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Friday, March 22, 2013

former Colorado inmate and white supremacist at the center of a two-state mystery is dead after a high-speed chase and shootout with Texas deputies

Caught in the Web: Ultra-rich Germans' tax-haven leaked by hacker

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TAJIKISTAN - 22nd March 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 19:30:04 UTC
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12:30:04 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
37.453°N, 71.804°E
114.5 km (71.2 miles)
19 km (11 miles) ESE of Shughnon, Tajikistan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE - 22nd March 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 17:57:36 UTC
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:57:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.102°N, 103.929°W
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
579 km (359 miles) E of Clipperton Island,

When the Whole World Has Drones: The precedents the U.S. has set for robotic warfare may have fearsome consequences as other countries catch up

A slim aircraft glided through Israeli airspace, maintaining low altitude and taking a winding path to avoid detection. It flew over sensitive military installations and was beginning its approach to the Dimona nuclear reactor when it was blown from the sky by the Israel Defense Forces. The plane was pilotless, directed by agents elsewhere, and had been attempting to relay images back home. Whether they were successfully transmitted, Israelis won’t say, perhaps because they don’t know. But here’s what’s certain: It wasn’t American. It wasn’t Russian or Chinese. It was an Iranian drone, assembled in Lebanon and flown by Hezbollah.

The proliferation of drone technology has moved well beyond the control of the United States government and its closest allies. The aircraft are too easy to obtain, with barriers to entry on the production side crumbling too quickly to place limits on the spread of a technology that promises to transform warfare on a global scale. Already, more than 75 countries have remote piloted aircraft. More than 50 nations are building a total of nearly a thousand types. At its last display at a trade show in Beijing, China showed off 25 different unmanned aerial vehicles. Not toys or models, but real flying machines.

It’s a classic and common phase in the life cycle of a military innovation: An advanced country and its weapons developers create a tool, and then others learn how to make their own. But what makes this case rare, and dangerous, is the powerful combination of efficiency and lethality spreading in an environment lacking internationally accepted guidelines on legitimate use. This technology is snowballing through a global arena where the main precedent for its application is the one set by the United States; it’s a precedent Washington does not want anyone following.

Cyprus Bailout: 15% Tax On Big Savers Mulled...........Which is the Deal EU gave to Cyprus to start with!

Cypus is reportedly considering a levy of 15% on all bank deposits over 100,000 euros as its attempt to secure a rescue for the economy.

The original terms of the EU bailout for Cyprus proposed by the troika of international lenders would have slapped a levy on all bank deposits - 6.75% on accounts holding up to 100,000 euros and 9.9% on those over that - in order to raise 5.8bn euros (£4.9bn).

But that was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs earlier in the week, leaving them less than a week to find a 'Plan B' with which to raise the cash.

Female U.S. sailor, 19, found shot dead on board aircraft carrier

A female Navy sailor was reportedly discovered with a gunshot wound aboard a San Diego-based ship and died soon after.

Navy spokesman Rick Chernitzer says the 19-year-old woman was found shot aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship Essex and taken Thursday to the trauma center at the University of California, San Diego where she was pronounced dead.

The ship’s medical personnel responded to the scene and found the wounded sailor, Chernitzer said.

U-T San Diego reported that the Navy has not said whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted or if any suspects are in custody.

Australian Tornado Caught on Camera

Cypriot president 'warned friends to move money abroad' before financial crisis hit

Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiades 'warned' close friends of the financial crisis about to engulf his country so they could move their money abroad, it was claimed on Friday.

The respected Cypriot newspaper Filelftheros made the allegation which was picked up eagerly by German media.
Germans are angry at the way their country has been linked to the Nazis and Hitler by Cypriots angry at the defunct rescue deal which called for a levy on all savings.

The Cyprus newspaper did not say how much money was moved abroad but quoted sources saying the president 'knew about the possible closure of the banks' and tipped off close friends who were able to move vast sums abroad.

Italian media said the 4.5 billion euros left the island in the week before the crisis.

Europe week ahead: Bailout or bust

Assad says Syria will wipe out mosque attackers who killed 49 People

President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Friday to purge Syria of "extremist forces" he accused of assassinating a leading Sunni Muslim cleric who backed his two-year battle against rebels and protesters.

Assad made the pledge in a message of condolence over the death of Mohammed al-Buti, who was killed along with dozens of worshippers by an explosion in a Damascus mosque on Thursday.

Egyptian protesters, Islamists clash in Cairo, 30 hurt

Hundreds of Egyptian protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed near the group's headquarters in Cairo on Friday, and at least 30 people were wounded, medics said.

Columns of riot police stood guard as chanting protesters holding flags and banners packed streets around the Brotherhood headquarters, footage on Al Jazeera and state TV showed.

Israel Apologises For Gaza Flotilla Raid

The Israeli Prime Minister has apologised for a raid on a Gaza flotilla which resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish activists.

Benjamin Netanyahu announced the restoration of normal diplomatic relations with Turkey and expressed regret during a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President Barack Obama helped arrange the call shortly before leaving Israel.

Horsemeat Found In Beef From Hungary

Lancashire County Council has found 100kg of horsemeat in beef from Hungary with 40kg of it already sold to the public.

The meat was imported by Hungarian Food Ltd in Preston and sold on its market stall in the town and a shop in Liverpool called Taste of Hungary, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

It said the horse flesh was being sold in 1kg bags labelled as "diced beef". The remaining unsold meat has been withdrawn from sale.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN - 22nd March 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 14:18:58 UTC
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 01:18:58 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
55.138°S, 21.728°W
15 km (9.3 miles)
383 km (237 miles) ENE of Visokoi Island,

Mobs roam streets of riot-hit Myanmar town

Qauntico Cmdr: 3 Marines Dead a 'Tragic Loss'

'US offers endless talks' to kill clock for Israel against Palestine?

Four days to save Cyprus: Politicians due to vote on emergency Bill to secure bailout before Monday deadline

Angry crowds demonstrated in Cyprus today as leaders battled to prevent total economic collapse in four days time.

Cyprus's top government spokesman has told reporters that 'the next few hours' will determine the future of the cash-strapped country.

Christos Stylianides added that MPs will have to take 'difficult decisions' later today - they are due to start voting on a series of bills that aim to raise the funds and avoid a bankruptcy that would send shockwaves through the European banking system.

Fury as child porn goes viral on Facebook with 16,000 'shares' and 4,000 'likes'

Facebook has sparked fury after a graphic child porn video went viral on the social network, reportedly being 'shared' over 16,000 times.

Thousands of users logged onto their accounts last night to find the horrifying footage appear on their personal news feed and instantly took to Twitter to vent their disgust.

Even more disturbingly, users then began uploading and sharing screen grabs of the video on Twitter in an apparent bid to alert fellow Twitterati of the horrifying content.

But this disturbing underbelly of the popular social networking website is not a new revelation to the company, which until 2011 relied heavily on reports from its users about illegal activity.

Last year an exposé published by revealed a disturbing amount of child pornography being shared by predators on the social network.

Spring? "Must be that Global Warming".....Britain braced for weekend of severe disruption as flooding, heavy snowfall and blizzards wreak havoc

The streets of Newlyn, Cornwall (left) have been inundated with rainwater as 80 flood alerts were issued across the UK, mostly in the south-east and south-west. Intrepid dog walkers braved the snow in Sheffield (centre) this morning as more, up to eight inches, is expected to blanket everywhere north of the M4 corridor as the day progresses. Last night a 41-year-old woman and a teenage boy were rescued (right) by helicopter after becoming stranded more than 3,000ft up Mount Snowdon. Bitter gale force winds are also forecast to sweep across Britain creating blizzard-like conditions and plunging temperatures down to well below freezing.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA - 22nd March 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-03-22 11:53:06.9 UTC
Location 3.78 N ; 126.57 E
Depth 104 km
236 km SE of Bukid, Philippines / pop: 2,232 / local time: 19:53:06.9 2013-03-22

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake LAKE BAYKAL REGION, RUSSIA - 22nd March 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Date time 2013-03-22 11:05:25.7 UTC
Location 55.48 N ; 109.22 E
Depth 10 km
19 km S of Severobaykal’sk, Russia / pop: 25,800 / local time: 19:05:25.7 2013-03-22

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 22nd March 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-03-22 10:27:34.7 UTC
Location 6.83 S ; 127.20 E
Depth 405 km
Distances 262 km NE of Dili, East Timor / pop: 150,000 / local time: 19:27:34.7 2013-03-22

Woman And Child Killed By Train At Riddlesdown rail station, South London

A woman and a young child died today when they were struck by a train in the morning rush hour.

British Transport Police were called to the incident at Riddlesdown rail station near Purley, south London, at around 8.20am.

Ambulance teams and Met Police officers also attended and the woman and child - believed to be a toddler - were declared dead at the scene.

Tornadoes tear through Australia

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN NORWAY - 22nd March 2013

Magnitude ML 3.6
Date time 2013-03-22 10:32:41.0 UTC
Location 61.41 N ; 4.35 E
Depth 1 km
42 km SW of Florø, Norway / pop: 8,230 / local time: 11:32:41.0 2013-03-22

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake CASPIAN SEA, OFFSHORE AZERBAIJAN - 22nd March 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-03-22 08:31:57.0 UTC
Location 40.36 N ; 51.15 E
Depth 40 km
70 km E of Artyom, Azerbaijan / pop: 13,435 / local time: 12:31:57.0 2013-03-22

Obama: Israel's existence will prevent another Holocaust

US president to pay respects to founder of Zionism and slain PM before touring Yad Vashem; after final meeting with Netanyahu, Obama to visit Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, travel to Jordan for talks with Abdullah.

US President Barack Obama began the third and final day of his first presidential trip to Israel on Friday with visits to the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin.

Obama was scheduled to lay wreaths at the graves of the founder of Zionism, and the slain prime minister, who has become a symbol for the peace process, before touring the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

Lockdown at Quantico Marine base ends with 3 dead, including gunman

A shooting that prompted a lockdown for hours at a Marine base in Virginia ended with three dead early Friday, including the gunman, authorities said.

Sgt. Christopher Zahn said they were notified of the shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico late Thursday.

One person was fatally shot, and the gunman barricaded himself into a room, he said.

Using a public address system, police announced a base lockdown as the shooter was holed up inside a building.

Nicolas Sarkozy Faces Charges Over Corruption

Preliminary charges have been filed against Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations he took financial advantage of an elderly L'Oreal heiress.

The move means the former French president is under formal investigation, accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash from Liliane Bettencourt to illegally finance his 2007 election campaign.

Cyprus unveils shake-up as the clock ticks

Cypriot lawmakers will on Friday vote on a revised bailout plan to overhaul its banking industry and force losses on big depositors, in a race to reach a deal to avert financial collapse before the European Central Bank suspends crucial funding to the island nation.

The Friday vote, which is due to take place after parliament debates the bill some time after midday local time, follows the end of fruitless talks between Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov and his Cypriot counterpart, Michael Sarris, over possible support.

There were already long lines at cash machines in Nicosia on Friday and one Cypriot official summed up the sense of desperation saying: “We are waiting for a messiah to come and save us, and of course, there is none”.

Drones kill fewer terrorists & more civilians - John Prescott

Space rocket engines recovered from floor of the Atlantic Ocean

Cyprus contagion may not be containable

Cyber-attack on South Korea may not have come from China after all: regulator

This week's cyber-attack on South Korean broadcasters and banks may not have originated in China after all as the IP address has been traced to one of the victim banks, the communications regulator said on Friday.

But it couldn't rule anything out, it added.

Hackers on Wednesday brought down the networks of three broadcasters and two banks, initially seen as the work of North Korea using its vast army of "cyber-warriors" to cripple computer servers.

Massive volcanic eruptions wiped out HALF of life on Earth 200 million years ago

A series of massive volcanic eruptions wiped out half of life on Earth 200 million years ago, according to new research.

Scientists examining evidence around the globe from the United States to North Africa say they have linked the abrupt disappearance of half of the world's species 200 million years ago to a precisely dated set of gigantic volcanic eruptions.

The mega eruptions may have caused climate changes so sudden that many creatures were unable to adapt - possibly on a pace similar to that of human-influenced climate warming today, according to the researchers.

Sandra Lee Allen a Self-proclaimed prophet 'bilked woman out of $100K life savings' by claiming she had to tithe the money 'get right with God' or her son would die for the sins of an ancestor

A Washington state woman claiming to be a prophet of God bilked a friend out of her $100,000 life savings in a single month by claiming her ancestor had committed a murder and that she had to 'get right with the Lord,' police say.

Sandra Lee Allen, 54, claimed that Elizabeth Hughes needed to catch up on ten years of missed tithing and pay for the next ten years, as well. She claimed that God had told her an earthquake was coming and the Mrs Hughes' son would die if she did not make up for the sins of her forefathers, according to a report from officers in Federal Way, Washington.

Allen claimed she was using the money to build her ministry and an outreach center. Instead, she bought a Jaguar X-Type luxury car and spent nearly $32,000 in a month on shopping sprees to Nordstrom department store, Coach purses and Best Buy.

Now couple who were held captive by fugitive LAPD cop Chris Dorner lay claim to the $1m reward

The payout of a $1.2 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner could turn into a fight before anyone sees a penny.

A couple who was tied up in their condominium by the fugitive and a camp caretaker he carjacked shortly afterward have laid claim to the prize, and others could be in line for much of the money that authorities hope to dole out by mid-April.

Both parties claim they provided the key tip that ultimately led Dorner to hole up in a vacant mountain cabin where he apparently took his own life after a shootout with police. He killed four people, including two police officers, during his rampage across Southern California.

Torrington Football Rape: THIRD student charged and more arrests likely in 'Steubenville II' rape case as community turns on bullies who labelled 13-year-old victims 'whores' and 'hoes'

A third student at Torrington High School has been charged with sexually assaulting at least one 13-year-old girl, as police warned the disturbed Connecticut community to brace for more arrests.

Mirroring the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, which wrapped up this week, two hot-shot football players, Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, are facing charges of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor after each allegedly had sex with a separate 13-year-old girl on February 10.

The pair were arrested late last month, but detectives revealed yesterday that another boy, a 17-year-old, was arrested on March 4, in connection with an incident last fall that involved the same underage girls.

Mark A Williams 'blows up his apartment and kills himself just hours before he's to be evicted'

Philippe Jernnard LaRocelle impersonates pilot and charms his way into the cockpit of a US Airways plane in Philadelphia

A Frenchman managed to impersonate a US Airways pilot and sneaked into the cockpit of a flight bound for Palm Beach, Florida.

Police say 61-year-old Philippe Jernnard LaRocelle boarded a flight in Philadelphia on Wednesday as a ticketed passenger though he was dressed in what appeared to be an Air France pilot's uniform.

He talked his way into the front of the plane and sat down in a jump-seat behind the captain's seat.

Three dead after gunman kills two Marines before shooting himself at Quantico base Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Three people have died after a gunman killed two Marines before shooting himself at a base in the United States.

A stand-off between authorities and the suspect at Marine Base Quantico in Virginia began at around 11pm last night after a shooting which left one person dead.

The suspect was barricaded in the barracks at the base and was found dead earlier today from a self-inflicted gunshot along with the second victim.

Angry over UN inquiry, North Korea touts its human rights credentials

North Korea reacted with indignation to a United Nations decision to investigate allegations of human rights abuses inside the isolated state, claiming it has one of the best systems worldwide for protecting citizens' rights.

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva said delegates agreed Thursday to set up a commission of inquiry to examine "grave, widespread and systematic' violations of human rights" in North Korea.

The decision followed a recent report submitted to the council by an independent expert alleging North Korea had committed a range of abuses, including torture, enslavement, enforced disappearances and murder.

Hackers attack several BBC Twitter accounts

Several BBC Twitter accounts, including its weather, Arabic and Radio Ulster feeds were hijacked by a group calling itself Syrian Electronic Army earlier.

A series of tweets about fake weather conditions in Middle Eastern countries began appearing on Thursday afternoon.

The accounts are the latest in a series of large corporate Twitter feeds to have been breached.

Three killed in U.S. drone attack in Pakistan

A U.S. drone attack in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal district killed at least three suspected militants early on Friday, an intelligence official said.

The strike took place just after midnight (1900 Thursday GMT) in Datta Khel area, about 35 kilometres west of the region’s main town of Miranshah, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“A pair of missiles hit a vehicle shortly after midnight” Wednesday night he said, without providing any further details or the identities of those killed.

Government's new housing policy 'can help wealthy buy second homes'

The government's new housing policy has been condemned as a "spare home subsidy" by critics, who raise concerns that the mortgage guarantee can be used by wealthy people to buy second homes.

The public guarantee for £130bn of mortgage lending was part of the centrepiece Help to Buy scheme announced on Wednesday as part of George Osborne's "aspiration" budget. On Thursday the opposition made the scheme the centrepiece of its attacks on the package of measures, with the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, contrasting it with a separate policy to withdraw some housing benefit from families in social housing considered to have surplus rooms.

"From what I can see, the government is basically saying that if you've got a spare room in a social home, you will be paying a bedroom tax," said Balls. "But if you want a spare home and you can afford it, we'll help you buy one."

Syrian president vows to rid country of extremists after suicide blast killed top Sunni cleric

Syria's president has vowed to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for a suicide bombing that killed 42 people, including a top Sunni preacher.

Friday's statement by Bashar Assad came hours after the explosion ripped through a mosque in the heart of Damascus, killing Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti.

It was one of the most stunning assassinations of the two-year civil war and the first time a suicide bomber struck inside a mosque.

U.S. hopeful for strong Chinese action on North Korea

The United States is optimistic China will take strong action against North Korea by increasing scrutiny of financial transactions with Pyongyang that could contravene fresh U.N. sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

David Cohen, the U.S. Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said he was confident Chinese banks and regulators would pay attention to the new resolution.

Scores injured in Canada crash

Obama to meet ally Jordan on last Mideast stop

President Barack Obama flies to Jordan on Friday for talks with King Abdullah, a key U.S. Middle East ally, that are expected to focus on the civil war in neighboring Syria and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace diplomacy.

Obama will head to Amman after the final day of his first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, which will be heavy on symbolism as he tours sites of historic and religious importance to both peoples.

Myanmar: Riots stoke fears of widening sectarian violence

Unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar has reduced neighborhoods to ashes and stoked fears that last year's sectarian bloodshed is spreading into the country's heartland in a test of Asia's newest democracy.

Buildings in Meikhtila were still burning early on Friday and agitated Buddhist crowds roamed the otherwise near-deserted streets after three days of turbulence, said Reuters reporters in the city 540 km (336 miles) north of the commercial capital Yangon.

Cyprus risks euro exit after EU bailout ultimatum

The European Union gave Cyprus till Monday to raise the billions of euros it needs to secure an international bailout or face a collapse of its financial system that could push it out of the euro currency zone.

In a sign it was at least preparing for the worst, the Cypriot government sought powers on Thursday to impose capital controls to stem a flood of funds leaving the island if there is no deal before banks reopen following this week's shutdown.

Parliament will reconvene later on Friday to debate a raft of government crisis measures after lawmakers adjourned a late-Thursday sitting saying they needed more time for consultation.

America - On The Brink Of Civil War


Millions of small prawns became stranded on a beach in southern Chile this week, carpeting a three-kilometre strand in red, local fishermen and police said.

The fishermen in the Coronel area, some 500 kilometres south of Santiago, began noticing something out of the ordinary at the beginning of the week.

There were giant "red spots" appearing just off the shore, said fishermen union president Juan Gutierrez.

By Tuesday, the red mass had moved to land.

"Millions of prawns were stranded on the beach," a shocked Mr Gutierrez said.

"I've been a fisherman 39 years and have never seen anything like it before."


At least 20 people were taken to hospital, two in a critical condition, after two tornadoes cut a path of destruction across Victoria's north-east last night.

A severe storm moved across an area stretching from Cobram to Rutherglen just after 7.00pm (AEDT), ripping roofs from houses and uprooting trees.

Ambulance Victoria says a man in his 50s was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with head, pelvic and abdominal injuries, while another man in his 50s was flown to the Alfred Hospital with serious head injuries.

Teacher Lucy Meadows Found Dead

A male primary school teacher who began a new term as a woman has been found dead.

Pupils at St Mary Magdalen's C of E Primary School in Accrington, Lancashire, were told in December that Nathan Upton should be addressed as Miss Meadows after the Christmas break.

This week they were informed that their teacher, Lucy Meadows, had died. The 32-year-old was found at a house in Accrington on Tuesday.

N. Korea video depicts invasion of South, US hostages

'Chemical weapons use in Syria is lose-lose for Assad'

Explosions rock Syria's major cities

Bank employees clash with Cyprus police

Police probe Texas link to Colorado prison chief killing

A high-speed car chase and shootout in Texas on Thursday may be connected to the slaying of the head of Colorado's prison system, who was gunned down at his home and may have been targeted for his work with law enforcement, police said.

Tom Clements, who was appointed two years ago as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was shot on Tuesday night at his home in a secluded wooded area near the town of Monument, 45 miles south of Denver.

20ft Air Force drone found floating off the Florida Keys - months after the $600,000 craft was shot down

The picturesque waters of the Florida Keys received an unwanted visitor when a giant orange drone this weekend that crashed after it was shot down by the U.S. Air Force. The remote-controlled craft was found floating in the water off the Upper Keys over the weekend by boaters in the area. The BQM-167 aerial target drone, was later confiscated by the U.S. Coast Guard and returned to the Air Force, which will repair the craft so that it my occupy the skies again.


Paul Schlosser Leaked video shows prison captain pepper-spraying a restrained inmate and taunting him as he cries for help

'EU loses cash control over Cyprus if Russia gives money'

Even Ebel 'basically dead' after taking a bullet to the the head following 100mph car pursuit

The man suspected of gunning down Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, left, was shot in the head by police during a dramatic car chase in Texas today. Even Ebel, right, shot and wounded a Texas deputy during a routine traffic stop and then led officers on a high speed chase across two counties. Ebel is a member of the 211 gang - a white supremacist group involved in numerous high profile crimes in Colorado.

Has Qatada posted more online rants? Jihadi articles 'written while under surveillance'

Hate preacher Abu Qatada is being investigated for allegedly posting extremist propaganda on the internet while his every move was being monitored by security officials.

Anti-terror police raided his home after they found fresh jihadi articles on the internet, and are probing if they have been written by Qatada.

If the allegations are true, it would make a mockery out of strict controls he has been placed under since his release from jail last year.
The Jordanian-born extremist was subjected to some of the tightest bail conditions ever imposed in Britain on his release.

Dead Broke: Cyprus turns to Russia after EU terms rejected, Merkel furious

Jordan Sheard killed autistic gay teenager at his 18th birthday party by covering him in tanning oil and setting him alight and is Jailed for Just three years and six months

Steven Simpson (pictured right) was doused in tanning oil at his home in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, before Jordan Sheard (pictured left) held a lighter to his groin, engulfing him in flames which caused 60 per cent burns. Sheard was sentenced to three years and six months.

Byron Unit 2 nuclear reactor shut down, cooling pump malfunction

Operators at Byron Generating Station manually shut down the Unit 2 reactor at 7:51 p.m. CDT Wednesday to address a main generator cooling pump malfunction. The generator and pump are on the non nuclear side of the plant.

The plant responded as expected and the shutdown was performed safely and without incident. Operators are investigating the cause of the pump malfunction.

Byron Unit 1 continues to operate at full power.

Drought that ravaged US crops likely to worsen in 2013, forecast warns

The historic drought that laid waste to America's grain and corn belt is unlikely to ease before the middle of this year, a government forecast warned on Thursday.

The annual spring outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted hotter, drier conditions across much of the US, including parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, where farmers have been fighting to hang on to crops of winter wheat.

The three-month forecast noted an additional hazard, however, for the midwest: with heavy, late snows setting up conditions for flooding along the Red and Souris rivers in North Dakota.

Berlin police helicopter collision caught on film

Italian political leaders hope to bring direction to a government at sea

It has been nearly four weeks since Italians went to the polls and the country is still drifting rudderless without a functioning government. This week, political leaders are holding two days of crucial talks with Italy's ceremonial president of the republic, Giorgio Napolitano.

The talks began Wednesday morning and are expected to conclude at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rome.

Italy's February elections were inconclusive, and have created a political gridlock that is hobbling the country's economy.

The nation is currently in its longest recession in 20 years. It's economy -- Europe's third-largest with a government debt the Treasury Ministry puts at $2.6 trillion -- shrank by 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, Eurobarometer says.

Is Osborne risking a US style housing bubble?

On the surface, George Osborne’s flagship Help to Buy scheme looks like a masterstroke that will make mortgages more affordable to first-time buyers and thus help boost the economy.

The property market is becalmed because many banks and building societies, having paid the price of irresponsible loans which helped contribute to the credit crisis, now demand deposits of at least 20 per cent of a home’s value before they will offer a mortgage.

This caution means that tens of thousands of potential buyers cannot afford the necessary downpayment.

Suicide bombing kills top pro-Assad preacher

A suicide bomb ripped through a mosque in the heart of the Syrian capital on Thursday, killing a top Sunni Muslim preacher and outspoken supporter of President Bashar Assad in one of the most stunning assassinations of Syria’s 2-year-old civil war. At least 41 others were killed and more than 84 wounded.

The slaying of Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti removes one of the few remaining pillars of support for Mr. Assad among the majority Sunni sect that has risen up against him.

It also marks a new low in the Syrian civil war. While suicide bombings blamed on Islamic extremists fighting with the rebels have become common, Thursday’s attack was the first time a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a mosque.

Sarkozy Faces Charges In Corruption Probe

Preliminary charges have been filed against Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations he took financial advantage of an elderly L'Oreal heiress.

The move means the former French president is under formal investigation, accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash from Liliane Bettencourt to illegally finance his 2007 election campaign.

The 90-year-old was declared in a state of dementia in 2006 and was placed under the guardianship of her family in 2011.

The preliminary charges were issued after Mr Sarkozy was questioned for several hours in a Bordeaux courthouse, according to the prosecutor's office.

Philadelphia Shooting: Dramatic Footage Released

Police have released dramatic video of a gunman firing into a Philadelphia takeaway shop and wounding three people.

The surveillance footage shows a man in a grey tracksuit walking up to the Chinese takeaway and blasting through the front door on Tuesday night.

Police posted the video, which features images from inside the shop as well as from a camera outside, on YouTube in an attempt to try and find the suspect.

UK Spring Weather: Snow And Rain Warning For Drivers......Will this European Winter ever end!

Motorists have been warned against driving in some areas as heavy rain hit the South West and forecasters said snow could cause widespread disruption further north.

The Met Office has issued a cold weather amber alert - the second highest warning on its scale - as rain, sleet and snow, coupled with strong winds, spread from the South West.

Up to 60mm of rain is expected in some areas, according to the Met Office.

Seventy-nine flood alerts,