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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targeted Missiles From Iran, U.S. Officials Say

he airstrike that Israeli warplanes carried out in Syria was directed at a shipment of advanced surface-to-surface missiles from Iran that Israel believed was intended for Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese organization, American officials said Saturday.

It was the second time in four months that Israel had carried out an attack in foreign territory intended to disrupt the pipeline of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah, and the raid was a vivid example of how regional adversaries are looking after their own interests as Syria becomes more chaotic.

Iran and Hezbollah have both backed President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, now in its third year. But as fighting in Syria escalates, they also have a powerful stake in expediting the delivery of advanced weapons to Hezbollah in case Mr. Assad loses his grip on power.

Israel, for its part, has repeatedly cautioned that it will not allow Hezbollah to receive “game changing” weapons that could threaten the Israeli heartland after a post-Assad government took power.

And as Washington considers how to handle evidence of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, a development it has described as a “red line,” Israel is clearly showing that it will stand behind the red lines it sets.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN - 4th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Date time 2013-05-04 18:25:06.0 UTC
Location 25.77 N ; 124.59 E
Depth 200 km

128 km NW of Hirara, Japan / pop: 34,354 / local time: 03:25:06.0 2013-05-05

Israel: Syrian chemical arms safe, Hezbollah does not want them

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad retains control of the country's reputed chemical weapons and they are not sought by his Hezbollah guerrilla allies in neighboring Lebanon, a senior Israeli official said on Saturday.

Defense Ministry strategist Amos Gilad spoke after another Israeli official said Israel had sent warplanes on Friday to attack a Hezbollah-bound missile shipment in Syria, where Assad is battling a more than two-year-old insurgency.

Israel has long made clear it is prepared to resort to force to prevent advanced Syrian weapons reaching Hezbollah or jihadi rebels. In late January, regional sources said Israel destroyed a convoy carrying Syrian anti-aircraft missiles to Hezbollah.

Communal clashes in Nigeria kill at least 30: police

Clashes between rival ethnic groups have killed at least 30 people in eastern Nigeria's Taraba state since they erupted on Friday, police said.

Members of the Jukun ethnic group were marching through the small commercial town of Wukari to a funeral when an argument broke out with local Hausa and Fulani youths, which quickly degenerated into pitched battles with guns and machetes. Attackers also set fire to around 30 houses, police said.

"Now we are in full control, although the crisis claimed 30 lives," police spokesman for Taraba state Joseph Kwaji said, adding that 40 suspects had been arrested.

Syria: Hundreds Of Families Flee 'Massacres'

Hundreds of families are fleeing a Syrian coastal area where activists say government troops have massacred nearly 200, many of whom were women and children.

The opponents of Bashar al Assad's regime say that fighters loyal to the President carried out two massacres in a Sunni Muslim area driving by a policy of ethnic cleansing.

Activists posted a video online of the bodies of 10 people it said were killed in Ras al Nabaa, in the city of Banias, in an attack overnight.

Half of them were children.

Belgium: Two Die In 'Toxic Train' Crash Fire

Two people have died and 14 others have been injured after a train carrying highly toxic chemicals derailed in Belgium, causing a major fire.

The accident and blaze prompted authorities to evacuate nearly 300 people from their homes.

Jan Briers, governor of eastern Flanders near the city of Ghent, gave the death toll to the Belga news.

Some of the victims were people living well away from the scene of the accident. Interior Minister Joelle Milquet blamed toxic fumes from the highly flammable liquid chemicals.

Tory MP Nigel Evans Arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault of two men

The Deputy Speaker, Nigel Evans, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault of two men, Sky Sources reveal.

The 55-year-old Conservative MP was arrested this morning at his constituency home in the village of Pendelton, near Clitheroe, in Lancashire.

He is being questioned by police over an allegation of rape and another of sexual assault against two men in their early 20s.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Speaker John Bercow have been informed of the arrest.

Norris Phuoc Nguyen: Garden Grove Police Seek Escaped Mental Health Patient Obsessed by Sandy Hook

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A man who has threatened young children and is obsessed by the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School escaped from a mental health facility in Orange County Friday, and police were warning the public to be on the lookout for him.

Garden Grove police said Norris Phuoc Nguyen, 23, poses a danger to the community, police said.

Garden Grove Police Chief Kevin Raney said Nguyen walked away at 4:45 p.m. from Royale Health Care Center at Bristol Street and Warner Avenue in Santa Ana, where he had been detained since December 2012.

Authorities became familiar with Nguyen, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and repeatedly detained and institutionalized, in August 2011. At that time, he walked into the Westminster Police Department in dressed in camouflage and holding an assault rifle, saying he wanted to "die by cop," Raney said.

The weapon was not loaded, the chief said, adding that Nguyen did not have a permit for the firearm.

Nguyen was questioned, and police found he was fixated on a teacher at a Garden Grove elementary school that he had attended, Raney said, declining to name the school.

Icy reaction to new round of Portuguese austerity

The Portuguese press has digested the further spending cuts announced yesterday by the government, and for some, playing on the prime minister’s name, Passos, it’s a “step towards misery”.

The measures include longer working weeks and lives for public sector workers, voluntary redundancy for 5% of them, a reduction in overtime pay, and less spending on pensions and healthcare.

“They extend the retirement age, but when we retire there won’t be any money for retirement for anybody, that’s the conclusion we have reached. Today we are paying social security for pensions but if it was my choice, I wouldn’t bother paying for social security because I know that from now on – and for dozens of years – there won’t be any money for retirement, “ said fruit stand owner Anabela Suarez.

California wildfire 30 percent contained

A fierce wildfire threatening 4,000 homes northwest of Los Angeles was about 30 percent contained on Saturday as higher humidity and cooler temperatures helped firefighters, fire department spokesmen said.

The fire in coastal Ventura County has blackened about 28,000 acres of rugged brush land since starting on Thursday. There is no forecast for containment and the fire was not expected to be under control until May 13, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Tom Kruschke said.

A drop from record-high temperatures on Friday and slowing, cooler winds off the Pacific Ocean were aiding the almost 1,000 firefighters brought in from across California, he said.

Protests in Chinese city over planned chemical plant

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Chinese city of Kunming on Saturday to protest against the planned production of a chemical at a refinery, in the latest show of concern over the effects of rapid growth on the environment.

China's increasingly affluent urban population has begun to object to the model of growth at all costs that has fuelled the economy for three decades, with the environment emerging as a focus of protests.

Photographs on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, showed a crowd of protesters in the center of the southwestern city, carrying banners protesting against production at the planned plant of paraxylene (PX), a chemical used in making fabrics and plastic bottles.

Bangladesh urges no EU penalties over factory deaths

Bangladesh urged the European Union on Saturday not to take tough measures against its economically crucial textile industry in response to the collapse of a garment factory that killed 550 people.

Bodies were still being pulled from the ruins on Saturday as tearful families stood by waiting for news of victims of the country's worst ever industrial accident.

The European Union, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi garments, had threatened punitive measures in order to press Dhaka to improve worker safety standards after the collapse of the illegally built factory on April 24.

Bomb kills five U.S. soldiers in southern Afghanistan

Five U.S. soldiers were killed by a bomb in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar on Saturday, a U.S. authorities said, capping off one of the bloodiest weeks for international forces this year.

The attack underscored the dangers faced by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), even as they hand over much of the fighting to the Afghans before a planned departure next year.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake JALISCO, MEXICO - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 11:12:56 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 06:12:56 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
19.440°N, 104.924°W
53.6 km (33.3 miles)
23 km (14 miles) W of Las Juntas, Mexico

Black Smoke Detected From Nuclear Reactor ‘Monju’ During Test Operations: Japan

It as been reported that engineers at Japan’s fast breeder reactor plant Monju made a mistake during testing of the plant’s emergency power generator, which subsequently resulted in the release of black smoke and the ringing of the plant’s fire alarm.

On April 30 at around 2:30 p.m., the fast breeder-reactor located in Saga city in the Fukui Prefecture underwent its monthly emergency diesel generator test operations. However on this occasion, the test did not end well. According to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAERI), before the testing process it is necessary to emit the gas that accumulates in the emergency power generator by opening and then closing the valves. It is reported that the staff working at the plant, after opening the 12 valves installed in the generator, forgot to close six of the them before resuming operations, resulting in the expulsion of the worrying black smoke.

These most recent complications are believed to pose no direct risk to the fast breeder reactor itself, however as a result of the trouble, two of the three emergency reactors have been rendered unusable. JAERI reported this latest incident to the country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, claiming that the conduct of the staff at the plant is clearly in breach of security regulations. It also made the following statement:

“In order to prevent a recurrence of the same problems, it is necessary to pay meticulous attention to the way in which personnel at the plant carry out their work.”

Report Detailing Potentially Infected Chinese Poultry Used in Japanese Fast Food Sparks Fears: They're literally grinding up chickens that have died from disease

An article published in a special edition of Japanese weekly Shukan Bunshu has suggested that potentially hazardous chicken sourced from China may be finding its way into fast food in Japan. The article, composed by writer Shuuji Okuno, begins by posing the following question:

“Would you still be willing to put a chicken nugget in your mouth if you knew the real story? The hazards of China’s domestic chicken meat!”

Our attention well and truly grabbed, we delved inside.

The paper reveals that in January this year the Chinese Communist Party’s newspaper Beijing Youth Daily ran a shocking news article that exposed the state of China’s food problem:

“Reports on the net suggest that a food manufacturer in Hanan is using birds in its manufacturing process that have died due to disease. The use of diseased birds has been going on for some time and the same processed birds are being sold to a famous fast-food retailers.”

Man held over vials of liquid in Herne Bay ballot box

A man has been arrested after two small vials of an unknown liquid were found in a ballot box in Kent.

The local election count was disrupted for three hours on Friday to enable police officers at Beacon Hill, in Herne Bay, to remove the liquid.

The vials were taken away for analysis, according to a spokesman for Canterbury City Council.

Portuguese to work longer under new austerity measures

Portugal plans to raise the retirement age by one year to 66 and make public sector employees work an extra hour per day as part of an array of new spending cuts needed to slash the budget deficit and meet its bailout targets.

The measures, which will be applied mostly from next year and are aimed at saving the state €4.8 billion by 2015, also include voluntary redundancy programmes for 30,000 of the country’s 600,000 public sector workers.

“With these measures, our European partners cannot doubt our commitment,” prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho said in a televised address last night.

Sudan miner search ends, 100 believed dead

THE search for about 100 workers believed to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan's Darfur region has ended after nine rescuers also became trapped, a colleague of the miners said on Saturday.

"Today the searching has stopped because it was too dangerous," the man said from the scene of the tragedy in Jebel Amir district, more than 200 kilometres northwest of North Darfur state capital El Fasher.

The unlicensed desert mine began to collapse on Monday and several days later the stench of death was seeping out of the baked earth.

EU's Barnier calls on France to pursue economic reforms

European Union Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier, the EU's top financial regulator, called on the French government to pursue its planned reforms despite the Commission allowing two more years to meet its budget deficit target.

Olli Rehn, the European monetary affairs commissioner, said on Friday France badly needed to unlock its growth potential and create jobs, adding Spain, Italy and the Netherlands as well as France - four of the euro zone's five largest economies - would remain in recession this year.

U.S. fires threaten 4, 000 homes

MURANG'A: Alert over anthrax outbreak in Murang'a county, Kenya

The ministry of Livestock has given out an alert to dairy farmers in Murang’a County on a possible outbreak of Anthrax.

This comes after a family whose cow died from the dangerous viral disease around Ndikwe village was ordered to seek medical attention at Murang’a district hospital.

According to Murang’a East district veterinary officer Ms Priscilla Waitiki, a farmer she identified as Ms Beatrice Wanjiru came to her office asking for meat inspection services.

Typhoid alert issued for Stonestown Nordstrom Cafe customers, California

Students who have dined at the Nordstrom Cafe located in the Stonestown Galleria may have been exposed to typhoid fever after a food handler was diagnosed with the bacteria earlier today, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Those who ate at the location on April 16, 17, 18, 20 or 27 may have been exposed to the illness and are urged to seek medical treatment if they have any symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, typhoid fever is “life-threatening,” with 5,700 cases popping up each year. SF State’s Student Health Center cites symptoms of the illness as “fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.” In some cases, typhoid fever is known to “cause flat, rose-colored spots on the skin.”

300 evacuated in Belgium after train carrying chemicals catches fire

Nearly 300 people were evacuated from their homes in the northwestern city of Ghent, Belgium, after a train carrying chemicals derailed and caught on fire, local authorities said. Several explosions followed with no injuries reported.

The incident happened around 2:00am local time (24:00 GMT), causing a major fire.

After the train caught fire, a series of explosions rocked the train cars, prompting authorities to evacuate residents living nearby and disrupting the railway service in the area for at least two days, DH newspaper quoted governor of East Flanders Jan Briers as saying.

A total of six carriages derailed: two were on their side and three were on fire.

Obama blames American guns for Mexican deaths: ‘Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States’

President Obama used a speech at Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Antropología – the National Anthropology Museum – to claim that ‘most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.’

‘I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms,’ Obama said. ‘And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.’

‘But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.’

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 09:44:45 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 09:44:45 PM at epicenter
18.647°S, 177.883°W
568.1 km (353.0 miles)
393 km (244 miles) NW (315°) from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

Rebels Burn, Shoot unarmed men trapped on Roof in Aleppo, Syria

Tunisian journalists stage demonstration against censorship

'EU economic growth not just around the corner'

Syria War: Amateur footage shows air strikes and a bridge collapsing

Whistleblowers Gagged: 'US national security used to cover up torture'

Drone Age: US kids allured by UAVs, college courses in demand

Israel confirms Syria strike, says hit Hezbollah-bound missiles

Israel has carried out an air strike into Syria, targeting a shipment of missiles bound for Hezbollah guerrillas in neighbouring Lebanon, an Israeli official said on Saturday.

The Jewish state has made clear it is prepared to resort to force to prevent advanced Syrian weapons, including President Bashar al-Assad's reputed chemical arsenal, reaching his Hezbollah allies or Islamist rebels taking part in a more than two-year-old uprising against his government.

The target of Friday's raid was not a Syrian chemical weapons facility, a regional security source earlier told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

A U.S. official, who also declined to be identified, had told Reuters on Friday the target was apparently a building.

Two bodies found at U.S. plane crash site in Kyrgyzstan

Remains of two bodies have been found in the wreckage of a U.S. military plane that crashed in Kyrgyzstan, and authorities are still looking for a third person who was on board, officials said.

The refueling plane exploded in mid air when its cargo of fuel ignited on its way to Afghanistan on Friday, accident investigators said.

Experts were still trying to work out what led up to the crash, said Kuvan Mamakeev, the Kyrgyz state prosecutor responsible for investigating transport crimes and accidents.

"It could be because of the fuel, because of the engine, the weather conditions or the human factor," he told Reuters.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Fatal Injuries Revealed

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed after a huge manhunt died from gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso, according to a funeral home.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a gunfight with authorities on April 19, four days after the bombing which killed three people.

The details of his death certificate were revealed by Peter Stefan, of Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlours in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Hive containing 600,000 honeybees removed from Utah cabin after six hours' work

When Utah beekeeper Vic Bachman arrived to remove a hive from a Nordic Valley cabin last month what he never expected to find was one more than twice his own size.

The buzzing hive containing around 60,000 honeybees stretched more than 12-feet in length, 16-inches deep and a foot wide he recalled after spending just over six hours removing it.

'That hive was the biggest. I've never seen one that big,' he told KSL after its completion.

Noah Crooks 911 call reveals he tried to rape before shooting Dead his mom 'for taking away his Call of Duty video game'

The murder trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks , of Iowa, opened with the jury being played a recording of a 911 call in which the teen admitted trying to rape his mother and then shooting her dead with a hunting rifle. During the 10-minute conversation, Crooks revealed that his mother, 37-year-old Gretchen Crooks, had taken away his 'Call of Duty' video game because he got bad grades in school, and that is when he snapped.

Terror at Peach Blossom island: 24 tourists fall into river in China after suspension bridge tilts as they return from May Day party

The final day of a Chinese May Day holiday ended in terror for more than 20 people - including children and the elderly - after they fell into a river when a bamboo suspension bridge suddenly tilted.

About 40 revellers were returning from a bonfire party to celebrate International Workers' Day on Peach Blossom island in Fenghuang, central Hunan province at 9.20pm on Wednesday evening.

As they crowded onto the bridge at the popular tourist town, a loaded pile broke, causing a cable to snap and the bridge floor to tilt.

Twenty-four people then plunged into the fast-flowing water, which is about 1.2m deep.

James Gilkerson opened fire on police with AK47 and was shot dead during a routine traffic stop

Nearly a third of Americans believe an 'armed revolution' will be necessary in the next few years

Almost a third of registered voters believe their gun rights have been so threatened that an armed revolution could be necessary in the next few years, a poll has found.

Farleigh Dickinson University surveyed 863 registered voters for the Public Mind poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4.

The questions focused on gun control and whether armed revolution would be necessary to protect individual liberties.

The poll was conducted from April 22 to April 28, CNS News reported.

The survey included the statement: 'In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect out liberties.'

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 4th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-05-04 08:46:56.0 UTC
Location 21.29 S ; 68.98 W
Depth 110 km
130 km N of Calama, Chile / pop: 143,084 / local time: 04:46:56.0 2013-05-04

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 08:21:49 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 02:21:49 PM at epicenter
2.263°N, 93.051°E
29.5 km (18.3 miles)
440 km (273 miles) SW (215°) from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

Two children and their father killed in Stockholm flat explosion: Police launch murder inquiry

Two children and a man, believed to be their father, died in an explosion in Sweden on Friday morning.

Swedish police launched a murder investigation after finding three bodies following the blast, which completely destroyed the flat in Sundbyberg, north of Stockholm.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 04.28 this morning after an explosion shook the peaceful suburb.

Russian scientist claims to have found asteroid fragments from mysterious explosion in Siberia in 1908

A Russian scientist has claimed that he has found the first fragments of a mystery object which caused a huge explosion over Siberia more than a century ago.

The Tunguska Event in June 1908 saw a mysterious blast more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb flatten trees over an 800 square mile radius, knock people from their feet and shatter windows.

The widely accepted theory is that the explosion was caused by an asteroid or comet breaking up as it entered the Earth's atmosphere.

An idiotic and almost politically suicidal thing to have done: Cameron pays the ultimate price for his UKIP slurs

People say that plain-speaking, man-of-the-people Nigel Farage is an outstanding political leader.

So he is. Were it not for his great gifts, it is most unlikely that UKIP would have delivered such a triumphant performance.

But there is another political figure to whom the upstart party is enormously indebted.

Without the unflagging energies of this remarkable person, UKIP could never have enjoyed its success.

The name of this self-effacing hero? David Cameron.

He has abused, alienated and underestimated UKIP almost from the moment he became Tory leader.

In 2006 he stupidly claimed the party was made up of ‘fruitcakes and closet racists’. He had no evidence for that gratuitous slur.

Israel has conducted airstrike in Syria: U.S. official

Israel has conducted an airstrike in Syria, apparently targeting a building, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to elaborate. CNN quoted two unnamed U.S. officials as saying Israel most likely conducted the strike "in the Thursday-Friday time frame" and that Israel's warplanes did not enter Syrian airspace.

CNN said the officials did not believe Israel had targeted a chemical weapons facility. CBS News cited U.S. sources as saying Israel targeted a warehouse.

An Israeli military spokeswoman in Jerusalem declined to comment.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake JAVA, INDONESIA - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 08:04:45 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 03:04:45 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
6.055°S, 112.749°E
595.9 km (370.3 miles)
96 km (59 miles) NNE of Weru, Indonesia

H7N9 gene tree study yields new clues on mixing, timing

The most detailed genetic analysis so far of H7N9 viruses that have infected humans in China shed more light on how the virus may have emerged—a complex set of events that could have involved mixing between wild and domestic ducks and reassortment in poultry.

In analyzing the family tree of H7N9 and related viruses Chinese researchers also found a long branch between the new virus and avian influenza viruses from wild birds, suggesting that an intermediate host might exist. The study appeared yesterday in an early online edition of The Lancet.

The group used H7N9 genetic sequences from the GISAID database that are linked to the first four human isolates. Using sophisticated analysis tools, they compared the H7N9 sequences with public ones from the Influenza Virus Resource, a flu sequence data source and tool. They used leading-edge techniques to estimate the phylogenies, divergence times, and other evolutionary information for all eight gene segments.

The researchers pointed out that their analysis lacks extensive surveillance data, partly because H7 virus subtypes have low pathogenicity for avian hosts, which can harbor the virus for long periods without showing symptoms. However, the team wrote that the study includes most publicly available related sequences.

The new virus fell within the Eurasian H7 lineage and was most closely related to sequences from ducks in Zhejiang province in 2011, and the team estimated that the most recent common ancestor of the H7N9 virus was in January 2012.

**The diversity that they found in the isolates suggests H7N9 has evolved into at least two lineages, with the possibility of unknown intermediate hosts, pointing to a need for heightened global surveillance in animals and humans, they wrote.

A Total of 10 H7N9 Patients Discharged from Hospital in Hangzhou

H7N9 bird flu patients prepare to leave the First Affiliated Hospital of the Medicine College of the Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, May 3, 2013. A total of ten H7N9 bird flu patients in Hangzhou were discharged from the hospital on Friday following treatment.

Where has H7N9 bird flu come from?

The new H7N9 bird flu strain continues to spread across China. Currently, more than 120 cases had been reported across 10 provinces, and 24 deaths. Yet no one knows where the virus started, which hampers efforts to contain it. But a promising new antiviral drug may help tackle flu in the future.

In an attempt to find the source, Chinese labs have tested 68,000 samples since early March. They have been taking swabs on farms and live animal markets, both from birds and the surfaces they've been in contact with. Only 46 of those samples, scattered across central and eastern China, carried the H7N9 virus: 44 from markets selling live poultry, one from urban racing pigeons and one from a wild pigeon. "Not one farm tested positive," says Juan Lubroth, chief veterinary officer of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy.

Genetic differences between the samples suggest the virus has been spreading in animals for a few months. But which animals? The carriers found to date were too far apart to sustain an epidemic.

Taipei City admits H7N9 negligence

Taipei City’s Market Administration Office yesterday acknowledged its negligence over enforcing preventative measures against the H7N9 avian influenza at Huanan Public Market, after a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City councilor released a video clip showing workers collecting duck feathers with their bare hands, and dead chickens in the market’s parking lot.

The office promised to instruct workers and vendors to follow measures to prevent avian flu.

The Huanan Public Market in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華) will be responsible for all live poultry slaughtering in the city from May 17, when a ban on the slaughter of live poultry at traditional markets comes into effect.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 06:27:40 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 02:27:40 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
1.822°N, 126.332°E
34.5 km (21.4 miles)
134 km (83 miles) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia

Nepal: Bird flu case confirmed in another Chitwan farm

Chitwan livestock officials have confirmed that another poultry farm in Mangalpur area of the district has been affected by avian influenza, few weeks after bird flu cases were detected in Bharatpur-9 and Mangalpur VDC- 7.

Local officials said that they have culled over a thousand chickens at the farm owned by Dol Kumari Hamal after samples sent to the central lab in Kathmandu on Friday, tested positive, RSS reported.

The report said that 900 chickens at the farm have already fallen to the disease. Officials have culled other chicken in areas and sanitised the farm.

India: Swine Flu claims one more life, toll reaches 17 in Indore

A 55-year-old man died of Swine Flu in Indore on Friday raising the death doll due to disease in Indore to 17, since January 2013, health officials said.

Dilip Nagauri of Manormaganj area in the city succumbed to the H1N1 virus at a private hospital here early this morning, the Integrated Surveillance Project (IDSP) official Dr G L Sodhi told PTI.

He was admitted to the hospital on April 26 with the disease symptoms and his report showed him positive on April 29, he said.

Of four more H1N1 cases in the city hospitals, three patients are very critical, he said.

Unknown virus spreads at New Berlin elementary school, Wisconsin

Waukesha County health officials are investigating an unknown virus that has caused about ten percent of students at Ronald Reagan Elementary School to become ill.

Principal Cory Whitsell says a number of students were absent on Thursday, May 2nd, and throughout the day several kids came to the office feeling sick.
“Our number one priority is the safety and well being of students and staff,” says Whitsell.

Epidemiologist Benjamen Jones says the children’s symptoms, primarily nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, are indicative of Norovirus, but the actual cause of sickness is still unknown.

James Foley: American journalist held in Syria believed to be in detention center

The family and employer of James Foley, a U.S. journalist missing in Syria since November, say they now believe he is being held by the Syrian government in a detention center near the capital, Damascus.

That conclusion follows a five-month investigation by Foley's family and his employer, GlobalPost, and was announced on Friday in an article posted on the news organization's website.

"With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces," GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said, according to the article.

X-51A Waverider: U.S. claims hypersonic flight record

Obama says does not foresee sending U.S. troops to Syria

President Barack Obama said on Friday he does not foresee a scenario in which he would send U.S. ground troops to Syria and outlined a deliberate approach to determining whether the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in a 2-year civil war.

Obama insisted that the United States has not ruled out any options in dealing with Syria as the United States investigates whether the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons.

But Obama, who has spent much of his presidency winding down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, made clear he was not inclined to send troops to Syria, saying "I do not foresee" such a scenario.

Italy: Baggage Handlers In Airport Bust

Italian police have arrested 29 baggage handlers from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport after an investigation into the theft of valuable objects from passengers' luggage.

Those arrested are accused of stealing items including cameras and mobile phones from passengers' bags.

The arrests took place after hidden cameras were installed in airplane cargo holds to capture footage of the alleged thefts.

US Wildfire: Prisoners Assist In Blaze Battle

Penitentiary inmates have been drafted in to assist firefighters battling a wildfire raging along the fringes of southern Californian communities.

The inferno covers more than 10 square miles and threatens around 4,000 homes as it edges toward upmarket Malibu - home to stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Bruce Willis.

Almost 1,000 firefighters and deputies are battling the blaze, which is only 10% contained as high winds and searing heat help the flames to spread.

NHS 111: Patient Deaths Under Investigation

The deaths of three people are under investigation in connection with the NHS 111 non-emergency phone line, according to a report.

The general practitioners trade magazine Pulse reported that at least 22 possible "serious untoward incidents" (or SUIs) related to NHS 111 have been reported since the launch of the service.

Those incidents included three where a patient died, the magazine has claimed.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 04:13:22 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 07:43:22 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
28.152°N, 51.924°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
99 km (61 miles) SW of Firuzabad, Iran

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 04:06:18 UTC
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 11:06:18 PM at epicenter
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12.636°S, 77.603°W
43 km (26.7 miles)
80 km (49 miles) SW of Callao, Peru

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CATAMARCA, ARGENTINA - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 03:24:17 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 12:24:17 AM at epicenter
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27.896°S, 66.707°W
130.1 km (80.8 miles)
42 km (26 miles) SE of Belen, Argentina

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 01:47:17 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 05:17:17 AM at epicenter
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29.371°N, 52.557°E
19.7 km (12.2 miles)
25 km (15 miles) S of Shiraz, Iran

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 4th May 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 00:09:54 UTC
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 03:39:54 AM at epicenter
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28.327°N, 51.781°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
96 km (59 miles) SW of Firuzabad, Iran

'Israel Launches Airstrike Into Syria'

US officials say Israel has launched an airstrike into Syria, apparently targeting a suspected weapons site.

They believe the strike hit a warehouse, but it does not appear that a chemical weapons site was targeted.

CNN said the strike took place overnight on Thursday into Friday, just as Israel was flying many warplanes over Lebanon.

But the US does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strikes, the TV news station added.

UPDATE: Israel Air Force bombs Syrian chemical and other targets from Lebanon, Golan

American sources reported Israeli air strikes Saturday, May 4, against a number of targets in Syria including a chemical weapons depot outside Damascus. They were carried out remotely from Lebanese air space and the Golan starting Friday and continuing up until early Saturday, May 3. Neither Damascus nor Jerusalem has yet confirmed the attacks in which according to US sources 16 IAF warplanes took part. According to one report, Israeli jets were seen early Saturday circling over Assad's presidential compound in Damascus before moving on to target a weapons site. The Israeli jets reportedly received fire but returned to base unscathed.

Some sources say the target attacked was a convoy transporting chemical arms to the Lebanese Hizballah, which Israeli leaders have vowed to prevent.

debkafile’s military sources say the start of the Israeli air force operation can be fixed by the sirens set off over the Golan Friday afternoon and again before dawn Saturday. The IDF spokesman said they were set off by a “technical glitch.” They now prove to have been triggered automatically by the Israeli aerial movements.

Friday, Lebanon reported a number of Israeli warplane intrusions of its air space.

debkafile reported earlier that this week, thousands of Basij militiamen landed in Syria, establishing an Iranian military presence opposite Israel from Syria as well as Lebanon. They joined a comparable number of Hizballah militiamen fighting for the Bashar regime.

Troubling Snapshot of Average Korean Teenager (Sound familiar?)

Two out of three teenagers barely get any exercise, half are glued to their smartphones two hours a day, one-third believe that the best job is the one that pays the most money.

Those are among the troubling findings of a survey released Thursday by Statistics Korea and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the lifestyle patterns and attitudes of teenagers.

Another alarming discovery was that one in 10 teenagers contemplated suicide over the past year.

◆ Addicted to Smartphones

Youngsters spend more time on their smartphones and less exercising. The proportion of teenagers who own smartphones doubled from 40 percent last year to 80.7 percent this year.

Sixty percent of them are glued to their smartphones for more than two hours a day. The proportion who watch pornography on their smartphones increased 8.2 percentage points to 20.5 percent.

But only one out of three teens said they exercise regularly. As a result, the rate of obesity increased steadily from 11.2 percent in 2008 to 14.7 percent this year.