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Friday, March 1, 2013

Dozens killed in days of violence across Iraq

Fiscal talks fail, U.S. heads toward steep budget cuts

The government stumbled headlong on Friday toward wide-ranging spending cuts that threaten to hinder the economic recovery, after President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to find an alternative budget plan.

Put in place during a bout of deficit-reduction fever in 2011, the automatic cuts can only be halted by agreement between Congress and the White House.

Massive ice balls attracting attention along Lake Michigan

California burning: Terrified residents forced to flee as raging wildfires edge closer to their homes

Flames from a ferocious wildfire burned palm trees along residential streets and came very close to homes in inland Southern California, but waning winds have helped firefighters stop its progress. Residents from two streets in Riverside County were advised to evacuate Thursday night at the peak of the fire that burned about 150 acres in and around Rancho Jurupa Regional Park, county Fire spokeswoman Jody Hageman said.

Third Van Allen belt found around Earth: Space probes shed new light on hazardous space regions filled with 'killer electrons'

Space probes have found a hitherto unknown third Van Allen radiation belt around Earth, which could help them understand how and when solar storms will wreak havoc on Earth.

The Van Allen radiation belts are donut-shaped rings of so-called 'killer electrons' that encircle our planet.

They can often swell dramatically in response to solar storms and other space weather, posing serious dangers to communications and GPS satellites, as well as humans in space.

'This is over': Libya closes file on Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 despite U.S. and British pleas to re-open inquiry

Hopes that Libya's new democratic regime would agree to re-open the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing have been dashed after officials declared that the case was 'over'.

Scottish police have travelled to the North African country to look into possible leads which could result in further convictions for the terrorist attack that killed 270 people in 1988.

But Libyan authorities now say they do not want to 'dig into the past' amidst fears they could be forced to pay out further compensation to the families of the victims.

Incomes suffer biggest drop in TWENTY years, alarming new figures show

U.S. incomes tumbled by 3.6 percent in January marking its biggest drop in the last 20 years while consumer spending rose behind an increase in utility spending linked to a recent cold spell.

In the Commerce Department's report on Friday consumer spending increased 0.2 percent after a revised 0.1 percent rise the prior month. Spending had previously been estimated to have increased 0.2 percent in December.

Jeff Bush Presumed Dead after being Swallowed by Sinkhole which opened under his Bedroom in Florida

The brother of a man who is presumed dead after he was swallowed by a 100-foot-wide sinkhole beneath his bedroom has sobbed as he described his frantic bid to save him.

Jeff Bush, 37, screamed for his brother as he was sucked into the 50-foot-deep hole and became trapped in the rubble at his family's house in Brandon, near Tampa, Florida on Thursday night.

Jeremy Bush ran to the room and desperately tried to pull Jeff from the rubble but he was unable to reach him, and authorities have said they believe he is now dead.

'They just got a pay cut': Obama warns millions face reduced salaries and layoffs after last-minute deal on $85billion spending cuts FAILS....But don't worry, Obama's wages won't be Affected

President Obama said Friday that people across the country should brace for layoffs after he and congressional leaders failed to compromise on a replacement for $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts set to kick in just before midnight.

'Communities near military bases will take a serious blow,' he said. 'Border patrol agents, FBI agents ... all will suffer significant pay cuts and furloughs.'

No wonder Barack Obama may have proposed the sequester; with all the cuts that are due to take place, there is one cut he knew he didn’t have to worry about: his own salary.

The sequester, also known as the Budget Control Act, lists government expenditures section 255, which includes “Compensation for the President” as being exempt from the cuts to be implemented.

Article 2, Section 1, Clause 7 of the Constitution states:
The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.

Obama: 'Dumb, Arbitrary Cuts' Coming

German lawmakers back Internet copyright, Google critical

German lawmakers approved a bill on Friday that aims to protect publishers' copyright on the Internet but critics branded it too weak for failing to make search engines such as Google pay for displaying news snippets.

The bill, which follows years of debate, comes as the newspaper industry in Germany, as elsewhere, struggles to find new sources of revenue as readers and advertisers move online in droves.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition, which faces an election in September, watered down its original plans amid pressure from Internet lobbyists, lawyers and others who argued that it undermined freedom of information.

Mali locals say al Qaeda commander dead, France cautious

One of al Qaeda's most feared commanders in Africa has been killed by French air strikes in north Mali, sources close to Islamist militants and tribal elders said on Friday, but France said it could not confirm this.

The local sources said Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, blamed for kidnapping at least 20 Western hostages in the Sahara desert in recent years, was among 40 militants killed four days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains.

About 1,200 French troops and 800 Chadian soldiers are hunting down pockets of al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the border region with Algeria after a seven-week French-led ground-and-air operation broke Islamist domination of northern Mali.

South African policemen arrested, to face murder charges

Eight South African policemen have been arrested on suspicion of murder after dragging a man tied to the back of a police truck through a busy Johannesburg street in an incident broadcast around the world, a government watchdog said on Friday.

The video-recorded treatment of the Mozambican taxi driver has further damaged the reputation of the police force in South Africa where more than 1,200 people a year die in police custody.

Runaway London Tube Train 'Near Tragedy'

Footage has emerged of a runaway train which hurtled through seven stations on a London Tube line.

It comes after an Old Bailey judge issued fines on Thursday totaling £300,000 in relation to the incident in 2010.

London Underground, Tube Lines and Schweerbau GmbH were each fined £100,000 after pleading guilty to endangering passengers and staff.

2.7 Magnitude Earthquake ALABAMA - 1st March 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 16:53:27 UTC
Friday, March 01, 2013 at 10:53:27 AM at epicenter
33.717°N, 87.296°W
4.9 km (3.0 miles)
11 km (6 miles) WSW of Cordova, Alabama

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 1st March 2013

Magnitude M 5.1
Date time 2013-03-01 17:13:55.0 UTC
Location 21.30 S ; 178.90 W
Depth 445 km
Distances 382 km W Nuku'alofa

China Parades Convicts On TV Before Execution

Four gang members from south-east Asian countries have been executed in China for the murder of 13 sailors on the Mekong river, after being paraded first on live state television.

Naw Kham, a Myanmar drug gang leader, and three of his accomplices faced lethal injection with a mixture of defiance and fear in the broadcast on CCTV which showed them being taken from prison to the execution site.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 1st March 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 16:35:25 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 01:35:25 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
34.322°N, 139.991°E
33.2 km (20.6 miles)
74 km (45 miles) S of Tateyama, Japan

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION - 1st March 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Date time 2013-03-01 14:06:03.6 UTC
Location 10.81 S ; 164.46 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 521 km E Honiara

Mido Macia: Man Dragged Behind a Police Van in South Africa to Death

Dolphin stampede: Super pod spotted in New Zealand's Wellington harbour

Dennis Rodman in North Korea: Kim Jong-un is 'friend for life'

Toulouse Shootings

Berlin Wall Protesters Halt Demolition Work

The longest-remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall will remain intact - at least for now - after protesters stopped builders from demolishing it.

Work was due to begin to remove a section of the former death strip to make way for luxury flats.

But hundreds of activists demanding that the historic stretch of wall be saved have managed to delay the work "until later".

The activists gathered early on Friday morning and formed a human chain along the wall.

Deaths As Crowded Restaurant Boat Sinks in Iraq

At least eight people have been killed and several others are missing after a crowded floating restaurant sank in an Iraqi river.

Police said the single-deck boat was overloaded when it went down during a private party with 150 people on board.

The tragedy appeared to be an accident with no indication of terrorism, according to a security official.

Sinkhole Swallows Up Man At Florida Home

A man in Florida has been swallowed up by a sinkhole measuring 30 metres (100 feet) across which opened up under his bedroom.

The 36-year-old was trapped under rubble after the home in Brandon, east of Tampa Bay, began to collapse into the 15m deep hole on Thursday night.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials told reporters the missing man was now presumed to have died.

"It's not confirmed, but I think it's safe to presume," spokeswoman Jessica Damico told reporters.

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 1st March 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 13:20:50 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 12:20:50 AM at epicenter
50.945°N, 157.476°E
31.7 km (19.7 miles)
99 km (62 miles) ENE (72°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 1st March 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 12:53:52 UTC
Friday, March 01, 2013 at 11:53:52 PM at epicenter
50.938°N, 157.511°E
40.9 km (25.4 miles)
101 km (63 miles) ENE (73°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 1st March 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 12:22:09 UTC
Friday, March 01, 2013 at 09:22:09 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
40.412°N, 142.098°E
62.6 km (38.9 miles)
51 km (31 miles) E of Hachinohe, Japan


Unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro has risen to a record 11.9 percent but inflation has fallen to its lowest level in two and a half years, official figures showed Friday.

Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said nearly 19 million people are unemployed in the eurozone following an increase of around 200,000 in January. That took the rate up from January's 11.8 percent, the previous record.

The increase was not a particular surprise given that the eurozone economy as a whole is in recession and expected to continue to contract in the first half of 2013.

Austerity America: The United States face an uncertain future

The munificence of Uncle Sam may suddenly be diminished as of late tomorrow night when a slew of painful and indiscriminate government spending cuts are due to come into effect. America, land of the free-spenders, is about to get its first taste of European-style austerity.

A product of the failure of Democrats and Republicans to agree on a prescription to cure the country’s deficit disease, the cuts – $85bn by the end of this year and $1.2trn over 10 years – are due officially to come into effect at midnight tomorrow. No one wants them; no one seems to know how to avert them. A nation has been left to stumble blindly into unknown fiscal territory.

Republican leaders’ sequester ‘meeting’ with Obama: Seven minutes

Never let it be said that President Obama has failed to spend time with Republican leaders in seeking an alternative to automatic budget cuts that are due to hit most federal departments Friday. On Wednesday, for example, the president gave GOP lawmakers as much as seven minutes, a rare face-to-face encounter that the White House described as a “meeting.”

The White House’s characterization of this momentary huddle at the Capitol as a meeting illuminates Mr. Obama’s strategy in dealing with Republicans on the budget cuts and other fiscal deadlines.

Maxine Waters: 'Over 170 Million Jobs Could Be Lost' Due To Sequestration

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) claimed today that "over 170 million jobs" could be lost due to sequestration. Later in the presser, Rep. Waters corrected herself, saying it was only "750,000 jobs" that could be lost.

Starting at around 0:30…

Yesterday we did have Mr. Bernanke in our committee and he came to tell us what he’s doing with quantitative easing and that is trying to stimulate the economy with the bond purchases that he’s been doing because he’s trying to keep the interest rates low and jobs – and he said that if sequestration takes place, that’s going to be a great setback. We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these jobs losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost

Berlin's New Airport Can't Switch Lights Off

Berlin's troubled new airport has been plagued with delays and now has a fresh technical hang-up - no-one can turn the lights off.

While the German capital has experienced one of the bleakest winters on record, there is no lack of light in Schonefeld where the new airport is being built.

The terminal lights burn around the clock because the workers on site have no means to switch them off, officials have confessed.

Poison Blamed In Westminster Show Dog's Death

A show-dog owner says her prized pet died after possibly being poisoned while competing at the venerable Westminter Kennel Club show in February.

Lynette Blue said her 3-year-old Samoyed named Cruz may have swallowed poison during the recent show.

But Ms Blue said she does not know how it happened, and may never know.

CrossTalk: Italian Flu

Seven-Year-Old Girl Raped In Delhi School by a school Guard

A seven-year-old girl has reportedly been raped at a government school in northwest Delhi, according to Indian media.

The Times of India newspaper said the attack happened in the Mangolpuri area of the city.

The girl's parents informed police after the injured child was taken to hospital.

'Clashes in DR Congo kill 36'

A spokesman for the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) says at least 36 people have been killed following clashes between the Congo army and a rebel group in the North Kivu province of the central African country.

On Thursday, Eduardo del Buey also added that “This morning MONUSCO reported gunshots in the area.”

“The mission says that between 3,000 and 4,000 Congolese have now taken refuge around its base in Kitchanga, (located some 80 kilometers west of Goma)” the spokesman said.

At Least 44 Dead in Bangladesh Clashes

At least 44 people have been killed in Bangladesh in a wave of violence sparked by a special tribunal's decision to sentence a top Islamist opposition leader to death.

Reports Friday said the latest deaths took place in Gainbandha district, after two days of clashes between protesters and police. The protests were expected to continue after Friday prayers.

Herman Van Rompuy attacks Cameron's plans to claw back powers from Brussels

In a confrontational speech, Herman Van Rompuy suggested no other EU leaders are likely to support plans to rewrite the terms of Britain's membership in the EU then put the changes to a referendum.

Mr Van Rompuy, president of the EU Council of Ministers, told a London conference that the issue raised by the Prime Minister's recent speech promising an ''in/out referendum'' under a future Tory Government was ''not just a matter between London and Brussels.''

He said: ''The wish to redefine your country's relationship with the Union has not gone unnoticed.

Russia says "Friends of Syria" encourage extremists

Russia said on Friday that decisions made at a "Friends of Syria" meeting in Rome, at which Western and Arab states pledged aid for Syrian rebels, would embolden President Bashar al-Assad's foes seeking his overthrow.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said rebel attempts to topple Assad would inevitably cause suffering among civilians in Syria, where more than 70,000 people have been killed in a nearly two-year-old conflict.

"Decisions taken in Rome, as well as declarations voiced there, in letter and spirit directly encourage extremists to (seek) the seizure of power by force," he said in a statement.

American company uses 3D printer to make gun parts

Britain heads for new recession

The risk that Britain is entering its third recession in four years grew on Friday with figures showing that manufacturing shrank unexpectedly last month and mortgage approvals for home buyers dropped in January

Gross domestic product fell at the end of last year, bringing Britain within sight of another recession and the latest data suggested the central bank may need to do yet more to revive the economy.

The pound sank to its lowest level against the dollar in more than 2-1/2 years, while prices of British government bonds - which the Bank of England could resume buying - rose after the releases.

Italy's center-left leader rules out coalition with Berlusconi

Italian center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday ruled out forming a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi to solve an intractable crisis after this week's inconclusive election.

In an interview with the daily La Repubblica, Bersani, whose group holds a majority in the lower house but not in the Senate, said center-right leader Berlusconi had "no concept of responsibility beyond his own interests".

"I want to spell it out clearly: the idea of a grand coalition does not exist and will never exist," he said.

'Harlem Shake' arrives on Egypt Islamists' doorstep

Vegas Shooting Suspect Detained In Los Angeles

Police have arrested a man sought in the Las Vegas Strip shooting and crash that killed three people

Las Vegas police Captain Chris Jones says Ammar Harris was arrested in the Los Angeles section of North Hollywood by a team of police and federal agents.

The 26-year-old was the subject of a multi-state manhunt following the February 21 gunfire and chain-reaction crash that killed three and injured at least five.

Manning Case: Whistle admits to leaking US state secrets, denies 'aiding enemy'

'US gives 'wink & nod' to supplying arms to Syrian Rebels' - Russia's UN envoy

Lib Dems win key by-election as UKIP pushes Tories into 3rd place

Dramatic pictures: six injured in Thai bomb blast

Dumped Baby: Police Artist Sketches 'Parents'

Police searching for the parents of a baby abandoned in Texas have released sketches of the couple - based solely on photographs of the toddler.

The newborn child - nicknamed Chloe by hospital staff - was found wrapped up in a carrier bag by a dog walker in Cypress, northwest of Houston, on February 19.

Texas Child Protective Services have been trying to track down her biological father and mother since then.

Police say the pair could face child endangerment charges.

China's lovers' leap: Horrified photographer captures suicide couple flinging themselves off bridge over the Yangtze as he tried to take a picture of the fog

This is the moment a newspaper photographer trying to take a snap of heavy fog that had blanketed a bridge captured a couple's suicide leap.

The photographer had been standing on a viewing platform ready to take a snap of the fog shrouded bridge across the Wuhan Yangtze River in Wuhan, at Hubei province in central China.

He said: 'The mist was so thick on the bridge so large that it looked as if the bridge was standing on and disappeared into air. Like a bridge into nothingness.

Mexico slaughters one million chickens after they were infected with bird flu

A million chickens infected with bird flu have been killed and disposed of by Mexican authorities.

The virus was found in 18 farms in Guanjuato, a state in the centre of the country, according to the Agriculture Ministry.

Officials say the virus, H7N3, does not pose a threat to humans. A spokesman said: 'This virus is exclusive to birds, so there is no risk for public safety.'

Is horse meat being sold as beef in the U.S.? Loophole in food checks means that imported products may not be checked

A loophole in the system of nutritional checks and balances set in place when it comes to American food can mean that the horse meat that was being sold as beef in Europe may be on the shelves stateside.

As the contents of processed meats in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe come under severe scrutiny amid the controversy, the U.S. Agriculture Department won't say whether or not they have done additional checks on the meat being sold in America.

The Agriculture Department won't say if it has additional checks on packaged or processed imports — European foods sold at specialty stores, for example.

Beijing residents urged to stay indoors after sandstorm causes air quality in the city to reach dangerous levels

Sandstorms engulfed the capital and other cities in the region on Thursday leading warnings to residents to stay indoors or protect themselves with facemasks. Visibility was so poor that major roads were closed and flights were delayed or cancelled. There is growing anger about pollution levels as readings in the region showed the air quality had reached 'hazardous' levels.

Shakes on a Plane: Harlem viral takes to the sky

Dale Bolinger Arrested in connection to the case of former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle.

A nurse has been arrested by police looking into British links to New York's 'Cannibal Cop' case.

Father-of-two Dale Bolinger, 57, and an unnamed man, 30, were both arrested last week the Telegraph reports.

British police launched an investigation after a courtroom in New York heard that accused policeman, Gilberto Valle, chatted to a contact in Britain about his fantasies of eating women.

Manning pleads guilty

South Africa suspends eight policemen who dragged man behind vehicle

South Africa suspended eight police officers on Friday after the death of a man they had bound to a vehicle and dragged through a busy street in a videotaped incident that has further blackened the reputation of the police.

Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver from Mozambique, was found dead in detention with signs of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post-mortem report released by South Africa's police watchdog.

"We would like to assure the country and the world that what is in the video is not how the South African Police Service in a democratic South Africa goes about its work," Commissioner Riah Phiyega told a news conference.

Japan Rape: US Soldiers Jailed In Okinawa

Two US sailors who raped a Japanese woman in the street in Okinawa last October have been jailed for nine and 10 years.

Christopher Browning, 24, and Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, were sentenced at the Naha District Court in Okinawa.

Browning and Dozierwalker, who were not stationed in Okinawa, had been drinking on the evening of the attack, which left the unidentified woman with neck injuries.

Browning also stole 7,000 yen ($75) from the victim, according to prosecutors.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IDAHO - 1st March 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 07:50:23 UTC
Friday, March 01, 2013 at 12:50:23 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
42.561°N, 111.087°W
4.7 km (2.9 miles)
22 km (13 miles) SW of Afton, Wyoming

Global WARMING? Met Office figures reveal winter was fourth in last five years to be COLDER than average

Cold weather usually requires some degree of hibernation.

But if you feel like the urge to curl up in your duvet and never leave the house has been getting stronger over the past few winters, well – you’re right.

Because four out of five of them have been chillier than average, according to the Met Office.

There is hope on the horizon, however. Today marks the beginning of spring – albeit in the meteorological calendar.

Living in a box: The desperate workers forced to live in tiny 'coffin' apartments of Tokyo - which still cost up to £400 a month to rent

The Japanese capital is one of the most crowded cities in the world and to cash in on the chronic housing problem, landlords have developed what are known as 'geki-sema' or share houses. Little more than cupboards, the tiny cubicles have just enough room for a single person and a few of their possessions.

Amazon's human robots: They trek 15 miles a day around a warehouse, their every move dictated by computers checking their work. Is this the dystopian future of the British workplace?

Most people in Rugeley, Staffordshire, are glad Amazon has opened a warehouse, believing that any sort of work is better than no work at all, but many have been taken aback by the conditions. Many in the town are grateful for the jobs Amazon has created, but they are also angry about the quality of them.

UK PM's party humbled in vote as anti-EU party surges

British Prime Minister David Cameron's ruling Conservative party was humiliated in an election in England on Friday after it was defeated by a scandal-ridden coalition partner and pushed into third place by an anti-EU party.

Cameron and his party had hoped to come second or even win the parliamentary election in Eastleigh, but were pushed into third place by the UK Independence Party (UKIP), a party that advocates taking Britain out of the European Union and strongly opposes immigration.

Israel, Turkey row over Zionism deepens rift between ex-allies

Israel's prime minister accused his Turkish counterpart on Thursday of making a "dark and false" statement by calling Zionism a crime against humanity - a comment likely to hit efforts to repair ties between the two former allies.

The Turkish premier's statement, made at a U.N. meeting in Vienna a day earlier, was also condemned by the head of Europe's main rabbinical group who called it a "hateful attack" on Jews.

Buckle your fiscal seatbelts!

Dow tries, then fails at new record

Uproar in S. Africa after death of man dragged by police

Freedom fizzles in China's rebel town

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has vowed to crack down on entrenched interests that have fueled corruption in the party. But in Wukan, the spring is over. Reuters visited Wukan six times over the last year-and-a-half, chronicling the early protests, the uprising, its eventual triumph and now its disillusionment.

At Kremlin summit, France urges new moves to find Syria peace

French President Francois Hollande said new partners were needed to broker talks on ending the Syria crisis and Vladimir Putin promised to consider the proposal.

Hollande, speaking at a Kremlin summit, said a more open dialogue was the only way to break the deadlock over Syria, where 70,000 people have been killed in a nearly two-year-old conflict that began with a crackdown on protests against Assad.

"We think that this dialogue must find a new form so that it speaks to all parties," said Hollande, giving few details of his proposal.

Oscar Pistorius Time Magazine Cover: Man, Superman, Gunman... Should that not be Killer?

From "man to superman to gunman", is how the cover of this week's magazine portrays the double-amputee Olympic sprinter, who has been charged with murder over the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day.

The article uses the Pistorius story - which has gripped the world's attention for two weeks - as a jumping point to examining South Africa's culture of violence.

China moves ahead with North Korea trade zone despite nuclear test

China appears to be pressing ahead with plans to invest in a North Korean free trade zone in a sign that its recent nuclear test has not soured its economic ties with its only major ally.

While Beijing has not made clear whether the test would disrupt its investment plans for the Rason economic zone, an official at the zone's joint management office told Reuters that all previously announced Chinese projects for the zone remain on track, including a power line from China to ease acute electricity shortages there.

Too risky to fund Syrian rebels, Canada says.......As America hands them another $ 60 Million

The United States has shifted course to provide aid directly to Syria’s rebels, but Canada doesn’t have enough confidence in them to follow suit.

It is a rare international question where the two allies are taking different views: Canada, which was gung-ho about helping rebels in Libya, thinks it’s too risky to fund those in Syria.

On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will for the first time send so-called non-lethal aid such as food and medical supplies directly to the Free Syrian Army, as well as provide $60-million to the political wing of the coalition seeking to unseat President Bashar al-Assad.