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Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Holy Trinity, a warship used to land the first Argentine forces in the Falklands War with Britain in 1982, has mysteriously sunk in an Argentine port

Arturo Puricelli, the defence minister, said the loss of the Holy Trinity was due to "negligence in the best-case scenario, or an attack" aimed at making the government look bad. He did not go into detail.

The destroyer, which was retired from active service in 2004, took on water at the Puerto Belgrano naval base after a six-inch pipe burst, the navy said.

The minister later said, however, that he was surprised that the ship sank quickly while it was moored at the port.

First it started listing, he said. "So the breakdown must have been major, or someone opened a value to sink it," he said.

Puricelli ordered the navy to launch an investigation, and said he harboured doubts because the ship was not that old, dating back just to the 1970s.

COMING CRISIS ALERT: Major quake event possible for Pacific, warning extends to New Zealand, Australia and Japan -- Feburary 2, 2013

UPDATE: February 10, 2013

All has quieted. Alert lifted.

UPDATE: February 5, 2013

8.0 magnitude quake has struck the Solomon islands in the Santa Cruz region. Tsunami alerts have been issued for for American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and eastern Indonesia. We will be extending this alert for another 48 hours minimum.

We are extending a Pacific wide alert for the next 48 hours. Nearly a dozen 6.x quakes have occurred in the Santa Cruz / Japan area over the last day, prompting concern a major plate movement is on the way.

Of interest is the following geological event, which may or may not have anything to do with this recent peculiar swarm, but is worth investigating nonetheless: Tsunami Fears Over Sea Floor Collapse Near Oz

Swarm view:


1. Keep tabs on global quake information.

2. In the event of a major quake pay attention to tsunami alerts.

3. Should a tsunami alert be issued, do not pack your things, do not stop to think, but head IMMEDIATELY to the highest ground you have access to and wait for further instructions.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 22:36:01 UTC
Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 09:36:01 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.710°S, 166.550°E
10.3 km (6.4 miles)
78 km (48 miles) E of Lata, Solomon Islands

Ahmadinejad Unveils Iranian Stealth Fighter Jet

Iran has unveiled a fighter jet military officials claim can evade radar and has been made by Iranian developers.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony broadcast on state television that building the Qaher F-313, or Dominant F-313, shows Iran's will to "conquer scientific peaks".

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 22:31:58 UTC
Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 09:31:58 AM at epicenter
11.322°S, 165.113°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
361 km (224 miles) ESE (106°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 21:20:35 UTC
Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 08:20:35 AM at epicenter
11.132°S, 165.322°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
378 km (235 miles) ESE (102°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BALLENY ISLANDS REGION - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Date time 2013-02-02 21:00:22.8 UTC
Location 61.33 S ; 154.24 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 1891 km SW Invercargill

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake COQUIMBO, CHILE - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-02-02 20:16:06.0 UTC
Location 31.11 S ; 71.57 W
Depth 40 km
Distances 68 km SW Ovalle. Chile

Iranian Oops: US violated own sanctions buying Tehran's oil for war?

Sarai Sierra Found Dead in Turkey

A missing New York City woman has been found dead in Istanbul, accordingTurkey's state-run news agency says

The Anadolu Agency reports residents discovered the body of a woman in a low-income district. It says police later identified it as 33-year-old Sarai Sierra based on her driver's licence.

Ms Sierra, a mother of two, was last heard from on January 21, the day she was due back home. She had travelled to Turkey alone on a two-week holiday.

In its report, the private NTV news channel said Ms Sierra was stabbed to death. The report also said authorities arrested nine people in connection with her death.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 19:24:34 UTC
Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 06:24:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
11.219°S, 165.201°E
29.5 km (18.3 miles)
88 km (54 miles) SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

UK Tax Chaos: Govt raising twice as many taxes as it cuts

Protesters call on Spanish PM to resign amid corruption scandal

Proud Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on

US, Russia seek to iron out Syria differences

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 18:58:07 UTC
Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 05:58:07 AM at epicenter
10.912°S, 165.260°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
367 km (228 miles) E (98°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 18:54:32 UTC
Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 05:54:32 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
11.028°S, 165.336°E
36.6 km (22.7 miles)
64 km (39 miles) WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

White House Releases Photo Of Obama Firing Gun

The White House has released a photograph of Barack Obama firing a gun amid growing anger over his attempts to tighten gun control.

The release of the picture, on the White House Flickr account, is seen as an attempt to silence critics after he told an interviewer that he regularly went skeet shooting at Camp David.

'EU budget talks will be very difficult'

Negotiations to thrash out the European Union's next seven-year budget will be "very difficult", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, warning that it may take time to reach a deal.

"We can't say yet whether the talks will succeed. I only know that the negotiations will be very difficult," Merkel said in her weekly podcast broadcast on her website.

The comments came as EU leaders are preparing to meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday for a second attempt at finding a deal on the 27-nation bloc's 2014-2020, trillion-euro budget after failing to clinch an agreement at a summit in November.

Spanish prime minister denies corruption allegations

Mr Rajoy, 57, broke his silence to categorically deny allegations that he and senior members of his Popular Party (PP) have received secret cash payments from construction companies.

Mr Rajoy told Spanish television: “I need only two words: it’s false.” Insisting he had no intention to resign, he added: “I have never received nor distributed undeclared money.”

Iran's security chief stresses support for Syria

The visiting head of Iran's supreme national security council, Saed Jalili, stressed Saturday that his country will keep supporting Syria in the face of foreign aggression, the state TV said.

Jalili set foot in the Syrian capital of Damascus Saturday for a three-day visit, during which he will meet with Syrian cabinet members and a number of Damascus-based Palestinian factions Saturday, and with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Sunday. He will wrap up his visit with a press conference Monday morning, sources told Xinhua.

Washington Post becomes third US newspaper to be targeted in suspected Chinese hacking attack

Company officials confirmed the broad details of the attack, which was discovered in late 2011, after the infiltration was revealed by an independent cybersecurity blog.

"Like other companies in the news recently, we face cybersecurity threats," said Kris Coratti, a Post spokeswoman. "In this case, we worked... to detect, investigate, and remediate the situation promptly at the end of 2011.

"We have a number of security measures in place to guard against cyberattacks on an ongoing basis."

Standoff continues in Alabama

Syrian town lives under al Qaeda rules

In a small town in Syria's east, Islamist militants have taken unclothed mannequins they see as sexually enticing out of the shops.

Members of the al-Nusra Front, al Qaeda's Syria affiliate, have also prevented women from wearing trousers, preferring that they adopt the shapeless head-to-toe black veil.

The town of 54,000 on the Euphrates river offers a snapshot of what life could be like if Islamist rebels take control of significant areas of Syria as President Bashar al-Assad loses further ground.

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 18:31:38 UTC
Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 03:31:38 AM at epicenter
29.414°N, 141.938°E
50.8 km (31.6 miles)
261 km (162 miles) N (354°) from Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan

Four killed, including Frenchman, in southern Senegal

Four people, including a Frenchman, were killed in Senegal's southern Casamance region when suspected separatist rebels clashed with government soldiers, a military source said on Saturday.

The shoot-out took place late on Friday after suspected members of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), which has led a low-level insurgency in the region since the 1980s, robbed a bank in the town of Kafoutine.

Peres asks Netanyahu to form new Israeli government

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday formally asked incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new governing coalition following the January 22 general election.

Netanyahu will initially have 28 days to form a coalition. His rightist Likud-Beitenu party took a battering at the ballot box and won 31 seats, 11 fewer than it had going into the election, but it nevertheless emerged as the largest party.

No-money-down mortgages are back: Here we go again

It’s 100% financing—the same strategy that pushed many homeowners into foreclosure during the housing bust. Banks say these loans are safer: They’re almost exclusively being offered to clients with sizable assets, and they often require two forms of collateral—the house and a portion of the client’s investment portfolio in lieu of a traditional cash down payment.

In most cases, borrowers end up with one loan and one monthly payment. Depending on the lender and the borrower, roughly 60% to 80% of the loan can be pegged to the home’s value while the remaining 20% to 40% can be secured by investments. On a $2 million primary residence, for instance, the borrower could get a $2 million loan, which would require a pledge of assets in an investment portfolio to cover what could have been, say, a $500,000 down payment. The pledged assets can remain fully invested, earning returns as normal, without disrupting the client’s investment goals.

While these affluent clients may be flush with cash, this strategy allows them to get into a home without tying up funds or making withdrawals from interest-earning accounts. And given the market’s gains combined with low borrowing rates in recent years, some banks say clients are pursuing 100% financing as an arbitrage play—where the return on their investments is bigger than the rate they pay on the loan, which can be as low as 2.5%. Some institutions offer only adjustable rates with these loans, which could become more expensive if rates rise. In most cases, the investment account must be held by the same institution that’s providing the loan.

Rights groups say Israel deliberately violent while trying to stop Palestinian protests

Darrien Long: A real black man tosses out the trash in Atlanta

In case you aren't familiar, this security guard deals with the sort of trash seen in these videos.

6.9 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 14:17:34 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 11:17:34 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
42.812°N, 143.078°E
103.1 km (64.1 miles)
15 km (9 miles) SW of Obihiro, Japan

Sasha Marsden Died from Stab Wounds

A 16-year-old girl whose body was found burning in an alley was stabbed to death, a post-mortem examination has found.

It showed that Sasha Marsden's body was set on fire after she had died from stab wounds to the head and face.

Police cordoned off the area in South Shore, Blackpool, after her body was discovered at 9pm on Thursday.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake AUSTRIA - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 13:35:35 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 02:35:35 PM at epicenter
46.509°N, 14.642°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
27 km (17 miles) ESE (120°) from Klagenfurt, Austria

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 11:54:04 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 07:54:04 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
9.729°S, 112.960°E
35.1 km (21.8 miles)
149 km (92 miles) S of Krajan Tambakrejo, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CRETE, GREECE - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 11:33:53 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 01:33:53 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
34.261°N, 24.983°E
9.4 km (5.8 miles)
83 km (51 miles) S of Pirgos, Greece

Grey Britain: UK to trash own image to scare away immigrants

'We're followed all time & lied to by our govt' - Brian De Palma

Georgia tornado aftermath

Egyptians flood the streets of Port Said

The European Union & Soviet Union similarities - 2013

Fake zebra escape at Tama Zoo in Japan: Tama Zoo in Japan runs a drill to prepare for an animal escape

Bikers block the I-10 in California so a member could propose to his girlfriend

Delhi gang rape, murder: Five accused plead not guilty

Five men pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges they gang raped and murdered an Indian trainee physiotherapist, in a case that led to a shake-up of laws against sexual crimes after protests about a rising number of attacks on women.

A Reuters witness saw the men file into the court room with their faces covered, where lawyers in the case said they were read thirteen charges including murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death. They left after 15 minutes.

EU data protection reform could start 'trade war', US official says

Back in 1998, British comedian Eddie Izzard quipped on his Dress to Kill tour that the European Union was "500 million people, 200 languages. No one's got a clue what they're saying to each other. It's the cutting edge of politics in a very extraordinarily boring way." Fifteen years on, it's easy to understand how prescient his words were.

But after spending two days in the Belgian capital, it's clear that digitally-minded officials, activists, lobbyists and members of the European Parliament are focused squarely on what could become a massively important change to the European Union's rules concerning data protection. What's more, they have the attention of US tech firms as well.

As reported over a year ago, justice commissioner Viviane Reding of the European Commission proposed a "comprehensive reform" to existing data protection law, which would regulate how online service companies are allowed to keep information on their customers. Right now, anyone who cares about European tech issues has their eye on this ongoing legislation as it makes its way through various Brussels bodies. The legislation is not expected to take effect until 2016.

European Union has frozen nearly one billion euros in funding for Polish Roads

The European Union has frozen nearly one billion euros in funding for Polish roads, as prosecutors here pressed charges against 11 people suspected of price fixing tenders in road works co-funded by the European Union (EU).

“The European Commission has, as a precaution, interrupted payments until the situation is clarified, the necessary control measures are taken and the extent of the problem is established,” it said in a statement on Jan. 31, adding that the Commission has zero tolerance when it comes to fraud. (That's Rich!! How many audits have the European Commission and Parliament passed in the past 18 years with a clean bill of health?.......ZERO!

North Korea threatens US over response to rocket launches

North Korea is threatening to retaliate for what it calls U.S. double standards over recent rocket launches by Pyongyang and U.S. ally Seoul.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman did not elaborate on what that might entail in his comments Saturday to the official Korean Central News Agency. But Pyongyang has recently threatened to conduct its third nuclear test in response to what it calls U.S. hostility.

Washington says Seoul's rocket launch Wednesday had no military intent while Pyongyang's in December was a test of banned ballistic missile technology.

Egypt's new 'bodyguards' to protect women protesters from sex assault

With bright neon vests and hardhats gleaming at dusk, a dozen Egyptian volunteers fanned out through Cairo's crowded Tahrir Square. Their project: end a surge in sexual assaults on women that activists say has become the darkest stain on the country's opposition street movement.

Patrolling on Friday, the men and women have joined Tahrir Bodyguard - one of several informal groups that have arisen to protect female demonstrators after women were stripped, groped and assaulted in a string of attacks this past year. Over the past week alone, while mass protests filled city squares around the country, over two dozen new sexual attacks have been reported - a wave activists call the worst in years.

Death toll rises after Mexico City blast

Japan coast guard says detains Chinese fishing boat near Okinawa

Japan's coast guard detained a Chinese fishing boat near the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Saturday and arrested the captain for collecting coral illegally, a coast guard official said.

The vessel was detained off Miyako Island, some 150 km (95 miles) from islands in the East China Sea at the centre of a territorial dispute between the two countries, and about 400 km (250 miles) east of Taipei.

Pakistan Army Checkpoint Attack: 23 Killed

Militants have attacked an army checkpoint in Pakistan's northwest, killing at least 23 people - including 10 members of one family.

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the attack on the isolated post at Lakki Marwat was in response to a US drone strike in neighbouring North Waziristan last month, which killed two commanders.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 07:21:20 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 04:21:20 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
6.549°S, 130.017°E
145 km (90.1 miles)
210 km (130 miles) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2013-02-02 06:26:32.0 UTC
Location 31.06 N ; 142.75 E
Depth 30 km
Distances 570 km SE Yokohama

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE SUCRE, VENEZUELA - 2nd February 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 05:10:01 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 05:10:01 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.727°N, 62.278°W
89.6 km (55.7 miles)
16 km (9 miles) N of Gueiria, Venezuela

China denies hacking New York Times

The New York Times says Chinese hackers have carried out sustained attacks on its computer systems, breaking in and stealing the passwords of high-profile reporters and other staff members.

According to The Times, one of the biggest and most respected U.S. newspapers, the cyberassaults took place over the past four months, beginning during an investigation by the newspaper into the wealth reportedly accumulated by relatives of the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao.

U.S. Army suicides at record high

The U.S. Army reported Thursday that there were 325 confirmed or potential suicides last year among active and nonactive military personnel.

"Our highest on record," said Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of staff, manpower and personnel for the Army.

The grim total exceeds the number of total U.S. Army deaths (219) and total military deaths (313) in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, according to figures published by the military's Defense Casualty Analysis System.

Egypt: Police appear to hit, drag nude man - Warning Graphic Images

Pastor uses God excuse to dispute tip

South Koreans cast wary eyes north

Muslim Patrol: London group aims to enforce Sharia law

Spectacular 360-degree interactive images give bird's eye view of erupting Russian volcano

This is the moment a volcano erupted in the snowy wastes of Russia's remote far east.

The stunning pictures were captured by a Russian film crew who swooped across in a helicopter and braved roasting hot pyroclastic flows on the ground to create an immersive, interactive panorama.

Plosky Tolbachik is one of four volcanoes, all within 110 miles of each other, that have been active simultaneously on the peninsula in Russia's far east since late November.

Purple Alien Eggs Found In Arizona Desert?: Mystery as thousands of tiny water-filled purple spheres are found in the desert

Tuscon locals are baffled by the appearance of thousands of tiny, purple sphere that have appeared in the middle of a desert. Geradine Vargas and her husband discovered the strange collection Sunday. Some of the spheres were watery and others translucent. Some have suggested that it is a type of unusual fungus while others think it may be a manmade substance dumped in the desert.

When toy shopping gets political... Amazon users pen sarcastic and hilarious reviews of children's Predator drone toy modeled on controversial death plane

The customer reviews section of an Amazon page selling a children's model of a military aircraft has become a target of abuse for American's unhappy about the use of predator drones by the Obama administration. 'This is the best toy ever. Finally I can pretend that I'm a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize' write one reviewer in a thinly veiled reference to President Obama.

Sarai Sierra Missing Case, 'Taylan' Arrested: Police in Turkey arrest man last in contact with missing married American mom as they reveal her phone has been activated TWICE since she vanished

Police in Istanbul have detained a man who was one of the last in contact with missing New York mother Sarai Sierra who vanished the same day she planned to meet up with him.

The man only identified as 'Taylan' on social media sites was taken into police custody today after questioning on the disappearance of the 33-year-old mother of two who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul.

Sierra was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was to start her journey back home to Staten Island as well as the day she planned to meet up with 'Taylan,' according to their online communications.

More than 40 huge sinkholes open up all over Pennsylvania's capital... but the city is too broke to fix them

Officials in Pennsylvania's state capital are dealing with a deep issue they can't afford to fix: 41 massive sinkholes throughout the city running as wide as 50 feet and as deep as a typical grave. The mix of loose sandy soil and century-old leaking water pipes underlying Harrisburg's streets have made the area susceptible to such holes, city officials say. But the city is too broke to replace many of the aging pipes as it deals with ongoing budget woes and the looming threat of bankruptcy.

ANOTHER U.S. newspaper targeted by Chinese hackers as Washington Post reveals it was targeted by cyber spies

The Washington Post is the latest newspaper to have been attacked by Chinese hackers, it was revealed today.

The hackers targeted three servers and many desktops that allowed them to get access to the network, as well as reporters' usernames and passwords, for more than half of 2012, sources said.

The newspaper had to bring in outside consultants from the National Security Agency and the Defense Department for help.

Security guard tasers woman going berserk outside store in front of her children after row in Atlanta shopping mall

European Space Agency unveils plans for mankind's first habitable MOON BASE... built almost entirely out of lunar soil by robots....what happened to Austerity?

The outpost, designed by the European Space Agency, will be built using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology to transform raw Moon soil into livable domes. The ESA teamed up with architectural firm Foster + Partners in a bid to set the wheels in motion for a permanent human presence on Earth's only natural satellite.

What lives under a glacier? Signs of life discovered in lake buried HALF A MILE beneath West Antarctic Ice Sheet

The first tantalising signs of life have been detected in waters from a subglacial lake half a mile beneath the snowy wastes of the Antarctic, scientists said.

Water retrieved from sub-glacial Lake Whillans contains tiny cells which glowed green in response to DNA-sensitive dye applied in preliminary tests.

While researchers need to carry out further time-consuming tests to see whether the cells are actually still alive, it offers the possibility that there could be as yet unknown life lurking beneath the ice.

David Cameron gets ticking off from statistics watchdog after boasting on TV that he'd cut the national debt (it's risen by £289billion)

David Cameron was today accused told off by the official statistics watchdog for claiming the government had cut the nation’s debts.

The Prime Minister boasted in a Tory party election broadcast that he was ‘paying down Britain's debts’.

But the UK Statistics Authority today wrote to Number 10 pointing out that public net debt has actually risen by £290billion since the coalition was formed.

Man in his 20s stabbed in court by masked gang when he got stuck in revolving door as he tried to flee armed youths

A man in his 20s was stabbed at court today by a gang of masked youths in a suspected revenge attack.

The victim saw the gang jump out of a car as he was leaving Inner London Crown Court and tried to run back inside but got stuck in the revolving door.

They knifed him in the stomach in front of security and then fled, while police and the London Ambulance Service treated him on the floor of the security hall.

Alabama 'survivalist killer' Jimmy Lee Dykes wants a reporter sent into underground bunker to tell his story in exchange for releasing 5-year-old hostage

The survivalist who allegedly shot a school bus driver before taking a five-year-old boy hostage has said that he will release his hostage if a reporter is sent in to tell his story.

MailOnline has learned that Jimmy Lee Dykes made the extraordinary offer on the first day of what has now turned into a siege situation with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team on site, emergency services and a host of media focused on the piece of Alabama bluff under which Dykes and the boy, Ethan, are holed up.

A source with the local sheriff's office has revealed that a CID Lieutenant spoke with Dykes for the first four hours of the hostage situation, communicating via a pipe sticking out from the ground – the only surface sign of the bunker’s location.

Jimmy Lee Dykes Siege: 'He has no regard for human life': Terrifying ordeal of five-year-old boy held hostage for four days in U.S. bunker by 'survivalist killer' - who has enough supplies to last MONTHS

As the stand-off entered its fourth day, police have settled in to Midland City, Alabama, for the long haul as they continue to negotiate with jimmy Lee Dykes and plead with him to let Ethan go without harm. Though he is not believed to have hurt Ethan, Dykes has a violent reputation in the quiet town after he allegedly beat his neighbor's dog to death with a lead pipe and would threaten to shoot any child that would come on to his property,

S. Korea, U.S. in naval drill amid N. Korea tensions

South Korea and the United States will hold a joint naval exercise next week, a report said Saturday, a move seen as a warning to North Korea ahead of its widely expected nuclear test.

The three-day exercise involving a US nuclear submarine and other warships will begin on Monday in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) off the South Korean port city of Pohang, Yonhap news agency reported.

"It will includes anti-submarine and anti-air trainings and maritime manoeuvrings," a military official was quoted as saying in the report.

Suicide Attack at Market in Northwest Pakistan Kills at Least 21

An explosion in a market in northwestern Pakistan on Friday killed at least 21 people and wounded 33 in what the police described as a suicide bombing.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Hangu, about 70 miles west of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Abu Omar, a Taliban commander in the neighboring tribal region of North Waziristan, said in a telephone interview that the attack was in revenge for the killing on Thursday of a Sunni cleric.

Envoy makes "last appeal" for Syria as officials meet

Senior U.S., Russian and U.N. officials, along with the leader of the Syrian opposition, were all expected at a security conference in Munich on Saturday, providing a rare opportunity for talks to revive efforts to end the civil war in Syria.

Moscow and the United Nations, however, played down Syrian opposition assertions that its leader would hold a joint meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Munich.

Marxist group blamed for suicide bombing at US embassy in Turkey

A man approached a visitor’s gate at the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Friday afternoon and detonated an explosives-packed vest, killing himself and a Turkish security guard, blowing a gaping hole in the wall and raising new fears about the protection of U.S. diplomats serving in this region.

Within hours Turkish authorities blamed the attack on a homegrown Marxist organization, and Friday evening Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the issue had “pretty much been clarified” because the bomber had been identified, by a skin mark on his head, as a former prisoner once incarcerated for domestic terrorism. Mr. Erdogan said DNA testing was under way and would be announced Saturday.

Heavy shelling continues around the Syrian capital

Dozens wounded in clashes in Egypt

Mexico probes if blast was attack or accident, 33 dead

Mexico's government vowed on Friday to find out whether an explosion that killed 33 people at the headquarters of its state-run oil monopoly Pemex was a deliberate attack or yet another stain on the company's poor safety record.

Rescue workers continued to pull bodies from the debris on Friday and officials said the search would continue until they account for everyone inside the Mexico City building.