a U.S. military intervention in Syria's 22-month-old civil war would help resolve the bloody conflict or make things worse.

In a pair of interviews, Obama responded to critics who say the United States has not been involved enough in Syria, where thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced according to U.N. officials. Transcripts of both interviews were released on Sunday.

Google faces legal action over alleged secret iPhone tracking

Google is facing a fresh privacy battle in the UK over its alleged secret tracking of the internet habits of millions of iPhone users.

An estimated 10 million Britons could have grounds to launch a privacy claim over the way Google circumvented Apple's security settings on the iPhone, iPad and desktop versions of its Safari web browser to monitor their behaviour.

Egypt's Morsy declares curfew in 3 cities, vows 'justice' for those behind violence

Raising his voice and sternly wagging his finger, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy said late Sunday that he won't stand by in the wake of recent violence, declaring a limited state of emergency and suggesting more such moves could be in the offing.

"I will act, and now I am acting," the defiant Morsy said in a nationally televised speech.

Coast Guard: Barge hits bridge in Vicksburg, Miss.; leaks light crude oil

A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.

Investigators did not know how much had spilled, but an oily sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m. incident, said Lt. Ryan Gomez of the Coast Guard's office in Memphis, Tenn.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 20:57:35 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 05:57:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
27.214°N, 128.362°E
57.9 km (36.0 miles)
78 km (48 miles) NNE of Nago, Japan

Israel warns of possible pre-emptive chemical weapons strike in Syria

srael could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria's chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon's Hezbollah or al Qaeda inspired groups, officials said Sunday.

The warning came as the military moved a rocket defense system to a main northern city, and Israel's premier warned of dangers from both Syria and Iran.

Israel has long expressed concerns that Syrian President Bashar Assad, clinging to power during a 22-month civil war, could lose control over his chemical weapons.

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Iran actively weighs Syrian-Israeli clash

Tehran is looking seriously at a limited Syrian-Lebanese clash of arms with Israel – possibly using Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons as a trigger, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources disclose. Reacting to this news, Israel announced Sunday, Jan. 27, the deployment of Iron Dome anti-missile batteries some days ago to reinforce security in northern Israel and the key Haifa port.

The Iranians see three strategic benefits in embroiling Israel in a limited war with its two allies, Syria and Hizballah:

1. A new outbreak of armed violence would direct world attention away from the Syrian civil war:

2. Israel would be sidetracked from a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities – even a “surgical operation” such as Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke of over the weekend – by being thrown into multiple battles with Iranian forces in Syria and Lebanon, the Shiite Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihadi in the Gaza Strip.

The clash would be programmed to end without winners or losers like Israel’s war against Hizballah in 2006 and its two anti-terror operations the Gaza Strip in 2009 and 2012. But meanwhile Israel would have its hands too full with threats on three borders to pursue military action against a nuclear Iran.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 20:27:22 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 02:27:22 PM at epicenter
14.181°N, 91.711°W
67 km (41.6 miles)
25 km (15 miles) ESE of Champerico, Guatemala

Egypt unrest: Morsi declares emergency in three cities

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has declared a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismalia after days of deadly unrest.

A daily curfew from 21:00 to 06:00 will be imposed for 30 days from Monday, he said in a speech to the nation.

At least 33 people died over the weekend in Port Said, where a court judgment sparked rioting.

Unhappiness with Mr Morsi's rule fuelled unrest elsewhere.

Egypt: Mohammed Morsi imposes state of emergency

Five people died on Sunday at funerals for some of the 31 people killed the day before, hospital officials said, after protests against death sentences handed down to football rioters were met with live fire as well as tear gas.

In an especially worrying development, protesters were also armed and fired shots at police lines.

Wyatt McDaniel, 7, Died after being buried alive in sand in a terrible accident

A seven-year-old boy has died after being buried alive by his younger brother as they played in a pile of sand at their rural home.

Wyatt McDaniel was pulled unconscious from the mound of sand after his five-year-old brother alerted their father.

Despite desperate efforts by Charlie McDaniel to revive his son with CPR and later by paramedics the boy went into cardiac arrest.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 19:32:41 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 12:32:41 PM at epicenter
34.733°S, 108.974°W
14.8 km (9.2 miles)
2294 km (1426 miles) ESE (123°) from ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn Islands

Rocky Marquez Escape: Police take FIVE DAYS to realise man escaped jail ... for the second time this year

Rocky Marquez, 34, slipped out of the jail on January 20, but it took guards and police five days to realize he was gone. Amazingly, it is the second time he has escaped prison this year.

Authorities are now on the hunt for Marquez, who they say escaped from the Wayne County Jail by impersonating another inmate set for release.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

Instagram and Facebook Demanding users send in a copy of their 'Government ID'

Dozens of Instagram and Facebook users have been left frustrated and alarmed after both sites locked them out of their accounts this week and demanded copies of Government-approved ID to allow them to regain access.

Online comment threads were inundated with questions from concerned users on Tuesday who thought the approach was a phishing scam, CNET reported.

However, yesterday it was confirmed the request was official and users would need to follow the strict instructions in order to get their accounts reactivated.

One in four violent criminals escapes with just a CAUTION as police wrongly let off sex offenders and burglars

One in four violent criminals is cheating justice by escaping with a caution, magistrates warned yesterday.

They are among tens of thousands of crooks, including sex offenders and burglars, wrongly let off with a 'slap on the wrist' by police.

New figures showed one in five sex offenders are also cautioned as well as an astonishing one in 20 of offenders with more than 10 previous convictions.


Libya's upheaval the past two years helped lead to the ongoing conflict in Mali, and now Mali's war threatens to wash back and further hike Libya's instability. Fears are growing that post-Moammar Gadhafi Libya is becoming an incubator of turmoil, with an overflow of weapons and Islamic jihadi militants operating freely, ready for battlefields at home or abroad.

The possibility of a Mali backlash was underlined the past week when several European governments evacuated their citizens from Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, fearing attacks in retaliation for the French-led military assault against al-Qaida-linked extremists in northern Mali.

JonBenet Ramsey grand jury voted to indict parents in 1999, but DA refused to prosecute

On a brilliantly clear autumn day more than 13 years ago, Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter stepped to the podium before an anxious media horde to announce that the grand jury investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey had come to an end.

"I and my prosecution task force believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant a filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time," Hunter told the reporters assembled outside the Boulder County Justice Center on Oct. 13, 1999.

Yet multiple sources, including members of the grand jury, have now confirmed to the Daily Camera what Hunter did not say that day: The grand jury voted to indict both John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death in connection with the events of Christmas night 1996 -- but Hunter refused to sign the indictment, believing he could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Casey Anthony Files For Bankruptcy

Casey Anthony has filed for bankruptcy in a Florida court, claiming to have debts mounting to $792,000 (£501,000).

Court records show that Ms Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee, sought chapter seven bankruptcy protection in Tampa on Friday.

According to court records, most of Ms Anthony's debts are related to her trial over Caylee's 2008 death.

Bristol Hit-And-Run: 2 Killed

A man and a woman have been killed in a hit-and-run in the Hanham area of Bristol, police said.

Feinstein has assurance assault weapon ban will get a vote

The senator leading the charge to revive a assault weapons ban conceded on Sunday, just days before hearings on gun control open, that winning Senate passage will be tough but said she has been assured she will have the chance to bring it up for a vote.

President Barack Obama, who has made gun control a top priority after 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman on December 14 at a Connecticut school, said in remarks published on Sunday that gun control advocates should take into account the views of rural Americans who use guns for hunting.

U.S. House budget chief: automatic spending cuts "going to happen"

Automatic spending cuts postponed at the start of the year will go into effect as scheduled in March but "no one" is talking about allowing a U.S. government shutdown, the Republican House of Representatives Budget Committee chairman said on Sunday.

The automatic spending cuts had been delayed by two months as part of the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and deep spending reductions - known as sequestration - that had loomed at the beginning of this month.

Israel Deploys Missiles as Netanyahu Sees Syria Collapse

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel must prepare for the threat of a chemical attack from Syria as the army deployed its new Iron Dome anti- missile system near the border with its northern neighbor.

Netanyahu told members of the Cabinet during the weekly meeting in Jerusalem today that Israel faces dangers from throughout the Middle East. Top security officials held a special meeting last week to discuss what may happen to Syrian stocks of chemical weapons amid the civil unrest there, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Army Radio.

“We must look around us, at what is happening in Iran and its proxies and at what is happening in other areas, with the deadly weapons in Syria, which is increasingly coming apart,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet, according to an e-mailed statement.

Clashes flare amid mass Egyptian funeral, killing three more

Clashes flared anew in the turbulent Egyptian city of Port Said on Sunday, killing at least three more people as a mass funeral was held for most of the 37 people who died during intense riots in the city a day earlier.

The three were killed when police exchanged fire with gunmen trying to storm two police stations and the local prison, according to the city's director of hospitals, Abdel-Rahman Farah. A total of 418 people were injured, some of them with gunshot wounds, he said.

Tens of thousands of mourners poured into the streets for the mass funeral of those killed a day earlier, chanting slogans against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 18:41:48 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 03:41:48 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
36.526°N, 140.534°E
70.9 km (44.1 miles)
7 km (4 miles) NNW of Funaishikawa, Japan

George Osborne is destined to be remembered as the most inept Chancellor in British history

It wasn’t a great week for the Coalition. First the Prime Minister made his much-awaited EU speech, which increased the levels of uncertainty for UK businesses just when they needed it least. Firms are sitting on loads of cash but are not willing to invest it as consumers aren’t spending; they are even less likely to do so now after David Cameron’s intervention.

This may have satisfied his Eurosceptic MPs, but was disastrous in economic terms. Any foreign firm considering setting up business in Britain as a gateway to Europe will inevitably be having second thoughts. The speech was clearly bad for growth and jobs.

Then the IMF lowered its growth forecast for the UK, and its chief economist, Olivier Blanchard, called for a fiscal U-turn. A few weeks earlier Mr Blanchard had argued in an important paper that fiscal multipliers – estimates of the impact of tax hikes and spending cuts on overall GDP – were much larger than the Office for Budget Responsibility had factored in, with the implication that any decline in growth was likely to have been caused by 11 Downing Street.

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Google Earth exposes North Korea's secret prison camps

Human rights activists are turning to Google Earth to identify the vast network of prison camps that dot the North Korean countryside and hold as many as 200,000 people deemed hostile to the regime.

Rights groups are pushing the United Nations high commissioner for human rights to open an international investigation into Pyongyang's "deplorable" record on its citizens' rights, including a system of political prisons that has operated for more than 50 years.

Pyongyang insists that the camps do not exist and are merely foreign propaganda, but the advent of high-resolution, free images from outer space has disproved that claim.

On January 18, the North Korean Economy Watch website announced that a new camp had been identified alongside an existing detention facility in Kaechon, South Pyongan Province.

Using newly provided Google Earth images, analyst Curtis Melvin was able to conclude that the new camp sits alongside Camp 14 and has a perimeter fence that stretches nearly 13 miles.

The facility was built since the last images of the site were released, in December 2006.

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4.7 Magnitude Earthquake RUSSIA-XINJIANG BORDER REGION - 27th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-01-27 16:24:58.8 UTC
Location 49.84 N ; 87.55 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 53 km S Aktash

American pastor sentenced to eight years in Iranian prison for preaching Christianity in homes

An American pastor from Idaho has been sentenced to eight years in one of Iran's harshest prisons for preaching Christianity in Iranian homes, it was revealed today.

Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who was born in Iran, has been held since September and charged with 'threatening the national security of Iran.

The 32-year-old father of two says he was in the country only to establish and orphanage and was not preaching Christianity.

Berlusconi defends Mussolini, draws outrage from political left

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi triggered outrage from Italy's political left on Sunday with comments defending fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini at a ceremony commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Speaking at the margins of the event in Milan, Berlusconi said Mussolini had been wrong to follow Nazi Germany's lead in passing anti-Jewish laws but that he had in other respects been a good leader.

Israel threatens Syria strike if rebels get chemical arms....Thought our governments said the Terro....Rebels were the good guys?

Any sign that Syria's grip on its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel's vice premier said on Sunday.

Silvan Shalom confirmed a media report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had last week convened a meeting of security chiefs to discuss the civil war in Syria and the state of its suspected chemical arsenal.

Britain warns of specific security threat in Somalia

The British government warned on Sunday of a "specific threat" to foreigners in Somalia's breakaway enclave of Somaliland and urged its nationals to leave the country immediately.

Britain's Foreign Office gave no details of the threat in the Horn of Africa state, but highlighted in a statement the ongoing danger of "kidnapping for financial or political gain, motivated by criminality or terrorism".

Tornadoes, flooding hit Queensland, Australia

Wild weather from ex-cyclone Oswald continued to batter coastal towns in Queensland on Sunday, after five tornadoes hit the Bundaberg region on Saturday, injuring at least 17 people and damaging at least 150 homes, Australian media reported.

Rescuers freed a man trapped in a drain in Hervey Bay on Saturday night, and three men had to be led to safety after their car became submerged in Bundaberg.

Queensland's State Emergency Service said it had received more than 1,000 calls for help during the wild weather.

Egypt holds mass funeral after soccer riot verdict clashes leave 37 dead

Tens of thousands of mourners poured into the streets of the restive Egyptian city of Port Said on Sunday for a mass funeral for most of the 37 people killed in rioting a day earlier, chanting slogans against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Violence erupted briefly when some in the crowd fired guns and police responded with volleys of tear gas, witnesses said. State television reported 110 were injured.

“We are very worried about what may happen after the burial,” said local youth activist Rasha Hamouda, noting the city was fraught with tension.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 14:34:33 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 07:34:33 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
35.597°S, 108.738°W
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
939 km (583 miles) S of Hanga Roa, Chile

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 14:24:12 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 09:24:12 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
4.953°N, 95.850°E
45.6 km (28.3 miles)
49 km (30 miles) SSW of Sigli, Indonesia

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 13:50:36 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 06:50:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
35.328°S, 108.676°W
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
909 km (564 miles) S of Hanga Roa, Chile

Ben Kinsella's family blast £20,000 payout to killer's father because police hurt his ankle when they raided his house....'Where's the justice?'

Michael Alleyne - the father of one of his killers - has received £20,000 compensation from police for injuries and 'trauma' he suffered when they raided his flat

The family of murdered ­teenager Ben Kinsella told of their fury after the father of one of his killers was handed £20,000 by police.

Michael Alleyne's son, also Michael, stabbed Ben to death in north London in 2008 - but his father has now won a settlement over injuries he suffered during the ­Met Police hunt for the murderer.

Parents George and Debbie Kinsella received just half of that when Ben, 16, was killed outside a north London bar in 2008.

Rise of 'white flight': British families are 'self-segregating' as more Caucasians abandon urban areas for the countryside

Outer London boroughs including Enfield, Waltham Forest and Redbridge have seen their white British population drop by around a quarter over a decade. The same applies to urban areas around the capital such as Luton, Reading and Bedfordshire. Meanwhile, the white British population in many suburban and rural districts just next door has soared, according to research produced by Birkbeck College, University of London, in conjunction with think tank Demos.

Ireland blames Polish supplier for horsemeat in burgers

Dublin has said ingredients imported from a Polish supplier were responsible for the horse meat in burger scandal, which forced UK and Irish supermarkets to pull 10m beef burgers off their shelves.

DNA test results released by the Irish government on Saturday traced the contamination of burgers made at ABP Food Group’s Silvercrest plant in Ireland to a low value beef cut and trimming product sourced from an EU accredited Polish supplier.

Nick Clegg: EU referendum is against national interest

Nick Clegg has warned David Cameron that a promise to hold a referendum on membership of the European Union is against the national interest and risks derailing the fragile UK economy.

The deputy prime minister criticised the prime minister as opinion polls in two Sunday newspapers suggested the Tories had received an opinion poll bounce from the policy.

Brazil Nightclub Fire Update: More Than 240 Dead

Police say 245 people have died in a fire which swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil.

Around 200 others were injured after the blaze broke out at the Kiss club in the city of Santa Maria while a band was performing.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:39:12 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 08:39:12 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
32.391°N, 141.845°E
34.4 km (21.4 miles)
206 km (128 miles) ESE of Hachijo-jima, Japan

Mexico: Police Hunt For 20 Missing Musicians

Police are searching for 20 members of a Mexican band who have gone missing after playing a gig.

Relatives said Kombo Kolombia's 12 musicians and eight crew were scheduled to play in Hidalgo in the northeast Mexican state of Nuevo Leon on Thursday night.

But the group, who play Colombian vallenato music, seem to have vanished.

Brazil Nightclub Fire Tragedy: 180 Killed

At least 180 people have died after a fire swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil.

Around 200 others were injured after the blaze broke out at the Kiss club in the city of Santa Maria while a band was performing.

Tory ministers in new war with Brussels

Days after David Cameron signalled an historic in-out referendum, a series of ministers and the Mayor of London took hardline positions on elements of British policy towards Brussels.

They were led by Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, who condemned moves by the European Parliament to pay farmers twice for doing the same work as “immoral and illegal”.

The row over the supposed “reform” of the controversial Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) came as ministers studied plans to rein in the European Commission by giving national parliaments, including Westminster, powers to veto proposed new laws.#

Majority of Turks against EU membership: Survey

A new survey suggests that the majority of individuals in Turkey believe the government should abandon efforts for a full membership in the European Union.

The poll, conducted by TNS Turkey organization on behalf of the Center for Economy and Foreign Policy Research (EDAM), was based on interviews with 1,509 people aged 18 and above.

The results of the study showed that two thirds of Turkish people are apathetic about the EU bid.

Rebels pound Syrian troops in north

3 believed dead after plane wreckage found in Antarctica

Authorities found the wreckage of a plane that crashed days ago in Antarctica in a condition that suggested no one survived.

Searchers found the plane, a Twin Otter aircraft carrying three people, close to the summit of Mount Elizabeth in Queen Alexandra Range, in Antarctica.

The plane "appears to have made a direct impact that was not survivable," Maritime New Zealand said Saturday.

'West feeds Egypt unrest to make govt follow its course'

Hook, Loan & Sinking: Quick cash enslaves Britons

Dramatic flood rescue: Toddler winched from submerged truck in Australia

Poland's investigation into secret CIA prisons loses steam

Lawyers for two men who say they were held illegally in a secret CIA jail on Polish territory argue that a landmark criminal investigation into the "black site" is being stalled because a trial will embarrass the Polish state.

Polish prosecutors are investigating the country's role in a global operation run by U.S. secret services a decade ago to transport suspected al Qaeda members to facilities outside the United States where they could be held and interrogated without the safeguards set out under U.S. law.

Israel vows Syria strike at any sign of chemical arms transfer

Any sign of Syria's grip on its suspected chemical weapons slipping as it battles an armed uprising could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel's vice premier said on Sunday.

Silvan Shalom confirmed a media report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had last week convened security chiefs to discuss the civil war in nearby Syria and the state of the country's chemical arsenal.

The meeting, held on Wednesday, had not been publicly announced and was seen as especially unusual as it came while votes were still being counted from Israel's national election the day before, which Netanyahu's party list won narrowly.

Egyptian youths, police clash in fourth day of violence

Police fired tear gas at dozens of stone-throwing protesters in Cairo on Sunday in a fourth day of street clashes that have killed at least 41 people and compounded the political challenges facing President Mohamed Mursi.

In the worst violence, security sources said 32 people died in Port Said on Saturday when protests erupted following a court verdict sentencing 21 people, mostly from the city, to death for their role in a deadly stadium disaster last year.

Brazil Kiss Nightclub Fire: At Least Ninety Killed

At least 90 people have reportedly died from smoke inhalation after a nightclub fire in southern Brazil.

Around 200 others are being treated in several hospitals after the blaze in the city of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul.

France destroys Mali Islam leader's house

FRENCH air strikes destroyed the home of the leader of an al-Qaeda-linked group in northern Mali as French-led forces advanced on Sunday on the Islamist stronghold of Timbuktu.

The overnight strikes in Kidal came 24 hours after French-led troops seized Gao, the most populated town in Mali's Islamist-controlled arid north, which is roughly the size of Texas. Gao is home to about 60,000 people.

Military surface-to-air MISSILE LAUNCHER handed in at Seattle gun buyback event

Police officers collecting weapons during Seattle's first gun buyback program in more than 20 years were shocked when someone brought in with a military surface-to-air missile launcher Saturday.

According to a member of the Seattle Police Department’s bomb squad, the launcher was a single-use military device that had already been used once.

A man who was at the event bought the weapon for $100 from the person who brought it in, but it was temporarily confiscated by Seattle police.

Wisconsin sheriff urges residents to ARM themselves - because there are not enough officers to defend them

Call to arms: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn't always the best option

A Wisconsin sheriff has stirred controversy this week after releasing a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police.

In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says due to law enforcing cutbacks, personal safety is no longer a spectator sport.

‘I need you in the game,’ he says.

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 27th January 2013

Magnitude M 6.0
Region TONGA
Date time 2013-01-27 09:59:27.0 UTC
Location 16.03 S ; 173.38 W
Depth 10 km
Distances 41 km E Hihifo

Flu epidemic continues to sweep the U.S. with 37 children dead

The U.S. is still in the grip of a flu epidemic but case are decreasing in many parts of the country, according to a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report on data from the week of January 13 to 19.

There was a drop from 48 states reporting flu activity to 47 states reporting 'widespread' cases of influenza. In this report, 'widespread' means more than 50 per cent of geographic region is reporting flu activity.

Those numbers only report how far the flu has spread, not how severe it is.

Connecticut police officers Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins caught on camera 'kicking and stomping on man after disabling him with a stun gun'

Three Connecticut police officers have been put on administrative leave after they were caught on video brutally beating a suspect in a local park.

Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins, all 10-year veterans of the Bridgeport Police Department, are shown on the tape kicking and stomping on a man they had already subdued with a stun gun.

They will remain on paid administrative leave while the May 2011 encounter is investigated.

Taranis: Britain's deadly superdrone that picks its own targets but experts warn plane could mark the start of 'robot wars'

It is named after the Celtic god of thunder, can fly faster than the speed of sound and evades enemy radar with its single-wing stealth design. This is Taranis, Britain's latest pilotless combat aircraft, which is even capable of selecting its own targets. The revolutionary superdrone, shown above in a graphic, is due to make its maiden flight in the next few weeks and could spearhead the fight against terrorism in Africa.

Ed Miliband's running scared - and now UKIP will go after him and Labour

While all the headlines may have been about David Cameron’s long-awaited promise for an in/out vote on EU membership, perhaps the most staggering part of Wednesday was the Labour Party’s reaction.

Mr Cameron wants to renegotiate our relationship with Europe, followed by an opportunity to vote ‘out’ if he is elected after 2015. Here was an open goal for the Labour Party to demand that referendum now. They could have called his bluff. Ed Miliband could have pressed the Prime Minister to give voters a say on Europe without ifs and buts. Yet they didn’t.

As a party, we not only see this as a political failure on Labour’s part, but a betrayal of their core voters.

Labour MP Emma Reynolds who is fluent in Spanish claims £650 expenses - to take lessons in Spanish

From her Website: Emma is a keen linguist and speaks fluent French and Spanish and some basic Italian. She enjoys running, tennis and swimming as well as following her football team Wolves.

A Labour frontbencher has claimed more than £600 from the taxpayer for Spanish lessons – despite already speaking the language fluently.

New figures show that Shadow Europe Minister Emma Reynolds, who has been the public face of Labour’s opposition to an EU vote, has claimed £651 for Spanish lessons over the past year, even though on her website she claims to speak ‘fluent French and Spanish’.

Arrests fall - but so does crime-solving so so is Britain really getting safer?

Police are making fewer arrests and solving fewer crimes, raising doubt over Government claims that the country is becoming safer.

Thousands more violent crimes are going unsolved, with Labour blaming the Home Office’s 20 per cent budget cuts for stretching police forces too far.

New figures show that 24 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales cleared up fewer crimes in 2011-12 than in 2009-10.

Britain has spent £700MILLION just to pass 400 new Euro rules since coalition came to power

Britain has passed more than 400 laws because of the European Union since the Coalition came to power in 2010 – costing businesses and taxpayers £700 million.

Directives from Brussels are turned into new regulations by civil servants that affect Britons’ everyday lives and industry.

Some of the rules are designed to protect consumers and safeguard the environment, while others dictate the wording on bottles of fruit juice.

Julian Ponder: They won't execute me, says Bali's Mr Big, as the British granny at the centre of 'his' £1.6m drug plot is sentenced to death... so why is he so curiously relaxed?

Brash Londoner Julian Ponder, 43, left, is said to be the mastermind of a plot to smuggle £1.6million of cocaine to Bali, but seems strangely confident he won't be given the death penalty, unlike grandma Lindsay Sandiford, top right. He bragged from jail, centre, 'everything's cool'. He claims he only smuggled a small amount of the drug with partner Rachel Dougall, bottom right.

Thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians 'to flood UK in 2014 as employment restrictions relax'.....And yes they CAN Claim Benefits!!

Hordes of Romanians and Bulgarians are already preparing to head for Britain in search of work, according to a Mail on Sunday investigation.

Employment restrictions will be relaxed on December 31, and the UK will throw open its Jobcentres and benefit offices to what pressure group Migration Watch predicts could be as many as 70,000 people a year for the next five years.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 07:46:59 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 05:46:59 AM at epicenter
58.834°S, 25.221°W
35 km (21.7 miles)
76 km (47 miles) ENE (76°) from Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Italy central bank approves Monte Paschi bailout request despite Scandal

Italy's central bank on Saturday gave its approval to a request by scandal hit bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena for 3.9 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of state loans, the latest step in the battle to revive the ailing bank.

The scandal surrounding Italy's oldest bank has hit its share price and prompted questions about how the risky deals could have been hidden from regulators.

The issue has shot to the center of the campaign for a February 24-25 national election and politicians have blamed the Bank of Italy (BOI), led by current European Central Bank President Mario Draghi at the time of the deals, for failing to spot them.

Syrian rebels free 300 prisoners

Hundreds of masked militants stormed the police station in Suez, setting fire to the building

Seven People killed in a clash between rival armed groups in the Mexican state of Jalisco

Hackers attack US justice department

Sunnis mourn protesters shot dead by troops

Thousands of mourners rallied on Saturday at funerals for Sunni Muslims shot by troops in demonstrations against Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Troops on Friday shot dead five people in Falluja, in the Sunni-dominated western province of Anbar.

Riots over Egyptian death sentences kill at least 32

Al Ahly fans, also known as ''Ultras'', celebrate and shout slogans inside Al Ahly club's training stadium after hearing the final verdict of the 2012 Port Said massacre, in Cairo January 26, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

At least 32 people were killed on Saturday when Egyptians rampaged in protest at the sentencing of 21 people to death over a soccer stadium disaster, violence that compounds a political crisis facing Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

NATO missile defense battery on Syrian border operational

The first of six Patriot missile batteries being deployed to Turkey to protect against attack from Syria was declared operational and placed under NATO command, the international organization said Saturday.

The battery, provided by the Netherlands, is meant to protect the city of Adana by shooting down missiles that could come over the Syrian border. Turkey has become a harsh critic of the regime in Syria, where a vicious civil war has left at least 60,000 people dead.

The United States, Germany and the Netherlands are providing two batteries each of the latest version of the U.S.-made Patriots.

7 Die in Fire at Factory in Bangladesh

A.M. Ahad/Associated Press
Firefighters and volunteers worked to extinguish the fire at a small garment factory in Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday.

n the latest blow to Bangladesh’s garment industry, seven workers died Saturday after a fire swept through a factory here not long after seamstresses had returned from a lunch break. Workers said supervisors had locked one of the factory exits, forcing some people to jump out of windows to save their lives.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 27th January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 07:24:33 UTC
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 05:24:33 AM at epicenter
58.757°S, 25.229°W
35 km (21.7 miles)
80 km (49 miles) ENE of Bristol Island, Antarctica

Reports: Exit locked at burned Bangladesh factory

An official says Bangladesh's government has ordered an investigation into allegations that the sole emergency exit was locked at a garment factory where a weekend fire killed seven female workers.

The fire Saturday at the Smart Export Garment Ltd. factory occurred just two months after a blaze killed 112 workers in another factory near the capital, raising questions about safety in Bangladesh's garment industry, which exports clothes to leading Western retailers. The gates of that factory were locked.

Police work to quell Venezuela jail riot

RIOT police squads worked on Sunday to establish full control over a prison in northwestern Venezuela, where a riot has left at least 61 inmates dead and twice as many injured.

Prisons Minister Iris Varela admitted to reporters on Saturday that the government "was not in control of all of the area of the Uribana penitentiary" in Lara state.

Security forces were working "to remove inmates from the heart of the jail," she said, adding that the rioters and other inmates would be moved to other prisons around the country.

Third bomb attack in 24 hours kills eight Afghan police

A roadside bomb killed eight policemen in Afghanistan's volatile southern province of Kandahar, police said on Sunday, the third deadly attack by insurgents against police in 24 hours.

Twenty police have been killed across Afghanistan since midday on Saturday, a level of violence that underlines concern over how the 350,000-strong Afghan security forces will manage once most NATO-led troops withdraw by the end of next year.

Scattered Protests in Delhi on Republic Day

Several groups of protesters marched and demonstrated in New Delhi on Saturday as India celebrated its 64th Republic Day, demanding better safety for women, a movement that started after the Dec. 16 gang rape of a young woman here.

A march of several hundred students, organized by the All India Students’ Association, sat on the street at Jantar Mantar, a designated protest area in central Delhi. The protesters carried the placards bearing slogans including, “No Violence Against Women,”l “Unknown Citizen,” and “Freedom Without Fear.” They shouted slogans including, “We Want Justice” and “Rajpath is yours. Janpath is ours.” (Rajpath is the street where the official Republic Day parade passes and Janpath is where the protesters began their march.)

Marchers call on Hunt to reverse A&E closure plans

More than 25,000 protesters marched in southeast London yesterday demanding that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt rejects proposals to close Lewisham Hospital’s newly revamped accident and emergency department.

Mr Hunt will decide by February 1 whether Lewisham Hospital in south-east London should replace its emergency department with an "urgent care" ward and turn its maternity services into a midwife-led unit.

Mali conflict: French and Malian troops move on Timbuktu

French-led forces in Mali are advancing on the key northern city of Timbuktu, as they press on with their offensive against Islamist rebels.

On Saturday Malian and French forces seized Gao, another key northern city.

The advance comes as African Union leaders are meeting to discuss sending more troops to Mali.

US Justice Site Hacked Over US Activist Death

Hackers claiming to represent the group Anonymous have threatened to release sensitive information about the US Department of Justice over the death of an internet activist.

The group appeared to have hacked the website of the US Sentencing Commission and replaced the front page with a statement calling for reform of US prosecution law.

The attack appears to be a retaliation for the treatment of internet activist Aaron Swartz, who killed himself on January 11.

Gun Control March Takes Cause To The Capitol

Thousands of people, including residents of the Connecticut town where 20 children were killed last month, have gathered in front of the US Capitol to call for stricter gun control.

Marchers were led by Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials as the crowd stretched for two blocks along the National Mall.

Mali: US Offers Refuelling Services To France

US military aircraft will be used to refuel French warplanes fighting Islamist militants in Mali, the Pentagon has confirmed.

The offer of assistance to the French-led effort to push al Qaeda-linked fighters out of the north of country came as the 16-day offensive enjoyed its biggest success, recapturing the city of Gao.