Tuesday, April 2, 2013

François Hollande rocked as minister confesses to lying over tax evasion

In a bombshell confession, the former French Budget Minister, Jerome Cahuzac, has admitted that he had lied repeatedly to the President, parliament and public and had cheated on his taxes for 20 years.

Mr Cahuzac's admission he had €600,000 in an illegal offshore bank account dealt a devastating blow to a Socialist president and government already facing public rage over tax rises, cuts and high unemployment.

President François Hollande said tonight that Mr Cahuzac had committed an "unpardonable moral fault" by lying for four months to the Elysée Palace and the National Assembly. However, in a further, deep embarrassment for the President, the investigative newspaper, Le Canard Enchainé will report today that Mr Hollande saw evidence pointing to Mr Cahuzac's possible guilt as long ago as December.


MPs urge Cameron to speed up EU vote

More than 100 Conservative MPs challenged David Cameron yesterday to accelerate his promise to hold a referendum on loosening Britain's ties with the European Union.

The Prime Minister is facing an ominous new rebellion less than three months after winning backbench plaudits for his pledge to hold a referendum on the UK's membership if he wins the next general election in 2015. Eurosceptic MPs are now pressing him to bring in legislation before the election to pave the way to the vote on the EU.

A letter calling on him to support the move and requesting a meeting was delivered to Downing Street by the Basildon and Billericay MP, John Baron. He said: "It is a strongly worded letter but it is congratulatory of the Prime Minister. The referendum promise had to be credible and believable


UN overwhelmingly approves global arms trade treaty

The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful U.S. pro-gun lobbying group that has opposed the treaty from the start, said it was a sad day for the United States, which joined the vast majority of U.N. member states by voting for the pact.

Iran, Syria and North Korea cast the sole votes against the treaty. The same three states last week prevented a treaty-drafting conference at U.N. headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the pact.


US acts to calm fears over North Korea's 'alarming' nuclear plan

The US described the prospect of North Korea restarting a mothballed atomic reactor as "extremely alarming" on Tuesday.

North Korea said it would reactivate all facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex to ease its electricity shortage and strengthen its nuclear capability. The reactor was shut down in 2007 as part of international nuclear disarmament talks that have since stalled.

The move came a day after Pyongyang announced a "new strategic line" focusing on its nuclear programme and economy.


Seven meningitis cases reported West Virginia

Seven people in West Virginia have been diagnosed with meningitis related to recalled vials of a steroid made at a Massachusetts compounding center, according to the state Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services.

No one in West Virginia has died from the infection, according to the state.

All of the cases have been patients treated at the Pars Interventional Pain and Wellness Center. The Parkersburg clinic is the only West Virginia clinic of the 75 facilities in 23 states to have received the contaminated injections, according to the state.

Nationwide, there have been 730 reported cases of fungal meningitis including 51 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infection is not contagious.


Brazil: Bus Plunges Off Bridge Killing Seven

The bus landed on is its roof after falling 30ft (10 metres) onto Rio's Avenida Brasil.

Sergio Simoes, who heads Rio state's civil defence department, said the dead were five men and two women. He added that the number of injured was likely to rise.

He said it was unclear how many were aboard and whether any of the passengers were children.

Emergency response teams could be seen evacuating the injured from the overturned bus as rush-hour traffic stood at a standstill, with some of those hurt evacuated by helicopter.


US 'Won't Accept' Nuclear North Korea

The United States has said it will "not accept" North Korea as a nuclear state - as Pyongyang raised tensions by refusing the South entry to a joint industrial complex.

The North says it will restart all nuclear facilities including its mothballed Yongbyon reactor, which is able to produce bomb-grade plutonium

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un insisted it was only seeking a deterrent and did not repeat recent threats to attack South Korea and the US.


2.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI - 3rd April 2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 03:20:33 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 10:20:33 PM at epicenter
36.398°N, 89.640°W
13.4 km (8.3 miles)
2 km (1 miles) E (86°) from Hayward, MO

Iceland Earthquake Swarm: Tjörnes fracture zone has seen over 600 Earthquakes in the past 48 Hours

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 3rd April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.4
Date time 2013-04-03 02:45:26.6 UTC
Location 27.74 N ; 18.28 W
Depth 19 km
93 km SW of Fuencaliente de la Palma, Spain / pop: 1,894 / local time: 03:45:26.6 2013-04-03

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MARIANA ISLANDS REGION - 3rd April 2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 02:22:39 UTC
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 12:22:39 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
21.234°N, 144.108°E
108.2 km (67.2 miles)
112 km (69 miles) NW of Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 3rd April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-04-03 00:29:46.0 UTC
Location 66.62 N ; 17.95 W
Depth 1 km
67 km NE of Siglufjörður / pop: 1,391 / local time: 00:29:00.0 2013-04-03

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 2nd April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.5
Date time 2013-04-02 23:05:10.0 UTC
Location 66.22 N ; 17.37 W
Depth 20 km
19 km N of Húsavík, Iceland / pop: 2,338 / local time: 23:05:10.0 2013-04-02

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 2nd April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Date time 2013-04-02 22:52:13.0 UTC
Location 66.10 N ; 17.26 W
Depth 12 km
7 km NE of Húsavík, Iceland / pop: 2,338 / local time: 22:52:13.0 2013-04-02

Kaesong closes: North bans S Korea entry to industrial zone

North Korea has banned the entry of South Koreans to a joint industrial complex in a rare move amid high tensions on the Korean peninsula, the South's Unification Ministry said.

Wednesday's move sparked fears the North could carry out its threatened shutdown of the complex as part of a standoff with Washington and Seoul.

"The North this morning notified us that it will only allow returning trips from Kaesong and will ban trips to the complex," Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk told reporters.

Kim said the North had not specified how long the ban would remain in effect.

The ministry said 861 South Korean workers are in the industrial complex while 179 workers await entry.


4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 2nd April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-04-02 22:09:55.2 UTC
Location 66.42 N ; 17.32 W
Depth 1 km
41 km N of Húsavík, Iceland / pop: 2,338 / local time: 22:09:55.2 2013-04-02

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 2nd April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Date time 2013-04-02 22:07:37.9 UTC
Location 66.47 N ; 17.38 W
Depth 22 km
47 km N of Húsavík, Iceland / pop: 2,338 / local time: 22:07:37.9 2013-04-02

Cops shoot unarmed man 16 times while in bed, Department of Corrections says: "OK"

A King County man was shot while sleeping in his bed 16 times by local police who invaded the house. Police declared they “felt threatened” by the man who was not the subject of a warrant or investigation. The Department of Corrections and the Kings County Sheriff’s office saw no problem with the random shooting stating it was in compliance with the law. One of the deputies involved in the shootings Detective Aaron Thompson received sustained violations for abuse of authority and poor performance. The man who was shot has no criminal record and has lost his ability to make a living due to his injuries. Apparently the officers were serving an arrest warrant on someone other than the actual victim and they did not ask the owner of the house if there were any weapons present or if a third-party resided there. The detectives involved did not work with other detectives who were present or contact a supervisor before attempting to serve the warrant that ended in the tragic shooting.


North Korea analyst: 'One of the most dangerous moments'

Thumbing its nose again at the international community, North Korea announced Tuesday that it would restart a nuclear reactor that was closed in 2007 under a six-nation disarmament agreement.

Although Pyongyang claimed in the past that the reactor's purpose was to generate electricity, this time the regime declared outright it would also be "bolstering up the nuclear armed force both in quantity and in quality."

"I have to say this is one of the most dangerous moments since 1953," said Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Beijing’s Renmin University, referring to the end of the Korean War.



Israeli planes carried out bombing sorties over the Gaza Strip late Tuesday night, responding to rocket attacks out of the Palestinian enclave earlier in the day.

The air force bombing was the first Israeli attack on Gaza since an informal cease-fire was signed between Jerusalem and the Strip’s Hamas rulers in November following an eight-day mini-war to stem rocket fire dubbed Pillar of Defense.


Damascus synagogue damaged by fighting

Armed men attack Baghdad newspaper offices over story on cleric

Men armed with pistols, knives and steel pipes stormed into three Baghdad newspaper offices, beating employees and smashing computers after publication of an article about a Shi'ite Muslim cleric, police and editors said on Tuesday.

Monday's attacks illustrated the stubborn influence of hardline Islamist militias in Iraq, where Sunni and Shi'ite insurgents often imposed their own fundamentalist vision on the streets during the height of sectarian war a few years ago.

"A group of men armed with steel pipes and knives attacked three newspaper offices in Baghdad. Some of the employees were wounded and we have arrested two of the assailants," a police source said.


4.9 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 17:47:02 UTC
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 05:47:02 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
19.715°S, 177.716°W
576.1 km (358.0 miles)
145 km (90 miles) NE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 17:26:38 UTC
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 01:26:38 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
2.644°N, 126.900°E
38.4 km (23.9 miles)
159 km (98 miles) NW of Tobelo, Indonesia

Palestinian prisoner death in Israel sparks riots & hunger strikes

Celente: US has wars to fight, not eroding infrastructure to fix

WHO confirms cases of new bird flu strain in China

Mick and Mairead Philpott 'Did Nothing To Save Children'

Brothers who tried to save the Philpotts' children from the fire have told Sky News their parents did nothing to help, describing them as "a couple of statues".

Jamie and Darren Butler, who live on Victory Road, the same road as the Philpotts, rushed to the scene after they were woken by screams.

The front door, which was PVC, had already melted away. Jamie, 37, scrambled over a caravan to get in through the back.

"You couldn't really see nothing, there was confusion.


Obama launches research initiative to study human brain..

he White House unveiled details on Tuesday of a new initiative to study the human brain with the goal of creating effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other disorders.

Called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, the program aims to help researchers see how brain cells and neural circuits interact through technology that produces "dynamic pictures" of the brain.

It is to be funded with $100 million from President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget. The White House is slated to release Obama's budget next week.


Insight: Inside Laiki - Countdown to catastrophe

On the evening of the last Wednesday in March, the directors of Laiki bank, the second largest in Cyprus, gathered in their sixth floor board room for the last time.

With the portraits of chairmen past staring down at them, they all resigned, something that had become inevitable earlier in the week when each director received a letter from the Central Bank of Cyprus telling them a special administrator had been appointed to run their bank and the board was suspended.

After less than an hour, the board broke up for the last time, its members accepting that their 112-year-old institution was no more. "It was like a funeral," one director said.


Six arrested in bribe probe into New York mayor's race

Six New York politicians were arrested for their alleged role in a bribery scandal in which a prominent Democrat paid top Republicans for permission to run on their ticket in the city's upcoming mayoral race, prosecutors said.

Authorities described the scheme - potentially one of the biggest political scandals to hit New York in years - as an attempt to game the city's first wide-open mayoral election in more than a decade. New York will choose a new mayor in November, before Michael Bloomberg's third term wraps up at the end of the year.


Startling Images of Rooftop Scuffles in China During Forced Eviction

Online message boards in Japan began buzzing this afternoon after photos surfaced depicting conflicts between residents in Jiangxi Province, China, and the authorities charged with removing them. With demolition of the buildings already in progress, men and woman can be seen standing their ground on rooftops, some even defending themselves with long poles, in scenes that resemble riots.

Forced eviction is not uncommon in China. In the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an estimated 1.5 million people’s homes were demolished for the sake of construction and beautification, with frequent claims that as well as being poorly compensated by the government, many residents were forced to take new homes that were far removed from their homeland or place of occupation.

But even with the Olympic Games long since past, it seems that authorities in China continue to demolish buildings in the name of progress, removing former residents against their will. In the following photos we see residents in Southeast China’s Nanchang City struggling with wrecking crews as buildings are torn down alongside a new road. Quite what the pictured residents’ individual circumstances are is uncertain, but it is clear that many are far from happy to leave.


Matt's question:
Would this forced eviction had been successful if that woman on the opposite roof had possessed an assault rifle? Would the thousands across China every day have been?

U.N. passes sweeping international arms regulation viewed by some as Second Amendment override

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday signed off on a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty to regulate the international arms trade, brushing aside worries from U.S. gun rights advocates that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the American gun market.

The long-debated U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) requires countries to regulate and control the export of weaponry such as battle tanks, combat vehicles and aircraft and attack helicopters, as well as parts and ammunition for such weapons. It also provides that signatories will not violate arms embargoes, international treaties regarding illicit trafficking, or sell weaponry to a countries for genocide, crimes against humanity or other war crimes.

With the Obama administration supporting the final treaty draft, the General Assembly vote was 154 to 3, with 23 abstentions.


A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.

The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.


5.5 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 15:13:41 UTC
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 12:13:41 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
7.361°S, 128.544°E
154.1 km (95.8 miles)
313 km (194 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 14:34:55 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 05:34:55 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
40.381°S, 45.288°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
751 km (466 miles) NW of Ile aux Cochons,

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 13:41:10 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 11:41:10 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
39.537°N, 143.240°E
37.6 km (23.4 miles)
111 km (68 miles) E of Miyako, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 13:06:02 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 11:06:02 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
39.592°N, 143.177°E
28.7 km (17.8 miles)
105 km (65 miles) E of Miyako, Japan

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 12:56:23 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 03:56:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
40.409°S, 45.368°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
745 km (462 miles) NNW of Ile aux Cochons,

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 11:01:21 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 02:01:21 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
40.376°S, 45.340°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
749 km (465 miles) NNW of Ile aux Cochons,

Mohammed Hussein Shot Dead In North London Named

A 19-year-old man who died after he was shot in the chest in north London has been named.

Mohammed Hussein was found collapsed in Bounces Road, Edmonton at around 9.45pm on Monday.

Paramedics battled for half an hour to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Mick And Mairead Philpott Guilty Over Fire Deaths of their 6 Children

Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead have been found guilty of the manslaughter of six children in a fire at their house in Derby.

Their friend Paul Mosley was also convicted of manslaughter over the petrol-fuelled blaze that engulfed the semi-detached house at Allenton, Derby in May last year.

Mick Philpott stared straight ahead as the guilty verdict was read out, but when his wife was convicted he shook his head as she looked down at the floor clasping a tissue in her hands.

Mosley showed no emotion as he heard the guilty verdicts.


FEMA prepares for "Alien invasion that starts zombie apocalypse": Nevada 2014 Governor David Lory VanDerBeek (Not a joke)

Matt's thoughts:
I found his part on propaganda most interesting. The TV shows, the movies, etc, all train people to think that such events are normal and should be expected. Even reading the Youtube comments on that video, you'll see people saying things like, "Hey, it was just a fun way to have an exercise," as if completely oblivious to the possibilities of what's truly happening.

Cyprus finance minister quits

Cypriot Finance Minister Michael Sarris quit on Tuesday after concluding talks with foreign lenders on a bailout that forced the island to slap unprecedented losses on bank depositors in return for aid.

The news came after Cyprus announced a partial relaxation of currency controls, raising the ceiling for financial transactions that do not require central bank approval, but keeping most other restrictions in place.

Sarris, who was dispatched to Moscow last month but returned empty-handed as Cyprus sought Russian aid after rejecting a European bank levy proposal, said his main goal of agreeing a deal with lenders had been accomplished.


North Korea 'crisis gone too far' says UN's Ban Ki-moon

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said the North Korea "crisis has gone too far" after Pyongyang announced plans to restart its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Andorra, Mr Ban called for urgent talks with the North.

The move by Pyongyang is the latest in a series of measures in the wake of its third nuclear test in February.

North Korea has been angered by the resultant UN sanctions and joint US-South Korea annual military drills.


North Korea sharpens nuclear threat

A day after Pyongyang declared it was in a "state of war" with South Korea, the politburo of the isolated regime defied the latest round of international sanctions by setting a twin strategy for the year of "carrying out economic development and building nuclear armed forces simultaneously".

The official Korean Central News Agency pronounced that nuclear weapons "can never be abandoned as long as imperialists and nuclear weapons exist on earth".

It added that it would not negotiate over its atomic programme, a "treasure" and not a "political bargaining chip" to be abandonned for any amount of aid.


Graham Ovenden convicted of child sex offences

An internationally renowned artist has been convicted of sex offences against children.

A jury at Truro crown court found Graham Ovenden, 70, guilty of four charges of indecency with a child.

On the direction of Judge Graham Cottle, the jury cleared the pensioner, a former pupil under Sir Peter Blake and who has had work exhibited in galleries across the globe, of three charges of indecent assault.


Exxon pipeline breaks in Arkansas spiling into neighborhoods

Stephanie Shields and her two children found dead in their Minnesota home 'in suspected murder-suicide'

Authorities in Minnesota suspect that a tragic mother killed herself and her two young children after her veteran husband left her over a week ago. Police in Zimmerman, discovered the bodies of Stephanie Shields, 35, seven-year-old Nolan Shields and six-year-old Josephine Shields (pictured) on Sunday morning and said that no suspects are being sought.


The secret Nazi plan to blow up cities and boil oceans with a mile-wide 'SUN GUN' (Global warming scam wasn't around back then)

It may sound like a something a Bond villain would propose, but these amazing pictures reveal the secret plans drawn up by the German army to create a mile-wide 'space gun' powered by the sun.

The giant mirror could be used to focus the sun on a target - rather like the magnifying glasses often used by children to create fire.

The pictures, from Life magazine in 1945, reveal to its readers how 'U.S. Army technical experts came up with the astonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a ‘sun gun’.'


Much Wenlock, Shropshire: armed gunman walks down the street after threatening to shoot police officers

Armed police swooped on the man in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, after he was seen 'calmly' walking down a road smoking a cigarette as he held the weapon.

He then attempted to force his way into what is believed to be a serving policeman's former home before trained marksmen fired a shot in his direction - which missed.

A police dog was then released which tackled the gunman so that officers could make an arrest.


European Commission broadens the scope of its analysis of Member States' justice systems

EU Justice Scoreboard: European Commission broadens the scope of its analysis of Member States' justice systems

The European Commission has today unveiled a new comparative tool to promote effective justice systems in the European Union and thereby reinforce economic growth. The ‘European Justice Scoreboard’ will provide objective, reliable and comparable data on the functioning of the justice systems in the EU’s 27 Member States. Improving the quality, independence and efficiency of judicial systems already forms part of the EU’s economic policy coordination process under the European Semester, which is aimed at laying the foundations for a return to growth and job creation.

“The attractiveness of a country as a place to invest and do business is undoubtedly boosted by having an independent and efficient judicial system,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner. “That is why predictable, timely and enforceable legal decisions are important and why national judicial reforms became an important structural component of the EU’s economic strategy. The new European Justice Scoreboard will act as an early warning system and will help the EU and the Member States in our efforts to achieve more effective justice at the service of our citizens and businesses.”


How the European Union killed Cyprus in one day

ReutersAnti-bailout protesters hold a banner and a Cypriot flag in capital city Nicosia.

SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — With no other source of aid available and the European Central Bank threatening withdrawal of emergency funding, Cyprus faced default and rapid economic collapse.

After balking at the original, controversial bailout provision that required ordinary depositors to pay a “tax” or “solidarity levy” on Cypriot bank deposits, Cyprus struck an amended deal early Monday with the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund — collectively known as the troika.

The new measure staves off the risk of immediate collapse and the threat of Cyprus’s having to abandon the euro. But the plan doesn’t solve Cyprus’s problem. Or the euro zone’s.

The Cypriot bank-restructuring plan may not raise sufficient funds. It will encourage deposit flight, compounding the problems. As with Greece, there is a risk that Cyprus will need additional assistance, entailing further write-offs of depositors’ funds. And, as with Greece, privatization proceeds and the revenue from increased taxes may not reach targeted levels.


Germany and European Commission help Greece expand renewable energy sector, ......Won't be long before they Help Cyprus with their Gas Fields

Germany, the European Commission and Greece have signed a joint declaration of intent to reform and expand the Greek renewable energy sector.

All parties concerned aim to help Greece to profit both from the recent fall in technology costs, especially in the PV sector, and from Germany and the EU's experience in the renewable energy sector, thus making the country fitter to address the challenges of renewable energy expansion.

Although Greece has far more solar radiation than Germany, its support costs for PV are significantly higher, which the Greek government last year proposed on cutting.

In November 2012, the Greek Parliament passed an austerity package which included a tax on existing solar power plants.


European Union in "denial" that sick economy costs lives, health experts say

Europe's financial crisis is costing lives, with suicides and infectious diseases on the rise, yet politicians are not addressing the problem, health experts said on Wednesday.

Deep budget cuts and growing unemployment are tipping more people into depression, and falling incomes mean fewer people can see their doctors or afford to buy medicines.

The result has been a reversal since 2007 of a long-term decline in suicide rates, coupled with worrying outbreaks of diseases including HIV - and even malaria - in Greece, according to an major analysis of European health in The Lancet journal.


White House not seeing major mobilizations by North Korea

The United States takes seriously North Korea's war threats but has not seen any sort of large-scale mobilization of troops or positioning of forces by Pyongyang, the White House said on Monday.

"We haven't seen actions to back up the rhetoric," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

North Korea said last week it is in a "state of war" with South Korea and issued other threats that heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.


Underground nuclear tests

Shocking footage: Drunk man hangs upside down from electricity wires in China

Mali Maelstrom: 'New redivision of Africa has begun'

Hong Kong and Taiwan Worried About Bird Flu

Recently, human infection with the H7N9 avian
influenza virus was discovered for the first time.
Three people from Shangahi City and Anhui Province
were infected.
Two of them died, and one is in critical condition.

So far, the source of this illness is unknown.
Human to human transmission cannot be ruled out.
Many people in Mainland China are panicking and protesting
against the government's reluctance to report the cases.
Some experts question whether dead pigs drifting on the
Huangpu River might be related the outbreak of the bird flu.

On March 31st the Mainland Health Committee reported that
three people were infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus.
They were both male, 87 and 27 years of age.
They were infected on February 19th and February 27th.
One died on March 4th and the other on March 10th.
A female patient, 35, from Anhui Province was infected
on March 9th. She is in critical condition.

Keystoned? Oil rivers flow through Arkansas after Exxon pipeline spill

UN official to explain presence of peacekeepers in Mali

Cashpoint Explosion CCTV Of Thieves' Attack

Petrol station ATM blast: Man arrested over Hampshire explosion

A man has been arrested after a petrol station cash point was blown up.

Thieves detonated a device at the machine at Texaco in Amesbury Road, Weyhill, Hampshire, early on Sunday. No one was injured.

CCTV footage captured the blast which left bank notes strewn on the ground. It is not thought a significant amount of money was stolen.

A Bristol man was held on suspicion of theft and causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property.

The 26-year-old is currently in custody.


France and Germany opt out of UK's EU membership review

France and Germany have decided not to contribute to a review of the impact of EU powers on the UK, it has emerged.

The review, launched last year, is seen as preparing the groundwork for the UK's renegotiation of its membership of the EU, as promised by David Cameron.

But France and Germany, who previously criticised an "a la carte" approach to Europe, have decided not to take part in the "domestic political exercise".

A Foreign Office source said ministers were "unworried" by the situation.


Militants destroy Pakistan power grid

Armed militants attack and burn the biggest power station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan, killing seven people.

The Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf said dozens of militants were involved in attacking the power grid station at Sheikh Mohammadi in Badhber.

He said the militants attacked it with rockets and mortars, suspending power supply to half of Peshawar city and adjoining areas.

"The militants first killed a police constable and security guard of the water and power department deployed on main entrance of the power hous," the police official said.


PC Kelly Jones to sue garage owner after tripping on kerb, despite her Father saying she planned to drop it

A police officer is to press ahead with legal action against a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb while attending a suspected break-in, despite her father saying she planned to drop it.

A spokesman for the Police Federation, which is funding PC Kelly Jones's legal costs, said she planned to continue the claim against the owner of Nuns' Bridges filling station in Thetford, Norfolk, even though her father, Danny Harle, said she would drop it after being upset at the strong reaction it had prompted.

Harle, 58, told the Daily Mirror she felt she had been persecuted. He added: "All she did was follow standard police procedure. There was never any mention of figures. She was expecting a couple of grand, not £500,000.


North Korea to restart nuclear reactor

U.S. accuses Egypt of stifling freedoms .....Hahahaha *wipes away tears*...sorry composed now, phew!, that was funny

Court says city of Stockton, California may proceed with bankruptcy

A federal judge on Monday approved the city of Stockton's petition for bankruptcy in a case that sets the stage for a lengthy battle between bondholders and the California pension system.

In a case being studied by other cash-strapped American cities including Detroit, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein's decision was a setback for bondholders and insurers who had resisted the California city's bankruptcy filing. Stockton is the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy.

The judge also signaled that the California Public Employees Retirement System's position in the case was not above review. Stockton, a city of 300,000, has so far not reduced pension payments to retired city workers, although it has eliminated retiree healthcare benefits.


European manufacturing ebbs further in March

Manufacturing across Europe's major economies endured another month of mostly deep decline in March, dragging down even former bright spots, surveys showed on Tuesday.

The slump among British manufacturers eased slightly, but overall purchasing managers indexes (PMIs) made gloomy reading.

Factories in Germany and Ireland, the relative stars of February's PMIs, fell back into decline last month. Everywhere else, the industrial rot extended.


Cyprus to pay 2.5 percent interest rate on bailout loans, repayment to start in 10 years.....Not bad deal for Selling out and Stitching up their own People!

China: Drunk Man Dangles From Power Cables

A drunk man found himself dangling nine metres (30ft) above the ground from high-tension cables after climbing up a utility pole in China.

The man moved along the cables for 15 minutes - unaware of the danger - while one firefighter climbed up the pole to persuade him to get down.

The power supply to the area had been cut off to prevent him from being electrocuted.


Brazil: CCTV Catches Police 'Ignoring' Murders

Eight Brazilian police officers have been arrested after security camera footage showed two teenagers being murdered as officers in a police car parked metres away apparently did nothing.

The footage, which was shown on Brazilian television, showed two men on a motorcycle gunning down two youngsters in the popular Bras neighbourhood of Sao Paulo.

Images from a separate camera show that at the time of the murders, a military police vehicle was parked around 50m away from where the victims were shot.

After the shooting it was seen simply driving off in scenes that the Civilian Police Director of Sao Paulo described as "shocking".


Chancellor insists that those who "get up in the morning and work hard" will be rewarded......I wake up every morning, work hard and pay my taxes......Do I feel Rewarded?..........Nope still feeling Screwed!

George Osborne is robustly defending the Government's controversial benefits shake-up - insisting Britain can no longer afford to reward people who do the "wrong thing".

Speaking at a supermarket distribution centre in Kent, the Chancellor condemned the old system as "fundamentally broken", and warned Labour that they were out of step with public opinion on the issue.

Mr Osborne insisted that nine out of 10 working households will be better off as a result of the welfare and tax changes.


4.3 Magnitude Earthquake TIMOR REGION, INDONESIA - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 11:18:29 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 07:18:29 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
9.401°S, 123.641°E
91.2 km (56.7 miles)
26 km (16 miles) NNW of Naisano Dua, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 2nd April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.6
Date time 2013-04-02 11:03:54.0 UTC
Location 25.07 S ; 70.96 W
Depth 41 km
60 km NW of Taltal / pop: 10,018 / local time: 07:03:00.0 2013-04-02

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 11:01:21 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 02:01:21 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
40.376°S, 45.340°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
749 km (465 miles) NNW of Ile aux Cochons,

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES REGION, INDONESIA - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 10:10:44 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 06:10:44 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
8.752°S, 119.475°E
125.9 km (78.2 miles)
18 km (11 miles) S of Komodo, Indonesia

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 08:56:48 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 08:56:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
23.465°S, 179.693°W
554.8 km (344.8 miles)
328 km (203 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 2nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 08:55:55 UTC
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 08:55:55 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
66.491°N, 17.532°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
50 km (31 miles) N of Husavik, Iceland