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Thursday, March 7, 2013

'We're fully capable of defending ourselves': U.S. scoffs at North Korea's threat of 'thermonuclear war' against America in revenge for sanctions

Just a quarter of criminals caught with a knife are jailed despite plans for stronger sentencing

Just one in four thugs caught with a knife were jailed last year - despite public demands for robust sentences.

Official figures show knife thugs are less likely to be locked up on the spot than a year ago.

Nearly one in five is given a mere caution and hundreds get off with a community sentence.

Christina Edkins Murder: 'This man is worrying me on the bus': Prophetic tweet of 16-year-old girl a month before she was stabbed to death on her journey to school

Christina Edkins (middle) was stabbed to death minutes after boarding the No 9 First West Midlands service (top left) in Birmingham. It has emerged that she had tweeted concerns about a 'man on the bus' a month before the attack (centre bottom). A 22-year-old man (below left) was arrested nearby on suspicion of her murder five hours later after officers spotted someone acting suspiciously behind Morrisons supermarket. As he was taken into custody, Christina's classmates at Leasowes High School in Halesowen brought flowers to the scene of the attack (right top, and tributes below) in Hagley Road.

EU commission accuses UK of inventing 'non-problem' of migrant benefit crisis

Britain, Germany, Austria and Holland asked the European Commission on Thursday to review an EU directive that sets out free movement rights allowing migrants from European countries, such as Romania or Bulgaria, to establish residency and to claim welfare benefits.

The four countries are concerned that when the two Balkans nations gain full EU free movement rights in January 2014 there will be an explosion in "welfare tourism", where foreign European nationals from poor countries establish residency in wealthier countries in order to get welfare payments.

And Now some Propaganda to Take your mind away from Rebels ABDUCTING UN Peacekeepers: Chemical weapons 'are being used on children and babies in Syria by Assad's army'

Chemical weapons are being used against children in war-torn Syria, it was claimed today.

Evidence of youngsters including babies being targeted includes pictures of them covered in horrific wounds.

Surgeons believe they were caused by nerve gases including one called Agent XV which has been unleashed by the Syrian Army.

Shaequan Farquarson Missing: Police Hunt For Missing 10-Year-Old Boy

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing 10-year-old boy.

Shaequan Farquarson was last seen at about 8am on Wednesday on Mauldeth Road, Withington, in Manchester.

The youngster is described as black, 4ft 10in tall, with dreadlocks and brown eyes.

He has a Manchester accent and a one inch scar over his left eye.

North Korea says it ends peace pacts with South

North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.

The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month.

Earlier, Pyongyang said it reserved the right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike against its "aggressors".

The US said it took the threats seriously, but that "extreme rhetoric" was not unusual for Pyongyang.

Outrage on the streets of Yemen

Gunman Held After Siege At Brisbane Mall

A gunman is in police custody after being shot with rubber bullets during a stand-off with armed police at a busy Australian shopping centre.

Witnesses said the man was carried into an ambulance, covered in blood.

The siege started in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall during late morning on Friday as shoppers and officers workers filled the pedestrianised area.

Streets and shops were evacuated as police cars blocked off entrance points.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th March 2013

Friday, March 08, 2013 at 01:54:15 UTC
Friday, March 08, 2013 at 10:54:15 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.234°S, 125.826°E
39.5 km (24.5 miles)
177 km (109 miles) SSW of Leksula, Indonesia

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 7th March 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 20:55:53 UTC
Friday, March 08, 2013 at 07:55:53 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
18.967°S, 169.390°E
241.5 km (150.1 miles)
65 km (40 miles) NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu

South Africa is an angry nation on the brink, warns Nelson Mandela's wife

Graca Machel, the human rights activist and wife of Nelson Mandela, has warned that South Africa is an “angry nation” teetering on the brink of “something very dangerous” if extreme levels of violence in the country are not addressed.

Mrs Machel said the anger sprung from “unaddressed” issues around the country’s apartheid past, adding: “We have to be more cautious about how we deal with a society that is bleeding and breathing pain”.

Her comments are seen as deeply significant as both she and her husband have previously refrained from sharing their views about how the nation is being run since he left the presidency 14 years ago.

Mrs Machel was speaking at the memorial service on Wednesday of Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver who died in custody after he was tied to the back of a police van and dragged for 500 metres by officers, apparently for arguing over a traffic infringement.

Chemtrails, Geo-Engineering and Planetary Extinction: The Most Important Topic for Youtube in 2013

Russian Leader Demands Investigation of Chavez’ Death

Russian Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov today demanded an international investigation into the death of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, claiming it was “far from a coincidence” that six leaders of Latin-American countries who had criticized the U.S. simultaneously fell ill with cancer.

“How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which had criticized US policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease?” Zyuganov told Russian state television, urging an investigation under “international control” into Chavez’s death.

Zyuganov is accurate so far as his claim that six Latin-American leaders were diagnosed with cancer within a relatively close period of time, most notably Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2012, although later analysis proved that she had never actually suffered from the illness.

Matt's thoughts:

It's indeed a bit suspicious. The CIA possessed plans in the 1960s to poison Castro to remove him from Cuba, so this sort of exploration is not farfetched.

Volcano Erupts, Tangkuban Parahu Closed for Public

TEMPO Interactive, Bandung, West Java: After spewing ash on February 21, Mount Tangkuban Parahu has been erupting since 4 March. The tourist area is now closed to the public.

Head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency of West Bandung, Maman Sulaiman, said the government had put up banners prohibiting visitors from entering the Tangkuban Parahu tourist site.

"Today (Wednesday, March 6) there was an eruption between 05.09 pm and 6:08 pm local time," said Surono, the head of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency at the Ministry of Geology and Mineral Resources.,20130307-465681,uk.html

Mt Etna lights up the night sky as volcano spews lava into the air during massive eruption

Debut goal from Israeli football club's new Muslim signing sparks walk-out by hundreds of hardline fans

The mysterious 'alien slime' found deep underwater in an Australian cave

Divers have found a bizarre alien 'slime' in water-filled underground caves beneath Australia’s Nullarbor Plain.

Researchers were stunned to find life in the deep cave.
They reported unique ‘curtains’ of biological material now known as Nullarbor cave slimes.

Researchers Sasha Tetu, Katy Breakwell, Liam Elbourne, Andrew Holmes, Michael Gillings and Ian Paulsen from Macquarie University are exploring how this alien ecosystem works.

French workers clash with riot police in protest over jobs

Bruno Fernandes de Souza admits girlfriend was murdered, dismembered and fed to his pet ROTTWEILERS so he didn't have to pay child support

Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 27, pictured left, a goalkeeper who was tipped to play for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, is accused of having Eliza Samudio, top right, killed to avoid paying child support after she gave birth to his love child. The former Flamengo player, pictured in action bottom right, had previously denied any knowledge of what happened to the 25-year-old, but told a Brazilian court yesterday how his best friend Luiz Henrique Romao had paid someone to kill her. He admitted that although he hadn't ordered his former lover to be killed, he had 'accepted' it.

UK workers suffer sharpest wage fall of any developed country as business leaders warn the pain is far from over

British workers have seen their wages plummet faster than any other workforce in a developed economy, a new study reveals today.

Real wages dropped by 4.5 per cent between 2007 and 2011, leaving workers with smaller incomes at a time of rising costs for basic necessities such as food, fuel, gas and electricity - not to mention housing costs.

This marks a considerably sharper squeeze than the 2.7 per cent fall in Italy or 0.7 per cent drop in Japan, according to the report from the TUC.

David Cameron vows to 'stay the course' with cuts programme as it is revealed more than 20% of everyone's income tax bill goes straight to benefits

New Treasury figures show how the average worker pays £1,166.32-a-year to fund working-age benefits, while £369.91 goes on paying debt interest. David Cameron today defended cutting welfare spending, saying the country would not be able to afford to fund care for the elderly if the nation is 'squandering billions on welfare for people who could work'. Speaking in West Yorkshire, Mr Cameron said there was no 'magic money tree' that allowed the Government to spend and borrow more.

Egyptian Riot Police Fire Tear Gas, Violence in the city has left six people dead since Sunday. (March 7)

'Loonies' taking over asylum? Alternative UK parties gain momentum

Canadian students protest against planned tuition rise

NY Man Gets Summonses for Laughing Too Loudly

Egyptians react to cancellation of April 22 legislative vote

Bath Ambulance Crash: Teenage Boy Badly Hurt after being hit by Ambulance

A teenage boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by an ambulance as it answered a 999 call.

The teenager, believed to be 14, suffered "significant" head injuries in the accident with the South Western Ambulance Service vehicle in Bath, Somerset, just after 4pm this afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said he was taken to the city's Royal United Hospital after the accident at the junction of London Road and Snow Hill near the River Avon.

US warns North Korea over 'suicidal' nuclear threat as UN expands sanctions

The Obama administration warned of "costly consequences" for North Korea on Thursday, in the wake of Pyongyang's threat to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the US and its recent nuclear test.

Speaking at a Senate hearing, the US State Department's special representative on North Korea said Washington would not engage in negotiations without a "fundamental change in attitude" from the pariah state.

The Senate foreign affairs committee chairman, Robert Menendez, described the threat of a nuclear strike as "absurd and suicidal".

North Korea threatens nuclear attack on U.S.

ECB offers no helping hand for Italy

Markets have settled after Italy's fractured election result and any threat of contagion to other euro members has been muted, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday, suggesting the bank is in no mood to act.

The 17-country bloc's central bank discussed cutting interest rates, but decided to keep them on hold, citing positive economic survey indicators, which in turn suggest the ECB is ready to keep rates at 0.75 percent barring the economy taking another turn for the worse.

Italians delivered a strong rejection of austerity measures at elections last week and left no party grouping with enough support to form a durable government, raising the prospect of backsliding on economic reforms and debt-cutting measures.

Brits Kidnapped By Bedouin In Egypt Freed

A British couple believed to have been kidnapped at gunpoint by Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt have been freed.

The two were said to be taken in the Sinai Peninsula as they made their way by car from Cairo to the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

They were released soon afterwards following "intense negotiations" with security officials.

The pair were freed after police promised their kidnappers they would release a detained relative who had been arrested and accused of smuggling weapons from Libya to Egypt.

Syria Claims 'Spy Rocks' Planted By Israel

Syria's state-run news agency has said that Israeli spying devices have been found in Syria's coastal region.

The SANA report claimed the devices are designed to photograph, register and transfer data.

There were no further details on the objects or on the location of the find.

Bin Laden Spokesman Abu Ghaith Arrested

Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured in Jordan by US intelligence officials, a senior congressman has said.

Representative Peter King credited the CIA and FBI with catching Sulaiman Abu Ghaith within the last week. He said the capture was confirmed to him by US law enforcement officials.

Mr King, a Republican, said Ghaith took part in the September 11, 2001, plot against the World Trade Centre and Pentagon.

North Korea Nuclear Test: UN Sanctions Agreed

New sanctions will be imposed on North Korea for its nuclear weapons test last month, after a unanimous United Nations Security Council vote.

A resolution passed by the 15-member body added three new individuals and two entities to the UN sanctions blacklist.

It also tightened restrictions on the North's financial dealings, including "bulk cash" transfers, linked to its weapons programmes.

The vote came after Pyongyang threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.

Pistorius Murder Case Detective Leaves Police

The detective originally leading the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation has resigned from the police force, it has been announced.

South African police brigadier Neville Malila said detective Hilton Botha had voluntarily applied to leave the service.

The news comes after Mr Botha made several procedural errors in his role as the lead investigator after athlete Pistorius shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION - 7th March 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Date time 2013-03-07 15:56:36.0 UTC
Location 24.22 N ; 68.78 E
Depth 2 km
35 km SW of Kadhan, Pakistan / pop: 6,854 / Local time: 20:56 PKT+0500

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 7th March 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 15:37:59 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 05:37:59 AM at epicenter
52.485°N, 179.501°W
223.7 km (139.0 miles)
85 km (52 miles) NE of Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska

Italy's Bersani on collision course with Germany and ECB over austerity

“We must leave the austerity cage,” he told leaders of his Democrat Party (Pd), responding to Italy’s electoral earthquake by tearing up his pre-election programme.

“A change of course is absolutely necessary given that five years of austerity and attacks on workers have pushed up public debt levels across Europe,” he said.

“The vicious circle between belt-tightening and recession is putting representative government at risk and making it impossible to govern. The immediate emergency is the real economy and joblessness,” he said.

The pledge puts Mr Bersani on a collision course with the ECB, which is constrained from helping to shore up the Italian bond market unless Rome complies with Europe’s austerity agenda.

Kidnapping of UN peacekeepers raises doubts about Syria's opposition

The kidnapping of 21 United Nations peacekeepers on the volatile Golan Heights has focused sharply on the fractured Syrian opposition, and raised serious questions about the future of the country if President Bashar Assad is ousted from power.

On Wednesday, a group calling itself the Martyrs of Yarmouk posted a video showing captured white UN vehicles containing a few blue-helmeted peacekeepers. Their message, in Arabic, — delivered by a spokesman identified as Abu Qaed al-Faleh — was as unrealistic as it was clear: “They will not be released until after Bashar Assad’s forces withdraw from the village of Jamlah bordering Israel.”

The kidnapping came as the Syrian opposition was enjoying its highest level of support from the U.S., as Britain said it would increase aid to opposition forces, and as the Arab League signalled that its members should arm the rebels.

UN demands release of peacekeepers taken hostage by Syrian rebels.....First the terrorist claim they are protecting the UN Peacekeepers, now they claim The militants say they're using the observers as human shields....Keep pledging those Millions US and UK!

'Anonymous Drones': US, Pakistan seek to dodge charges over strikes

Christina Edkins Killed as she travelled to school on a bus in Birmingham

Police have chased down and arrested a man suspected of stabbing to death 16-year-old Christina Edkins as she travelled to school.

Christina was on a packed double-decker bus during rush hour in Birmingham when she was killed in what police described as a "sporadic" attack.

Passengers, paramedics and police officers were called just after 7.30am and tried to save the Christina's life but nothing could be done and she died at the scene.

Two British Tourists Kidnapped In Egypt

Two British tourists have been kidnapped by gunmen on their way to a popular Egypt beach resort, according to security sources.

The two tourists were travelling in a private car from Cairo to the beach resort of Sharm el Sheikh when tribesman took them hostage.

The kidnappers are demanding the release of four prisoners held in Alexandria on charges of arms smuggling in return for the safe return of the two Britons, sources say.

Curiosity Shut Down As Solar Flare Heads To Mars

Nasa has powered down its Curiosity rover to protect it against a solar flare that is heading towards Mars.

While the rover is designed to withstand punishing weather conditions on the Red Planet, Curiosity recently suffered a computer problem.

"We're being more careful," said Richard Cook, the project manager of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which runs the $2.5bn (£1.7bn) mission.

On Tuesday, scientists noticed a huge flare erupting from the Sun that hurled a stream of radiation in the direction of Mars.

North Korea warns U.S. of preemptive nuclear strike

North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric while the U.N. Security Council considers new sanctions against the reclusive country.

North Korea has accused the United States of using military drills in South Korea as a launch pad for a nuclear war and has scrapped the armistice with Washington that ended hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea, which has one major ally, neighboring China, threatens the United States and its "puppet", South Korea, on an almost daily basis.

"Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest," the North's foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centres

The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the "dirty wars" in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurgents. These units conducted some of the worst acts of torture during the US occupation and accelerated the country's descent into full-scale civil war.

Colonel James Steele was a 58-year-old retired special forces veteran when he was nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organise the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency, an investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic shows.

After the Pentagon lifted a ban on Shia militias joining the security forces, the special police commando (SPC) membership was increasingly drawn from violent Shia groups such as the Badr brigades.

Republican dissidents threaten to kill McGuinness

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has revealed that he is under a death threat from dissident republicans in Londonderry.

Mr McGuinness said police officers who came to his home on Wednesday evening told him of the threat.

He said he has been targeted because of his condemnation of the recent attempted mortar attack in the city and remarks he made in support of the PSNI.

Malaysian Troops Kill 31 Filipinos and Reject Talks

Malaysian security forces killed 31 Filipino gunmen on the island of Borneo, officials said Thursday, and the government rejected calls by the United Nations for an end to the fighting.

At least 60 people, including eight Malaysian police officers, have been killed in the nearly month-long conflict over an attempt by followers of a Philippine-based sultan to assert a historic claim over parts of Borneo Island.

Syrian rebels now Claim they are 'protecting' 21 Filipino peacekeepers from 'attacks by Assad's criminal gangs.' .....I am yet to find a report from any of our countries condemning the kidnap of the 21 Peacekeepers

The rebels who kidnapped 21 UN peacekeepers in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights said on their Facebook page Thursday that the act was meant to stop the Syrian army's attacks on rebels and civilians.

The rebels said they were treating the captured Filipino peacekeepers like guests, but manila is demanding their immediate release and has called their detention "illegal.",7340,L-4353579,00.html

Do our governments truly believe they can control these terrorists when the time comes?

Berlusconi Given 12 Month Prison Sentence but can remain free under Italian law

Former Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in one of his newspapers.

Mr Berlusconi, who faces two more verdicts this month for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute, can appeal the conviction and so doing suspend the sentence under Italian law.

Italian sentencing guidelines indicate that people aged over 75 and with sentences of less than two years do not have to actually go to prison.

Mr Berlusconi, a billionaire media tycoon, is 76.

Wildfires rage in Florida

French minister visits troops in north Mali, says mission not over

France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian paid a surprise visit on Thursday to French forces battling Islamist rebels in rugged northern Mali, saying their military mission would not end until security was restored in the West African country.

After reviewing ranks of French soldiers near the desolate Adrar des Ifoghas mountains, Le Drian told France 24 television that Paris' aim was to help "reestablish security in the whole of Mali's territory".

Syria rebels want troop pullback before they free U.N. men

Rebels holding 21 U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights in southern Syria say government forces must leave the area before they free their "guests", an activist in touch with the fighters said on Thursday.

Rami Abdelrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted a spokesman for the "Martyrs of Yarmouk" rebel brigade as saying the peacekeepers were being held as "guests" in the village of Jamla, about a mile from a ceasefire line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

North Korea Threatens US With Nuclear Strike

North Korea has threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.

An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry says the North will exercise its right for "pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors".

The spokesman claims Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against North Korea.

The threat comes hours ahead of a vote by UN diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

India Rape: 3 Year Old Girl Kidnapped And Attacked

Image: Police in India seem to have no problem beating the protesters fighting for justice but when it comes to these evil animals, justice is lacking

A three-year-old girl is in hospital recovering from serious injuries after she was kidnapped and gang raped in southern India.

The girl is currently under observation in intensive care.

She was sleeping beside her mother on a pavement in Tirur, in Kerala, when she was kidnapped on Monday night.

Birmingham: Teenage Girl Stabbed To Death On Bus

A 16-year-old schoolgirl was stabbed to death on a bus in a rush-hour attack in Birmingham, according to Sky sources.

Passengers, paramedics and police officers tried to save the girl's life but nothing could be done and she died at the scene.

Officers said that a murder investigation had been launched into the attack on a packed bus just after 7.30am but that it was still in "very early stages".

Arab rebels and Kurdish militias join forces against Assad

Revealed: How immigrants are gaining U.S. citizenship by getting married on Skype - to people thousands of miles away

The growing practice has so far flown under the radar of immigration authorities, who are yet to provide extra scrutiny to ensure video chat marriages are not misused. While Colorado, Texas, Montana, Alabama, Missouri, and California permit these proxy marriages, freely allowing couples separated by distance to marry, they are illegal elsewhere in the U.S. unless one partner is in the military.

Dianna Hanson mauled to death by a lion inside its cage as she worked on her 'dream job'

Dianna Hanson was volunteering as part of a six-month internship at Cat Haven sanctuary in Dunlap when she was tragically attacked after getting into the male lion's cage on Wednesday. The four-year-old lion named Couscous was immediately shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy responding to the scene. Cat Haven founder and executive director Dale Anderson, right, was crying as he read a one-sentence statement extending his thoughts and prayers to the victim's family.

Florida beachgoers are warned to stay OUT of the water: Tens of thousands of 'frenzied' sharks gather off coast of Sunshine State

Tens of thousands of sharks have been spotted along South Florida's coast, closing down beaches across the area and forcing swimmers out of the water.

The sharks are heading north after migrating to the south for the winter in such droves that experts believe swimmers could be within 60 feet of a shark while in the water in the Palm Beach area.

Several beaches have been closed to swimmers as red flags dot the sand.

UK men 'losers in European prostate cancer lottery'

Access to life-extending drugs for the disease, which kills 10,000 a year in the UK, is poorer than in France, Spain, Germany and Italy, according to the report, sponsored by the drugs firm Astellas.

Dr Heather Payne, a consultant oncologist at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There are many reasons for international differences in cancer survival, but swift access to innovative treatments and the availability of best practice care are important in order to deliver the best outcomes in terms of life extension and quality of life.

Militants from Russia rouse "jihad" in Syria

Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the 'jihad' against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Dressed almost entirely in black, the militant from Russia's Chechnya region declares an Islamist state is within reach. Fellow fighters from the brigade of foreign militants he leads translate his Russian words into Arabic.

Beppe Grillo - Italian clown or political mastermind?

Beppe Grillo stirs strong feelings. His supporters believe he can clean up Italian politics and give ordinary people more say in decision-making. His opponents see a dangerous populist who evokes memories of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

International media describe Grillo as a comic, which on one level he is, but the man who jointly created and leads the party that in just three years has become the largest in Italy is much more than that.

Behind his tirades against the political and business elite is a shrewd mind, a hugely influential alter ego and the desire to win complete power in the euro zone's third largest economy.

Palestinian street boils at plight of prisoners

In a sprawling Israeli prison, Palestinian activist Hassan Karajeh sat through a hurried court hearing in a language he didn't understand under the authority of a military occupation he and his people reject.

The translator in the cramped portacabin-turned-courtroom seldom bothered to relay the military judge's words, and the tall, bearded detainee spent most of the time whispering to his family and blowing kisses to his young fiancée.

Outside Ofer Prison's walls and throughout the West Bank, Israeli troops have clashed in recent weeks with Palestinian protesters fed up with Israeli detention policies, an emblem of what they see as Israel's unjust rule over their lives.


Gay rights activists will rally in Sydney this week to demand an external investigation, apologies and compensation for alleged police brutality at last weekend's Mardi Gras celebrations.

Politicians and community groups called for an inquiry after a video emerged that appears to show a handcuffed 18-year-old, Jamie Jackson, being thrown to the ground by an officer at the festival about 11.30pm (AEDT) on Saturday.

Bryn Hutchinson, 32, later came forward to say he had been thrown to the ground by several officers in Darlinghurst after a disagreement over whether he should be allowed to cross a road.

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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 7th March 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Date time 2013-03-07 08:07:20.7 UTC
Location 24.34 N ; 121.47 E
Depth 8 km
41 km NW Hualian (pop 108,286 ; local time 16:07:20.7 2013-03-07)

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 7th March 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-03-07 07:23:24.0 UTC
Location 44.53 N ; 148.18 E
Depth 81 km
81 km S Kurilsk (pop 2,185 ; local time 18:23:24.4 2013-03-07)

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 7th March 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 06:39:25 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 09:39:25 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
43.420°S, 39.613°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
414 km (257 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

Daw Mill Mine Closes Leaving 650 Jobs At Risk

The owner of Daw Mill Colliery confirms it will close, ending 47 years of coal production at the Warwickshire mine.

UK Coal Mine Holdings said the majority of its 650-strong workforce are facing redundancy.

The move comes after what the company's chief executive described as a "ferocious" underground fire at the colliery last month.

Bolshoi Dancer 'Paid £1,000 For Acid Attack'

A leading dancer has admitted ordering an attack on the Bolshoi ballet chief, but said he did not intend the artistic director to be splashed with acid.

Police say Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko paid 50,000 rubles (£1,062) for Sergei Filin to be attacked.

Mr Filin suffered severe burns to his eyes and face when sulphuric acid was thrown in his face on January 17 as he returned home late at night.

America: On the brink of civil war?

Plague of locusts. Swarm crosses border from Egypt to Israel

Super-sized mosquitoes which can bite through clothing are heading to Florida 'in large numbers' this summer

Scientists at the University of Florida have predicted large numbers of super-sized mosquitoes in Central and South Florida this summer. Researchers say large numbers of Gallinipper mosquitoes are waiting to hatch and any heavy rainfall will make the insects emerge in 'large numbers'. The insects can be 20 times the size of the more common Asian tiger mosquito, pictured right in comparison.

Egypt court suspends April parliamentary elections

A court in Egypt has suspended the parliamentary elections which had been scheduled to begin next month.

The Cairo Administrative Court said the electoral law promulgated by President Mohammed Morsi needed to be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Mr Morsi said he respected the ruling and that an appeal was unlikely.

UN Finds Israeli Military Abuses Young Palestinians

Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law, a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund said. The Unicef report estimated that 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17, most of them boys, are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli military, police and security agents every year in the occupied West Bank. The study found widespread mistreatment at each stage, including verbal and physical abuse and threats, along with coerced confessions. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it had cooperated with the Unicef investigation and would study the report closely.

Prisoner X was working for Israeli government, Australia confirms

Australia's foreign minister, Bob Carr, has confirmed that the man known as Prisoner X, a dual Israeli-Australian national who died in mysterious circumstances in a high-security Israeli prison in 2010, was working for the Israeli government.

Ben Zygier's death in December 2010, apparently by suicide, has been shrouded in mystery. Last month, Israel was forced to admit that it had secretly imprisoned Zygier on serious but unspecified charges.

Zygier, 34, a father of two, originally from Melbourne but who had lived in Israel for 10 years and was also known by the names Ben Allen and Ben Alon, was believed to have worked for Israel's external intelligence agency, the Mossad. He was arrested in February 2010.

Syria detects Israeli spying devices on coast

Syria said it had detected Israeli spying devices planted at certain point on the Syrian coast, the state-run SANA news agency said Wednesday.

Syrian authorities have recently detected Israeli espionage devices at the Syrian coast, the report said, citing an official source as saying that the devices' functions include tapping, imaging and recording.

The report, however, stopped short of spelling information about the exact location of the devices and the time of their discovery.

Philippines demand release of UN peacekeepers in Syria...Why have the UK and US not called for their release?

The Philippines has demanded the immediate release of 21 of its nationals working as UN observers who have been kidnapped by rebels in Syria.

The group are being held by armed fighters in the Golan Heights.

The UN says they had been monitoring a ceasefire between Syria and Israel.

Syria opposition to receive more assistance from Britain despite the Rebels Abducting 20 UN peacekeepers

Britain is to step up assistance to Syria's opposition, the foreign secretary, William Hague, has said on Wednesday , providing armoured vehicles, body armour and other non-lethal equipment to the "moderate, democratic forces" battling President Bashar al-Assad.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Hague said that international efforts to end the bloody two-year conflict in Syria had been an "abject failure". He said the European Union had to "move further" if there was no political solution.

Megaupload founder can sue New Zealand spy agency: court

A court ruled on Thursday that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can sue New Zealand's spy agency for illegal surveillance, opening the government up to more scrutiny over its role in an unlawful 2011 police raid on the internet entrepreneur's home.

The New Zealand Appeals Court rejected an application from the attorney general, acting on behalf of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), to exclude the agency from the lawsuit. New Zealand's High court ruled last year the agency could be held liable for illegally spying on Dotcom.

Syrian rebels seize UN peacekeepers near Golan Heights

China navy seeks to "wear out" Japanese ships in disputed waters

China's naval and paramilitary ships are churning up the ocean around islands it disputes with Tokyo in what experts say is a strategy to overwhelm the numerically inferior Japanese forces that must sail out to detect and track the flotillas.

A daily stream of bulletins announce ship deployments into the East China Sea, naval combat exercises, the launch of new warships and commentaries calling for resolute defense of Chinese territory.

Surge in English-speaking militants worries U.S., European officials .....But have no problem funding them with Millions of $

Increased use of English in videos by Islamic extremists and a rising flow of recruits from Europe to fight in Syria and on other battlegrounds is disturbing U.S. officials who fear some could return to Europe or come to the United States to plot attacks.

Only last week, a man who spoke English and Arabic and called himself Abu Ahmed al-Amriki (Arabic for 'the American') starred in a new video message posted on jihadist websites and produced by al Shabaab, the Islamic militant group based in Somalia.

Tornado Confirmed To Have Touched Down In Glascock County

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned the National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down in Glascock County Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia surveyed the damage caused by a line of thunderstorms that pushed across Glascock County from approximately 6:55 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night.

The tornado was described as having estimated peak winds of 100 mph, and it was on the ground in Gibson for an estimated 3.24 miles.
Tuesday... march 5 2013.