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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Mysterious "beam of light" blamed for circle of fire in Tasmania

Tasmanian police and firefighters are unable to explain the source of a beam of light which reportedly fell from the sky and formed a circle of fire in a Hobart suburb.

Early yesterday morning police and fire crews received calls from concerned residents in Carnegie Street at Claremont, who reported seeing a bright light igniting a fire in a nearby paddock.

Tasmania Fire Service officer Scott Vinen says the blaze was quickly put out, leaving an obvious burnt patch.

China "fully prepared" for currency war: banker

A top Chinese banker said Beijing is "fully prepared" for a currency war as he urged the world to abide by a consensus reached by the G20 to avert confrontation, state media reported on Saturday.

Yi Gang, deputy governor of China's central bank, issued the call after G20 finance ministers last month moved to calm fears of a looming war on the currency markets at a meeting in Moscow.

Those fears have largely been fuelled by the recent steep decline in the Japanese yen, which critics have accused Tokyo of manipulating to give its manufacturers a competitive edge in key export markets over Asian rivals.

Yi said a currency war could be avoided if major countries observed the G20 consensus that monetary policy should primarily serve as a tool for domestic economy, the Xinhua report said.

But China "is fully prepared", he added.

Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran

An Iranian dhow seized off the Yemeni coast was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, a development that could signal an escalation of Iran’s support to its Middle Eastern proxies, alarming other countries in the region and renewing a diplomatic challenge to the United States.

Among the items aboard the dhow, according to a review of factory markings on weapons and their packing crates, were 10 Chinese heat-seeking antiaircraft missiles, most of them manufactured in 2005.

The missiles were labeled QW-1M and bore stencils suggesting that they had been assembled at a factory represented by the state-owned China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation, sanctioned by the United States for transfers of missile technology to Pakistan and Iran.

More than 70 workers evacuated after oil leak on North Sea rig

More than seventy oil workers have been evacuated from a rig in the North Sea after a leak.

The North Sea platform Cormorant Alpha was partially evacuated on Saturday morning after a leak was found in one of the legs — the second incident this year.

The rig has been shut down as a precaution while TAQA, who own and operate the platform, investigate the cause of the leak.

A spokesman for TAQA Bratani said: "TAQA Bratani can confirm that a hydrocarbon release detected in one of the Cormorant Alpha platform legs has now been contained, with no further hydrocarbon release.

Rebels down second helicopter in a week near Aleppo.

No sign of Florida man swallowed by sinkhole

U.S. cities in front line as sea levels rise

The signs of rising water are everywhere in this seaport city: yellow "Streets May Flood" notices are common at highway underpasses, in low-lying neighborhoods and along the sprawling waterfront.

Built at sea level on reclaimed wetland, Norfolk has faced floods throughout its 400-year history. But as the Atlantic Ocean warms and expands, and parts of the city subside, higher tides and fiercer storms seem to hit harder than they used to.

Guinea says investigating shootings as protest death toll mounts

At least one person was killed by gunfire and three others injured in ongoing street clashes in Guinea on Saturday, and the government said it was investigating whether security forces used live rounds against civilians.

Two civilians and one police officer have been killed and hundreds of people injured since tensions over upcoming legislative polls triggered unrest in the West African nation's capital Conakry last week.

'Libya strategic target for too many players in region & worldwide'

Armed jihadists raise fears of new war in Syria

Giant ice boulders wash up on Lake Michigan shore

Montreal pushes ahead for separation from Canada

Assad Hits Out At UK Government In Interview

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has heavily criticised the British government, calling it "shallow and immature".

In an interview with The Sunday Times, he dismissed any suggestion that Britain could help to resolve the conflict saying: "We do not expect an arsonist to be a firefighter."

He said Britain was not trusted by many in the Middle East, saying its has been viewed as "unconstructive" in the region for centuries.

"There's no contact between Syria and Britain for a long time.

Sinkhole Swallows Man: Search Called Off

A recording of a woman's frantic 911 call pleading for help after a sinkhole swallowed her relative under his bedroom has emerged.

Jeff Bush, 37, is thought to have died after vanishing when the ground opened up in Florida.

Five other people were at the Seffner property as the floor began to fall through into the hole estimated to be six metres across and six metres deep.

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 21:47:19 UTC
Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 07:47:19 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.529°S, 145.192°E
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
138 km (85 miles) ENE of Angoram, Papua New Guinea

Syria: Amvid shows helicopter crashing and burning

Sirens, shelling and smoke in Syria

Syrian army, rebel conflict at Iraq's doorstep

Clashes between the Syrian army and rebels at a border post brought the civil war close to neighboring Iraq, where troops fired warning shots into the air, residents, officials and a Reuters reporter said.

Insurgents seized control of half of the northeastern Syrian town of Yaarabiya, including a border post with Iraq, in a battle with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Friday and early Saturday, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said on Saturday.

Gas Plant Terror Chief Killed In Mali

The al Qaeda commander who led the deadly assault on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria has been killed, reports say.

Armed forces from Chad say Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed when they targeted and destroyed a terrorist base in northern Mali.

"On Saturday, March 2, at noon, Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL IRAN - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 19:29:22 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 10:59:22 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
32.892°N, 50.499°E
62.4 km (38.8 miles)
35 km (21 miles) E of Fereydunshahr, Iran

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN IRAN - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 19:24:32 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 10:54:32 PM at epicenter
31.746°N, 50.856°E
48.3 km (30.0 miles)
130 km (81 miles) SW (217°) from Esfahan, Iran

British tourist in critical condition after bus crash in Kenya

Greece faces bailout review, plays down public sector job losses

Officials from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund return to Athens on Sunday to assess Greece's performance under a bailout plan as the government plays down the prospect of public sector job cuts.

The heads of the "troika" mission from the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank will meet Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras to review progress on privatizations, tax administration reforms, bank recapitalization and steps to shrink the public sector.

Turkish captives to be released by Kurdish rebels: agency

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels are planning to release a group of captured Turkish officials within the next 10 days as part of a broader peace deal, the state-run Anatolia Agency reported on Saturday.

The PKK has been fighting Turkey's central government since 1984 and is negotiating with the authorities to try to end a conflict that has claimed some 40,000 lives.

Syria and Iran condemn U.S. plan to aid anti-Assad rebels

Syria and Iran on Saturday condemned a move by the United States to give non-lethal aid to rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, accusing Washington of double standards.

"I do not understand how the United States can give support to groups that kill the Syrian people," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said at a news conference in Tehran with Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's foreign minister.

Evernote Hacked: Security Overhaul Begins

All users of an online note-taking app are being forced to change their password after "suspicious activity" was discovered on the company's network.

The firm said an attempt had been made to access secure areas of its service, where subscribers keep everything from written notes to photographs and voice memos.

But it added that no content stored on the service had been accessed, changed or lost.

Bloomberg: Don't Panic, USA Has 'Infinite Amount of Money'............. In China

At midnight tonight, a bevy of steep spending cuts will hit the federal government unless Congress and the White House agree to an alternative deficit-cutting proposal. Although the national media has been relentlessly focused on this deadline, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it will only affect New York City if the so-called “sequestration” continues for a significant length of time.

“It depends on how long,” Mr. Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show with John Gambling. “If it lasts a few weeks, no. If it does, yeah. We get 10 or 12 percent of our budget from the federal government, not all of that is going to be cut back, but there would be effects–not good effects. But in the context of, ‘Is anything going to change tomorrow? Are we going to run out of money tomorrow?’ I’m sure I’ll get that question at the [next] press conference. No.”

Furthermore, while saying the federal deficit does indeed need to be curtailed, Mr. Bloomberg argued the United States could owe “an infinite amount of money” and there is no specific amount that would cause the country to default.

Obama: 'I Am Not a Dictator. I'm the President.'......We believe you, (**cough, cough**)

President Obama said today, "I am not a dictator. I'm the president."

He continued, "So, ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say that we need to go to catch a plane, I can't have Secret Service block the door way, right?"

The comment was in response to a reporter's question.

Why do Americans abuse food stamps?....Because they can!

Clashes continue in Bangladesh over war crimes verdict

'Saudi revolution gains momentum'

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 17:32:49 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 03:32:49 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
60.567°S, 26.852°W
97.1 km (60.3 miles)
172 km (106 miles) S of Bristol Island, Antarctica

Democracy in peril: This was the week Britons finally despaired of their leaders. It may be remembered as a disastrous turning point in our history

This week saw Britain’s first ‘Grillo moment’. Just as on Sunday a quarter of Italians responded to their country’s dire political and economic crisis by voting for comedian Beppe Grillo, so on Thursday, the Liberal Democrat candidate was elected to parliament in the Eastleigh by‑election.

Worse still for David Cameron, his own party was pushed into third place by Ukip, a protest movement that blames the European Union for almost everything from global warming to the failure of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.

Of course the result — which also offered no comfort to fourth-placed Labour — represented a gesture of disgust towards mainstream politicians which lots of people far from suburban Hampshire will welcome.

Two arrested and smoke bombs hurled at police as English Defence League clash with anti-fascist group

Two protesters were arrested today as smoke bombs were hurled at police during a rally by the far right English Defence League.

Hundreds of officers from Greater Manchester Police penned in the demonstrators as the left wing Unite Against Fascism held a counter demonstration.

A green smoke bomb and then a white one was thrown as police kept the groups apart at opposite ends of Albert Square in the city centre.

Japanese Blogger’s Troubling Insight into the Psyche of Post-Disaster Fukushima Residents

In just 10 days’ time, two years will have passed since the magnitude-9.03 earthquake off the coast of Northeastern Japan shook the country to its core. The resulting tsunami killed thousands of people living in coastal areas and knocked out power to cooling systems at the now infamous Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which ultimately led to the incident that has been cited by many as the worse nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. People living nearby were ordered to evacuate, and thousands more from surrounding areas fled for fear of being exposed to radiation. Many have never returned.

Despite some areas of Fukushima remaining unsafe to enter, with a population of nearly 2 million, life goes on in the troubled prefecture. Kids go to school; parents go to work; people are doing their best to get back to normal.

According to one former Fukushima resident, however, there is something very much amiss in the prefecture. An uncomfortable air of forced self-assurance pervades many towns, and the general message of “all is well” is repeated ad nauseam, with those who go against the grain met with disdain and reproach.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe denies violent campaign ahead of elections

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Saturday denied his ZANU-PF party had launched a violent campaign to intimidate rivals in elections expected in July, which he hopes will extend his 33 years in power.

Addressing a rally to mark his 89th birthday last week, Africa's oldest leader denied accusations by the rival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that ZANU-PF was playing dirty ahead of the presidential and parliamentary polls.

Russian demonstrators rally in support of U.S. adoption ban

Thousands of people marched through Moscow on Saturday in an orderly show of support for a ban on adoptions of Russian children by Americans, echoing President Vladimir Putin's demands for better care for Russian orphans in their homeland.

Carrying signs with slogans including "Children are our future" and "America - hands off our children", activists mixed bitter criticism of the United States with calls for improvements in Russia's own care system.

Violence rages as protesters burn police station in Egypt

Police fire teargas as protesters in Bangladesh torch vehicles

Kerry to stress need for Egypt consensus for IMF deal

Secretary of State John Kerry will stress the importance of Egypt achieving political consensus for painful economic reforms needed to secure an IMF loan, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday.

Kerry arrived in Egypt on his first visit to the Arab world since taking office for talks with the leaders of a country mired in political and economic crisis two years after the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Al Qaeda issues English-language advice magazine for militants

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamist movement's most active branch, has released an English-language magazine advising would-be militants on how to torch parked cars and cause traffic accidents.

The magazine, released on militant websites, also warns France to pull back from Mali and lists 11 public figures in the West, including author Salman Rushdie, who it says are "wanted dead or alive for crimes against Islam".

NATO says its troops shot dead two Afghan boys

NATO said on Saturday its forces had accidentally shot dead two Afghan boys, in the latest of a series of reports of civilian deaths at the hands of international troops.

The shooting in the southern province of Uruzgan could further strain the relationship between the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has demanded U.S. special forces leave another province over allegations of torture.

William Strickland: 72-year-old man headed for kidney dialysis robbed, shot to death outside home

A 72-year-old man who was about to board a bus to go to a medical appointment was shot to death outside his Roseland neighborhood home early Saturday during an apparent robbery attempt, police said.

William Strickland was about to board a PACE bus taking him to a kidney dialysis treatment about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when two males robbed him in the gangway outside his home in the 400 block of East 95th Street, authorities said.

It is unclear what happened next, but investigators say Strickland was shot multiple times and died from his injuries at 4 a.m. before he could be taken to a hospital for treatment.

Sharks: 'Hundred Million Are Killed A Year'

Nearly 100 million sharks are killed each year and they need to be better protected or many species could face possible extinction, according to a new study.

The rate of commercial fishing far exceeds what many populations need to recover, scientists have warned.

Sharks take years to sexually mature, produce small litters and are exceptionally vulnerable to overfishing.

Protesters Torch Egypt Police Station

Protesters have set a police station in Port Said ablaze as US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Cairo for talks.

The interior ministry said in a statement that around 500 protesters threw stones and petrol bombs at the police station, setting it on fire, and then blocked fire engines from getting to the scene.

The protests had begun outside the station after two men were injured when a police truck hit them during earlier clashes in the city - now entering its third week of a general strike.

Sinkhole Swallows Jeff Bush: Frantic 911 Call

A recording of a woman's frantic 911 call pleading for help after a sinkhole swallowed her relative under his bedroom has emerged.

Jeff Bush, 37, is thought to have died after vanishing when the ground opened up in Florida.

Five other people were at the Seffner property as the floor began to fall through into the hole estimated to be six metres across and six metres deep.

But no one else was injured at the "seriously unstable" house.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 15:43:23 UTC
Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 02:43:23 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
11.390°S, 165.018°E
39.7 km (24.7 miles)
115 km (71 miles) SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake POTOSI, BOLIVIA - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 12:56:34 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 08:56:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
19.864°S, 66.702°W
237.3 km (147.5 miles)
54 km (33 miles) NNE of Colchani, Bolivia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake GUAM REGION - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 12:49:56 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 10:49:56 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
13.673°N, 144.886°E
127.3 km (79.1 miles)
14 km (8 miles) N of Yigo Village, Guam

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 11:42:03 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 08:42:03 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
22.882°S, 70.369°W
37.5 km (23.3 miles)
85 km (52 miles) N of Antofagasta, Chile

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 11:39:04 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 08:39:04 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
24.214°S, 67.016°W
166.7 km (103.6 miles)
71 km (44 miles) W of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake BERING STRAIT - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 11:00:25 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 02:00:25 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
67.575°N, 166.725°W
12.1 km (7.5 miles) (poorly constrained)
86 km (53 miles) S (179°) from Point Hope, AK

World economy to bear burden of Obama's sequester

Premature Fed pullback could "short-circuit" recovery: Bernanke

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, said on Friday that pulling back on aggressive policy measures too soon would pose a real risk of damaging a still-fragile recovery.

There has been some disagreement within the Fed of whether the U.S. central bank's bond-buying program, which is designed to push down long-term interest rates, should be phased out.

Fed Board Governor Jeremy Stein argued recently there were signs of overheating in certain financial markets and that the central bank should consider using monetary policy to address such risks if they persist.

Rape T-Shirts: Amazon Offers 'Hit Her' Tops Too

Amazon UK has continued to offer controversial clothing on its website hours after an American fashion firm was forced to apologise for selling "Keep Calm And Rape" T-shirts.

The discovery comes after the "Keep Calm And Rape A Lot" shirts, offered for sale by the Solid Gold Bomb company, were withdrawn following widespread criticism.

Kenya: Coach Crash, Tourist Injured

A number of Britons were travelling on a coach which crashed in Kenya, the Foreign Office has said.

Around 15 people were believed to have been in the vehicle when the accident happened in the coastal city of Mombasa.

The number of Britons involved is not yet known.

There are thought to be some injuries but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

'Spending cuts won't solve problems, will only damage US economy'

John Kerry talks of 'imploding' Iran in another overseas gaffe

Hundreds protest in Delhi over sex assault on schoolgirl

Nigel Farage - BBC Breakfast, beating the Conservatives and Labour in Eastleigh - 03 13

CNN: Growing Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories (Jan 2013)

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.

It was not clear how many people left their homes, but no one had sought refuge at a shelter established for evacuees.

Victoria Vovchik stabbed her seven-year-old daughter 31 times before killing herself

Victoria Vovchik, bottom left, 45, reportedly had a massive fight with relatives in the weeks before she stabbed her daughter Ava Sangavaram 31, top left, times and killed herself at her New City, New York home on Thursday. A friend who spoke to Vovchik recently said that the doctor had complained that the split was so drastic in her family that it was like 'genocide'.

Is Mars about to get hit? Warning over approaching comet that could cause one BILLION megaton blast

A comet hurtling into our solar system from deep space could next year score a direct and cataclysmic impact on Mars, astronomers say.

According to current calculations, comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is set for a near miss that will bring it within 23,000 miles of the surface of the Red Planet.

But the unpredictable nature of comet orbits, which can change as jet-like geysers of steam erupt from their surfaces as they near the Sun, means it could pass further away, or veer into a direct collision course.

Giant 18kg meteorite untouched by human hand discovered in the frozen wastes of Antarctica

The 18kg (40-pound) meteorite in eastern Antarctica, is the largest found in the area in 25 years. The Brussels-based team described their find as 'special', and hope it could help explain how the solar system formed.

Zionism is 'crime against humanity' like Fascism and anti-Semitism: Turkish leader under fire over claims made at TOLERANCE conference

Turkey's prime minister, has been strongly criticised after branding Zionism 'a crime against humanity.'

Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a United Nationals forum this week: 'As with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascsm, it is inevitable that Islamophobia be considered a crime against humanity.'

New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to take Turkey's prime minister to task for the 'objectionable' comments during his visit to the country.

Snakes skinned alive to create Beyonce's boots of blood: True price of the trainers made from FOUR exotic creatures

Made from a combination of crocodile, anaconda, stingray and ostrich skin, as well as calf skin, Beyonce has been branded both 'cruel' and 'spoilt' over her trainers. Beyonce's footwear is based on a wedge-style shoe by designer Isabel Marant, but has been given a bling makeover by American company Perfectly Made Kicks.

'They leave rubbish mountains taller than I am': Left-wing German mayor's rant at Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants who he says have sent town's crime soaring

The mayor of a German city claims Romanian and Bulgarian migrants are causing havoc, committing crimes and costing his authority close to £15million a year to house, feed and police.

Soeren Link, the left-wing mayor of the former industrial city of Duisburg, close to the border with Holland, claims prostitution and robberies have spiked since the EU's latest members began arriving last year.

'We are massively affected,' said the mayor, confirming the fears of the Association of German Cities which recently warned of 'social unrest' because of the economic refugees.

Iraq war was unjustifiable says Lord Prescott (who helped to start it)

Ten years on, Lord Prescott has finally admitted that the disastrous war in Iraq was ‘unjustified’.

The Labour politician, who was Deputy Prime Minister at the time, said he had supported the intervention because he was assured that George Bush had a plan to bring peace to the Middle East.

But the US president apparently lost interest in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and now Lord Prescott says he thought the war was wrong.

Did UKIP leader Nigel Farage blow his chance to become an MP by refusing to run in Eastleigh by-election?

Nigel Farage was forced to face down claims yesterday that his refusal to run in the Eastleigh by-election cost his party its first Westminster seat.

UKIP candidate Diane James stormed from behind on a wave of protest votes to take second place in the poll. She won 27.8 per cent of the vote to finish just 1,771 votes behind Liberal Democrat victor Mike Thornton.

But her leader, who said his party was on the verge of causing a ‘national political earthquake’, faced the charge that his decision not to run had killed any chance of UKIP winning the seat.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 08:17:40 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 04:17:40 AM at epicenter
19.521°N, 70.065°W
41.3 km (25.7 miles)
27 km (17 miles) NW (305°) from Nagua, María Trinidad Sánchez, Dominican Republic

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 08:17:16 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 04:17:16 AM at epicenter
19.366°N, 70.026°W
28.7 km (17.8 miles)
15 km (9 miles) WNW of El Factor, Dominican Republic

South African police arrested, to face murder charges

Kerry meets Turkish prime minister and president as protesters take to the streets

French military releases footage of troops in action in Mali

Assad forces take Aleppo village, reopening supply line

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces seized a village southeast of the city of Aleppo on Friday, reopening a supply line to the country's biggest city where they have been battling rebels for eight months, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the capture of Tel Shghaib marked the last step to creating a land supply route north into Aleppo from Hama province, crucial for Assad's forces who have lost control of part of the main north-south highway.

Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder cleared the way for a state takeover of Detroit, declaring that the birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry faces a fiscal emergency and that he has identified a top candidate to assume its management.

Friday's declaration by the Republican governor virtually assures that the state of Michigan will assume control of Detroit's books, and eventually decide whether the city should file the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Ryanair will appeal EU Commission’s "political" decision to prohibit iots offer for Aer Lingus

Ryanair confirmed that it will appeal the EU Commission’s announced decision to prohibit its latest offer for Aer Lingus, which was supported by an historic and unprecedented remedies package that included not one, but two upfront buyers (BA/IAG & Flybe) to take over approximately half of Aer Lingus’ short-haul business.

M5S says it will not help form Italian government

The joint founder of the Five Star Movement (M5S), which holds the balance of power in Italy after its astonishing performance in this week's elections, has said it will not play any role in the formation of the country's next government.

But in his first interview since the results became known, Gianroberto Casaleggio, the digital mastermind behind the M5S's vertiginous ascent, signalled that the movement could provide limited support for a minority government, such as that proposed on Friday by the centre-left leader, Pier Luigi Bersani.

Italy and the eurozone plunged into crisis this week after no one party or alliance emerged from the election with the necessary outright majority in both houses of parliament.

Outrage as Lloyds loses £570m and then hands £1.5m bonus to boss António Horta-Osório

State-backed Lloyds Banking Group was under heavy fire last night after handing its chief executive a £1.5m bonus despite losing £570m in 2012.

Antonio Horta-Osorio's award was part of a £375m bonus pay-out by the loss-making bank, and produced a fresh torrent of criticism as the Government mulls selling part of its 39 per cent stake at a loss.

30 Injured in Chlorine Leak in Perm, Russia

Thirty people were injured in a chemical leak in the Perm region on Friday, with 27 of them hospitalized, the Emergency Situations Ministry told Interfax.

A chlorine leak occurred at the "Soda-Chlorate" chemical plant around 6:30 a.m. in the city of Berezniki in central Russia, approximately 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow.

No fatalities have been reported so far, but doctors have warned those that were at the scene to seek medical attention.

Mystery fumes cause panic in Kingston

THE island's environmental management agency was last night still trying to determine the source of noxious fumes that resulted in more than 50 persons, some of whom collapsed, being rushed to hospital in Kingston.

The mystery fumes also caused discomfort to many more persons in the vicinity of the Central Sorting Office (CSO) on South Camp Road, plunging the area into chaos for a few hours.

Several businesses in the area were forced to close, classes were suspended at nearby schools, and persons were evacuated from the CSO building as the police restricted traffic movement from East Queen Street to South Camp Road in an effort to protect people from potential harm.

At the same time, firefighters, medical personnel and National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) officials tried to find the source of the fumes.

Road collapse closes Highway 89 south of Page

Page is cut off from points directly south by a deep, 150-foot-long crack in Highway 89 that occurred this morning about 25 miles south of Page, and it’s unknown when the road might be repaired.

The road appears to have split in a few places, and is divided by a fissure greater than 5 feet deep in one area.

Three accidents resulted from drivers hitting the large divide, with the most serious involving a person whose airbag deployed. She was transported to Page with minor injuries, according to state law enforcement officials.

Russian Adoptee's Texas Death 'Accidental'

The death of a three-year-old boy adopted from Russia at his Texas home was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

The findings contradict claims by Russian officials that Max Shatto (born Maxim Kuzmin) was tortured and killed by his adoptive mother.

The case ignited a diplomatic firestorm just weeks after Russia passed a law banning US adoptions.

But four doctors who reviewed Max's autopsy results cleared his adoptive parents of wrongdoing, Texas officials said in a statement.

The autopsy found Max died from a lacerated artery in his bowel due to blunt force trauma in his abdomen.

Obama Signs Order To Start Spending Cuts

President Barack Obama has signed an order authorising $85bn cuts in domestic and defence spending following the failure of efforts to strike a deal with Republicans on cutting the US deficit.

Mr Obama and Republican leaders in the House and Senate declared themselves still deadlocked after a last-minute White House meeting last night.

The two sides are at odds over the president's insistence on increasing tax revenue as part of any plan to tackle the country's $16.6trn debt.

Britons In Coach Crash In Kenya

A number of Britons were travelling on a coach which crashed in Kenya, the Foreign Office has said.

Florida Sinkhole: Crater 'Seriously Unstable'...Could Grow Bigger

A sinkhole that swallowed a man in Florida when it opened up in his bedroom is "seriously unstable" and likely to grow, officials have warned.

No one is being allowed inside the home where Jeff Bush is thought to have died, because authorities fear more lives could be lost.

Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill described the hole as "seriously unstable" after engineers said the soil around the house was very soft and could suffer another collapse.

He said: "This is no ordinary sinkhole. This is a chasm."

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS - 2nd March 2013

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2013-03-02 07:53:40.1 UTC
Location 21.54 S ; 170.37 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 332 km E Wé

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN - 2nd March 2013

Magnitude M 5.8
Date time 2013-03-02 04:23:43.7 UTC
Location 28.15 N ; 169.61 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 2884 km E Sendai

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 2nd March 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-03-02 04:18:50.0 UTC
Location 17.46 S ; 178.75 W
Depth 581 km
Distances 86 km N Tubou

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 01:32:28 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 12:32:28 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
12.582°S, 169.302°E
417.9 km (259.7 miles)
238 km (147 miles) NE of Sola, Vanuatu

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake INDIA-BANGLADESH BORDER REGION - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 01:30:39 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 07:00:39 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
24.690°N, 92.216°E
37.3 km (23.2 miles)
15 km (9 miles) SSW of Karimganj, India

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 01:19:37 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 12:19:37 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
12.865°S, 169.137°E
646.3 km (401.6 miles)
206 km (128 miles) ENE of Sola, Vanuatu

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION - 2nd March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 01:17:58 UTC
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 12:17:58 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
12.852°S, 169.141°E
645.3 km (401.0 miles)
203 km (126 miles) ENE of Sola, Vanuatu

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 2nd March 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-03-02 00:30:21.0 UTC
Location 21.34 S ; 68.99 W
Depth 115 km
Distances 124 km NW Calama