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"Why Syria is a Smokescreen for WWIII" (By Owen Wilson)

US military units put on alert as security situation deteriorates in Libyan capital

The U.S. military has alerted two elite military units in Europe to be on standby if needed to respond to a deteriorating security situation in Tripoli, Fox News has learned.

In recent days both the U.S. embassy and British embassy in Libya have removed non-essential staff from their embassies.

A specialized Marine unit based in Moron, Spain, is in the process of being repositioned closer to Libya; and in Stuttgart, Germany, a special operations force assigned to AFRICOM has been placed on heightened alert.

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake ROMANIA - 10th May 2013

Magnitude ML 3.9
Date time 2013-05-10 19:46:06.0 UTC
Location 45.70 N ; 26.61 E
Depth 133 km
8 km W of Nereju, Romania / pop: 4,202 / local time: 22:46:06.0 2013-05-10

Lucky escape for victims of dramatic crash in Argentina

Benghazi emails put pressure on White House

The Obama administration denied Republican accusations of a cover-up in last year's deadly attack in Libya, moving on Friday to defuse a renewed political controversy after a news report said memos on the incident were edited to omit references to a CIA warning of an al Qaeda threat.

ABC News reported emails between the White House, State Department and intelligence agencies about the Benghazi attack went through 12 extensive revisions and were scrubbed clean of warnings about a militant threat.

The ABC report came as Republicans in Congress have stepped up efforts to criticize the Obama administration's response to the attack by suspected Islamist militants, with a growing focus on the role of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential contender in 2016.

Dove Cote pub Shooting: Man Shot Dead At Pub In Birmingham

A gunman has shot a man dead at a pub in Birmingham, West Midlands, police have said.

The killer struck at the Dove Cote pub in Cockshut Hill at around 5.45pm on Friday.

Armed police have cordoned the pub off and have launched a manhunt. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area.

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray said: "We believe this may have been a targeted attack which happened in a busy pub in broad daylight this afternoon.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 10th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-05-10 18:12:34.8 UTC
Location 1.50 N ; 122.99 E
Depth 10 km
106 km N of Gorontalo, Indonesia / pop: 144,195 / local time: 02:12:34.8 2013-05-11

Under the Microscope: Mass surveillance on rise in US after Boston attack

Chemical Conundrum: US suggests Syrian rebels used sarin

CCTV: Moment of Prague blast caught on camera

Malcolm X's grandson Malcolm Shabazz dead: family friend

The grandson of murdered civil rights leader Malcolm X, Malcolm Shabazz, who was convicted as a child of manslaughter and arson in the death of his grandmother, has died outside the United States, family friend Terrie Williams said.

"I'm confirming, per U.S. Embassy, on behalf of the family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X. Statement from family to come," Williams posted late Thursday on her Facebook page.

Media reports said Shabazz, in his late 20's, died in Mexico, but the circumstances were not confirmed.

Germany arrests two suspected of cyber heist

German prosecutors said on Friday they had arrested two Dutch people suspected of involvement in a global cyber theft of $45 million from two Middle Eastern banks.

On Thursday U.S. prosecutors said a criminal gang had withdrawn the money from cash machines in 27 countries.

The Duesseldorf prosecutor's office said a 35-year-old male and a 56-year-old woman had been caught on February 19 withdrawing 170,000 euros in Duesseldorf using Bank of Muscat credit cards. In total, $2.4 million dollars had been withdrawn in seven German cities.

"We have arrested two Dutch people in Germany who apparently took part in this crime," a spokesman for the office said.

Bryce Reed arrested as criminal probe opens on Texas plant blast

A paramedic in West, Texas, has been arrested for possession of an explosive device, a federal official said on Friday, but it was not immediately clear whether there was a connection to a deadly explosion last month at a fertilizer plant in the town.

Texas officials also announced on Friday that they had opened a criminal investigation into the April 17 explosion that killed 14 people and injured about 200 others.

The man arrested was Bryce Reed, said Franceska Perot, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A source familiar with the matter said it was not clear that the arrest was linked to the blast at West Fertilizer Co.

Ryan McDonald who fled from a prison van Recaptured

Police in Manchester have recaptured escaped prisoner Ryan McDonald who fled from a prison van with another man.

Police arrested McDonald after executing a warrant at a house on Cloughfield Avenue, Ordsall, Greater Manchester, at 5pm on Friday.

McDonald's arrest comes after the recapture of a second prisoner who fled from the van.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Shenton, said: "On Tuesday 30 April, a prison van was brazenly attacked on a busy street in broad daylight and two men escaped from lawful custody.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA REGION - 10th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-10 16:15:59.0 UTC
Location 55.87 N ; 165.41 E
Depth 20 km
400 km S of Ossora, Russia / pop: 2,420 / local time: 05:15:59.0 2013-05-11

Namibia: Meteorite Strikes Mahangu Field

Thousands of people have flocked to the Omusati Region out of curiosity to view a small piece of meteorite that landed in a mahangu field in the village of Oshika, in Onesi Constituency, yesterday morning.

The incident created fear and panic among villagers who suggested the 'strange object' had something to do with the recent commotion over the 12 South African aircraft that were released after days of grounding at Ondangwa Airport. The aircraft of South African origin were grounded for several days and then sent back to South Africa, because they had no permits to use Namibian airspace.

People who came from all over the five northern regions, including the Kunene Region, flocking to Oshika, expressed fears that the tourists may have had something to do with the 'strange' object that fell in the mahangu field of Andreas Kamafo Ningilenimo.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN IRAN - 10th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-05-10 15:55:06.9 UTC
Location 37.43 N ; 57.38 E
Depth 5 km
6 km SE of BojnĊĞrd, Iran / pop: 192,041 / local time: 20:25:06.9 2013-05-10

Tim Lambesis Denies Paying Cop $1k To Kill Wife

A heavy metal singer allegedly gave an envelope containing $1,000 (£650) and instructions on how to kill his wife to an undercover agent, a prosecutor has said.

During a May 7 meeting with the agents, known as "Red", Tim Lambesis was recorded saying he wanted his wife killed, San Diego County deputy district attorney Claudia Grasso said.

The 32-year-old front man of the Christian group As I Lay Dying pleaded not guilty to solicitation of murder at San Diego North County district court in Vista, California, on Thursday.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 10th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-05-10 13:06:53.0 UTC
Location 6.23 S ; 103.80 E
Depth 68 km
184 km SW of Bandarlampung, Indonesia / pop: 800,348 / local time: 20:06:53.0 2013-05-10

Kerry Ann Taylor: Police officer wins £5,000 claim for hurting thumb removing cannabis from drug den - and taxpayers have to foot the £150,000 legal bill

A policewoman has won her fight for compensation after cutting her thumb while dismantling a cannabis plant - leaving the taxpayer with a £150,000 legal bill.

Kerry Ann Taylor, a Hampshire Police officer, will receive £4,837 damages after her employers today lost a bid to overturn an earlier decision in the Court of Appeal.

The WPC, 34, was nauseous from cannabis fumes when she cut her thumb on broken glass while uprooting plants at a flat in Devonshire Avenue, Southsea, following a drugs bust.

The serving officer sued her Chief Constable claiming the force had breached their duty of care by allowing her to be exposed to the fumes and failing to provide thick gardening gloves.

Compensation culture cops: Now a police officer gets £13,600 for hurting his big toe at a health and safety training session

A policeman was paid more than £13,600 in compensation after he injured a big toe in a training exercise.

The extraordinary claim was made by a Suffolk Police officer after he was hurt during a health and safety drill.

It was one of 23 successful claims against the force which have seen more than £300,000 in compensation paid out to officers and staff since 2007.

Five rescued from China flood

Afghans worry U.S. spy blimps are privacy invasion

Booming 'zero-day' trade has Washington cyber experts worried

The proliferation of hacking tools known as zero-day exploits is raising concerns at the highest levels in Washington, even as U.S. agencies and defense contractors have become the biggest buyers of such products.

White House cybersecurity policy coordinator Michael Daniel said the trend was "very worrisome to us."

Asked if U.S. government buying in the offensive market was adding to the problem, Daniel said more study was needed. "There is a lot more work to be done in that space to look at the economic we can do a better job on the cost-benefit analysis," he said.

Three suicide attacks strike army, Nigerien soldiers in Mali

Suspected Islamists carried out three attacks on soldiers from Mali and Niger in northern Mali on Friday, injuring one Malian soldier and leaving at least five suicide bombers dead, a spokesman for Mali's army said.

The attacks took place between 4 and 5 a.m. in Menaka and Gossi, near Gao - the first major town freed from the control of Islamist fighters during a French-led military intervention earlier this year.

"The first attack targeted Nigerien soldiers in Menaka. A car bomb entered the (military) camp, but the soldiers ... destroyed the vehicle which exploded," Lieutenant Colonel Souleymane Maiga told Reuters.

British Embassy Withdraws Staff In Libya

The British Embassy in Libya is temporarily withdrawing a small number of staff because of "ongoing political uncertainty".

Banned 3D Gun Plans Still Available Online

Blueprints for a 3D-printable handgun targeted by US authorities are still being exchanged online by gun enthusiasts.

The Liberator gun was designed by Defense Distributed, a non-profit organisation set-up to "defend access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution".

The plans were made available for download on their website on May 6 but they took them down three days later after receiving a demand from the US State Department.

WHO: What we know today on novel coronavirus might not apply tomorrow as this is a rapidly evolving event #nCoV

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 10th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-10 11:18:41.2 UTC
Location 17.98 S ; 168.63 E
Depth 146 km
186 km N of Isangel / pop: 1,437 / local time: 22:18:00.0 2013-05-10

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 10th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Date time 2013-05-10 10:55:36.5 UTC
Location 17.64 S ; 178.80 W
Depth 541 km
Distances 297 km E of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 22:55:36.5 2013-05-10
236 km SE of Lambasa, Fiji / pop: 24,187 / local time: 22:55:36.5 2013-05-10

Five dead as fire engulfs Pakistan government building

Five people plunged to their deaths in front of horrified onlookers as a fire engulfed a nine-storey government building in Pakistan.

Dozens are still trapped inside the building and police say the death toll could rise as firefighters have not been able to enter all areas of the nine-story building in the city of Lahore.

Two army helicopters were dispatched while helped rescue several people from the roof of the building as smoke poured through the windows.

Explosions hit two police stations in Libya's Benghazi

A bomb exploded outside a police station in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in the early hours of Friday, damaging the building and shattering the windows of a school opposite but causing no injuries, a police official said.

Around the same time, about 4 a.m., a second police station was hit by a smaller explosive device that may have been a grenade, a witness said. No injuries were reported there either.

Police stations have been struck with explosives at least four times in the past month in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya.

Daniel Morgan: New Probe Into Unsolved Murder

The unsolved murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan more than 25 years ago is to be investigated by an independent panel, the Home Secretary has announced.

Mr Morgan was killed in a pub car park in south east London on March 10 1987 in "one of the country's most notorious unsolved murder cases", Theresa May said.

After numerous separate police investigations into the case between 1987 and 2002, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the final attempted prosecution against five suspects in 2011.

'Deathbed Testimony' About UFOs Given By Former CIA Official 2013

'Ring of fire' eclipse dims sunlight over Australia

On the Run: No jobs, slave wages drive Portuguese abroad

Slavery is not dead in France

Psychic dead wrong about "death" of Amanda Berry

Egypt's nostalgia for days of Mubarak

As post-Arab Spring Egypt grapples with violence, instability and a troubled economy, more Egyptians say they're yearning for the days when Hosni Mubarak ruled -- and his supporters are saying "we told you so!"

WHO: We know of at least 2 instances where there was likely limited novel coronavirus human-to-human transmissions, but no sustained spread #nCoV

Jordan Morales, 16, Clayton Newman, 18, Citerrah Gomillon, 16, Edward Stanley and Omar Davis, 18, Arrested after savage high school fight video THEY posted to YouTube goes viral

Five teenage students have been charged as adults and taken into police custody after a shocking beating inside a Pennsylvania high school recorded and posted online by the assailants went viral.

The footage, which surfaced on Youtube this week, shows Jordan Morales, 16, Clayton Newman, 18, Citerrah Gomillon, 16, Edward Stanley and Omar Davis, 18, viciously beating an unidentified 16-year-old in the library of Chester High School.

The video shows the group beating the victim with wooden chairs, as well as punching and kicking him repeatedly on the ground. Edward Stanley can be heard to narrate, 'The s**t just got real here' as he videos the beating on his phone - which he later uploaded himself.

Woman survivor 'found' after SEVENTEEN days trapped in rubble of Bangladesh clothing factory

A woman has been found alive trapped in the rubble of the Bangladesh clothing factory 17 days after the disaster that has claimed more than 1,000 lives, it emerged today.

Rescuers found the woman, named Reshma, after hearing groaning coming from the basement of the eight-storey Rana Plaza, the Daily Star newspaper said.

Incredibly, she did not have significant injuries and has been given biscuits and water by rescuers, it added. They were preparing to break a large slab when the 'miracle' happened.

A rescuer said: 'As we made an announcement before starting to break the slab asking whether there was anyone alive in there, we heard someone groan.'
She told them 'in a feeble voice' her name was Reshma and that she was 'not much hurt'.

Suspected new coronavirus case in France, Saudis report two more

A nurse in a hospital that held France's only confirmed case of the SARS-like coronavirus that has killed 18 people has been admitted to hospital in northern France on suspicion on being infected herself, French health officials said on Friday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the number of cases confirmed worldwide to 33 after Saudi Arabia said that two people who were admitted to hospital there in April had been determined by laboratory analysis to be infected.

There is no evidence so far of sustained human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus. But health experts are concerned about clusters of new possible cases of nCoV, which started in the Gulf and spread to France, Britain and Germany.

No human to human transmission?...What about the family member back in February, who caught coronavirus from a Family member? 

British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient they say probably caught it from a family member.

According to Britain's Health Protection Agency, the latest patient is a U.K. resident with no recent travel to any of those countries but who had close personal contact with an earlier case. The patient may also have been at greater risk of infection due to an underlying medical condition and is currently in intensive care at a Birmingham hospital.

"Although this case provides strong evidence for person-to-person transmission, the risk of infection in most circumstances is still considered to be very low,"

Meteor 'part of debris from Halley's Comet'

STARgazers across Oxfordshire have told of the awe of seeing a green-tinged meteor flash across the evening sky.

The object, believed to have formed from the debris of Halley’s Comet, shot north over England and Wales at about 9.45pm on Wednesday.

It was spotted in Long Hanborough among other places.

US government orders removal of Defcad 3D-gun designs

The US government has demanded designs for a 3D-printed gun be taken offline.

The order to remove the blueprints for the plastic gun comes after they were downloaded more than 100,000 times.

The US State Department wrote to the gun's designer, Defense Distributed, suggesting publishing them online may breach arms-control regulations.

Although the files have been removed from the company's Defcad site, it is not clear whether this will stop people accessing the blueprints.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS - 10th May 2013

Magnitude Ml 5.1
Date time 2013-05-10 10:25:53.0 UTC
Location 50.82 N ; 177.05 E
Depth 31 km
Distances 148km SSW of Kiska Volcano, Alaska

Andrew "Bart" Simpson Killed in Training Accident

In eastern Syria oil smugglers benefit from chaos

In Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zor, a network of tribes and smugglers has exploited the chaos of war to create an illicit oil trade that makes European hopes of buying crude from President Bashar al-Assad's opponents a distant prospect.

Powerful Sunni Muslim tribes have deployed armed fighters around oil production facilities and pipelines that have fallen under their control and set up smuggling and trade deals, according to sources in the province including rebels, an oil company employee and people with ties to the tribes.

Deir al-Zor is critical to Syrian oil output that has more than halved in the past two years of fighting. The hijacking of the oil industry by tribes complicates Western efforts to help the Syrian opposition fund itself and will make any future reconstruction even more difficult.

Bomb explodes outside police station in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, no injuries reported: police

Australia: Eclipse Plunges Outback Into Darkness

People in the remote Australian Outback have been treated to a dazzling annular solar eclipse.

As the moon passed between Earth and the sun, all light was blocked out except for a 'ring of fire.'

It fell short of a total solar eclipse because the moon was too far from Earth.

Pit Bulls Maul Jogger To Death In California

A 63-year-old jogger has been mauled to death by four pit bulls in a rural area of Los Angeles County.

Police seized several dogs, as they warned people to be on the lookout for the animals who may have been involved in the attack.

Sheriff's Lieutenant John Corina said a woman in a car saw the dogs attacking the female runner on Thursday morning.

The witness called 911 and sounded her car horn to try to get the dogs to stop.

Egyptian General Muhammad Khilf on 911 Conspiracy (2010)

Tony Martin 'Confronts Another Burglar'

Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a burglar in 1999, says he has confronted another burglar on his property.

Ariel Castro May Face Death Penalty

An Ohio prosecutor has said he may seek aggravated murder charges that could carry the death penalty for the man accused of imprisoning three women at his home for a decade.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Thomas McGinty said the possible charges would be related to pregnancies that Ariel Castro allegedly terminated by force.

Mr McGinty said Ohio law calls for the death penalty for the "most depraved criminals who commit aggravated murder during the course of a kidnapping".

He said Castro would be charged for every single act of sexual violence, assault and other crimes, suggesting the charges could number in the hundreds, if not thousands.

Qatada 'Will Return To Jordan' If Law Agreed

Abu Qatada has agreed to voluntarily return to Jordan if the country's parliament ratifies a treaty with the UK guaranteeing that he will not be tortured.

His co-operation was announced by his barrister, Edward Fitzgerald QC, at the beginning of an immigration tribunal to decide whether Qatada could be released from prison.

But his application for bail was later adjourned until May 20, meaning he will remain in custody until then.

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN SAKHA, RUSSIA - 10th May 2013

Magnitude mb 5.4
Date time 2013-05-10 08:38:28.0 UTC
Location 67.61 N ; 139.32 E
Depth 17 km
189 km S of Deputatskiy, Russia / pop: 3,484 / local time: 19:38:28.0 2013-05-10

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF AFRICA - 10th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-05-10 06:27:55.3 UTC
Location 53.11 S ; 25.68 E
Depth 19 km
Distances 2646 km S of Maseru, Lesotho / pop: 118,355 / local time: 08:27:55.3 2013-05-10

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS - 10th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-10 05:29:23.0 UTC
Location 49.87 N ; 157.33 E
Depth 40 km
124 km SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia / pop: 2,422 / local time: 17:29:23.0 2013-05-10

Military Parade in Moscow's Red Square on Victory Day 2013

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA - 10th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 3.5
Date time 2013-05-10 05:12:24.8 UTC
Location 37.37 N ; 121.73 W
Depth 7 km
7 km E of East Foothills, United States / pop: 8,269 / local time: 22:12:24.8 2013-05-09

John Jackson appears in full uniform hand-in-hand with wife as they face trial for 'abusing foster children by breaking their bones and force-feeding them hot pepper'

An Army major and his wife pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges alleging the couple abused their three foster children by withholding food and water, making the children eat red pepper and assaulting them to the point of breaking their bones.

Dressed in full military uniform, John Jackson appeared with his wife Carolyn Jackson in federal court in Newark, New Jersey on 17 counts of endangerment, assault and conspiracy.

A trial date was set for July 8, and each of the Jacksons was allowed to remain free on $250,000 bail.

Prosecutors say the alleged crimes took place in 2010 while the family was living at the Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township. Both John and Carolyn Jackson have denied the charges.

Incredible close encounter with playful killer whales

CIA's new top clandestine spy outed on Twitter just hours after being chosen

Just a day after the CIA chose to bypass a spy for their top position because of her waterboarding past, the name of the man they chose instead was leaked on Twitter despite his still being undercover.

The government is remaining mum, but Francis Archibald is likely the next spy chosen to head the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service.

‘New head of #CIA clandestine service was head of #LatinAmerica Division since ca 2011. Francis ‘Frank’ Archibald, 57,’ tweeted former Washington Post assistant editor John Dinges on Wednesday.

Blueprints for 3D-plastic gun downloaded 100,000 times in 2 days before the State Department orders the site to take down the weapon designs

Blueprints for the first-ever plastic gun produced on a 3-D printer, that can pass through metal detectors, have been downloaded over 100,000 times since it was posted to the web on Monday.

Designs for the 'Liberator' pistol were posted online by Defense Distributed but on Thursday the U.S. State Department ordered the website to take down the blueprints, on the basis that the plans could violate export regulations.

The blueprints, that could be produced on 3-D printers costing as little as $1,000, were seen as a breakthrough because no one has previously designed such a weapon that could withstand the pressure of firing modern ammunition.

Greece's youth unemployment rate hits a terrifying 60%

Greek youth unemployment rose above 60 per cent for the first time in February, reflecting the pain caused by the country's crippling recession after years of austerity under its international bailout.

Greece's jobless rate has almost tripled since the country's debt crisis emerged in 2009 and was more than twice the euro zone's average unemployment reading of 12.1 percent in March.

While the overall unemployment rate rose to 27 per cent, according to statistics service data released on Thursday, joblessness among those aged between 15 and 24 jumped to 64.2 percent in February from 59.3 percent in January.

Eastern European gang who stole £200,000 worth of gadgets in John Lewis warehouse iPad raid are jailed for more than 15 years

A gang of Eastern European men have been jailed for more than 15 years for robbing a John Lewis warehouse.

The four men stole £200,000 worth of electronic goods from the firm's distribution centre in Brackmills, Northampton.

Northampton Crown Court heard how Marcin Bakowski, 30, an ex-employee at John Lewis, wanted revenge after he was sacked for stealing food from the staff canteen.

Paula Castle Murder: Smirk of teenage thug moments before killing an OAP for her handbag: Pair of 15-year-olds including father-of-two jailed

Jiervon Bartlett (top right) and Nayed Hoque (bottom right), both 15, knocked Paula Castle, 85, to the ground and snatched her bank cards in Greenford, west London. The pair then used her bank cards to buy takeaways, mobile phone top-ups and Nike trainers. They were initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter shortly before they were due to go on trial. Mrs Castle is pictured centre and left, on CCTV moments before the attack.

Olympic security shambles firm G4S handed contract to guard world's most powerful leaders during G8 summit in Northern Ireland

Scandal-hit security firm G4S is to be responsible for protecting the world’s most powerful men and women after to winning a contract to stand guard at next month’s G8 summit.

The much-criticised firm made such a mess of providing security of the London Olympics last year that the army had to be drafted in to keep the event safe.

But today ministers insisted the company had learned the lessons of last summer’s fiasco and could cope with preventing an attack on the leaders of the world's eight wealthiest countries at the summit in Northern Ireland.

Rattled Cameron gives MPs free vote on Europe: Tory ministers could vote against their own Queen's Speech

David Cameron last night allowed ministers to vote against the Queen’s Speech as he struggled to contain a growing Tory mutiny on the issue of Europe.

In an extraordinary development, Downing Street sources said Tory MPs would be given a free vote next week on a backbench amendment to the Speech that expresses ‘regret’ about the lack of legislation for a referendum on Europe.

The move came as senior Tories ignored the Prime Minister’s pleas to pipe down on the issue in the wake of last week’s elections, when UKIP gave the Tories a bloody nose.

Death Toll Passes 1,000 in Bangladesh Collapse

The death toll from the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh rose above 1,000 victims on Friday, as work crews continued clearing debris from the wreckage site of the building following what is considered the deadliest accident in the history of the garment industry.

The death toll, now at 1,021, has been rising quickly in recent days, and will likely keep climbing, as work crews using heavy machinery are now removing rubble from some of the most heavily damaged sections of the building. Five garment factories operated inside the structure and at least 3,000 people were reportedly working inside when the building collapsed on the morning of April 24.

Located in an industrial suburb of Dhaka, the national capital, Rana Plaza exemplified many of safety problems plaguing a Bangladeshi garment industry that is now the world’s second-leading exporter, trailing only China. Authorities in Bangladesh now say the building was illegally constructed, with permits obtained through political influence. The owner, Sohel Rana, now in jail, was illegally adding upper floors to structure at the time the building collapsed, officials said.

US calls for shutting down Iran, North Korea arms networks

The United States said on Friday that Iran and North Korea were trying to obtain high-tech materials linked to their nuclear programs in violation of U.N. sanctions.

Iran was also sending weapons and ammunition to Syrian government forces despite a ban, said Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation.

"Both Iran and North Korea have developed channels that enable them to continue to export and continue to procure the items they need for their weapons industry," he told a news briefing in Geneva.

US drone strikes a war crime: PHC

Declaring the US drone strikes in the tribal areas as a blatant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, unlawful and a war crime, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday ruled that the government and security forces, under constitutionaland legal obligations, shall have the right to shoot down the unmanned aircraft entering Pakistan’s airspace or attacking its territory.

A two-member bench comprising PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Musarrat Hilali announced a 22-page judgment in four identical writ petitions filed against the US drone strikes in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. The petitioners had requested the court to direct the government to stop the drone strikes and order security forces to shoot down the drones entering the Pakistani territory.

Announcing the verdict, the chief justice ruled that under the 1973 Constitution, particularly its Article 199, the court was under obligation to safeguard and protect the life and property of Pakistanis and also any person living for the time being in Pakistan.

Downloads for 3D-printed Liberator gun reach 100000

The blueprint used to produce a 3D-printed plastic gun has been downloaded about 100,000 times since going online earlier this week, according to Forbes.

Defense Distributed told the news site it was surprised by the amount of interest its Liberator gun had generated.

Earlier in the week, the company demonstrated the firearm being fired

But even before any more guns come off the DIY printing presses, there are moves afoot to ban it.

Dhaka collapse toll soars above 900

More than two weeks after a factory collapsed in Bangladesh, trapping workers in a mangled concrete heap, the death toll has surpassed 900.

Authorities pulled more bodies from the rubble, bringing the number of people killed to 931, Bangladesh's national news agency BSS reported Thursday. The April 24 collapse occurred in Savar, a suburb of the capital, Dhaka.

Rescue workers saved more than 2,400 people in the aftermath of the collapse, but have focused on using heavy machinery to uncover bodies buried beneath the ruins.

Tunisian who allegedly wanted to commit terror, held in U.S.

A Tunisian, who authorities believe radicalized one of the suspects held in Canada on charges of plotting to blow up a passenger train, has been arrested in New York on unrelated counts, according to authorities who said he wanted to commit acts of terror in the United States.

Ahmed Abassi was arrested last month and charged in a newly unsealed indictment with two counts of making false statements to immigration authorities while applying for a work visa and green card.

"As alleged, Ahmed Abassi had an evil purpose for seeking to remain in the United States -- to commit acts of terror and develop a network of terrorists here, and to use this country as a base to support the efforts of terrorists internationally," said Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

NCoV: Dangerous virus diagnosed in France

A newly discovered and often deadly virus related to one that causes the common cold has struck another victim, this time in France.

A man hospitalized in April is infected with the novel coronavirus, France's Health Ministry said Thursday.

The NCoV virus was recently found for the first time in humans and scattered cases have occurred across parts of the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia.

It has proved deadly in more than half of the confirmed cases so far, according to the World Health Organization. Of 31 people with confirmed infections, at least 18 have died.

NASA: International Space Station has ammonia leak in cooling system

The International Space Station is once again leaking ammonia from a cooling system, NASA said Thursday in a news release.

The crew is not in danger, NASA said.

The space station crew reported seeing small white flakes floating away from the station, the space agency said, So NASA helped locate the leak with external cameras while the crew used hand-held cameras pointed out windows.

The leak was in a cooling loop in a solar array that has leaked before. NASA said crew members tried to fix the leak in November. It is unclear whether this is the same leak or a new one.

N. Korea on American's 'hostile acts'

North Korea for the first time publicly specified the "hostile acts" that landed Kenneth Bae a 15-year sentence at a labor camp.

The Korean-American tour operator set up anti-North Korean bases in China and distributed anti-regime literature, a spokesman for the North Korean Supreme Court told the state-run KCNA news agency.

"He committed such hostile acts as egging citizens of the DPRK overseas and foreigners on to perpetrate hostile acts to bring down its government while conducting a malignant smear campaign against it," the court said, using the acronym of the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Syria's chemical weapons stockpile

Evidence of chemical weapons use gets harder to find with each passing day in Syria.

The Assad regime is blocking U.N. special investigators from entering the country as the Obama administration continues to seek concrete proof.

“It is publicly known that Syria has the largest active chemical weapons program in the world," President Obama's former chief adviser on all matters relating to weapons of mass destruction, Gary Samore, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

The only other country that might have a comparable stockpile might be North Korea, about which we know very little, according to Samore.

Ariel Castro's mother begs forgiveness

Washington State system hacked, data of thousands at risk

The website for the Washington State court system has been hacked and up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and a million driver's license numbers may have been accessed, officials said on Thursday.

The disclosure, which follows a number of major hacking incidents in recent years that have targeted a range of companies from Twitter to Apple Inc, raises concerns that the information accessed could be used to commit financial fraud.

The breach was discovered in February, and officials at first believed no confidential information had been leaked even though a large amount of data was downloaded from the website, the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts said.

Huge cyber bank heist nets $45 million in 27 countries

In one of the biggest ever bank heists, a global cyber crime ring stole $45 million from two Middle Eastern banks by hacking into their credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries, US prosecutors said on Thursday.

New York federal prosecutors accused eight men of allegedly forming the New York-based cell of the organization, and said seven of them have been arrested. The eighth defendant was reported to have been murdered in the Dominican Republic on April 27, according to US prosecutors.

He was allegedly a leader of the cell and reported to ringleaders believed to be outside the United States.

Loganair plane makes emergency landing in Orkney

A PLANE with 17 passengers has made an emergency landing in Orkney after a cargo door burst open in mid-air.

The FlyBe aircraft, operated by Loganair, was flying from Aberdeen to Shetland when the full-scale alert was sparked.

Passengers reported the cabin had depressurised after the cargo door opened.

Fire engines at Kirkwall Airport were called to the scene. The aircraft landed safely and no one was injured.

Another Meteorite Lands in a Connecticut "W" Town

A meteorite has hit another house in Connecticut just 19 days after one landed on a home in Wolcott.

Jay Langlois didn't hear or see the rock fall from the sky, but did notice his broken gutter behind his house spewing water.

He didn't know it at the time, but a meteorite had crashed down and landed on his lawn on Red Maple Lane in Waterbury.

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Chautauqua County confirms first case of rabies this year

Chautauqua County has confirmed its first case of rabies this year, County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler announced Thursday. Schuyler said that a rabid bat was captured by a Town of Ellington resident who awoke to the animal flying around the room. Tests at the State Rabies Lab confirmed that the bat was rabid, and rabies prevention shots were ordered.

“Human contact with bats should be avoided,” Schuyler said, “and because pets are more at risk from rabid bats, all dogs, cats and ferrets more than 3 months old need to be vaccinated, as required by law, against rabies.”

Dead naked surfer with apparent shark attack wounds washes up near San Diego beach

A naked surfer washed up dead near a San Diego beach early Thursday with wounds consistent with a shark attack, authorities said.

The 42-year-old man, who wasn't further identified because his family hadn't been notified, appeared to have been attacked after he died under other unusual circumstances in the water — possibly suicide — said Lt. John Everhart of San Diego Lifeguard Services, who cited a preliminary medical examiner's report.

No shark sightings had been reported in the area, and officials didn't say what type of shark might have attacked the man. Everhart told reporters the body was found in shallow water about 250 yards from shore about 3:35 a.m. (6:35 a.m. ET) near Tourmaline Beach.

Hundreds of Dead Fish Found in Bristol Pond, Connecticut

Hundreds of dead fish were discovered in a pond in Bristol Thursday.

Bristol Parks officials and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to Page Park after someone called to report the dead sun fish floating on the surface of the pond.

Experts from DEEP classified the occurrence as a natural kill.

Residents advised how to avoid rabid animals, New Hampshire

Though no animal has tested positive for rabies in Rockingham so far this year, the town’s highway department has recently dealt with four instances of ill and disoriented animals.

As a result, Rockingham Health Officer Ellen Howard wants to remind residents to make sure their pets have up-to-date rabies vaccines.

Two incidents involved raccoons on Pleasant Valley Road -- one of them was near the Saxtons River Recreation Center. Another ill raccoon was located at the east end of Main Street in Saxtons River.

The fourth animal was a fox on Bramley Way in Bellows Falls.

Gray Fox Shot And Killed In New Hartford Tests Positive For Rabies, New York

The gray fox shot and killed on Monday after attacking a man in his backyard has tested positive for rabies.

Bobbi Jo Kahl with the Oneida County Health Department says although the man was not bitten, saliva could have still entered him through abrasions.

Kahl continues to urge residents to take care while outside and to remain vigilant of stray and wild animals.

A rabies clinic has been scheduled for the evening of May 15th at the Clark Mills Firehouse.

Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactor shuts down

One of two reactors at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland shut down suddenly Wednesday night after an as-yet-unexplained malfunction, a Constellation spokesman said.

Unit 2 went offline at 9:47 p.m. after a shutdown of the turbine that generates electricity from the nuclear reactor, according to Kory Raftery, spokesman for the Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. Some valves feeding steam to the turbine closed unexpectedly, triggering its shutdown, Raftery explained, and that led to the reactor itself shutting down to prevent a buildup of steam pressure in its cooling system.

The reactor's automatic safety system functioned as designed, the company spokesman said, averting any danger to plant workers or the public. The unit is in "stable condition," he said, while plant personnel and federal nuclear safety regulators investigate what caused the shutdown.,0,6098339.story

Mystery smell irks Quincy neighborhood, Massachusetts

Residents of a Quincy senior apartment complex near the ocean are used to the full spectrum of sea scents wafting over their building.

But the persistent rotten egg smell that has lingered over The Moorings at Squantum Gardens for about six week is becoming unbearable, and so far, remains unexplained.

The city hired chemists to test water samples for the presence of bacteria that could explain the smell. They came back negative.

A city councilor suggested it was red tide. The state Division of Marine Fisheries says that may not be the cause, although another type of algae may be responsible.

Nuclear fears in Europe after unshielded radioactive material is found (2nd this week)

The startling discovery in Switzerland came only five days after a group of Romanians carrying unshielded nuclear material were stopped in neighbouring Austria.

The vehicle was contained after it was discovered to be exceeding the legal radioactive emission limits.

Lightning Strike Injures 39 In Germany

A lightning strike has injured 39 people, eight of them severely, at a Father's Day party in Germany.

The majority of those hurt were affected by shock and burns.

The strike happened at a fairground near the city of Schwerin, in the north east of the country.

A witness told NDR 1 Radio MV, there was a loud bang and when they could next see, it appeared that people had fallen down in "rows".

Lana Bailey 'Presumed Dead' following the arrest of a 27-year-old man

A toddler missing after three bodies were found on a farm in eastern Kansas is "presumed dead" after a 27-year-old man was arrested over the deaths.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said, however, that the 18-month-old daughter of Kaylie Bailey, one of the three people found dead at the farm, had still not been found.