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Saturday, April 13, 2013

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 14th April 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 01:32:23 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 11:32:23 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
6.479°S, 154.584°E
35.3 km (21.9 miles)
105 km (65 miles) W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 14th April 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 01:22:05 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10:22:05 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
36.006°N, 139.343°E
107.8 km (67.0 miles)
7 km (4 miles) NW of Sakado, Japan

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 14th April 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 00:19:57 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10:19:57 AM at epicenter
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6.583°S, 154.537°E
72.5 km (45.1 miles)
108 km (67 miles) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 14th April 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 00:01:23 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 03:01:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
51.297°N, 178.778°E
51.6 km (32.1 miles)
74 km (45 miles) SSE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 22:49:49 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 09:49:49 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
19.135°S, 169.637°E
270.7 km (168.2 miles)
61 km (37 miles) NE of Isangel, Vanuatu

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 22:07:26 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 07:07:26 AM at epicenter
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6.196°S, 130.915°E
75.6 km (47.0 miles)
198 km (123 miles) NNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 21:23:09 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 09:23:09 AM at epicenter
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50.267°N, 157.055°E
105.9 km (65.8 miles)
79 km (49 miles) SE of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake HAWAII REGION, HAWAII - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 20:45:20 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:45:20 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
20.341°N, 155.071°W
17.8 km (11.1 miles)
50 km (31 miles) NE of Honoka'a, Hawaii

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 20:29:34 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 08:29:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
51.527°N, 160.203°E
16.5 km (10.3 miles)
198 km (123 miles) SE of Vilyuchinsk, Russia

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 20:27:39 UTC
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 05:27:39 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.521°S, 131.123°E
89.1 km (55.4 miles)
181 km (112 miles) W of Tual, Indonesia

BBC accused of putting students at risk after journalists infiltrate university trip to North Korea

The BBC is at the centre of a row after a leading university accused it of putting its members at risk by sending a team of undercover Panorama journalists into North Korea as part of a student trip.

The team of three, which included reporter John Sweeney, travelled to the secretive state last month as part of a visit by members of a London School of Economics student society.
The university has said the genuine students had been “deliberately misled” by the BBC and were put in “serious danger” by the presence of the journalist.
It has accused the Corporation of taking an “unacceptable” risk. Had the journalists' identity been discovered by the North Korean authorities, the entire group could have been arrested and faced punishment.
While in North Korea, the BBC filmed undercover footage that will be broadcast in Panorama on Monday. The Corporation has said the programme will go ahead, despite the university asking for it to be withdrawn. It insists students on the trip were aware of the BBC's presence before travelling to North Korea.
This weekend, LSE officials sent a letter to all members of the university, deploring the tactics used by the BBC to get its journalists into North Korea.

China breaking UN sanctions to support North Korea

As John Kerry arrives in Beijing, China continues to flout United Nations sanctions in order to prop up Kim Jong-un's regime, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

There was never any clue from the outside that a cheap apartment on the 16th floor of a tower block in the Chinese city of Dandong was in fact North Korea's lifeline to the outside world.

But for nearly a decade, 1602 Huiyou Gardens was the Chinese office of an organisation described by American investigators as a "key financial node in North Korea's weapons of mass destruction apparatus".

Since it founded its Chinese branch in 2004, the Kwangson Bank, otherwise known as the Foreign Trade Bank, helped channel billions of pounds of valuable foreign currency to Pyongyang, money that was used to finance North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programmes.

So when the Chinese authorities shut down the branch office last month, 10 days after the United Nations Security Council imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea, it seemed a clear sign that Beijing had finally lost patience with Kim Jong-un's truculent, unpredictable, and increasingly belligerent regime.

"It is a big hit for North Korea! China is implementing the UN Security Council resolution," wrote one Chinese government-owned newspaper in Hong Kong.

Prisoners, guards clash over Guantanamo Bay raid

Months of increased tension at the Guantanamo Bay prison boiled over into a clash between guards and detainees Saturday as the military closed a communal section of the facility and moved its inmates into single cells.

The violence erupted during an early morning raid that military officials said was necessary because prisoners had covered up security cameras and windows as part of a weekslong protest and hunger strike over their indefinite confinement and conditions at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Prisoners fought guards with makeshift weapons that included broomsticks when troops arrived to move them out of a communal wing of the section of the prison known as Camp 6, said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a military spokesman. Guards responded by firing four "less-than-lethal rounds," he said.

Matt's recommendation:
Close the camp.

Chemica warfare considered "Imminent" in Syria, while Israel continues supplying rebel terrorists

As the Syrian civil way went into its third year this week, signs abounded of increasing readiness for the use of chemical weapons on both sides of the conflict.

Since February, the US, Israel, Ankara and Amman have been aware of Bashar Assad’s resolve to override their threats and resort to deadly poison gas if the rebels closed in on the heart of Damascus. On April 3, an unnamed Syrian army officer made the warning clear. By continuing to advancie on Damascus, he said, “the rebels and their leaders” were assured of “certain death.”

At about the same time, debkafile reported exclusively that the Syrian ruler had ordered protective suits for chemical warfare and gas masks distributed to the 4th and 3rd Divisions defending the capital. Tank commanders were told to activate their filtering systems against chemical and biological agents.

Protective suits have since been distributed to the Syrian army units fighting in southern Syria and the Golan, the enclave divided between Syria and Israel by the 1974 ceasefire that ended the Syrian war of attrition after the Yom Kippur War.

South Korea looks at front line to examine state of bombardment shelters, realizes it doesn't actually have any (Oops)

There is serious shortage of emergency shelters near the inter-Korean border, especially in Incheon, Gyeonggi Province, and Gangwon Province.

Emergency management authorities on Tuesday said that the country needs a total of 380 shelters in the border regions, but by the end of last year only 62 had been completed.

The government hastily built more shelters after the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in 2010. At the time, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security spent W53 billion (US$1=W1,139) to build new shelters in the five islands in the West Sea off the North Korean coast.

The National Emergency Management Agency also conducted a study from April to August in 2011 to establish how many shelters are needed in the border regions and arrived at the figure of 380. It built 56 of them the same year but only another 17 in 2012. This year it plans to build another 20. At this rate it would take over a decade to build all 380.

Matt's hyberbole:
They have some, of course.
However, one would think that they would be a touch more prepared for situations such as this.

Ants can sense earthquakes a day in advance (So can HAARP engineers)

Ants know when an earthquake is about to strike, researchers have discovered. Their behavior changes significantly prior to the quake and they resume normal functioning only a day after it.

Gabriele Berberich of the University Duisburg-Essen in Germany presented these findings on Thursday at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna according to LiveScience.

Berberich and her colleagues discovered that red wood ants preferred to build their colonies right along active faults in Germany. They counted 15,000 ant mounds lining the faults. These faults are fractures where the Earth violently ruptures in earthquakes.

Guards, prisoners face off in Guantanamo cell sweep

Guards swept through communal cellblocks at the Guantanamo detention camp on Saturday and moved the prisoners into one-man cells in an attempt to end a hunger strike that began in February, a U.S. military spokesman said.

"Some detainees resisted with improvised weapons, and in response, four less-than-lethal rounds were fired. There were no serious injuries to guards or detainees," Navy Captain Robert Durand said in a news release.

He said the action was taken because detainees had covered windows and surveillance cameras to block the guards' view into the cellblocks.

Bus blast kills at least eight in Pakistan

Germany puts brakes on EU bank union with treaty call

Germany said European banking union will require changes to EU law, in a call that could slow completion of the plan designed to underpin the euro currency.

Speaking after a meeting of European Union finance ministers on Saturday, Germany Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the EU's Lisbon treaty had to be changed to allow common rules on shutting troubled banks - a central element of the union.

"Banking union only makes sense ... if we also have rules for restructuring and resolving banks. But if we want European institutions for that, we will need a treaty change," he said.

France Prison Break: Explosives Used In Escape

Police and helicopters were hunting the man, identified as Redoine Faid, one of the country's most dangerous gangsters who is known for robbing vehicles carrying cash in transit.

State prosecutor Frederic Fevre said Faid was a "particularly dangerous prisoner" who was armed and still in possession of explosives.

He said Faid, 40, had four hostages with him during the jail break in the northern town of Sequedin.

One was released just outside the prison and another a few hundred metres away, before the final two were left along a road.

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEVADA - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 19:23:46 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 12:23:46 PM at epicenter
37.386°N, 114.326°W
5.1 km (3.2 miles)
16 km (10 miles) SW (214°) from Joseco, NV

Two-Headed Pig Born In Chinese Village

A picture has emerged of a two-headed pig born in a village in China.

The animal was photographed following its birth in Jiujiang, in east China's Jiangxi province.

A local vet said the creature was suffering from a rare deformity and would find it difficult to survive, but its owners have reportedly agreed not to slaughter it.

Many animals can be affected by the condition of having two heads, which is known as polycephaly.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 13th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Date time 2013-04-13 15:13:43.0 UTC
Location 17.49 N ; 93.88 W
Depth 224 km
45 km SW of Chontalpa, Mexico / pop: 6,145 / local time: 10:13:43.0 2013-04-13

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 13th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.8
Date time 2013-04-13 14:48:01.0 UTC
Location 29.07 S ; 69.05 W
Depth 107 km
89 km SW of Vinchina, Argentina / pop: 2,834 / local time: 11:48:01.0 2013-04-13

Bird flu H7N9 in Beijing

Lion Air plane skids into sea off Bali - all 101 crew members and passengers survived.

Four Italian journalists kidnapped in Syria by Rebels freed: Italy

Four Italian journalists kidnapped and held in Syria since April 4 had been freed on Saturday, Italy's interim Foreign Minister Mario Monti said in a statement.

Monti's statement gave no details about who had taken the reporters hostage nor any regarding their release, but state news agency ANSA said they were now in Turkey and would return to Italy on Saturday evening.

Ricucci told ANSA by telephone that the group had been held by an armed Islamist group, that none of them were wounded and all were in good health.

Russia bars 18 Americans in retaliation for Magnitsky List

Moscow said on Saturday that Washington had dealt a severe blow to relations by barring 18 Russians from the United States over alleged human rights abuses, and in retaliation it banned 18 Americans from entering Russia.

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration had on Friday issued a list of 18 people subject to visa bans and asset freezes in the United States under the Magnitsky Act legislation passed by Congress late last year.

"Under pressure from Russophobic members of the U.S. Congress, a powerful blow has been dealt to bilateral relations and mutual trust," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said.

Bitcoin theft: Cyber thieves target bitcoin owners

The bitcoin virtual currency has had a volatile 24 hours that saw values plummet, hack attacks, trading shutdowns and bitcoin-stealing malware.

From the high of $260 (£169) for each bitcoin on 10 April, bitcoins are now worth less than $100 (£65) each.

The main bitcoin exchange shut down for 12 hours to install hardware to help it cope with trading volumes.

In addition, malicious software is emerging that seeks out and empties the virtual wallets of bitcoin owners.

War of Lists: 'Russophobic US lawmakers damage relations with Russia'

Beijing: First case of new bird flu strain H7N9 found outside eastern China

The Chinese capital reported its first case of a new strain of bird flu on Saturday, state news agency Xinhua said, the first time it has been found in a human outside eastern China.

The seven-year-old girl was in stable condition in a Beijing hospital, the report said.

Two people who have had close contact with the child had shown no signs of being infected, Xinhua added. The girl's parents worked in the live poultry trade, it said.

Three killed in Syrian army gas attack: monitoring group

A woman and two children were killed and 16 people injured in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday in what an anti-government violence monitoring group said was a gas attack by Syrian government forces.

Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, cited witnesses as saying that two gas bombs had been dropped from an army helicopter.

Doctors in the town of Afrin, where the injured were taken, told the Observatory that victims had "hallucinated, vomited, had excess mucus and felt their eyes were burning".

Reuters cannot verify such reports from Syria due to severe reporting and security restrictions.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN GREECE - 13th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.2
Date time 2013-04-13 10:43:42.0 UTC
Location 36.81 N ; 21.53 E
Depth 10 km
36 km W of Filiatrá, Greece / pop: 6,970 / local time: 13:43:45.0 2013-04-13

Belgium protests over German low pay in EU complaint

The European Commission is studying a complaint from Belgium about low wages at some German firms, described by Belgium as unfair "social dumping".

The Belgian government sent a letter alleging that Germany's "mini-jobs" undermined EU competition rules.

Some workers get just three or four euros (£3) hourly in such jobs, without any social protection, Belgium says.

Many are East Europeans working for meat processing firms in Germany. There has been criticism in Germany too.

The Commission says some 7.5 million people are working under the "mini-job" regime in Germany.

European Union demands cuts after Portuguese court rules bailout unconstitutional

Portuguese and European officials are demanding renewed social cuts amid a crisis unleashed by a ruling of Portugal’s constitutional court, declaring European Union (EU)-mandated budget cuts unconstitutional. These cuts were central to the governments’ €78 billion loan agreement with the “troika” (the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank) in 2011.

The Court deemed unconstitutional four of the nine measures in the government’s 2013 budget: the suspension of civil servants’ holiday pay, a levy on unemployment and sickness benefits and cuts to pensions and teachers’ salaries.

The court ruled that these measures discriminated between the public and private sector. The measures account for about €1.3 billion of cuts planned this year, more than 20 per cent of the total, and will increase the budget deficit to about 6.4 percent of GDP, compared to the agreed 5.5 percent target.

European Union demands more austerity in Spain

Last week, in a televised speech to a meeting of the National Management Board of the ruling Popular Party (PP) government, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tried to paint a rosy future for Spain.

“This year will still be hard, particularly in the first half, [but] in 2014 the Spanish economy will be clearly growing, and we will start to create jobs,” he claimed. This week, European Union commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Olli Rehn presented a report on Spain’s economic situation far less upbeat and emphasising the continuing “imbalances” in order to demand more austerity measures.

Rajoy said his government’s principal objective was generating employment. “That is the aim, the most important one, and nobody should forget it,” he said. The principle of budget stability, he continued, has worked well, and the situation will improve provided the public deficit is reined in.

CDC: Intense surveillance needed on H7N9 in humans and animals

Intensified surveillance in both humans and animals will answer important questions about the H7N9 virus that is currently affecting humans in China, according to Timothy M. Uyeki, MD, and Nancy J Cox, PhD, both of the Influenza Division of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

“We cannot rest our guard,” they wrote in an editorial published in The New England Journal of Medicine. “The coming weeks will reveal whether the epidemiology reflects only a widespread zoonosis, whether an H7N9 pandemic is beginning, or something in between.”

As of Thursday, there have been 43 patients with laboratory-confirmed H7N9 and 11 deaths. There has been no evidence of human-to-human transmission, but more than 1,000 close contacts of those with the virus are being monitored.

Beijing confirms capital’s first case of H7N9 infection

Chinese health officials have confirmed the first case of H7N9 infection in the capital Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

According to Xinhua, a 7-year-old girl in Beijing was infected with H7N9, a lesser-known strain of bird flu, making it the first such case in the Chinese capital and raising the total number of infections in the country to 44.

The case was confirmed following a test by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention early on Saturday.

'Arms buildup may spiral out of control over Korea tensions'

'Venezuela to be US puppet if opposition leader wins elections'

FEMEN protesters disrupt Tunisian president's Paris visit

FIVE THOUSAND barrels of oil flows into Arkansas community from burst pipe

Officials with an Arkansas water supplier asked ExxonMobil Thursday to move an oil pipeline away from an area that drains into the main source of drinking water for Little Rock to avoid contamination in the future.

The move by Central Arkansas Water's Board of Commissioners comes nearly two weeks after ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, a small city about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.

ExxonMobil has said the March 29 spill didn't affect Mayflower's drinking water supply, which comes from a lake about 65 miles away and is managed by a different supplier.

Neil Macinnis bragged online about his plans for a shooting spree just three minutes before he burst into Virginia college with shotgun and shot two women

Two women have been shot at New River Community College housed in a mall in southwest Virginia, inset. Police have arrested an 18-year-old student Neil Macinnis a Computer Graphics and Web Design senior at the school, pictured. The shooting comes four days before the 6th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.

Audrie Pott Death: Three boys, 16, accused of DESTROYING evidence after they 'sexually assaulted and shared pictures' of teen who killed herself amid calls to charge them with her murder

Family attorney Robert Allard says he plans to seek homicide charges against Audrie Pott's alleged attackers, accusing the teens of driving the girl to suicide by first savagely assaulting the 15-year-old California sophomore while she was unconscious and then circulating a photo of the abuse online. Lawyers representing the three underage suspects released a statement following their arrests claiming that Audrie's suicide had nothing to do with their clients.

Lisa Biron: Anti-gay Christian lawyer found guilty of abducting girl, 14, to Canada and videotaping her having sex while on bail

A jury took less than an hour to convict a female lawyer who worked with an anti-gay Christian group for abducting a teenage girl and forcing her to have sex on camera while on bail for child pornography charges.

Lisa Biron, 43, did not display any emotion as the verdict was read during the January court appearance in New Hampshire.

She faces a minimum 25 year sentenced when she is sentenced later this month.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF AISEN, CHILE - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 09:19:11 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 04:19:11 AM at epicenter
45.451°S, 75.696°W
35.1 km (21.8 miles)
213 km (132 miles) W (269°) from Puerto Aisen, Chile

H7N9 Hong Kong on Alert: Bird flu deaths 'are just the tip of the iceberg': Study raises grim fears that vicious new strain causes humans to suffer suffer septic shock, brain damage and pneumonia

Research into three bird flu victims in China has raised grim fears that the 11 deaths so far are just the tip of the iceberg.

Scientists found that the vicious new strain has the potential to pass more easily into humans and remain undetected until it is at an advanced stage.

The research into three people, all of whom died, showed the disease causes pneumonia, septic shock, brain damage and multi-organ failure.

It came as officials in a region of China culled chickens in a bid to stop the spread of a new strain of bird flu which claimed its tenth victim in the country yesterday.

600 passengers evacuated from Taiwan train after explosives are found in lavatory

600 people had to be evacuated from a high-speed train in Taiwan after explosives were found in a pair of abandoned suitcases in a toilet cubicle.

The train, destined for the capital Taipei, was stopped after a passenger found the device which contained enough gasoline to blow up a 60-passenger carriage.

The explosives were found attached to a timer, reportedly close to detonation, during the Friday morning rush-hour.

Nohad Halawi: Christian airport worker vows to take Muslim bullying case to Luxembourg

A Christian worker who claims she was sacked from her job at Heathrow following a 'race hate' campaign by 'Muslim extremists' today vowed to take her unfair dismissal case 'all the way to Luxembourg' to the European Court of Justice.

Nohad Halawi allegedly weathered cruel rumours that she was 'anti-Islamist,' on top of a systematic catalogue of intimidation that included telling the 48-year-old that she would go to Hell if she did not convert to Islam.

Halawi, previously a beauty consultant for luxury cosmetics brand Shiseido, was then booted out of her 13-year-long job in Heathrow Airport's World Duty Free shop, after going to her seniors with concerns about the verbal tirades she was subjected to.

'Compensation culture gone mad': Police officer awarded £10,000 payout after falling off a chair on the London Underground

A police officer was paid £10,000 compensation after falling off a chair on London Underground premises, it was revealed today.

In total Transport for London has been forced to pay out £4.76million to people injured on tube trains, buses and train station platforms across the capital over the last three years.

Details of the award to the British Transport Police officer were released after it emerged Norfolk Police officer Kelly Jones is suing a petrol station owner for £50,000 because she allegedly tripped while responding to a 999 call.

Convicted rapist was allowed to move to UK from Lithuania and attacked a woman in street just a month after arriving

A Lithuanian who was allowed to come to Britain despite being convicted of rape in his home country attacked another woman within a month of arriving.

Gintas Burinskas, 36, walked into Britain unchecked just three months after he was released from a ten-year jail term.

Weeks later, he travelled to Northampton where he dragged a woman off the street and violently assaulted her.

A court heard Burinskas throttled the 31-year-old so hard she passed out before dragging her to a wooded area nearby where he raped her.

Mr Justice Wilkie: Potential suicide bomber must be allowed a normal social life, rules judge, despite being named one of the country's 'most dangerous suspects'

A judge yesterday ordered strict curbs on a potential suicide bomber to be relaxed so he could enjoy a ‘normal social life’.

Mr Justice Wilkie said the alleged Al Qaeda fanatic ought to be able to mingle more freely with students at his university to avoid his ‘embarrassment and isolation’.

The constraints on the 24-year-old Somali man – considered one of the country’s most dangerous terror suspects – were ‘chilling’ and ‘disproportionate’, he said.

His High Court ruling ordering Home Secretary Theresa May to water down the restrictions deals a serious blow to the Government’s fight against terrorism.

Gorilla vs Goose: Barney gets chased by a Canadian goose

Plane carrying 100 passengers overshoots the runway and goes into the sea in Bali

An Indonesian airliner has crashed into the sea off the coast of Bali today after it came into land, it has emerged.

First reports said the Lion Air jet overshot the runway at Ngurah Rai Airport, near Denparsar, as it was coming into land and went into the water.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in a frantic bid to rescue those on board. The airport is known for its runway which extends out into the ocean.

Incredibly, early reports from the scene have suggested that all 172 passengers are safe.

Germany could let Britain claw back powers from the EU, as Angela Merkel rolls out the red carpet for David Cameron and his family at the Chancellor's country retreat.......That does't sound like Germany Runs the Show at all!

Germany opened the door for Britain to claw back powers from Brussels yesterday as David Cameron received the red carpet treatment from Angela Merkel.

Berlin is prepared to negotiate over whether some issues can be decided by member states rather than the EU, one of her allies said.

Michael Meister, a leading member of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, said Germany was ‘open for arguments’ about returning some powers.

The rise of robot wars: Google chief warns armed drones will soon be in the hands of terrorists and miniature models could be used to spy on neighbors

The head of Google has warned drone technology proves a serious danger to global security and privacy unless an international treaty is put into place controlling the technology fast.

Eric Schmidt today said that the technology for armed unmanned planes will soon pass into the hands of terrorists posing huge security concerns across the globe.

He also said that ever expanding drone technology is making smaller and cheaper models, including nano-drones, which could be used by nosy neighbors spying on each other in a dispute.

Mastermind Dominic Francis behind plans to disrupt Thatcher funeral is Oxford student whose parents live in £700,000 house in Tunbridge Wells

Dominic Francis (top left), 25, a student at Oxford University's Ruskin College, is behind a planned protest during the former prime minister's funeral that is expected to see people deliberately turn their backs on the cortege as it passes through the capital. Today police are focusing on Trafalgar Square amid fears thousands of protestors - including members of the anarchist group Black Bloc (pictured at a TUC protest in London last October) - will turn out to 'celebrate' Lady Thatcher's death.

22 people injured as powerful quake jolts western Japan

At least 22 people were injured as a powerful earthquake hit Hyogo Prefecture and its surrounding areas in western Japan early Saturday morning,Kyodo News reported.

Japan Meteorological Agency has revised the magnitude of the quake from 6.0 to 6.3 on the Richter scale.

The quake occurred at 5:33 a.m. local time. The epicenter of the quake was near Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture with a depth of around 15 kilometers underground, the agency said.

Crackdown in Bahrain

Clashes erupt in Alexandria

Lawmaker behind N. Korea flap fighting cuts

The congressman at the center of an international furor over North Korea's nuclear capabilities is one of the leading voices in the House of Representatives against cutting the budget for missile systems.

Republican Representative Doug Lamborn, whose Colorado district is a center for U.S. missile defense, made headlines around the world on Thursday after he quoted the Defense Intelligence Agency as saying North Korea likely had a nuclear bomb that could be launched from a missile.

The rare, although not unprecedented, public disclosure of an assessment from a U.S. spy agency that Pyongyang may already have nuclear-capable missiles added to tensions on the Korean peninsula, where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has frequently threatened war in recent weeks.

Senate plan would deport illegal immigrants entering U.S. after 2011

Senators crafting an immigration bill have agreed that foreigners who crossed the U.S. border illegally would be deported if they entered the United States after December 31, 2011, a congressional aide said on Friday.

The legislation by a bipartisan group of senators would give the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally a way to obtain legal status and eventually become U.S. citizens, provided certain measures are met.

But of the unauthorized immigrants, those who entered after the December 2011 cut-off date would be forced to go back to their country of origin, said the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly because the bill is still being negotiated.

Plane Plunges Into Water Near Bali Airport

A plane with around 100 people onboard has overshot a runway on Bali and plunged into the sea.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 08:08:55 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 06:08:55 AM at epicenter
34.785°N, 35.164°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
1704 km (1059 miles) WNW (283°) from Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 13th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Date time 2013-04-13 08:05:32.0 UTC
Location 28.24 N ; 51.50 E
Depth 2 km
103 km SE of Bandar Būshehr, Iran / pop: 165,377 / local time: 12:35:32.0 2013-04-13

'Arms buildup may spiral out of control over Korea tensions'

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 13th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Date time 2013-04-13 07:43:21.0 UTC
Location 28.64 N ; 51.93 E
Depth 10 km
66 km W of Fīrūzābād, Iran / pop: 66,558 / local time: 12:13:21.0 2013-04-13

Vietnam 5000 Dead Swallows: Eight dead swallows in Ninh Thuan infected with H5N1

Nearly 5,000 of the swallows raised by a company in central Ninh Thuan Province have died for unknown causes, but eight samples of them have been found contracting the H5N1 avian flu virus, authorities reported.

Deputy chairwoman of the province’s Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, Nguyen Thi Hue, said more than 4,900 of the flock of about 10,000 swallows raised by city-based Yen Viet Trading and Service Co., Ltd. have died over the past two weeks, from March 26 to April 11.

The company has been breeding swallows at Thanh Binh Theatre on Thong Nhat Street in the city.

Poultry died from culling operations daily disposed in Shanghai

A notice for the prevention of H7N9 is seen at the center for harmless treatment of animals in Shanghai, east China, April 10, 2013. As the only place where provides with harmless treatment of animals in Shanghai, the center works around the clock and handles about 40 tons of poultry died from culling operations daily.

H7N9: Bird Flu Causing Suffocation Shows Severe Spectrum of New Virus

Bird flu turned fatal for a 52- year-old Shanghai woman whose lungs became so damaged that she began to suffocate, causing her vital organs to rapidly shut down, doctors in China said.

The retiree became ill March 27, with a fever that soared as high as 40.6 degrees Celsius (105.1 Fahrenheit), doctors at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai wrote in a report on the case in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections. Treatment with intravenous antibiotics, steroids, antibody therapy, and mechanical ventilation failed to help, and she died April 3.

Her illness, the first H7N9 avian influenza case to be described in a medical journal, highlights the seriousness of the new strain, which has sickened at least 38 people in eastern China, killing 10, in the past two months. Hospital doctors didn’t know the cause of the woman’s illness when she was admitted. Tests identified the H7N9 virus after she died.

“What they had here was a seriously ill patient and they didn’t know what was going on,” said Dominic Dwyer, director of the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, who reviewed the case report. “This person was so ill, they just threw everything” at her.

First swine flu case reported in West Bengal after three years

West Bengal has reported its first swine flu case after a gap of three years, experts in Kolkata confirmed on Thursday.

"One sample has tested positive so far. The health department has already issued circulars and notices to various hospitals across districts," Sekhar Chakrabarti, director of National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, said.

The last case of swine flu in West Bengal was reported in 2009.

China reports 5 new H7N9 cases, total now 43

During the 25-hour period ending 6 p.m. on Friday, China confirmed five new cases of H7N9 avian influenza, with two in east China's Shanghai and three in Zhejiang Province.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission in a daily update on H7N9 cases said the cases included 11 that ended in fatalities.

The deaths included one patient, who was confirmed as H7N9 cases days ago and died of the avian influenza Thursday night in Shanghai, according to local authorities.

Two Shot At Virginia Mall And College Site

Two people have been shot at a small Virginia college set in a shopping mall.

Police say two women were wounded in the incident on Friday afternoon at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.

One victim was airlifted to hospital, while the other was transported by ambulance. There was no information about their conditions.

Police have a suspect in custody.

House Fire In East London: 4 Missing

Four people are missing and two men have been taken to hospital after a house fire in east London, emergency services have said.

Fire crews tackled the blaze on Romford Road in Forest Gate in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The roof was destroyed in the fire and a large part of the ground and first floors of the property were damaged.

The building is believed to have been disused.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 07:08:58 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 05:08:58 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
6.345°S, 147.787°E
68.3 km (42.4 miles)
30 km (18 miles) NNW of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 13th April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 06:37:19 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 03:37:19 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
5.773°S, 130.321°E
146.9 km (91.3 miles)
265 km (164 miles) NNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SUMBA REGION, INDONESIA - 13th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.1
Date time 2013-04-13 05:08:13.8 UTC
Location 10.35 S ; 119.69 E
Depth 8 km
99 km SW of Waingapu, Indonesia / pop: 48,828 / local time: 13:08:13.8 2013-04-13

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 13th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-04-13 03:43:25.9 UTC
Location 1.31 N ; 99.79 E
Depth 198 km
58 km E of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia / pop: 100,561 / local time: 10:43:25.9 2013-04-13

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL ALASKA - 13th April 2013

Magnitude Ml 4.0
Date time 2013-04-13 02:37:09.0 UTC
Location 63.09 N ; 150.39 W
Depth 116 km
107 km N of Y, United States / pop: 1,260 / local time: 18:37:09.0 2013-04-12

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 12th April 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 22:52:24 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 09:52:24 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.573°S, 165.343°E
43.5 km (27.0 miles)
56 km (34 miles) WNW of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA - 12th April 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 22:49:38 UTC
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 07:49:38 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
7.062°S, 129.352°E
302.1 km (187.7 miles)
238 km (147 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN COLOMBIA - 12th April 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 22:36:48 UTC
Friday, April 12, 2013 at 05:36:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
6.740°N, 73.025°W
170.9 km (106.2 miles)
5 km (3 miles) N of Aratoca, Colombia

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 12th April 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 21:15:17 UTC
Friday, April 12, 2013 at 04:15:17 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
16.349°N, 97.708°W
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
13 km (8 miles) ENE of Santiago Jamiltepec, Mexico

Measles: Row Erupts As Cases Increase

The Government has hit back at claims it is to blame for the latest measles outbreak - now the largest the UK has seen for more than a decade.

Andrew Wakefield, the former doctor who caused the MMR scare 15 years ago by linking the vaccine with autism, said ministers were putting the importance of their vaccination programme above the welfare of children.

He told The Independent that the "British Government is entirely culpable" for the outbreak and accused ministers of "putting price before children's health".

Aisling McCarthy Brady Indicted For Murder In Baby Death

An Irish nanny accused of killing a baby in her care has been indicted on a murder charge in the United States.

A grand jury in Massachusetts also accused Aisling McCarthy Brady of assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury, authorities said.

Brady was arrested in January after the death of Rehma Sabir, who was hospitalised with severe head injuries on her first birthday and died two days later.

Brady had previously pleaded not guilty to assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury.