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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Korea: Pull S.Koreans Out of Kaesong, Says Defense Minister

Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said he "personally agrees" with the idea of withdrawing all South Korean staff from the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea.

Kim was responding to a plea from Saenuri Party lawmaker Han Ki-ho in a meeting of the National Assembly's Defense Committee on Thursday.

Han said, "We should recommend to President Park Geun-hye that South Korean workers in Kaesong should return home. If any North Korean provocation were followed by retaliation, they could be held hostage."

Kim said the Unification Ministry is in charge and has already decided its policy. "As a defense minister, I will focus on military assistance in times of crisis," he added.

Abenomics is the only way to stop Japan's debt compound crisis: Ambrose Evans Pritchard

The great counter-attack against Abenomics has begun.

“What Japan is doing is actually quite dangerous because they’re doing it after 25 years of just simply accumulating deficits and not getting the economy going,” said George Soros on CNBC.

“If what they’re doing gets something started, they may not be able to stop it. If the yen starts to fall, which it has done, and people in Japan realise that it’s liable to continue and want to put their money abroad, then the fall may become like an avalanche.”

Kyle Bass from Hayman Capital says "macro tourists" – like me, I suppose – have lost their heads over Japan. The experiment will end in tears and an explosion of debt.

"What they're trying to do is materially devalue the currency, in order to become slightly more trade competitive, while attempting to hold their rates marketplace flat.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 6th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Date time 2013-04-06 19:05:59.0 UTC
Location 31.64 N ; 140.13 E
Depth 100 km
353 km S of Shimoda / pop: 26,704 / local time: 04:05:00.0 2013-04-07

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN XIZANG - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 18:36:44 UTC
Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 02:36:44 AM at epicenter
30.094°N, 88.081°E
34.7 km (21.6 miles)
285 km (177 miles) NNE (27°) from Namche Bazar, Nepal

Heavy rain and flooding devastate Peru

Taiwan prepares for bird flu outbreak

More bird flu cases reported in China

Two more people have contracted bird flu in Shanghai, China's health ministry said on Saturday, as authorities closed live poultry markets and culled birds to combat a new virus strain that has killed six people.

State-run Xinhua news agency said authorities planned to slaughter birds at two live poultry markets in Shanghai and another in Hangzhou after new samples of the H7N9 virus were detected in birds at the three sites.

More than 20,000 birds have been culled at another Shanghai market where traces of the virus were found this week.

Italy to pay 40 billion euros of state debt to companies

Italy's caretaker cabinet said on Saturday it would pay 40 billion euros ($52 billion) of the state's debts to private companies over the next 12 months, while vowing to stick within the European Union's deficit limit.

The government approved a decree intended to provide vital liquidity to cash-strapped firms and help tackle a deep recession in the euro zone's third-largest economy. But industry groups said it would still be difficult for businesses to claim their money despite the measures.

The massive backlog of bills owed by Italy's public administration has been a longstanding source of complaint by companies struggling to raise credit from banks facing increasingly tight credit conditions themselves.

Five die in Christian-Muslim clashes in Egypt

Five Egyptians were killed and eight wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town near Cairo, security sources said on Saturday, in the latest sectarian violence in the most populous Arab state.

Christian-Muslim confrontations have increased in Muslim-majority Egypt since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 gave freer rein to hardline Islamists repressed under his rule.

Four Christians and one Muslim were killed when members of both communities started shooting at each other in Khusus outside the Egyptian capital, the sources said.

North Korean General Staff: ‘Grave Situation’ Looming

WASHINGTON – As the North Korean government cautions staffers at British and other Western diplomatic missions that it can’t guarantee their safety after “April 10,” the North Korean General Staff is warning the United States again that it had “better ponder over the prevailing grave situation.”

The statement threatened to unleash “cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means” against what the North Koreans believe are U.S. preparations to wage a nuclear war against them.

“The merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified,” the General Staff statement said, indicating that in addition to the threat of a missile attack, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, may deploy its million-man army.

Is THIS Real Reason Obamas Confronting North Korea?

Is the Obama administration’s military build up in the Pacific part of the president’s so-called pivot-toward-Asia strategy, a move that could demonstrate the biggest shift in world power since World War II?

Specifically, is Washington using the North Korean nuclear standoff as an excuse to shift massive military might to Asia just as China and other powers seek to create a new economic order that would rival the Western-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund?

It is difficult for most seasoned observers to explain why Obama is suddenly responding to North Korean aggression when the White House did little in 2008 when North Korea refused to allow United Nations inspectors into its nuclear plants.

Ikea Withdraws Elk Lasagne After Pork Found

Ikea has removed 17,600 packets of elk lasagne from its European stores after traces of pork were discovered, it has emerged.

The food was removed from shelves on March 22 after tests by Belgian authorities revealed signs of the meat.

The tainted meat was produced for Ikea by Swedish supplier Familjen Dafgard - the same company that produces its meatballs.''

No Improvement for Fukushima Decontamination Workers – Subcontractors Still Only Paying One-fifth Minimum Wage

A dinner of boiled vegetables and 3.3 square meters of floor space for sleeping, those are the harsh conditions awaiting laborers who undertake government-mandated decontamination work necessitated by the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture. In some cases workers are basically laboring for free when taxpayer-funded danger pay is excluded from their pay packets.

General contractors at the top of the pay pyramid and farthest from the dangers of the worksite reap the greatest benefits. They are the ones who directly contract with the government to take on the decontamination work. Once contracted, these firms subcontract work out to other companies, who in turn do the same. Onsite workers are employed by companies that are three or four steps removed from the source of funds. After each firm has taken its cut, not much money is left for paying workers. In the chart below, the national government, which is the source of the funds, is highlighted in blue. It is followed by the general contractor, and then three subcontractors. Highlighted in orange at the bottom of the food chain are the workers taking all the health risks associated with the cleanup.

Bird Flu Hysteria: 'Big pharma ready to cash in before virus researched'

Rare video: Mayflower oil spill disaster zone in Arkansas

'US wants to take S. Korea into new Korean war'

H7N9 Outbreak in China: Truth More Serious Than Released Information?.....No Human to Human Transfer? First 3 to die were from the same Family!

Unsafe Haven: Trillions of offshore cash leaked, exposing rich & mighty

Polish wife who killed her husband by stamping repeatedly on his head, cannot be deported under EU rules

A Polish woman who killed her husband by repeatedly stamping on his head cannot be deported from Britain because of EU rules, it emerged today.

A judge rejected the Home Office's claim that Theresa Rafacz posed a danger to the public despite her admitting the 'gratuitous' attack.

Mr Justice Blake, the UK's most senior immigration judge, ruled that she could stay because her crime did not cross a 'seriousness threshold' under European law.

Sarah Groves found stabbed to death on Indian houseboat, as investigators say they have arrested a Dutch man who was also staying there

Sarah Groves (top picture), 24, was found dead inside the boathouse (bottom) this morning on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. A Dutch man, who had also been apparently staying in the houseboat, was arrested 45 miles away. Police have said he was trying to flee from the area, carrying his passport.

Lee Halpin Death: Two arrested after film-maker researching homelessness documentary is found dead

Friends believed that Lee Halpin, 26, who was discovered in a boarded up hostel on Wednesday morning, may have succumbed to hypothermia as temperatures reached as low as -4C overnight in the city.

But yesterday, detectives investigating Mr Halpin's death arrested a 26-year-old and a 30-year-old on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

A Northumbria police spokesman said the men had been bailed pending further inquiries and that a report was being prepared for the coroner.

North continues to block entry to joint zone

Deadly bird flu vindicates controversial research

Scientists in the Dutch city of Rotterdam know precisely what it takes for a bird flu to mutate into a potential human pandemic strain - because they've created just such mutant viruses in the laboratory.

So as they watch with some trepidation the emergence in China of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans, they also argue it vindicates their controversial decision to conduct these risky experiments despite fierce opposition.

Above all else, what the world needs to know about this new strain of H7N9 bird flu is how likely it is to be able to spread efficiently among human populations.

And according to Ab Osterhaus, a world leading flu researcher who is head of viroscience of the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, studies his team and another in the United States have been doing are the best way to find out.

"At the moment we don't know whether we should go for a full-blown alert or whether we can sit back and say this is just a minor thing," Osterhaus told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Assad says rebel victory would destabilize Middle East

President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria they could destabilize the Middle East for decades.

The Syrian leader, locked in a two-year conflict which he says has been fuelled by his regional foes, also criticized Turkey's "foolish and immature" leaders and Arab neighbors he said were arming and sheltering rebel fighters.

"If the unrest in Syria leads to the partitioning of the country, or if the terrorist forces take control ... the situation will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond," he said in an interview with Turkish television.

China closes live poultry markets on bird flu fear

Chinese officials have found traces of a new bird flu virus in more areas in Shanghai and in the nearby city of Hangzhou, news reports said on Saturday, as authorities slaughtered birds to stop the spread of the virus that has killed six people.

State-run Xinhua news agency said authorities planned to cull birds at two live poultry markets in Shanghai and another in Hangzhou after samples of the H7N9 virus were detected in birds at the three sites.

More than 20,000 birds have been culled at another Shanghai market where traces of the virus were found this week.

Suicide bomber kills 22 in Iraq election attack

A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 60 in a crowded election campaign tent in the Iraqi city of Baquba on Saturday, police and medics said.

A decade after the U.S.-led invasion, Iraq is still struggling with political instability and violence that in recent weeks has killed at least 10 candidates who had planned to run in forthcoming local elections.

The vote is due to be held across the country later in April, but has already been delayed in two Sunni Muslim-majority governorates due to security concerns.

Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension

Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges.

North Korean authorities told diplomatic missions they could not guarantee their safety from next Wednesday - after declaring that conflict was inevitable amid joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises due to last until the end of the month.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 12:27:56 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 10:27:56 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
4.194°S, 142.444°E
118.6 km (73.7 miles)
45 km (27 miles) W of Ambunti, Papua New Guinea

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 12:27:01 UTC
Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 01:27:01 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
19.463°S, 175.061°W
77.4 km (48.1 miles)
83 km (51 miles) WNW of Pangai, Tonga

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 12:06:26 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 09:06:26 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.409°S, 138.560°E
69.6 km (43.2 miles)
240 km (149 miles) WSW of Abepura, Indonesia

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake CRETE, GREECE - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 11:26:07 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 02:26:07 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
34.889°N, 24.085°E
35 km (21.7 miles)
53 km (32 miles) SE of Palaiochora, Greece

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 10:59:44 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 04:59:44 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
12.067°N, 87.795°W
47.7 km (29.6 miles)
82 km (50 miles) SW of Corinto, Nicaragua

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 10:55:42 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 08:55:42 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
4.654°S, 153.116°E
66.4 km (41.3 miles)
22 km (13 miles) SSE of Taron, PNG

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 10:04:10 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 07:04:10 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.468°S, 138.447°E
86 km (53.4 miles)
238 km (147 miles) ENE of Enarotali, Indonesia

Syrian Rebels: 'Oh Jews we are Coming for you'

Why North Korea is far from suicidal

North Korea is no laggard when it comes to bluster and vituperation.

For decades, the regime has issued threats of turning South Korea into a "sea of fire" or used choice words such as "human scum" or "political idiot" when denouncing South Korean and U.S. leaders.

But even measured against such standards, North Korea's barrage over the past month, from threatening to launch an "all-out war" to "diversified precision nuclear strike" against Washington, "wipe out" a South Korean island, or hurling a sexist insult against Park Geun-hye, South Korea's first female elected leader, to, most recently, warning of an imminent "moment of explosion," is quite unusual.

And now, after saying that plans for merciless operation has been "finally examined and ratified," Pyongyang is hinting at another long-range missile launch.

What's going on?

First, we must assume the North Korean leadership is not crazy or suicidal in spite of bizarre things it says and does.

Tropical fish stow away on tsunami-tossed boat

Italy: Triple suicide linked to economy woes

He was a clerk at a shoe company, though he hadn't worked for some time. She was a retired artisan. Together, they had no more than 500 euros a month, from her pension, to live off of.

On Friday, they were dead.

In Italy, a country in a deep economic malaise and political disarray, there's no shortage of people struggling nowadays. Even then, the suicides of Romeo Dionisi, 62, and Anna Maria Sopranzi, 68, struck a nerve -- triggering an outpouring of disbelief and sorrow not only in their seaside eastern Italian community, but around the nation.

72 killed in India building collapse

The death toll in a building collapse in Thane, India, jumped to 72 Saturday. Among those who died when the illegal structure near Mumbai crumbled are 26 children, according to R.S. Rajesh, spokesman for India's disaster response agency.

The gruesome succession of recovered corpses was interrupted by two hopeful moments.

A girl aged 10 miraculously crawled out of the debris Friday, CNN's sister network CNN-IBN reported.

North Korea: Fiery week of propaganda

North Korea: How North would attack the South

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL PERU - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 09:34:13 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 04:34:13 AM at epicenter
9.905°S, 75.487°W
45.1 km (28.0 miles)
76 km (47 miles) E (89°) from Huanuco, Peru

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN PERU - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 08:49:28 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 03:49:28 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
8.828°S, 78.654°W
77.6 km (48.2 miles)
17 km (10 miles) N of Puerto Santa, Peru

North Korea: US Deploys Spy Plane To Japan

Tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula amid reports the US has deployed an unmanned spy plane to Japan to boost its surveillance after North Korea readied missile launchers on its east coast.

The Global Hawk will be stationed at the US airbase in Misawa, northern Japan, in the first ever deployment of the aircraft in the country, the Sankei Shimbun reported, quoting government sources.

The US military informed Japan last month about plans to deploy the plane between June and September but has brought the date forward.

Shawn Eric Ford Jr 'bludgeoned his girlfriend's attorney father, 56, and mother, 59, to death with a sledgehammer a week after she was brutally stabbed'

The boyfriend of a girl whose parents were found bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer in their home on Tuesday has been arrested for the killings, police said.

Shawn Eric Ford Jr., 18, has been accused of the brutal murders of prominent attorney Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his 59-year-old wife, Margaret, in their home in Portage Lakes, Ohio.

Their murders came just a week after one of their daughters, Chelsea Schobert, suffered stab wounds and a fractured skull in an attack at a home in Akron. She is now recovering in hospital.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken: Anti-government parents who tied up grandmother and kidnapped their toddler sons after losing custody are 'SAILING into the Gulf of Mexico' in complex escape plan

Florida deputies on the hunt for Joshua and Sharyn Hakken accused of kidnapping their two young sons now believe that the family may be on board a 25-foot 1972 Morgan sailboat, which the father recently bought. After ditching their GMC pickup truck in a parking garage in Madeira Beach near the marina, the Hakkens were seen sailing in their boat underneath the John's Pass Bridge towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Michelle Obama calls herself a 'single mother' on the same day that her husband calls another woman attractive

Obama phones California attorney general to APOLOGIZE after calling her the 'best looking' prosecutor in the country

Gunman shoots up DAY CARE center in Canada killing an employee and himself

A man shot dead another man at a day care center in Quebec then killed himself, and the 53 children present were evacuated unharmed. Police said some may have watched the killings.

For a moment, Canada feared its own version of last year's deadly school shooting in the U.S., where 20 young children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Police on Friday received a call about an armed man with a shotgun threatening people, Gatineau Police Chief Mario Harel said.

Trayvon Martin's parents win 'more than $1m' in wrongful death suit against homeowner's association where the teen was fatally shot

Trayvon Martin's parents have settled a wrongful death claim, reportedly for more than $1 million, against the Florida homeowners association where their son was killed.

Trayvon was fatally shot by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhomes in Sanford, Florida in February of last year.

Zimmerman claims he shot Trayvon in self-defense after he saw the 17-year-old acting suspiciously in the neighborhood.

Army Reserve training material lists Catholics, evangelical Christians and some Jews in 'religious extremism' category along with the KKK, Hamas and Al Qaeda

A slideshow presentation shown to US Army Reserve recruits classifies Christians, including both evangelicals and Roman Catholics, as religious extremists, placing them in the same category as skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan, Hamas and Al Qaeda.

The presentation also warned that members of the military are prohibited from taking leadership roles in any organization the Pentagon considers 'extremist,' and from distributing the organization's literature, whether on or off a military installation.

The opening slide warns that 'the rise in hate crimes and extremism outside the military may be an indication of internal issues all [armed] services will have to face.'

Sarah Merkle impassioned plea to Maryland legislators AGAINST firearm restrictions

Alta Restaurant Hepatitis A Alert: Thousands of New York diners exposed to Hepatitis A after eating at on of the city's most fashionable restaurants

Anyone who ate dessert at one of Manhattan's top dinner spots, Alta Restaurant, within the last couple weeks may have been infected with Hepatitis A, according to the city Health Department.

Health officials are warning the thousands of patrons who ate at the West Village bistro between March 23 and April 2 to get a vaccination for the virus, which causes liver disease.

'We are asking these restaurant patrons to get this vaccination as a precautionary measure,' Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in a statement.

'If people experience symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately. This incident serves as an important reminder to always wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the spread of disease.'

PC Richard Seymour launches legal action against a shop owner after 'falling in a drain during burglary call-out' just days after a policewoman sues for tripping over a kerb

A police officer is suing a burglary victim for £10,000 after allegedly falling into a drain while investigating a break-in.

PC Richard Seymour says he tore an Achilles tendon and spent four months in a cast after the fall during a 4am call-out to the man's shop in March last year.

The 34-year-old officer is now suing owner Stuart Lambley for 'loss of overtime' during his six-month absence from work – despite being on full pay throughout this time.

Was Robert Maxwell a Soviet spy? FBI files reveal US fears the media mogul was working for Russia

The FBI feared that media mogul Robert Maxwell was a Soviet spy who tried to use his publishing empire to send intelligence behind the Iron Curtain, newly-released files have revealed.

The media mogul's attempts to publish papers from leading US universities in Russian repeatedly raised suspicions among leading academics.

Maxwell, who was born in Czechoslovakia, was building up his Pergamon Press publishing empire in the US in the late 1950s and 1960s when he was covertly investigated.

But the FBI concluded there was no evidence the businessman was involved in 'any acts of espionage' after carrying out extensive inquiries.

They closed the case in April 1957 but still faced further claims from scientists that he was working as a spy.

Whose side are they on? British Embassy refers to Falklands as the 'Malvinas' on anniversary of Conflict

The British Embassy in Colombia made an embarrassing gaffe when it referred to the Falklands Islands using the Argentinian name 'Malvinas'.

The embassy's Twitter account, @UKinColombia, repeatedly issued tweets containing the name advertising a debate on the future of the fought-over islands.

The use of the term 'Malvinas' is an embarrassment because it goes against the Government's policy of always calling them the Falkland Islands.

Donkey bomb explodes killing policeman in Aghanistan as Taliban turn live animals into explosives

A policeman has been killed and three civilians were injured after a bomb strapped to a donkey exploded at a police post in Afghanistan.

Local government spokesman Sarhadi Zwak says the animal blew up in front of the checkpoint in the Alingar district of Laghman province.

Mr Zwak said Taliban militants were responsible for the bomb, which was remotely detonated. Insurgents are finding new ways to thwart stepped up security measures in their bid to undermine confidence in the Afghan government.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 6th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-04-06 08:35:32.0 UTC
Location 20.47 S ; 69.02 W
Depth 101 km
120 km E of Iquique, Chile / pop: 227,499 / local time: 04:35:32.0 2013-04-06

US job fears wipe £25bn off FTSE as stock markets across the world reel from grim outlook

Nearly £25billion was wiped off the value of Britain’s top companies yesterday as bleak jobs news in the US sent stock markets tumbling.

The number of Americans in work rose by 88,000 in March – well below the 200,000 expected by analysts.

Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic slammed into reverse with the FTSE 100 index down 94.34 points in London to a two-month low of 6249.78.

What happened to the fantastic figures during election week?.....Did they sack the chef?

Steven Seagal trains armed posse to protect Arizona schools

Baroness Ashton in line for £133,000 a year... no work involved! EU foreign policy chief's bumper pay-off

Baroness Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, is in line to rake in £400,000 over three years from European taxpayers – without having to do any work.

Her job ends next year and her generous golden goodbye will amount to £133,500 a year – the equivalent of 55 per cent of her £287,543 salary – until the end of 2017.

On leaving office, the high representative of foreign affairs will immediately get one month’s salary, or £23,962.

She will then receive more than half her annual salary for the next three years.

The great recycling con trick: How 12million tons of your carefully sorted waste is being dumped in foreign landfill sites

Whitehall has admitted that waste from recycling bins is being shipped to countries including China, India and Indonesia, where much of it ends up in landfill. In papers published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, ministers concede that what happens to the 12 million tons of 'green' waste shipped abroad every year is largely beyond their control.

UN rights chief slams failure to shut Guantanamo

Washington is breaking international law by holding detainees indefinitely at Guantanamo and must honour a pledge to shut the controversial jail, the UN's human rights chief said Friday.

"I am deeply disappointed that the US government has not been able to close Guantanamo Bay, despite repeatedly committing itself to do so," Navi Pillay said in a statement.

"The continuing indefinite incarceration of many of the detainees amounts to arbitrary detention and is in clear breach of international law," she said.

"It severely undermines the United States' stance that it is an upholder of human rights... When other countries breach these standards, the US -- quite rightly -- strongly criticises them for it."

Israel police clash with Palestinian protesters injuring 35

Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators injured 35 people on Friday, Palestinian sources said, as protests sparked by the death of a Palestinian in an Israeli jail went on for a fourth day.

Around 10 demonstrators suffered minor injuries when police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse a protest in the Issawiya neighbourhood of annexed Arab east Jerusalem, an AFP correspondent reported.

Police made three arrests, a spokeswoman said.

Argentina protests after Kirchner is called 'an old hag'

Argentina has made an official protest after the Uruguayan president was caught on microphone apparently referring to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as an "old hag".

President Jose Mujica was overheard saying: "This old hag is even worse than the cross-eyed man."

A Uruguayan newspaper has posted audio of his comments on its website.

It has claimed that he was referring to Ms Fernandez and her late husband, who she succeeded as president.

Terrorists planning Somali attacks, government warns

Terrorists are in the final stages of planning attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the British government has warned.

Concerns about a possible attack were highlighted in a statement issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which already advises against all travel to Somalia.

The Foreign Office's website states that attacks in and around Mogadishu continue to be carried out by al-Shabaab, a terrorist group, and others opposed to the Somali government.


The Japanese whaling fleet has had it's worst ever season in the southern ocean, an anti-whaling group claims.

Sea Shepherd Australia says the Japanese fleet only managed to catch 103 whales in 2012-13, less than 10 per cent of their annual quota.

The Japanese Institute for Cetacean Research had intended to catch 50 humpback whales, 50 fin whales and 935 minke whales this season.

Sea Shepherd Australia Captain Siddharth Chakravarty is delighted to have held back the Japanese fleet saying it has lost prestige.

At least 60 killed in southern Nigeria road accident

At least 60 people lost their lives on Friday in a road accident which occurred on Benin- Ore road located in southern Nigeria, according to rescue officials and officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) .

A truck, luxury bus and fuel-laden tanker went aflame after a collision on the busy road, causing the multiple deaths, according to rescue officials.

One rescue official who declined to be mentioned said more than 60 people were burnt in the incident which also involved several vehicles on the road linking the two southern states of Edo and Ondo.

"The fire spread to a mechanic workshop in the area and more than eight more vehicles undergoing repairs were burnt," the source said.

Working Families could be as much as £4,000 worse off on average over the Next 12 Months due to new tax changes......while Millionaires receive another TAX CUT

Struggling families will lose thousands of pounds in the new financial year while Government tax reforms save 13,000 millionaires an average of £100,000, Labour claimed today.

Among a raft of changes coming into effect today are the largest rise in the personal allowance, which means that no one pays any tax until they earn more than £9,440, and a fall in the higher rate threshold to £41,450.

But a one earner family with children will be £4,000 worse off on average in the next 12 months under changes introduced since the Coalition took power, according to Opposition analysis of figures published by the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Syrian Rebels take control of border crossing

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 07:50:31 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 04:50:31 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.523°S, 138.432°E
71.1 km (44.2 miles)
235 km (146 miles) E of Enarotali, Indonesia

Bird Flu H7N9: Shanghai authorities announce halt to poultry sales

U.S. says N. Korean missile test wouldn't be a surprise

Deadly floods descend on Peru

Government-backed Fisker fires 75 percent of workforce

Fisker Automotive, the struggling government-backed hybrid sports car maker, on Friday terminated most of its rank-and-file employees in what sources said was a last-ditch effort to conserve cash and stave off a potential bankruptcy filing.

Fisker, which raised $1.2 billion from investors and tapped nearly $200 million in government loans, has "at least" $30 million in cash on hand, according to a source familiar with the company's finances.

About 160 workers were fired at a Friday morning meeting at Fisker's Anaheim, California, headquarters

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 6th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Date time 2013-04-06 07:37:54.5 UTC
Location 1.79 N ; 127.44 E
Depth 101 km
63 km W of Tobelo, Indonesia / pop: 10,000 / local time: 16:37:54.5 2013-04-06

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G. - 6th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Date time 2013-04-06 06:56:50.3 UTC
Location 3.80 S ; 152.21 E
Depth 14 km
28 km SW of Namatanai, Papua New Guinea / pop: 1,376 / local time: 16:56:50.3 2013-04-06

India: Survivor Found Day After Tower Collapse

Rescuers have pulled out alive an injured woman from the wreckage of a Mumbai tower block - 36 hours after it collapsed leaving as many as 72 dead and 70 injured.

She was dragged from the building on Saturday morning after rescue workers heard her voice and used camera equipment to pinpoint her location under the rubble.

A 10-month old infant was pulled from the debris on Friday.

Jackals attacked and wounded around 18 villagers and livestock, residents of Bakot circle in Nathiagali, Pakistan

Jackals attacked and wounded around 18 villagers and livestock, residents of Bakot circle in Nathiagali said on Friday.

Nadeem Abbasi, a resident of Mooliya village said “a large number of jackals have gone rabid and attack villagers.”

“During the past four days these animals have attacked 18 villagers, including 8 children, while they were collecting firewood in forests,” added Abbasi.

Another villager, Naveed said jackals roaming around populated areas in the afternoon have so far attacked over two dozen goats, of which 13 have died.

Ghana: Suspected Anthrax epidemic hits Bawku West District

A suspected anthrax epidemic has hit livestock in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

Joy News sources revealed that over twenty cattle died in one farm alone under strange circumstances.

Some herdsmen and livestock farmers have seen their cattle die strangely. Some of the affected herdsmen told Joy News they woke up Friday only to see their cattle lie dead on their farms.

Measles Outbreak: Concern As New Cases Leap

There has been a big jump in cases of measles, with up to 20 new cases a day being reported by GPs.

Concerned health experts have issued an urgent appeal for parents to ensure their children have the vital MMR jab, repeating a warning that the contagious virus is a potential killer.

A total of 588 cases have now been confirmed. Some 109 new cases were reported over one week in the Easter period while there have been 40 new cases of the disease since Wednesday.

London Shooting: Natneal Tefsay Charged with the Murder of 19 year old Mohammed Hussein

A man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was shot in the chest in north London, Scotland Yard has said.

Mohammed Hussein, 19, died in Edmonton on Monday after neighbours heard shouting in the street and then gunfire about an hour later.

Paramedics fought to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Natneal Tefsay, 20, from Bounds Green, north London, is charged with Mr Hussein's murder.

Nasa Plans To Lasso Asteroid And Land On It

A US senator has said Nasa plans to use a robotic spaceship to lasso an asteroid and park it near the Moon for astronauts to explore.

Bill Nelson, who represents Florida, said the 550-ton space rock could be snatched in 2019.

Local television channel News 13 said that once it had been dragged into a stable orbit, astronauts on board the Orion capsule would mine the rock to learn more about its composition.

Katie Stockton Jailed for 50 Years for leaving her newborn daughter to freeze to death on the side of a road in 2004

Winnebago County Judge John Truitt handed down the sentence to 32-year-old Katie Stockton of Illinois on Friday.

Stockton's infant became known as Baby Crystal after her frozen remains were found.

Stockton pleaded guilty in February to first-degree murder in the infant's death after years of insisting she was innocent.

She had hidden her pregnancy and secretly gave birth to the baby in December 2004 and then stuffed the newborn into a shopping bag and left her along a roadway in frigid conditions.

Under Illinois state law she could have abandoned the baby at any designated safehouse without any questions being asked.

Richard De Wit Arrested as British Woman is Found Murdered In Kashmir, India

A Dutchman has been detained after a 24-year-old British woman was found murdered on a houseboat in Indian-administered Kashmir, police have confirmed.

The woman had allegedly been stabbed to death on a houseboat on Srinagar's Dal Lake, a popular tourist destination.

Kashmir Inspector General of Police Abdul Ghani Mir said the man was picked up as he tried to flee the valley with only his passport.

He said: "A 24-year-old British national was found murdered in a local houseboat this morning. A Dutch national, De Wit Richard, has been detained for investigations in this connection."

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 06:20:46 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 03:20:46 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.400°S, 138.553°E
68.3 km (42.4 miles)
241 km (149 miles) WSW of Abepura, Indonesia

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 05:57:59 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 02:57:59 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.522°S, 138.300°E
70.6 km (43.9 miles)
221 km (137 miles) ENE of Enarotali, Indonesia

7.0 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 04:42:36 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 01:42:36 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.526°S, 138.466°E
68 km (42.3 miles)
240 km (149 miles) E (83°) from Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake STATE OF YAP, FED. STATES OF MICRONESIA - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 01:34:24 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 11:34:24 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
8.312°N, 141.896°E
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
166 km (103 miles) E of Sorol, Micronesia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 00:41:59 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 12:41:59 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
44.779°N, 146.118°E
170.9 km (106.2 miles)
81 km (50 miles) NNE of Otrada, Russia

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN RUSSIA-N.E. CHINA BORDER REGION - 6th April 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 00:29:55 UTC
Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 11:29:55 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
42.749°N, 131.057°E
571.2 km (354.9 miles)
14 km (8 miles) NNW of Zarubino, Russia