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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake GREECE - 30th January 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-01-30 04:27:26.0 UTC
Location 38.81 N ; 23.41 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 6 km S Ayía Ánna, Greece

'Syria Is Being Destroyed' Says UN Envoy

The war in Syria has reached "unprecedented levels of horror" after evidence emerged of the massacre of dozens of men, the UN envoy for the country has said.

Lakhdar Brahimi told the divided UN Security Council it must act now to prevent further atrocities like the apparent execution of at least 65 men found dumped in a river in Aleppo.

Syrian rebels blamed president Bashar al Assad's government for the killings, but state media said an Islamist opposition faction was to blame.

Pneumonia, measles death toll climbs to 47 in Upper Dir, Pakistan

The death toll of children from pneumonia and measles in Kohistan area of Upper Dir district increased from 25 to 47 as a team of health officials returned from the remote area on Monday. Executive District Officer (EDO Health) Dr Abdul Wakeel confirmed 47 deaths from the outbreaks that hit Thal, Kumrat and Lamoti areas of Dir Kohistan. He said the most of the areas were inaccessible due to snowfall. He feared the deaths could be more than what they had recorded. “We faced problems in ascertaining the exact number of the deaths caused by post-measles pneumonia due to snow that has covered the mountainous areas,” he said.

The disease could have been caused by severe cold weather in the area that is situated 105 kilometres away from Dir town, the district headquarters. He said the area had also been affected by measles.,-measles-death-toll-climbs-to-47-in-Upper-Dir

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:14:28 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 06:14:28 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
43.566°N, 127.598°W
10.2 km (6.3 miles)
263 km (163 miles) WNW of Bandon, Oregon

Conspiracy? 9/11 Terrorism Trial Mystery, Sound "Cut Off" During Trial by Mysterious Onlooker

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 02:32:19 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:32:19 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.558°N, 126.684°E
46 km (28.6 miles)
89 km (55 miles) NE of San Isidro, Philippines

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 00:56:31 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 02:56:31 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
52.121°N, 174.393°W
75.8 km (47.1 miles)
15 km (9 miles) WSW of Atka, Alaska

LEAKED EMAIL: U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime'...........(new posts below)

Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.


GOP fury as Obama FAILS to include guarantee of tougher border controls in blueprint that allows 11 million illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens

President Barack Obama managed to provoke the ire of Republicans before he even unveiled his immigration reform plan this afternoon

The president refused to tie tougher border enforcement to his proposal that would allow 11million illegal immigrants to become American citizens.

Casey Anthony on the beach: New photos show her life of freedom as she breaks silence to complain of 'things holding me back'

In a candid photograph Casey Anthony relaxes on a Florida beach as she soaks up the sun and chills out by reading a book. In another, the beaming 26-year-old stands with the legal team that successfully defended her from charges she murdered her three-year-old daughter, Caylee. The never before seen pictures of the 'most hated mom in America' - the first of her in more than a year - come as Anthony breaks her silence to reveal she is seeking 'closure' on 'these things holding me back'.

Gunned down on the court steps: Dramatic pictures show aftermath of botched hit on Bulgarian crime boss 'The Beret'

Bulgarian drugs lord Zlatomir Ivanov, second right, was shot four times in his legs, arm and stomach on the steps into the building in central Sofia yesterday. The 44-year-old was there to appeal against his eight-year jail sentence, police said. Ivanov and his bodyguard, who was also wounded, were taken to hospital, where the mafia head was due to have surgery. Inset, police comb the scene for clues to the identity of the gunman, who they think was positioned in a building opposite the court.

Sarkozy was paid £128,000 for Davos speech in which he insulted Israel to room full of Jewish businessmen

Nicolas Sarkozy was paid more than £128,000 to criticise Israel to a room full of enraged Jewish business people, it emerged today.

Delivering a master class in how not to perform a paid-for conference speech, the former French president caused offence at the prestigious world economic forum at Davos, Switzerland.

Despite being hired to make his speech at a United Israel Appeal, Mr Sarkozy made it clear that he saw a proper Palestinian homeland as the only secure future for the Middle East.

Rapist who attacked teenager after forcing her to drink alcohol awarded compensation because HIS human rights had been breached........And our Government has to pay him that Compensation

A fairground worker who raped a young teenager after forcing her to drink alcohol won damages today after a European court ruled his human rights had been breached.

Samuel Betteridge, 58, from Mablethorpe, was jailed after he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one of attempted rape at Lincoln Crown Court in 2005.

A 13-month delay between the end of Betteridge's minimum term and his first parole hearing was a breach of his right to a speedy hearing, the European Court of Human Rights found.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 19:30:33 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 06:30:33 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
11.206°S, 165.355°E
24.7 km (15.3 miles)
75 km (46 miles) SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

UN nuclear watchdog backs Iran's denial of Fordow explosion

The United Nations atomic watchdog made clear on Tuesday it had seen no sign of any explosion at one of Iran's most sensitive nuclear plants, backing up Tehran's denial that such an incident had taken place last week.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in an unusual move, made a brief statement following media reports of significant damage at the underground Fordow uranium enrichment site.

10km of Srepok River covered by dead fish, Vietnam

The area where dead fish appeared runs from Hoa Xuan commune, Buon Ma Thuot city of Dak Lak province to Ea Po commune of Cu Jut district in Dak Nong province.

Deaf fish began floating on the river surface in the night of January 27.

Mr. Le Tien Cuong, from Ea Po commune, Cu Jut district, Dak Nong province said while rowing his boat in the river at 10.30pm of January 27, he looked down and saw a lot of fish gasped and floated to the surface.

Bird Flu kills two Cambodian children

Two children have died of bird flu in Cambodia, bringing the number of cases recorded in January to five, officials said on Tuesday.

A 17-month-old girl and a nine-year-old girl died on Monday after contracting H5N1 influenza, a joint statement from the World Health Organisation and Cambodia's Ministry of Health said.

The children were from villages in the southern provinces of Kampong Speu and Kampot, where recent poultry deaths had been reported, they said.

US salmonella Scare: 16 sick in 5 states; linked to ground beef recall

Federal health officials say at least 16 people in five states have been sickened by salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef.

No one has died, but half were hospitalized. Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Nicky Lovell Charged over Bristol Tandem Cyclists' Deaths

A man is charged with killing a husband and wife who died after they were knocked off their tandem bike in Bristol on Sunday.

Nicky Lovell will appear before North Avon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

'UK wades into Mali war swamp as Cameron pledges troops & supplies'

Price of Progress: French Mali intervention 'success' to ignite more violence

US Split: Debate rages as Obama pushes gun control law

Mali town counts dead after French strikes on Islamists

Syria: Rebels storm security agency in eastern Syria

52 killed in a week of clashes in Egypt

Obama giving $155 million in humanitarian aid to Syrians

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States would boost humanitarian aid to Syria and urged other nations to do more to help the United Nations, which is struggling to assist some 4 million people in the war-torn country and more than 700,000 who have fled it.

Obama said he authorized an additional $155 million in aid for food, medical care and clothing for Syrians and refugees, bringing the U.S. total to $365 million. He issued a video statement on with Arabic subtitles speaking directly to Syrians.

Kazakhstan plane crash: at least 21 Killed

The hunt is on in Italy for missing U.S. F16

Niger approves U.S. drones for Mali

Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, a senior government source said.

The U.S. ambassador to Niger, Bisa Williams, made the request at a meeting on Monday with President Mahamadou Issoufou, who immediately accepted it, the source said.

Army says political strife taking Egypt to brink

Egypt's army chief said political unrest was pushing the state to the brink of collapse - a stark warning from the institution that ran the country until last year as Cairo's first freely elected leader struggles to curb bloody street violence.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a U.S.-trained general appointed by President Mohamed Mursi last year to head the armed forces, added in a statement on Tuesday that one of the primary goals of deploying troops in cities on the Suez Canal was to protect the waterway that is vital for Egypt's economy and world trade.

Young Men Struggle Most in Pursuit of Stable Jobs: Korea (and the World)

More men over 60 now have jobs than men in their 20s, a first for Korea since statistics started in 1963.

Statistics Korea on Monday said 1.8 million men aged 60 or older were in employment last year, up 100,000 from a year ago, compared to only 1.72 men in their 20s.

The number of employed men in their 20s was the smallest among all age groups except for teenagers. Those in their 40s were most economically active with 27.3 percent, those in 30s made up 25.3 percent, those in their fifties 22.2 percent, those in their sixties 12.5 percent, those in their 20s 12 percent, and teenagers 0.7 percent.

Inside Timbuktu: Angry Looters On The Streets

Crowds of looters have taken to the streets of Timbuktu in Mali after it was liberated of Islamists, raiding the homes and businesses of suspected jihadist supporters.

The angry crowd plundered shops they said belonged to Arabs, Mauritanians and Algerians who they accuse of supporting the Al Qaeda-linked radicals during their 10-month rule over the ancient city.

Israeli racism against Chechen Muslim football players -- Wait a minute, you mean Jews aren't the only victims?

Fans of Beitar Jerusalem protest against the imminent arrival of two Chechen Muslim players, holding up banners that read 'Beitar pure forever' and '70 years of principles'. Beitar is a bastion of Israel's political right wing and the only major team never to have signed an Arab player. In a ruling last year, the Israel Football Association (IFA) said Beitar 'had not made an honest effort to combat fans' racist chants'.

Matt's thoughts:
Well isn't this interesting. In fact, several other foreign players had to leave the team entirely due to how racist the Israeli fans were. You know what kills me the most, though? "70 years of principles", coming from a nation whose principles often leave us in wonderment, and who uses an event 60 years to make us feel guilty for something we never took part in, and as an excuse to fulfill ambitions. People who champion Israel should start asking tougher questions.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 29th January 2013

Magnitude M 4.2
Date time 2013-01-29 15:52:05.3 UTC
Location 16.95 S ; 71.98 W
Depth 70 km
Distances 9 km NE Mollendo, Peru

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 13:58:48 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:58:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
4.004°S, 143.020°E
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
32 km (19 miles) NE of Ambunti, Papua New Guinea

Belgium clashes: Riot cops water-cannon striking ArcelorMittal workers

Pentagon to expand its cyber security forces

China: Sinkhole swallows whole building complex

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 29th January 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-01-29 13:17:20.0 UTC
Location 42.86 N ; 143.99 E
Depth 30 km
Distances 34 km SW Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

'Ghost car' emerges from Queensland storm foam

Hospital evacuated as Australia hit by heavy flooding

Heavy flooding in Australia caused by torrential rains has forced mass evacuations from towns along the country's east coast, with critically-ill patients and newborns from one hospital being airlifted to safety.

The floods, which came in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Oswald, have killed four people so far, including a three-year-old boy who died after being hit by a falling tree in Brisbane, Australia's third largest city.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage sees EU exit in "few years"

Britain's withdrawal from the European Union "within a few years" is a certainty as no government will be able to resist demands for an exit from a population incensed by the arrival of low-wage migrants, the leader of the UK Independence Party said.

Nigel Farage, who is siphoning off voters from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives by attacking EU bureaucracy and immigration from eastern Europe, said it was the dramatic rise of his own party that had pressured the premier into promising last week what would be a historic EU referendum.

"Cameron's speech was the moment when the debate on Europe changed," a combative Farage told Reuters, calling it UKIP's "greatest victory to date". Dismissing the idea Cameron had outflanked the anti-EU lobby, he said the reverse was true: Cameron had "let the genie out of the bottle", making "Brexit" - the EU exit of the world's sixth largest economy - certain.

Man sells canned fresh air in China. Welcome to yuppie capitalism, comrades

This is a story that shows how deliriously capitalist China has become (for good and bad). Rapid industrialisation has covered northern China in a dense pea soup of toxic chemicals. In the past, the old fashioned communist solution might have been either to ignore the problem or, if people insist on dying, organise the entire country in a “popular war on bourgeois toxins.” But in a post-Mao order, how does China’s elite deal with pollution? Yuppie consumerism.

Chen Guangbiao, an entrepreneur worth $740 million (how, why, and would he like to meet my daughters?) has started selling cans of fresh air for people to crack open and suck in. They go for 5 yuan each and, according to one report, they come with atmospheric flavours including “pristine Tibet, post-industrial Taiwan and revolutionary Yan'an.” Presumably the “pristine Tibet” can smells ever so slightly of gunpowder.

British Based Syrian Opposition Group: 65 People Shot Dead With Hands Bound

A Syrian opposition group says 65 people, apparently shot in the head, have been found dead, with their hands bound, in Aleppo.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll could rise as high as 80, calling the killings a "new massacre".

Photos posted online by activists showed the muddied bodies of several men lying by a small river.

Surfers ride the foam in Australia

Clashes continue across Egypt

Beijing shuts factories, removes cars, but pollution stays high

Beijing temporarily shut down 103 heavily polluting factories and took 30 percent of government vehicles off roads to combat dangerously high air pollution, state media reported on Tuesday, but the capital's air remained hazardous despite the measures.

Air quality in Beijing has mostly stayed above "very unhealthy" and "hazardous" levels for about two weeks. On Tuesday, it hit 517 on an index maintained by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which described the pollution as "Beyond Index".

Pollution in Beijing regularly exceed 500 on an index that measures particulate matter in the air with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers. Above 300 is considered hazardous, while the World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20.

Egypt's army chief warns of 'state collapse' amid crisis

Egypt's army chief has warned that the current political crisis "could lead to a collapse of the state".

General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, in comments posted on his Facebook page, said such a collapse could "threaten future generations".

He made his statement following a large military deployment in three cities along the Suez Canal where a state of emergency has been declared.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 29th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.0
Date time 2013-01-29 10:03:37.0 UTC
Location 43.19 N ; 76.62 E
Depth 2 km
Distances 1 km S Karasay, Kazakhstan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 09:03:20 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 09:03:20 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
24.059°S, 179.828°W
505.1 km (313.9 miles)
395 km (245 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Escobar: Shadow wars & no interventions - US plan for MidEast & Asia

Syrian opposition VP: 'We need more cash & weapons!'

Cairo clashes continue as political turmoil escalates

French boat carrying military equipment arrives in Dakar

Are foreign-sponsored militants in Syria in possession of chemical weapons?

Mali: British Troops To Join French Mission

Forty British troops are to be deployed to Mali in a training role to help the French-led mission against Islamist militants, according to Sky sources.

The British personnel will be part of an EU force to train Malian soldiers for after French troops have left.

Up to 350 UK troops are to be deployed in total to Africa, all in non-combat roles, Sky News understands. This is part of a UN-led mission.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 29th January 2013

Magnitude mb 5.0
Date time 2013-01-29 08:57:56.8 UTC
Location 42.63 N ; 79.71 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 53 km S Koshkar, Kazakhstan

U.S. military spy drone that's so powerful it can see what type of phone you're carrying from 17,500ft

The ARGUS-IS array can be mounted on unmanned drones to capture an area of 15 sq/miles in an incredible 1,800MP - that's 225 times more sensitive than the camera on an iPhone. From 17,500ft above the ground, the remarkable surveillance system can capture objects as small as 6in on the ground and allows commanders to track movements across an entire battlefield in real time.

Was there an explosion at Iranian nuclear plant? Government denies reports of blast at top secret facility

Iran has denied reports of a major explosion at its Fordow nuclear facility, one of its most sensitive uranium enrichment sites.

The country has described the claims as Western propaganda which they say is intended to influence upcoming international nuclear negotiations.

The reports originate with Israeli intelligence sources in Tel Aviv, who since Friday have spoken of an explosion damaging the Fordow bunker which is situated deep under a mountain near the religious city of Qom.

Marcelo Santos Lead singer of band linked to Brazil nightclub inferno is arrested at dead bandmate's wake

The lead singer of the band believed to be responsible for causing the nightclub fire that killed 234 people in Brazil was arrested as he attended the wake of his bandmate today.

Marcelo Santos of the Gurizada Fandangueuira band, was arrested by police at the Santa Maria municipal gymnasium during a collective wake among the coffins of the 234 dead.

Passenger Plane Crashes In Kazakhstan

A plane reported to be carrying 20 passengers and crew has crashed near Almaty, Kazakhstan.

All 20 people on board were killed, Russia's Interfax news agency reported, quoting SCAT airlines.

The accident reportedly happened near Almaty, the financial capital of the Central Asian country, close to the border with neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.

Stephen Campbell and Michael Beardmore Jailed for 18 Months for stealing £3 from a 14 year old

Two thugs have been jailed for robbing a schoolboy for just three pounds.

Stephen Campbell and Michael Beardmore confronted the teenager in Dover, Kent, last June, before grabbing him around the neck demanding cigarettes and money.

Scared of being attacked, the boy handed over all the cash he had, which he had saved for his bus fare home.

No doubt this will be reviewed by one of UK notorious pretend Judges or the Sinister European Court of Human Rights, before they are allowed to walk free

FIREBALLS erupt from exploding manhole covers in America after electrical fire.....(Fracking jumps to mind!)

This is the moment an underground blaze caused several pillars of fire to erupt from sewer coverings in downtown Omaha.

The image was captured by a Reddit user who was in their apartment at the time of the explosion.

The fire caused the power to be cut to areas surrounding the area where the fire broke out.

Indian teenager accused of Delhi gang-rape faces a maximum of ONLY three years in jail

An Indian teenager accused of taking part in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi will be tried as a juvenile, facing a maximum of three years in prison if convicted, a special panel has ruled.

The teenager has not yet been formally charged because police were hoping he would be declared an adult so they could include him in the main trial of his five co-accused.

He does not have a lawyer and his account of what happened on December 16 is not known.

How the Chancellor has cut 119 taxes since the Coalition came to power... but raised another 299

The Coalition has increased nearly 300 taxes since its formation, a report reveals today.

Chancellor George Osborne has introduced more than twice as many tax rises as he has cuts.

The Treasury has implemented or pencilled in 299 separate increases since May 2010, but only 119 cuts.

And the new taxes will mean that taxpayers will shell out £671billion a year by 2015/16 – a 15 per cent increase on the £513billion in the final year of the Labour government.

France is 'totally bankrupt', jobs minister admits as concerns grow over Hollande's tax-and-spend policies

Socialist France is 'totally bankrupt', a senior government minister admitted yesterday.

Michel Sapin, who is in charge of the employment ministry in Paris, made it clear that his government's tax-and-spend policies are just not working.

Just half a year since his party came to power, Mr Sapin told radio listeners: 'There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state.

Egyptian protesters defy curfew, attack police stations

Egyptian protesters defied an overnight curfew in restive towns along the Suez Canal, attacking police stations after Islamist President Mohamed Mursi imposed emergency rule to end days of clashes that have left at least 52 people dead.

At least two men died in overnight fighting in the canal city of Port Said, the latest unrest in a wave of violence unleashed last week on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 revolt that brought down autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Plane crashes near Almaty kills 20 people: Interfax quotes Scat Airline

Julian Ponder Jailed For Six Years for cocaine possession in Bali

British national Julian Ponder has been jailed for six years after being convicted of cocaine possession in Bali.

Prosecutors in Indonesia had asked for a seven-year prison term, and he could have faced a maximum sentence of life.

Lindsay Sandiford, the British grandmother sentenced to death for smuggling cocaine worth £1.5m onto the island, had alleged that Ponder was the man she was going to deliver the cocaine to.

Suicide bomber strikes near Somali presidential palace

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Somali presidential palace on Tuesday, killing at least one soldier and wounding two others in a strike apparently aimed at the country's leaders, a palace guard at the scene said.

Officials working in the palace and palace guards said Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was abroad at the time of the blast and the country's prime minister, near whose house the explosion took place was safe.

"The bomber killed one soldier and injured two others," the guard told Reuters. "The man blew up himself near a wall between the Ethiopian embassy and the Somali PM's residence."

Confirming North Korean Nuclear-test almost impossible

North Korea appears all set to detonate an atomic device, but confirming the explosion when it takes place will be virtually impossible for outsiders, specialists said Tuesday.

The best indication of a test will be seismic tremors and abnormal radiation in the air, but even that can be masked if North Korea wants to. In all likelihood the first word of the test will come from Pyongyang itself, just as it happened when the country conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

Last week, North Korea warned a third nuclear test is planned to protest toughened international sanctions meant to punish it for firing a long-range rocket in December. The world sees the launch a ballistic missile test banned by the U.N. while Pyongyang says it is only shot a satellite aboard the rocket into orbit as part of a peaceful space development program.

Iceland slams Europe over fishing

Iceland's president has dismissed the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy as a "colossal failure" as some 75% of Europe's fish stock is endangered.

The policy sets quotas for each of the 27 member states and for types of fish.

"Europe is the problem," Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"It is paradoxical that Europeans see themselves as the most enlightened policy makers in the world," he added.

Icesave ruling in Iceland's favour costs UK taxpayers £100m, thanks to the European Court

UK taxpayers have been left more than £100m out of pocket after a European court ruled that the Icelandic government had no obligation to repay Britain and the Netherlands for rescuing depositors in failed bank Icesave.

This comes just days after the President of Iceland made the following statement regarding Icland's plans to abolish joining the European Union: "It's quite clear both in my country and other parts of northern Europe that there is a growing skepticism about the way the European Union is moving forward.

"In the last three years the eurozone has revealed itself to be a different kind of animal.

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson Iceland president 'Let banks go bankrupt'

RBS close to Libor settlement with US, UK authorities - WSJ

Royal Bank of Scotland Group is close to a 500 million pounds settlement with U.S. and British authorities over claims that some of its employees submitted false Libor rates, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the negotiations.

The settlement would involve the British bank pleading guilty to criminal charges in addition to paying a penalty. However, RBS executives are resisting any guilty plea, the Journal said.

The deal is expected to close within the next two weeks, the Journal reported.

Brisbane risks running out of drinking water

Parts of Brisbane could run out of drinking water overnight if the city’s residents don’t use drought-style water saving measures.

Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant has been forced to shut down because of turbidity caused by the flood and Wivenhoe Dam has begun releases in a bid to clean the water.

It will be a few days before the treatment plant is operating again and before then Brisbane homes will only have access to half the clean drinking water they would usually consume, according to Premier Campbell Newman.

‘‘If people just used water at the normal rate in certain parts of Brisbane, and this is the worst case, if they just do this and we can’t manage to top up reservoirs and the like,’’ he said.

‘‘There are parts of Brisbane, I’m advised, that overnight could run dry.

Protesters defy curfew in Egypt troublespots

Protesters have defied a night time curfew in Ismailia on the Suez Canal. They are ignoring the state of emergency declared by President Mohammed Mursi as he tries to stop the surge of violence that has claimed more than 50 lives.

The army has been deployed in Port Said, as well as in Suez. The government has also agreed a measure to let soldiers arrest civilians.

“I’ve lost my son,” one woman wailed,“how can I get him back? He is sleeping now, none of this can bother him anymore.”

Recaptured by moonlight, the fabled desert city where Islamists burned books in a bitter farewell

The recapture of Timbuktu was done by moonlight. More than 250 French troops parachuted down to the northern entrance of the fabled desert city, while an armoured column sealed the southern exit.

After close to a year of occupation by Islamists, which has driven more than half the population from Mali’s cultural heart and left an unknown toll on its famous libraries and shrines, the ordeal was over.

“Not a shot was fired,” said a French Colonel who declined to give his name, but confirmed he had led the 12-day operation to retake the city.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 29th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.1
Date time 2013-01-29 05:19:00.5 UTC
Location 42.60 N ; 79.65 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 57 km S Koshkar, Kazakhstan

British soldiers will be in west Africa 'in weeks': Cameron sends 200 troops in major escalation of UK's involvement

Britain is sending 200 troops to west Africa, it emerged last night, as David Cameron said he was ‘keen’ to give more backing to the French assault on Islamist militants in Mali.

A source said last night the soldiers will be deployed ‘within weeks’.

The move represents a major escalation of British involvement in the three-week-long French-led conflict and came on the day Washington warned the conflict could take ‘years’ to win.

Migrants with no medical insurance 'won't get NHS care': Minister's tough stance on new influx from the East

Migrants from Romania and Bulgaria who travel to Britain without a job are to be told they must have private medical insurance to prevent the NHS becoming an ‘international health service’.

Immigration minister Mark Harper told the Daily Mail that limiting access to free healthcare is seen as key to preventing a fresh influx of migrants when controls are lifted at the end of this year.

Bomb explodes in Lebanese capital

Detroit faces bankruptcy

At the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, luxury was in the air. Pricey new Bentleys and Maseratis glittered - including a Maserati 2014 Quattroporte with a $132,000 price tag; U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and dignitaries rubbed shoulders; and many of the well-heeled attendees ponied up for a $300-a-ticket black-tie charity ball.

But in a city that is slowly dying, the glitz didn't extend much beyond the Cobo Center exhibition hall.

Large arms shipment intercepted off Yemen, Iran eyed as source

Yemeni forces intercepted a ship on January 23 carrying a large cache of weapons - including surface-to-air missiles - that U.S. officials suspect were being smuggled from Iran and destined for Yemeni insurgents, officials said on Monday.

Yemen's government said the arms intercepted aboard the ship off the country's coast also included military grade explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and bomb-making equipment, according to a statement by its embassy in Washington.

Egypt clashes continue as curfew defied

Egyptians defied efforts by President Mohamed Morsi to restore order around the country on Monday as demonstrators and security forces clashed for the fifth consecutive day and tension mounted between the government and its opposition rivals.

The Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament quickly approved Mr Morsi’s controversial proposal to grant the army powers to arrest civilians. This came the day after he declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in the Suez Canal cities of Suez, Ismailia and Port Said, where a court verdict on Saturday sentencing 21 people to death over a football stampede last year has sparked widespread unrest and led to at least 37 deaths.

Rogue 5m-long great white shark attacks boat off Victoria's coast

MELBOURNE fishermen have captured the moment a monster 5m great white shark attacked their tiny fishing boat off Victoria's coast.

The three fishermen, brothers Andrew and Ben Donegan and friend Joel Ryan, were tuna fishing at Cape Nelson, off Portland, near the Victorian and South Australian border, when the huge predator started to circle the vessel.

They said it then suddenly became aggressive and tried to take a bite out of the boat.

Gas Leak Causes Fatality at Korean Samsung Plant

A gas leak at a Samsung semiconductor plant in Hwaseong, Korea, last night killed a worker—and local news sources are suggesting that a cover-up by Sammy could be behind the incident.

Yonhap News is reporting that a 132-gallon tank of hydrofluoric acid began leaking last night at the plant. An initial leak apparently occurred at 11pm, and then a subsequent leak at 5am, in total issuing 2.6 gallons of acid, mainly in gaseous form. While the precise order of events remains unclear, it is suggested that Samsung then called a maintenance team to fix the problem, but did not report the incident to "appropriate authorities" until just after 3pm—an hour after a worker from the maintenance team died from exposure to the acid.

Areas of Sydney flooded by heaviest rainfall in a decade

Parts of Sydney have been drenched in their heaviest daily rainfall totals in more than a decade as a wild storm system washed over the city on Monday night after causing havoc in the north of the state and in Queensland.

About 1500 residents downstream of Grafton spent the night in emergency accommodation after being evacuated due to the storm, which has claimed four lives in Queensland, including that of a three-year-old boy who was hit by a falling tree in Brisbane's north

ComVal villagers flee from landslide, Philippines

Scores of families fled their homes after a heavy downpour caused a landslide in a village in Maco, Compostela Valley, on Sunday, authorities said.

Several houses were washed away after a river in Barangay Mainit “changed course” following the landslide at past 7 p.m., according to Abel Dagoon, barangay chief.

Mainit is still haunted by memories of a similar incident—but of much bigger scale—almost six years ago. At least 20 people were killed in a series of landslides that hit the village and the neighboring Barangay Masara on Sept. 5-6, 2008.

Seven dead in landslide at football match in Turkey

At least seven people were killed late Sunday when a landslide invaded the pitch at an amateur football game in southeastern Turkey, engulfing players and spectators, local sources said.

Three others were injured and a fourth person went missing as sodden earth knocked over a wall at the football pitch in the city of Sirnak, hit by heavy rains in recent days.

'Muslim Vigilantes': Video Abuse Victim Found

The victim of a "Muslim vigilante" attack that was filmed and uploaded to YouTube has come forward after a police appeal.

The man was one of a number of people who were harassed on east London streets in a single weekend earlier this month.

Several incidents were filmed and the footage posted online.

F-16 Fighter Jet Missing Over Adriatic Sea

The US Air Force has begun a search operation after losing contact with a fighter jet during a training mission off the coast of Italy.

The headquarters of the 31st Fighter Wing, at Aviano Air Base in Italy, issued a brief statement saying the F-16 fighter had one pilot aboard when contact was lost over the Adriatic Sea.

There was no immediate word on the fate of the plane or the pilot.

Report: Youth Joblessness Rises Fastest In UK

Youth unemployment has increased in the UK at a faster rate than any other country in the G8 since the start of the recession, a new report has said.

A study by the Work Foundation found that the UK now lags only behind Spain and Greece for youth joblessness in OECD countries.

The problem cannot be attributed just to the recession because other countries have fared better, the research group said.

Missing Mexican Band: Survivor Tells Of Attack

The survivor of a deadly attack on a 16-member Colombian-style music group has told authorities how at least 10 gunmen entered a private party and kidnapped the band and four crew members.

A member of the Kombo Kolombia band told police that the 20 hostages were blindfolded before being driven away in a number of vehicles.

The band member then heard gunshots and a conversation about where the assailants would dump the bodies, according to Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene.

William Hill Sign Kills a Man as it Fell from one of their Shops in London

A man has died after being hit by a large metal sign that fell from a William Hill shop.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was treated at the scene in Camden, north London, on Monday afternoon before being taken to hospital, where medics were unable to save him.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 03:31:23 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:31:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
15.545°S, 72.077°W
99.6 km (61.9 miles)
42 km (26 miles) SE of Orcopampa, Peru

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 03:16:36 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:16:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
0.060°S, 122.980°E
133.7 km (83.1 miles)
55 km (34 miles) SSW of Bilungala, Indonesia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE - 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 01:48:57 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 03:48:57 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
35.375°N, 27.204°E
26.6 km (16.5 miles)
15 km (9 miles) S of Karpathos, Greece

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 00:56:44 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 06:56:44 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
12.104°N, 88.030°W
34.5 km (21.4 miles)
95 km (59 miles) SW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-01-28 23:49:17.0 UTC
Location 42.60 N ; 79.66 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 57 km S Koshkar , Kazakhstan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 28th January 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 21:24:36 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 09:24:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
22.228°S, 179.547°W
585.2 km (363.6 miles)
195 km (121 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 20:37:09 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 02:37:09 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
42.544°N, 79.771°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
69 km (42 miles) SE of Kegen, Kazakhstan