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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mysterious tics and vocalizations similar to Tourette’s syndrome hit Essex Aggie students in Massachusetts

Local and state health officials are investigating reports that more than a dozen students are exhibiting mysterious vocal tics or hiccups at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School.

“The school is willing to do whatever the town and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health want to do,” said Essex Aggie Superintendent-Director Roger Bourgeois. “The health and well-being of our kids is our No. 1 priority.”

Bourgeois declined to speculate on what may be the cause.

The incidents on the North Shore seem to mirror ones shown on TV’s “Today” a year ago, in which 12 high school girls at Le Roy High School in upstate New York suffered tics and vocalizations similar to Tourette’s syndrome. One of the girls told the show that stress worsens her symptoms.

Radioactive Cattle Found Near Fukushima

Thousands of cows were abandoned in the evacuated zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tōhoku region of Japan and released radioactive materials from the plant.

Now, nearly two years after the disaster, those abandoned cattle were found to be contaminated with radioactive elements. Traces of radioactive cesium, silver and tellurium were found in the 79 cattle analyzed by a scientific team led by Tohoku University engineer Tomokazu Fukuda and published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Fetuses and calves had radioactive materials concentrations up to 1.5 times higher than the adults. The calves had been born, and the fetuses conceived, after the disaster.

Mob of wild monkeys rampage through homes in eastern Indonesian village, injuring 7 people

A mob of wild monkeys has gone on a rampage in a village in eastern Indonesia, entering houses and attacking residents. Seven people were injured, including one who is in critical condition.

Ambo Ella, a spokesman for Sidendeng Rappang District in South Sulawesi province, says the surprise attack by about 10 monkeys happened in Toddang Pulu village.

He said Wednesday that a 16-year-old boy was badly bitten in the attack Monday and is being treated at the hospital

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 31st January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 04:31:33 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 03:31:33 PM at epicenter
10.934°S, 165.418°E
32.9 km (20.4 miles)
385 km (239 miles) E (98°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

EU Referendum Debate 'Damaging Economic Growth'........Of course nothing to do with the Failing EU or Inadequate Government

An influential group of economists has said the government debate over having an "in or out" referendum over Europe is damaging economic growth.

The London School of Economics Growth Commission also branded Government investment in a long-term growth strategy as "inadequate", "unstable" and "failing".

Hadiya Pendleton Shot Dead After Obama Ceremony Performance

A 15-year-old marching band member who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration celebrations has been shot dead in Chicago.

Police said Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back on Tuesday in a South Side park. She was taken to hospital, where she died.

The honour roll student was one of a dozen teens taking shelter under a canopy during heavy rain when a man jumped over a fence, ran towards the group and started shooting.

West Coast Mainline Deal: Ministers 'Lied To'

The Transport Department was "irresponsible" over its role in the collapse of the £5bn West Coast Mainline rail contract, a group of MPs have said.

Members of the Transport Committee said the Government department had embarked on an "ambitious, perhaps unachievable" reform in haste, and claimed that ministers and senior officials were lied to.

Arthur D Harmon Wanted for the Arizona Office Shooting

Police are still searching for a gunman after three people were shot - one fatally - during a dispute at an office complex in Phoenix, Arizona.

The suspect has been named as 70-year-old Arthur D Harmon.

Police reportedly served a search warrant on Harmon's house seven miles from the office park, but found nobody inside.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 31st January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 04:15:55 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:15:55 AM at epicenter
27.878°S, 70.941°W
26.8 km (16.7 miles)
82 km (51 miles) SW (222°) from Copiapo, Chile

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 31st January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 04:10:46 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:10:46 AM at epicenter
4.613°S, 102.515°E
51.7 km (32.1 miles)
98 km (61 miles) SSE (164°) from Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 31st January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 03:58:00 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 02:58:00 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.680°S, 166.391°E
35.1 km (21.8 miles)
61 km (37 miles) E of Lata, Solomon Islands

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 31st January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 03:33:49 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 02:33:49 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.670°S, 166.376°E
55.4 km (34.4 miles)
60 km (37 miles) E of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA - 31st January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 02:45:00 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:45:00 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
28.504°S, 67.365°W
117.7 km (73.1 miles)
52 km (32 miles) SSE of Tinogasta, Argentina

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWEST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS - 31st January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 02:26:20 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 01:26:20 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
49.877°N, 150.751°E
355.5 km (220.9 miles)
171 km (106 miles) NE of Vostok, Russia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 23:53:54 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:53:54 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.565°S, 166.438°E
15 km (9.3 miles)
68 km (42 miles) ENE of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF SOUTHERN PERU - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 23:34:30 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 06:34:30 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
16.011°S, 74.815°W
26.3 km (16.3 miles)
161 km (100 miles) SSW (208°) from Puquio, Peru

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 23:03:45 UTC
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:03:45 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.518°S, 166.486°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
498 km (309 miles) E (91°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

Syria: Israeli jets strike Jamaraya arms depot near Damascus leaving casualties

The Syrian government, by admitting that the Israel Air Force attacked the Jamaraya “Military Research Institute” (a euphemism for an arms deport), near Damascus, broke the barrier of silence the Israeli government had clamped down on its initial involvement in the Syrian conflict. It also indicated that Bashar Assad may have decided to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Israel. The Syrian statement also refuted the report by foreign media from “Israeli sources” that Israeli jets had struck a convoy carrying sophisticated weapons from Syria to the Hizballah in Lebanon.

The Syrian statement was detailed: It said that the “Military Research Institute” developed Syrian army and Hizballah combat capabilities, that two Syrian solders were killed and five injured in the raid, and that a building had been leveled along with serious damage to military vehicles parked outside.

Number of Israelis updating gas masks nearly triples

The defense establishment's concerns about the potential threat of chemical weapons from Syria and Hezbollah has not gone unnoticed by the Israeli public.

The Israel Postal Serivce reported Wednesday that more Israelis are updating their gas masks and ABC kits. In fact, the number of Israelis changing their nonconventional warfare protection kits has nearly tripled over the past month.,7340,L-4338964,00.html

Federal Reserve continues to print money at a feverish pace as US economy continues collapsing

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left in place its monthly $85 billion bond-buying stimulus plan, arguing the support was needed to lower unemployment even as it indicated a recent stall in U.S. economic growth was likely temporary.

The U.S. central bank predicted that the nation's job market would continue to improve at a modest pace, and repeated a pledge to keep purchasing securities until the outlook for employment "improves substantially."

"Growth in economic activity paused in recent months, in large part because of weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors," the Fed said after a two-day meeting.

A report on Wednesday showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter as inventory investment slowed and government spending plunged. Analysts said superstorm Sandy, which slammed into a large swath of the U.S. East Coast in late October, also disrupted the recovery.

Drone Wars & Online Terrorism: Google chairman warns of cyber horror

Two More killed in Cairo clashes with police

Syria Claims Israeli Jets Hit Military Facility

An Israeli airstrike has hit a military research centre north west of Damascus, the Syrian army has claimed.

In a statement carried by the state news agency, SANA, the Syrian army's general command said: "Israeli fighter jets violated our air space at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research centre in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence."

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 20:15:43 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 04:15:43 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
28.168°S, 70.804°W
47.5 km (29.5 miles)
44 km (27 miles) N of Vallenar, Chile

Israeli attack raises regional fallout risk

Syrian TV says Israeli planes attacked Damascus research center

Israeli warplanes attacked a research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday, Syrian television said.

Sources told Reuters earlier that Israeli jets bombed a convoy on Syria's border with Lebanon on Wednesday, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah. Damascus province includes much of the border with Lebanon.

Cameron In Algeria: 'We Must Combat Terrorism'

David Cameron has arrived in Algeria and pledged to do "everything we can do to combat terrorism" in the wake of the hostage crisis.

He said he wanted to forge a closer relationship with countries in the region to combat the growing threat from al Qaeda.

Arizona Office Complex Shooting: Three People 'Shot'

Arizona police say three people have been shot at an office complex in Phoenix, but they are still searching for a suspect.

The victims were reportedly taken to hospital on Wednesday morning. One was said to be in "extremely critical" condition while two others were less seriously injured.

Officer James Holmes said police believe there is only one suspect, but that witnesses gave conflicting information about how he left the scene.

Yes that is the officer's name!

Polish Is UK's Second Most Common Language

Polish is the second most common main language in England and Wales with more than half a million speakers, according to new figures from the 2011 Census.

Nearly one in 10 people in England and Wales - 8% - reported speaking a different main language other than English or Welsh in the census, findings from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown.

Denial after French minister admits country is 'totally bankrupt'

A French politician’s commendable candour prompted a nationwide damage limitation exercise after he announced the country was ‘totally bankrupt’.

Employment minister Michel Sapin made the controversial statement during a radio interview on Sunday.

‘There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,’ explained the experienced minister.

‘That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.’

Israel to give Palestinians $100 million in withheld funds

Israel will give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's administration around $100 million (63 million pounds) in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for his statehood bid in the United Nations, Israeli officials said on Wednesday.

The sum is roughly a third of the funds Israel is meant to have transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) since November under interim peace accords, but has instead kept.

West 'to blame' for Syria's destruction, says top diplomat

Syria is being destroyed ‘bit by bit’, a top diplomat has said.

The fault for its destruction lies with president Bashar Assad’s government and the western-backed opposition forces, the joint UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said.

Speaking at the UN he said: ‘Objectively, they are co-operating to destroy Syria. Syria is being destroyed bit by bit.

‘And in destroying Syria, the region is being pushed into a situation that is extremely bad, and extremely important for the entire world.’

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 15:34:23 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:34:23 PM at epicenter
10.574°N, 126.957°E
37.3 km (23.2 miles)
114 km (70 miles) ENE of San Isidro, Philippines

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 15:05:14 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 08:05:14 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
62.476°N, 124.483°W
5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
99 km (61 miles) SSW of Wrigley, Canada

Russia Pulls Out Of Decade-Long Pact With US

Russia is pulling out of a decade-long pact with the US to tackle drug crime, in the latest public sign of the deteriorating relations between the two.

Washington had been helping to fund counter-trafficking operations, particularly targeting the flow of heroin from Afghanistan, since 2002.

Child Held Hostage After School Bus Shooting

Police teams have massed near a property in rural Alabama where a man is believed to be holding a six-year-old child hostage in an underground shelter after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus.

The standoff went through the night after the man, whose name has not been released by police, boarded the school bus in Midland City.

Tony McCluskie Jailed For Life for the Murder of his Sister

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years for her murder.

Tony McCluskie had previously admitted manslaughter but was found guilty of murder by an 11 to 1 majority.

Western sources: Israeli aircraft target Hizballah missiles in Zabadani, South Syria

Israeli warplanes carried out overnight sorties up until Wednesday, Jan. 30 against missile and arms convoys standing ready in southern Syria for transfer to Hizballah in Lebanon, according to Western sources.. debkafile’s military sources report that the consignments were destroyed. The Lebanese army reported the heavy presence of an approximate 12 Israeli jets over its territory during the night up until 0200 hours Wednesday. Our sources report that it was suspected in Israel that Syria and Hizballah would take advantage of the rainy and overcast weather conditions in the last 24 hours to push advance weapons systems across the border from Syria into Lebanon.

The operation aimed at giving teeth to Israel’s longstanding threat ever since 2011 to hit military targets in Syria if necessary to prevent the handover of sophisticated missiles to Hizballah. It also underlined the warning that Israel was ready to take action again in the event of Syria’s chemical weapons or any kind of nerve gas weapons being used and to make sure they never reached the hands of Hizballah or any other terrorist groups.
Tuesday, Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel warned that Syria is falling apart and no one knows what the next day may bring: “War may not break out tomorrow,” he said, “but we stand ready for any eventuality.”

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 13:25:32 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 01:25:32 PM at epicenter
52.199°S, 5.403°W
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
2783 km (1729 miles) SW (216°) from Cape Town, South Africa

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:57:50 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 08:57:50 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.422°N, 126.922°E
35 km (21.7 miles)
102 km (63 miles) ENE of San Isidro, Philippines

Cumbria Votes Against Nuclear Waste Site

Cumbria County Council has voted against proceeding with studies into the building of a £12bn underground nuclear waste site in the area.

Council leaders rejected a move to the next stage of studying a possible suitable site by seven votes to three.

US Economy Shrinks For First Time In Three Years

The US economy shrank in the last quarter of 2012, the first contraction in more than three years.

The Commerce Department said that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1% in the fourth quarter.

Israel 'Strikes Syrian Convoy Inside Lebanon'

Israel has struck a weapons convoy on the border of Syria and Lebanon, according to multiple sources.

Israeli jets carried out the strike overnight on the convoy which was said to be coming from Syria, and was in the area of the Lebanon-Syria border.

An unnamed secuity source told the AFP news wire: "The Israeli air force blew up a convoy which had just crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon."

Some UKIP members are 'hooligans' - claims ECR vice-president

Britain's United Kingdom Independence Party – or UKIP as it now prefers to be known - is full of "hooligans" and "bar fighters", alleged a vice president of one of the European Parliament's political groups on Tuesday. Some of UKIP's Eurosceptic MEPs "are against everything in the European Union apart from the money and the allowances they get themselves," according to Derk-Jan Eppink MEP, vice-president of the European Conservatives and Reformists - the group that is home to Britain's Conservative Party MEPs.

Talking at a conference organised by the Association of European Journalists - Eppink, a former journalist and one-time European Commission cabinet member, gave UKIP's Brussels contingent both barrels. It was important for people know "what they are like", he claimed.

I notice as UKIP get more popular, the attacks on them are increasing, anyone asking questions or disagreeing with the EU is in the firing line.

Hungary Wants Exit From EU Fiscal Curbs as Elections Draw Nearer

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will seek to persuade officials in Brussels today to free his government from European Union budget shackles in the run-up to 2014 elections.

Orban, in the Belgian capital for one day, meets with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU President Herman van Rompuy and European Parliament President Martin Schulz and will hold a joint briefing with Barroso at 3:30 p.m. The EU this week called his budget policies unsustainable.

EU freezes 900 mln euros to Poland pending fraud probe

The European Union has frozen about 890 million euros ($1.20 billion) in aid earmarked for building Polish roads because of a suspected fraud by contractors, a Commission spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The suspension, which is likely to be only temporary, comes at an awkward time for the Polish government which is already dealing with a sharp economic slowdown and thousands of lay-offs in the construction industry.

Poland's Deputy Minister for Regional Development, Adam Zdzieblo, said the decision was "completely incomprehensible" and based on questionable assumptions.

European Commission blocks proposed acquisition of TNT Express by UPS

EU antitrust regulators blocked a 5.2 billion euro ($7 billion) bid by United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) for TNT Express (TNTE.AS), denting the world No. 1 package delivery company's hopes of expanding its presence in Asia and Latin America.

The EU regulatory veto means the world's No. 1 package delivery company may now have to grow via smaller acquisitions or organically, while TNT could come under pressure to change management or revise its business strategy to deflect activist shareholders.

'Thunderbird 2': U.S. military blimp that could revolutionize aviation and warfare takes first test flight

The massive blimp-like Aeroscraft flies but just barely, having hovered only a dozen feet off the floor of a former military hangar during flight testing south of Los Angeles. Still, the fact that the hulking Aeroscraft could fly for just a few minutes represents a step forward in aviation, according to the engineers who developed it. Sitting in the high-tech cockpit, flight control engineer Munir Jojo-Verge (right) told of his pride at being involved in the groundbreaking project.

Caleb Moore 'not expected to survive' after horror crash in front of thousands at X-Games

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was still fighting for his life Tuesday in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn't hopeful about the 25-year-old's chances for survival.

Moore was performing a flip last Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars and landed face first into the snow. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.

Francofail: 'If France hits buffers, end of Euro inevitable'

Kerry On: 'No change in US strategy no matter who runs State Dept'

Juice Rap News: The War on Terra - Canada vs Australia

South Korea Launches Satellite Into Space

Hundreds loot stores in Timbuktu, target 'Arabs'

World leaders seek $1.5 billion in aid for afflicted Syrians

Over 60,000 people dead. Millions forced to flee their homes. And thousands of refugees spilling out of the country every week.

The humanitarian nightmare in and around Syria is spiraling out of control. But some say funding for those affected is woeful at best.

The United Nations and world leaders are trying to tackle the issue Wednesday at a fundraising event in Kuwait.

Egypt's opposition leader calls for dialogue involving powerful military

Activists with Amnesty International wear Nefertiti masks in protest at the German chancellery against the visit of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi prior to a meeting of him with Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday.

Egypt’s liberal opposition leader on Wednesday called for a broad national dialogue with the Islamist government, all political factions and the powerful military, aimed at stopping the country’s eruption of political violence that has left 60 dead the past week.

French military says troops control airport in key Malian city

In the latest blow to militants, the French military said Wednesday it has seized the airport in Kidal, the last major town under rebel control in northern Mali.

If the forces secure the town, it will be the last major city in their sweep north to flush out Islamist militants in Mali, France's former colony.

PMQs: Cameron Accused Over Borrowing

Labour leader Ed Miliband has attacked David Cameron in the wake of GDP figures which showed the British economy shrank at the end of 2012.

Mr Miliband, at PMQs, declared it was time for Mr Cameron to admit that "it's hurting but it's not working" when it comes to the Government's austerity measures.

Ministers to blame for high fuel prices, says competition watchdog

MPs and motoring groups have reacted furiously after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decided not to hold a full inquiry into whether fuel prices in the UK are being manipulated.

The OFT said there is “no evidence” that high petrol and diesel prices in the UK are caused bad behaviour in the industry.

It said that the petrol market is “working well” – despite consumers paying near-record prices at the pumps.
The report said that pre-tax, “the UK has some of the cheapest road fuel prices in Europe”.

Race equality adviser awarded £400,000 by tribunal judges because she was turned down for a council-funded job 14 YEARS AGO

A 14-year race discrimination court battle has cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Equality campaigner Natasha Sivanandan has won £420,000 in compensation after a council-funded anti-racism group turned her down for a job - at the ultimate expense of the public purse.

G4S outsourcing deal with police forces collapses

A plan by three police forces to outsource services to a private firm has collapsed after Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) rejected it.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire forces were looking at contracting G4S to provide joint IT and human resources.

Instead the forces said they would increase their internal collaboration.

Family of the Victims blame Islamist rebel Nusra Front for Aleppo killings

Syrian state media blamed the Islamist rebel Nusra Front for the killing of dozens of people in the northern city of Aleppo, contradicting activist accounts which blamed President Bashar Assad's forces for the bloodshed.

The victims' families "have identified a number of the killed, stressing that the Nusra Front abducted them because of their refusal to cooperate with this terrorist group," state news agency SANA said.

Mursi heads to Germany to convince Europe of his democratic credentials

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flew to Germany on Wednesday to convince Europe of his democratic credentials, leaving behind a country in crisis after a wave of violence that has killed more than 50 people.

The Egyptian army chief warned on Tuesday that the state was on the brink of collapse if Mursi's opponents and supporters did not end the street battles that have marked the two year anniversary of the revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

South Korea launches space rocket carrying satellite

South Korea says its third attempt at launching a rocket to put a satellite in space has been a success.

The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) blasted off from the Naro Space Center at 16:00 (07:00 GMT).

Science Minister Lee Ju-ho said the satellite, which will collect climate data, was in its correct orbit.

The launch comes weeks after North Korea used its own three-stage rocket to place a satellite into orbit, sparking international criticism

Separatist rebels take Mali town

Secular Tuareg fighters have claimed control of the last major Jihadist bastion in Mali’s north, the town of Kidal, complicating France’s lightning military offensive into the Sahara.

Mossa Ag Attaher, spokesman for the separatist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, which is fighting for the autonomy of Mali’s desert north, said his group took Kidal on Monday after Islamists fled French air strikes.

Japanese airlines had Dreamliner battery issues before recent incidents

Japan's two biggest airlines replaced below-par lithium-ion batteries on their Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners in the months before separate incidents led to the technologically advanced aircraft being grounded worldwide due to battery problems.

Comments from both All Nippon Airways (9202.T), the new Boeing jetliner's biggest customer to date, and Japan Airlines Co Ltd (9201.T) point to reliability issues with the batteries long before a battery caught fire on a JAL 787 at Boston's airport and a second battery was badly charred and melted on an ANA domestic flight that was forced into an emergency landing.

French troops deploy in last of Mali rebel strongholds

French troops have taken control of the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the last rebel stronghold in the north, the French army and a local official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Kidal would be the last of northern Mali's major towns to be retaken by French forces, which retook Gao and Timbuktu earlier this week in a campaign to drive al Qaeda-linked Islamists from Mali's north.

Spain GDP Shrinks For Sixth Straight Quarter as they Sink Deeper into Recession

Spain has sunk even deeper into recession, according to newly released figures.

The struggling eurozone country saw its gross domestic product (GDP) shrink by 0.7% in the fourth quarter.

The contraction was worse than expected and means Spain has now suffered six straight quarters of negative growth.

Nigerian Farmers Lose Shell Oil Claim

Dutch judges have rejected most of a landmark case brought by Nigerian farmers against Royal Dutch Shell over the poisoning of fish ponds and farmland with leaking pipelines.

The Hague Civil Court rejected all cases against the Netherlands-based company.

However, in one case, it ordered subsidiary Shell Nigeria to compensate a farmer for breach of duty of care by making it too easy for saboteurs to open an oil pipe.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 09:33:05 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 05:33:05 AM at epicenter
26.160°S, 69.043°W
24.7 km (15.3 miles)
186 km (116 miles) NE (46°) from Copiapo, Chile

Robert Plant's DNA Linked To French Jogger's Murder

Police in France say DNA recovered from a crime scene where a mother-of-three was stabbed to death matches that of a British suspect.

A search was launched after Joudia Zimmat, 34, failed to collect her three-year-old daughter from school in Nimes.

Police sniffer dogs later discovered her body, and police believe she was sexually assaulted while out jogging, repeatedly hit around the face, and so brutally stabbed she was unrecognisable.

Horsemeat Discovery: Tesco Drops Supplier Silvercrest

Tesco has dropped its frozen burger supplier following an investigation into how horse meat made its way into its products.

The supermarket giant's technical director Tim Smith said new DNA testing would be introduced for all of its meat products to avoid similar mistakes happening again.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake XIZANG-QINGHAI BORDER REGION - 30th January 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 09:27:05 UTC
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 05:27:05 PM at epicenter
32.847°N, 94.706°E
37.1 km (23.1 miles)
303 km (188 miles) NW (309°) from Qamdo, Xizang (Tibet)

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 30th January 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Date time 2013-01-30 07:31:37.5 UTC
Location 0.73 S ; 99.42 E
Depth 35 km
Distances 80 km W Padang pariaman, Indonesia

New $80million earthquake alert system will give Californians 60 seconds to 'duck and cover' before worst shockwaves hit

Plans for an £50 million ($80m) Earthquake early warning system for California have been unveiled.

The ShakeAlert system, which has taken ten years to develop, would give a minute's warning of a major quake.

Experts say this would give residents critical time for residents to 'duck and cover' and for utilities to power down.

Now thieves who escaped with a caution won't be barred from jobs in care homes, hospitals and schools....Thanks to another new HUMAN RIGHTS Ruling!

People who have been given police cautions for theft will be free to work in care homes, schools and hospitals despite their criminal past, under a human rights ruling.

Currently, anybody applying to work with children or vulnerable adults must disclose any convictions or cautions they hold.

The Criminal Records Bureau checks are designed to weed out applicants who could abuse positions of trust.

New IRA 'plotting terrorist attack on G8': Security sources warn dissidents could target summit when it is held in Northern Ireland this summer

Republican dissidents are plotting a terrorist outrage in the run-up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland this summer, British sources have warned.

Ministers are said to be alarmed by the resurgence in hardline republicanism in recent months, with hundreds of youngsters signing up to join the shadowy 'New IRA', which has vowed to continue the armed struggle to create a united Ireland.

Robert Plan Arrested for sexual assault and brutal murder of mother-of-three in France

Robert Plant, 32, is being questioned about the murder of Joudia Zimmat, 34, who was attacked while out jogging.

She was sexually assaulted and stabbed so many times her face was ‘unrecognisable’, French police said.

'Our parents pay tax so we're entitled to benefits': Couple who are living off £17,000-a-year state handouts refuse to work for the minimum wage

Gina Allen, 18, and Danny Creamer, 21, say they are entitled to claim £17,000 benefits because it's unfair to expect people to live on the minimum wage. The pair also said they were owed a living by the state because their parents have paid tax all their lives. The couple live in a tax payer funded home in Portsmouth with their baby daughter, Tallulah Rose.

Tony Blair is a national hero (if you're Polish): Former PM given award by country for helping thousands come to live in Britain

In Britain, his ‘open door’ immigration policies have been criticised by all sides.

But in Poland, which was transformed by entry into the EU, Tony Blair is feted as a hero.

And yesterday the former Prime Minister was handed a special award for helping hundreds of thousands of Poles come to live in the UK.

He was honoured with the gong at the annual Polish Business Leaders Awards ceremony in Warsaw.

Millions of workers should be tested for drugs: Met police chief declares war on substance abuse

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has suggested anyone who fails a drugs test and refuses help to get clean should lose their job. He said testing (top) in the workplace (below) could take place in 'all occupations' but cited in particular teachers, intensive care nurses and transport staff. Sir Bernard said drug testing and the fear of losing their job would act as a deterrent for drug users.

U.S. rating still at risk despite reduced threats from DC

The retreat by Republicans from threats to push the United States into a debt crisis has stayed the hand of at least one credit ratings agency, but that does not mean the United States is suddenly safe.

The country has retained its top triple-A rating from Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, despite rising debt levels. It was downgraded by one notch in 2011 by Standard & Poor's after a chaotic debt ceiling battle. On Monday, Fitch said the recent debt ceiling extension eliminates the immediate risk to the rating.

Rare pygmy elephants are found dead in Malaysia

Ten endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in a Malaysian forest, with wildlife officers saying that they were probably poisoned.

The carcasses were found near each other in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve, Laurentius Ambu, director of the wildlife department in Malaysia’s Sabah state on Borneo island, said.

Officers also rescued a calf that was apparently trying to wake its dead mother.

Beach foam may be toxic, expert warns

A toxicologist has warned against frolicking in the smelly brown foam blanketing Sunshine Coast beaches as hidden dangers lurk within.

University of Queensland Associate Professor Barry Noller said residents should steer clear of the foam whipped up by strong winds off the foreshore for fears it may be poisonous and containing pollutants, toxins and sewage.

Holidaymakers at Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park have complained of itching and stinging after coming into contact with the sticky foam.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: This despicable vote insults democracy

This was Parliament at its most contemptible. In a despicable display of treachery and spite, Lib Dems joined forces with self-serving Opposition parties last night to vote against a fundamental principle of democracy.

Didn’t the House’s rejection of fairer constituency boundaries, by a majority of 42, speak volumes about the moral bankruptcy of many of our politicians?

In the past, MPs automatically accepted reviews by the independent Boundary Commission. They rightly saw them as an essential part of the democratic process, keeping constituency sizes roughly equal, and so ensuring that all votes carried similar weight.

But nothing seems to matter now except party-political advantage – and democracy can go hang.

Police forces veto G4S outsourcing deal

Three police forces have abandoned a planned outsourcing contract with the security company G4S after their newly appointed police and crime commissioners vetoed the deal.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police were considering con­tracting G4S to provide information technology and human resources support as part of a money-saving collaboration strategy. But in a meeting Tuesday night the commissioners decided to drop the plans.

Brazil fire caused by cheap fireworks, say police

The chief investigator in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria has said that cheap fireworks meant for outdoor use caused a deadly nightclub fire.

The death toll in Sunday's blaze reached 235 people after a 21-year-old man died of his injuries in hospital.

Police chief Marcelo Arigony said the band had chosen not to buy more expensive indoor flares.

Earlier, a court froze the assets of the owners of the Kiss nightclub.

Chaos in Egypt Stirs Warning of a Collapse

As three Egyptian cities defied President Mohamed Morsi’s attempt to quell the anarchy spreading through their streets, the nation’s top general warned Tuesday that the state itself was in danger of collapse if the feuding civilian leaders could not agree on a solution to restore order.

Thousands of residents poured into the streets of the three cities, protesting a 9 p.m. curfew with another night of chants against Mr. Morsi and assaults on the police.