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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

North Korean Duck Farm Hit By H5N1 Avian Influenza

NORTH KOREA – A new outbreak of the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus has been confirmed at a duck production unit in P’yongyang-Si, resulting in the deaths of more than 164,000 ducks.

This is according to the World Organisation for Animal Health who received notification from the Anti-Epizootic Department at the Ministry of Agriculture in Pyongyang yesterday.

Ducks in one of the 20 cages showed clinical signs on 19 April 2013 but recovered 3-4 days later. As mortality increased, samples were sent to the Central Veterinary Station on 2 May 2013.

At least 33 missing after tunnel collapse at Freeport Indonesia mine

A training tunnel collapsed on Tuesday at the world's second largest copper mine in eastern Indonesia, trapping at least 33 workers underground, the mine's owner, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, said.

Earlier reports, quoting a mine official at the scene, had said three workers were killed in the accident, but the Arizona-based firm denied any deaths had occurred.

Rescue efforts were under way at the remote Grasberg mine in West Papua province. Output at the mine, which also has the world's largest gold reserves and employs just over 24,000 contract and non-contract workers, was not expected to be significantly affected, the company said.

Mexico Popocatepetl volcano: Officials prepare evacuation routes as volcano rumbles

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has blown steam for days, prompting authorities to prepare for possible evacuations, but residents are used to their towering neighbor’s rumblings and keep going to work without fear.

Popocatepetl, which means “smoking mountain” in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, spewed more steam, gas and ash that rose three kilometers (two miles) above the crater on Tuesday, according to the National Disaster Prevention Center.

The volcano, which is 55 kilometers (34 miles) southeast of Mexico City, has also rumbled and spewed molten rocks in recent days. Last week, it covered several towns in ash, including the capital of the state of Puebla.

Pig Protest In Kenya Against 'Greedy' MPs

Protesters have released dozens of piglets - and one huge pig - in front of Kenya's parliament to show their fury at the MPs' demands for higher salaries.

Some animals munched on parliamentary flower beds, while others licked blood that had been poured by the activists at the entrance of parliament in Nairobi.

John Wamagata, a 48-year-old protester carrying a severed pig head labelled "greed", said: "We want to show them what they have become!"

Costa Concordia: Francesco Schettino Refused Plea Deal

Italian prosecutors have rejected a plea bargain attempt by the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground last year, killing 32 people.

Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all 4,200 passengers and crew were evacuated.

He had originally wanted to defend himself at a trial but when the five other defendants in the case all sought plea bargains, his defence team decided to change their strategy.

"We weren't planning on requesting a plea bargain. But when we saw the development in the hearing, we were practically obliged to do so," said Schettino’s lawyer Francesco Pepe.

EU Commission RAIDS Oil Firms Over 'Price-Fixing'

The offices of oil companies Shell, BP and Statoil have been raided by authorities as the European Commission investigates allegations of possible market manipulation of oil and biofuel prices.

The commission said it had launched the investigation over suspected anti-competitive agreements related to the submission of prices to Platts, the world's leading oil pricing agency.

"Officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in and providing services to the crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels sectors," the EU's executive arm said in a statement.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G. - 15th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-05-15 01:21:43.6 UTC
Location 5.49 S ; 151.69 E
Depth 42 km
140 km SW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 11:21:43.6 2013-05-15

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake KYRGYZSTAN - 15th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Date time 2013-05-15 00:44:17.0 UTC
Location 39.91 N ; 72.39 E
Depth 40 km
44 km SE of Kyzyl-Kyya, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 32,000 / local time: 06:44:17.0 2013-05-15

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 5.7
Date time 2013-05-14 23:39:14.0 UTC
Location 15.52 S ; 73.04 W
Depth 80 km
80 km W of Orcopampa, Peru / pop: 5,643 / local time: 18:39:14.0 2013-05-14

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA REGION, INDONESIA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-14 23:32:39.0 UTC
Location 0.54 S ; 130.47 E
Depth 54 km
94 km NW of Sorong / pop: 125,535 / local time: 08:32:00.0 2013-05-15

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Region TONGA
Date time 2013-05-14 21:31:18.0 UTC
Location 18.31 S ; 173.53 W
Depth 10 km
60 km NE of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 10:31:18.0 2013-05-15

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KASHMIR - 14th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-05-14 20:00:06.0 UTC
Location 33.16 N ; 75.81 E
Depth 40 km
Distances 264 km E of Islamabad, Pakistan / pop: 601,600 / local time: 01:00:06.0 2013-05-15
139 km SE of Srīnagar, India / pop: 975,857 / local time: 01:30:06.0 2013-05-15
17 km S of Kishtwār, India / pop: 20,553 / local time: 01:30:06.0 2013-05-15

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 5.6
Date time 2013-05-14 19:18:16.0 UTC
Location 0.73 N ; 92.37 E
Depth 10 km
486 km SW of Sinabang, Indonesia / pop: 15,000 / local time: 02:18:16.0 2013-05-15

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-05-14 19:09:23.4 UTC
Location 10.78 S ; 112.20 E
Depth 10 km
296 km S of Ngunut, Indonesia / pop: 26,297 / local time: 02:09:23.4 2013-05-15

No One is Coming for your Guns!!!

Exploding Manholes Set Cars On Fire, Cut Power In Brooklyn

Several manholes exploded in Brooklyn on Monday, setting cars on fire and sending people running for their safety.

As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, dozens of families were left without power following the explosions in Bushwick on Monday afternoon. As late as 9 p.m., power was still out for several customers, and smoke was still billowing on and off from one of the manholes that exploded.

Not one, and not two, but three manhole covers blew along Menahan Street near Wyckoff Avenue, witnesses said.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.0
Date time 2013-05-14 15:04:46.0 UTC
Location 36.28 N ; 69.76 E
Depth 140 km
33 km S of Farkhār, Afghanistan / pop: 10,480 / local time: 19:34:46.0 2013-05-14

Nigel Farage on Cameron's EU Referendum Lie

The EU referendum bill is 490 words long with the Scottish Independence Referendum bill is over 62 thousand words. It´s evident, this bill was scrawled up on the back of an envelope in a few hours, and it is meaningless.

H7N9: China Reports Three New Deaths Linked To Bird Flu Virus

Chinese health officials have reported that three people have died recently from the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus raising the death toll to 35. The number of people infected has already risen to 130. The World Health Organization said that this new strain is one of the most deadly viruses around and seem to have originated in China’s east Jiangxi province.

Health officials in the country say that there is no evidence of human to human transmission and that people contaminated with the virus got it from poultry. WHO officials however say that 40 percent of the people infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus didn’t come into contact with poultry. They also said that 57 people infected with the virus have already recovered.

This new strain of the virus was first detected in March has caused prices for poultry in China to drop.

'US wins more enemies by using drones'

'Spy' Sting: Russia detains US diplomat suspected of CIA recruitment

'Libya fragmented & dangerous, exports jihadism to neighbours'

Ancient Mayan pyramid destroyed for road fill

A Mayan pyramid that has stood for 2,300 years in Belize has been reduced to rubble, apparently to make fill for roads.

Local media in the Central American country of 334,000 people report the temple at the Noh Mul site in northern Belize was largely torn down by backhoes and bulldozers last week.

"This is one of the worst that I have seen in my entire 25 years of archaeology in Belize," John Morris, an archaeologist with the country's Institute of Archaeology, told local channel 7NewsBelize. "We can't salvage what has happened out here -- it is an incredible display of ignorance."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under fire again as official residence expenses near £1m

For the second time in as many days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under fire over the use of taxpayers’ money after it was revealed that spending at his official residence has increased by 80 per cent in just the last three years.

The latest embarrassment comes just 48 hours after it was revealed that Mr Netanyahu ordered that a bedroom, complete with double bed, be specially fitted to the plane he used to fly to London last month to attend the funeral of Baroness Thatcher – at a cost to the Israeli taxpayer of $127,000, for the five and a half hour flight.

Mr Netanyahu spent a total of 5.43 million shekels (£975,000) on his household in 2012, up from 3.02 million in 2009. The prime minister is likely to be accused of profligacy with public funds, especially at a time when the latest Israeli budget, which passed through the Knesset on Monday, imposes income tax hikes and big cuts in public and military spending.

Syria 'rebel heart-eating video' condemned...But our government's stay silent!

Human Rights Watch and the Syrian opposition National Coalition have condemned a gruesome video apparently showing a Syrian rebel fighter cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it.

"International news agencies and social media websites have been circulating a video clip in which a person claiming to be a member of the rebels in Homs performs a horrific and inhumane act," the National Coalition said.

"The Syrian Coalition strongly condemns this act -- if it is revealed to be true. The Coalition stresses that such an act contradicts the morals of the Syrian people, as well as the values and principles of the Free Syrian Army."

WHO: The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional 4 novel coronavirus laboratory-confirmed cases #nCoV

Deadly Benghazi blast caused by fishing explosives: official

A blast that killed three people in Libya's second city Benghazi was caused by fishing explosives that detonated accidentally, not a car bomb as originally thought, a local government official said on Tuesday.

But rights activists said the incident was symptomatic of deteriorating security in a country whose government exerts scant authority beyond the capital Tripoli and which is largely split into fiefs of armed groups that were instrumental in the 2011 revolution that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

"The vehicle belonged to a fisherman, who was killed in the blast caused by the explosive materials he was carrying in his car," Tarik Bozribe, a Benghazi city councilor, told Reuters. Libyan fisherman often use explosives to snare their catch.

Cameron faces leadership questions over Europe

Prime Minister David Cameron faced questions about his leadership on Tuesday after he buckled to pressure from within the Conservative Party to bring forward draft legislation enforcing a referendum on Britain's European Union membership.

Just hours after U.S. President Barack Obama cautioned against rushing towards the EU exit, Cameron was forced by a rebellion in his party into promising a bill that would pave the way for an in-out vote on Europe.

But the more Cameron concedes to his Eurosceptic lawmakers, the more they want, deepening the 25-year battle in his party over Europe and undermining his own chances of leading the party to victory in a general election set for 2015.

Kenyan police fire teargas at protest over MPs' pay

Kenyan police fired teargas and water cannon outside parliament on Tuesday to disperse about 200 people demonstrating against lawmakers' demands for a salary 130 times the legal minimum wage.

Civil rights groups organized the protest to express widespread anger that politicians are demanding a pay rise so soon after a broadly peaceful election on March 4.

Protesters fed pigs' blood to live pigs at the gates of parliament in the capital Nairobi to symbolize a political class widely regarded as greedy and corrupt.

European authorities have raided offices of oil majors Shell, BP and Statoil

European authorities have raided offices of oil majors Shell, BP and Statoil as part of a probe into suspected manipulation of oil prices, one of the biggest cross-border actions since the Libor rigging scandal.

Authorities have sharply raised scrutiny of financial benchmarks around the world since slapping large fines on some of the world's biggest banks for rigging two interest rate benchmarks - Libor and Euribor.

On Tuesday, the European Commission said it was investigating major oil companies over suspected anti-competitive agreements related to submission of prices to Platts, the world's leading oil pricing agency and part of McGraw Hill Group (MHFI.N).

Russia expels U.S. diplomat in spy scandal

Russia declared a U.S. diplomat accused of seeking to recruit a Russian intelligence officer "persona non grata" on Tuesday and ordered him to leave the country.

"Such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War will by no means promote the strengthening of mutual trust," the Foreign Ministry said after a Russian security agency said a diplomat had been caught trying to recruit an intelligence officer as a spy.

Oxfordshire Child Sex Trafficking Ring Guilty

An Oxfordshire child sex trafficking ring has been convicted of a string of sex offences against six girls aged between 11 and 16.

The men groomed vulnerable young girls, plied them with drugs and alcohol then forced them to have sex with men, subjecting them to both physical and sexual violence.

Brothers Akhtar Dogar 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, and Kama Jamil, 27 were convicted of rape, facilitating child prostitution and trafficking.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 14th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-05-14 13:43:02.9 UTC
Location 26.73 N ; 57.71 E
Depth 23 km
77 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 18:13:02.9 2013-05-14

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ECUADOR - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Date time 2013-05-14 13:16:35.0 UTC
Location 1.14 S ; 77.48 W
Depth 171 km
41 km SE of Tena, Ecuador / pop: 17,172 / local time: 08:16:35.0 2013-05-14

Outrage at Syria fighter 'eating heart of soldier'

A Syrian rebel leader who apparently took a bite from a soldier’s heart was today accused of committing a war crime by mutilating a body.

A group loyal to president Bashar Assad, which published a video clip of the act on the internet, described the act as a “crime that crosses all lines”.

The man, identified by Human Rights Watch as Abu Sakkar, a well-known insurgent from the city of Homs, is seen carving into the soldier’s body and cutting out the heart and liver.

He then says: “I swear to God we will eat your hearts out, you soldiers of Bashar. You dogs. God is greater... we will take out their hearts to eat them.” He then appears to put the heart in his mouth and takes a bite.

Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch said: “The mutilation of the bodies of enemies is a war crime. But the even more serious issue is the very rapid descent into sectarian rhetoric and violence.”

Pyramids on the Moon: NASA's Apollo lunar coverup

Sheep gets metal heart made with rocket science in China

War on Leaks: US govt seizes AP phone records

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES REGION, INDONESIA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-05-14 12:09:37.0 UTC
Location 8.38 S ; 122.05 E
Depth 193 km
31 km NW of Maumere, Indonesia / pop: 47,598 / local time: 20:09:37.0 2013-05-14

Ryan Fogle was found with various disguises and a large sum of money, Russian security services say.

A CIA agent has reportedly been detained after allegedly trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said they found the man, who was identified as Ryan Fogle, with various disguises and a large sum of money.

He was also in possession of "special technical equipment" and had written instructions for recruiting a Russian citizen, it was claimed.

Delayed passengers brawl at check-in desk then manager attacks them with a metal chair at Chinese airport

Derrick Twardoski Charged with Murder of Four young children who died in blaze after he set fire to their houses with can of gasoline'

Derrick Twardoski, 33, knew the children's parents and family members say he was exercising a vendetta because the tires of the cars in the driveway were slashed at the home in Percy, Illinois. Ethan Owen, 12, Kailey Owen, 9 and five-year-old twins Brandon and Landon Owen perished in their beds during the 2am blaze.

Tennyson Salopek Jacobson fatally knifes intruder as he tries to strangle husband after bursting in on her first Mother's Day

The mystery of New York's eternal flame: Scientists baffled by origin of gas that keeps landmark burning

Dr. Kermit Gosnell leaves court as he faces death penalty for murdering three babies by snipping their spinal cords

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, who ran the now-shuttered Women's Medical Society Clinic, had been charged with four counts of capital murder in the deaths of babies whose spinal cords he was accused of snipping to bring about their deaths. He was found not-guilty on one charge, but each of the first-degree capital murder charges could earn him the death penalty. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, a refugee who died after a drug overdose following an abortion in November 2010.

France set to introduce 1% 'internet tax' on smartphones and tablets to raise millions for digital development....You wait!, it will be breathing Next!

The French government is considering creating a new tax on smartphones and tablets in a bid to raise millions to support the creation of digital cultural content inside France.

The proposal, handed to President Francois Hollande today, outlines a one per cent tax on the sale of Internet-compatible devices, targeting companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

The tax would yield about 86 million euros per year. The revenue would help cultural industries create French content such as music, images and videos.

Another British utility in foreign hands? Water giant Severn Trent confirms £5bn bid from overseas consortium

One of Britain’s biggest water companies has become the target of a takeover bid by an overseas consortium that values the firm at more than £5billion.

Seven Trent Water, which supplies 4.2million households and businesses across the Midlands and parts of Wales, confirmed it had received an approach from a joint venture consisting of the Canadian investment group Borealis, the Kuwait Investment Office and Universities Superannuation Scheme.

The deal for the FTSE 100 company would make it the latest British utility to fall into foreign ownership.

When the EU takes full control of our financial district, we will have nothing left.....Well done Cameron, you muppet!

Margaret and Nicola McDonough Deaths: Premier Inn knife attack mystery may never be solved as graduate, 23, dies days after being found in pool of blood near her dying mother

A second woman died last night after an incident in which she and her mother were discovered severely injured in a hotel.

Nicola McDonough, 23, was found bleeding in a corridor only yards from her seriously hurt mother Margaret, who died on Friday.

Police had been desperate to speak to the young woman, to solve the mystery of their injuries. But after four days in a critical condition, she lost her fight for life.

Pressure Cooker Scare: Saudi Held At Airport

A man from Saudi Arabia has been arrested in the US after being found with a pressure cooker in his luggage at Detroit Airport.

Hussain al Khawahir is said to have lied to Customs and Border Protection officers agents about why he had the device, and is also alleged to have used a passport with a missing page.

The discovery on Saturday rang alarm bells, coming just weeks after two homemade pressure cooker bombs were used to attack the Boston Marathon.

Rival Islamic groups battle to shape Egypt's future

A battle between rival religious power centres over Egypt’s institutions and the nature of its Muslim identity threatens economic and political stability in the Arab world’s most populous country.

While Egypt observers have fixated on the battle between secularists and Islamists as the defining fact of political life since the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi won the presidency last year, some analysts say there is an equally intense contest between competing religious groups.

Ryan Fogle Captured in Russia: 'Undercover CIA Agent' Detained

A CIA agent who was working undercover at the US embassy in Moscow has been detained, according to Russian security services.

He was reportedly found with various disguises and a large sum of money, and was also in possession of special technical equipment.

The alleged agent, identified as Ryan Fogle, is said to have been working as an embassy third secretary.

Greece: Teachers Strike Ban Prompts Walk Out

Greek public sector workers have walked out of their jobs over government threats to arrest teachers planning to go on strike, potentially disrupting nationwide university entrance exams.

Authorities have served orders on some 88,000 staff - the third time such action has been taken by the embattled government.

In protest against the action, state workers shut down schools and bureaus on Tuesday, including tax offices, as part of a 24 hour nationwide strike. State hospitals were also affected with reduced staff.

Netanyahu Meets Putin to Discuss Syria

SOCHI, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a brief working visit to Russia, met on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Syria and the Middle East, with missile deliveries likely to be on the agenda.

Putin said at the start of the meeting that he expects the discussions to focus on Syria, but did not mention Russia's arms deliveries.

Netanyahu suggested discussing “ways to bring stability to this region, to make it safer, to make it more peaceful.”

Syrian Rebel Cannibalises Government Soldier - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 5.0
Date time 2013-05-14 10:19:11.0 UTC
Location 56.28 N ; 162.83 E
Depth 40 km
259 km E of Esso, Russia / pop: 1,965 / local time: 23:19:11.0 2013-05-14

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 14th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-05-14 10:02:38.2 UTC
Location 26.56 N ; 57.82 E
Depth 15 km
98 km SE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 14:32:38.2 2013-05-14

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CATAMARCA, ARGENTINA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Date time 2013-05-14 09:18:33.0 UTC
Location 27.92 S ; 66.64 W
Depth 164 km
49 km SW of Andalgalá, Argentina / pop: 14,068 / local time: 06:18:33.0 2013-05-14

Russia detains U.S. embassy worker for spy recruitment: RIA......(Fancy way of saying Russia Catches American Spy)

Russia has detained an American citizen accused of trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the CIA, Russia's RIA news agency said on Tuesday.

It said the man was an employee at the U.S. embassy in Moscow but also worked for the United States Central Intelligence Agency. The embassy declined immediate comment.

Bill Roache Faces Rape Charge In Court

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has appeared in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

The 81-year-old, who has played Ken Barlow in the soap since its launch, is charged with two counts of rape dating back to 1967.

Roache appeared before magistrates in Preston for a routine hearing.

Stuart Hazell Jailed For At Least 38 Years for the Murder of Tia Sharp

Stuart Hazell has been jailed for a minimum of 38 years after he was given a life sentence for murdering schoolgirl Tia Sharp.

The 37-year-old originally denied killing the youngster and hiding her body in the loft of the home he shared with her grandmother.

He forced 12-year-old Tia's family to sit through days of shocking and graphic evidence at the Old Bailey before eventually changing his plea to guilty in a dramatic turn of events.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 14th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-05-14 09:00:54.0 UTC
Location 17.31 S ; 70.20 W
Depth 183 km
6 km E of Quilahuani, Peru / pop: 3,176 / local time: 04:00:54.0 2013-05-14

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-05-14 08:36:31.0 UTC
Location 6.58 S ; 129.95 E
Depth 173 km
325 km W of Tual, Indonesia / pop: 39,502 / local time: 17:36:31.0 2013-05-14

‘Naked, spitting, pissing dude’ shuts down 16th Street BART

it looks like we've found an early winner of BART's new banning policy: This afternoon a man was reportedly see roving naked through the 16th Street BART "spitting and pissing."

Marc Huestis, who documented the acrobatics and water sports in the photo below, claims the station was shut down, although we couldn't immediately confirm that with BART PD. There was, however, a service advisory saying there would be 15-minute delays at the 24th Street station on the Daly City line one stop down.

Syrian Rebel Cannibalises Government Soldier - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

A rebel leader from Homs is filmed cutting out and biting the heart of a dead government soldier. The insurgents chant 'God is Great' as the man appears to cut away in order to remove his victims internal organs. As he raises the organ to his mouth he threatens to eat the hearts of government troops. Strangely this isn't the first case of alleged cannibalism on the part of Syrian insurgents. It's hard to be certain as to the motivations behind such acts.

China: Ten Attorneys Beaten Up

On May 13th some human rights lawyers visited Ere Lake
legal education center in Ziyang, China.
They were beaten up by plainclothes policemen,
then forcibly taken to Yingjie police station.
No one knows where they are now.

The attorneys included Tang Jitian, Jiang Tianyong, Liang
Xiaojun, Tang Tianhao, Lin Qilei, Zhang Keke, and others.
Four lawyers went to rescue them.

Those four lawyers were also beaten and arrested, including
Li Heping, Wang Cheng, Yang Huiwen and Wen Haibo.
An NTD television reporter called the ten attorneys,
but couldn't get through.

Pakistan's MQM stands accused of rigging elections in Karachi

The stunning Apollo 10 coverup The Music Behind The Moon

Andrew Houston found dead after scuba diving in Port Phillip Bay

POLICE are baffled as to how veteran diver Andrew Houston drowned while scuba fishing in shallow water.

Police choppers discovered Mr Houston’s body about 50m from the shore of Middle Brighton beach about 1pm today.

Mr Houston was not trapped under the water but was wearing his full scuba diving equipment, including tank and mask.

Amazon workers in Germany set to strike for pay, benefits

German labor union Verdi called on workers at to stage a strike in the country on Tuesday to put pressure on the global internet retailer to improve pay and benefits.

Amazon employs around 9,000 people in Germany and has come under fire from trade union Verdi for refusing to implement a collective agreement on employment conditions, similar to other mail order and retail firms.

Amazon's German operations were not immediately available to comment.

Spain, Portugal push for full banking union as Germany finds hurdles

Spain and Portugal called on Monday for the euro zone to complete a banking union as Germany underscored legal hurdles before a central element of the plan to deal with failing banks can be introduced.

"It is indispensable that we stick to the agreed calendar on banking union and that we take steps to make sure families and small companies receive credit," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters.

"Banking union is the credibility test of the European Union," he said, after meeting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who backed his calls for progress on Europe's most ambitious reform of the financial crisis.

The call came as finance ministers from the euro zone met in Brussels, ahead of which German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reiterated the need for a change to EU treaties to underpin the new system of bank resolution.

Space trio lands in Kazakhstan

Alleged vote rigging video emerges in Pakistan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-14 07:20:26.3 UTC
Location 50.89 N ; 178.86 E
Depth 35 km
Distances 120km (75mi) SSE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

Workers trapped in tunnel collapse at Freeport Indonesia mine

An unknown number of workers at the Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc are trapped underground after a tunnel collapsed at the world's second-largest copper mine, a statement from the Arizona-based firm said on Tuesday.

Freeport Indonesia operates the Grasberg mine in west Papua province, which also has the world's largest gold reserves and employs just over 24,000 contract and non-contract workers.

An emergency response and safety team are now conducting a search and rescue, the Freeport statement said. There were no details on the number of workers trapped or casualties, and whether mine output had been affected.

Chris Hadfield Space Oddity

Boat carrying 100 Rohingya Muslims capsizes off Myanmar

A boat carrying about 100 Rohingya Muslims capsized off western Myanmar with many feared drowned at the start of a mass evacuation from low-lying regions ahead of Cyclone Mahasen, a U.N. official said on Tuesday.

The boat struck rocks off Pauktaw township in Rakhine State and sank late on Monday, Barbara Manzi, head of the Myanmar office at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told Reuters.

She said an unknown number of people were missing.

Japan Mayor Defends Use Of Wartime Sex Slaves

A Japanese politician has sparked controversy by saying the use of wartime sex slaves was necessary to provide "comfort" for soldiers risking their lives in battle.

It is believed up to 200,000 women, mainly from the Korean Peninsula and China, were forced to become prostitutes for Japanese soldiers in military brothels.

Toru Hashimoto, mayor of Osaka, said: "To maintain discipline in the military, it must have been necessary at that time.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN NEI MONGOL, CHINA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-14 04:39:27.9 UTC
Location 49.21 N ; 122.98 E
Depth 15 km
135 km N of Zalantun, China / pop: 132,224 / local time: 12:39:27.9 2013-05-14

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 14th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Region TONGA
Date time 2013-05-14 02:50:36.8 UTC
Location 16.72 S ; 173.54 W
Depth 10 km
218 km N of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 15:50:36.8 2013-05-14

Angelina Jolie: 'I've Had A Double Mastectomy'

American actress Angelina Jolie has written about her decision to have a double mastectomy.

The Oscar-winner was found to have a faulty gene which sharply increases the chance of her developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie, who lives with Hollywood star Brad Pitt, says in an article for the New York Times that her mother fought cancer for 10 years before her death.

She writes: "My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

Immigrants? We sent out search parties to get them to come... and made it hard for Britons to get work, says Mandelson

Labour sent out ‘search parties’ for immigrants to get them to come to the UK, Lord Mandelson has admitted.

In a stunning confirmation that the Blair and Brown governments deliberately engineered mass immigration, the former Cabinet Minister and spin doctor said New Labour sought out foreign workers.

He also conceded that the influx of arrivals meant the party’s traditional supporters are now unable to find work.

Samantha Lewthwaite: Now White Widow is connected to British-born Al Qaeda bomb maker: Fugitive wife of 7/7 terrorist was key link between Pakistan and East African extremists

The fugitive ‘white widow’ of a 7/7 London bomber was a key link between Al Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan and their fighters in East Africa, it has emerged.

Muslim convert Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to Kings Cross bomber Germaine Lindsay, spent two years working for the deadly extremist organisation in South Africa using a false name.

Investigators in Britain and Kenya have now established that the Home Counties mother-of-four has been working with a key British-born bomb maker who had trained with Al Qaeda in Pakistan.

Savage Online Videos Fuel Syria's Descent Into Madness

The video starts out like so many of the dozens coming out of the war in Syria every day, with the camera hovering over the body of a dead Syrian soldier. But the next frame makes it clear why this video, smuggled out of the city of Homs and into Lebanon with a rebel fighter, and obtained by TIME in April, is particularly shocking. In the video a man who is believed to be a rebel commander named Khalid al-Hamad, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, bends over the government soldier, knife in hand. With his right hand he moves what appears to be the dead man’s heart onto a flat piece of wood or metal lying across the body. With his left hand he pulls what appears to be a lung across the open cavity in the man’s chest. According to two of Abu Sakkar’s fellow rebels, who said they were present at the scene, Abu Sakkar had cut the organs out of the man’s body. The man believed to be Abu Sakkar then works his knife through the flesh of the dead man’s torso before he stands to face the camera, holding an organ in each hand. “I swear we will eat from your hearts and livers, you dogs of Bashar,” he says, referring to supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Off camera, a small crowd can be heard calling out “Allahu akbar” — God is great. Then the man raises one of the bloodied organs to his lips and starts to tear off a chunk with his teeth.

North Korean defence chief replaced as Kim Jong-un solidifies grip on military

North Korea has replaced its hardline defence chief with a little-known army general, according to a state media report, in what outside analysts call an attempt to solidify Kim Jong-un's grip on the powerful military.

Jang Jong-nam's appointment is seen as the latest move by Kim aimed at trying to consolidate control since succeeding his late father in 2011. The announcement comes as tensions eased after weeks of warlike threats between North and South Korea, including vows of nuclear strikes from the North.

Pyongyang's rhetorical outbursts against massive US and South Korean war drills and UN sanctions over the North's February nuclear test were seen, in part, as a push to portray Kim at home as a respected military commander on the world stage.

Israel and Russia leaders to discuss Syria conflict

Talks in Russia between President Vladimir Putin and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Russia are to focus on the conflict in Syria, official say.

Russia is concerned by Israeli air strikes on targets inside Syria, while Israel is unhappy at shipments of Russian weapons to Damascus.

Moscow has been at the centre of recent diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.

Meanwhile, a video has emerged that appears to show a Syrian rebel cutting out and eating the heart of a soldier.

"I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your lives, you soldiers of Bashar the dog," the man says as he bends over a body and cuts out the heart with a knife.

He then stands up and proceeds to place the organ in his mouth. (feeling comfortable with our governments backing these people yet?)

Judge: Good cause for insanity plea in Aurora shootings

A judge said Monday there is good cause to let Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

But Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said he will not rule until other matters are resolved, possibly later this month.

Previously, a judge entered a standard plea of not guilty for Holmes, who faces charges in the July 20, 2012, shooting spree in Aurora that took the lives of 12 people and wounded dozens more at the premiere of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises."

Shane Todd's death Inquest launched in Singapore

A young US engineer found dead in his Singapore flat last year had accessed several websites on suicide and depression, a lawyer for the city state told an official inquiry into his death.

The coroner's inquiry, which opened on Monday, comes after months of uncertainty over the fate of Shane Todd, who had been employed by a Singapore government research agency at the time of his death, aged 31.

He was found hanging from the bathroom door in his apartment in June, two days after he had left his job at the agency, the Institute of Microelectronics (IME). He had been working on the development of gallium nitride, a substance with both commercial and military uses.

Shredded bodies' in Benghazi blast

Children were among the victims Monday when a car bomb blew up near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a security official told state TV.

"Children with shredded bodies and wounds to the head," Benghazi Security Directorate spokesman Tareq Khraz told state TV Libya Al Ahrar. "I cannot even describe the scene to you, but believe me, it was horrific."

The car bomb detonated near Al Jalaa hospital but not immediately in front of the building. Officials don't know at this point who or what was targeted.

Turkish anger grows over car bombs

Rage grew in a Turkish town on Syria's border Monday in the aftermath of weekend bombings as the government blamed Marxists with Syrian connections for the deadly attacks.

Gathered before the ruins left when two explosive-laden cars went off Saturday, residents of Reyhanli called on Turkey's government to step down, alleging that it has gotten their country too involved Syria's troubles.

Hours later, rescuers pulled another corpse from the rubble and placed it in a black body back for transit, said CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman. It brought the death toll to at least 47. Another 100 or so have been injured, authorities have said.

Time travel: Can it really be done?

Ever since H. G. Wells' trailblazing novel "The Time Machine," time travel has been a staple of science fiction. The idea of traveling through time is deeply fascinating: you get into a machine, press a few buttons, and step out not just somewhere else, but "somewhen" else. It's easy to imagine, but can it really be done?

Yes it can, at least in a limited sense. Over a century ago, Albert Einstein showed that time is intrinsically elastic, capable of being stretched or shrunk by motion. Fly from London to New York and back, and you will leap a split second into the future of stay-at-home Londoners. The effect can easily be measured using atomic clocks and involves only billionths of a second -- too brief for a person to notice, and hardly the stuff of "Doctor Who" television series-style adventures.

But time stretching can be magnified by increasing the speed. Close to the speed of light (about 300,000 kilometers per second), time warps become startling. Fly to the star Vega, 25 light years away, and back again at 99% of the speed of light, and when you return to Earth in 2062, you will have experienced only seven years travel time in the spacecraft. In effect, you will have leaped 42 years into Earth's future.

Cameron, Obama vow continued support for Syrian opposition

FBI says more cooperation with banks key to probe of cyber attacks

The FBI last month gave temporary security clearances to scores of U.S. bank executives to brief them on the investigation into the cyber attacks that have repeatedly disrupted online banking websites for most of a year.

Bank security officers and others were brought to more than 40 field offices around the country to join a classified video conference on "who was behind the keyboards," Federal Bureau of Investigation Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit on Monday.

The extraordinary clearances, from an agency famed for being close-mouthed even among other law enforcement agencies, reflect some action after years of talk about the need for increased cooperation between the public and private sectors on cybersecurity.

Letter from Associated Press CEO to DOJ......Is Obama out of Control?

May 13, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder
Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

Dear General Holder:
I am writing to object in the strongest possible terms to a massive and unprecedented
intrusion by the Department of Justice into the newsgathering activities of The Associated

Last Friday afternoon, AP General Counsel Laura Malone received a letter from the office
of United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. advising that, at some unidentified time
earlier this year, the Department obtained telephone toll records for more than 20 separate
telephone lines assigned to the AP and its journalists. The records that were secretly
obtained cover a full two-month period in early 2012 and, at least as described in Mr.
Machen’s letter, include all such records for, among other phone lines, an AP general
phone number in New York City as well as AP bureaus in New York City, Washington, D.C.,
Hartford, Connecticut, and at the House of Representatives. This action was taken without
advance notice to AP or to any of the affected journalists, and even after the fact no notice
has been sent to individual journalists whose home phones and cell phone records were
seized by the Department.

There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone
communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal
communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities
undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s
newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations
that the government has no conceivable right to know.

That the Department undertook this unprecedented step without providing any notice to
the AP, and without taking any steps to narrow the scope of its subpoenas to matters
actually relevant to an ongoing investigation, is particularly troubling.

The sheer volume of records obtained, most of which can have no plausible connection to
any ongoing investigation, indicates, at a minimum, that this effort did not comply with 28
C.F.R. §50.10 and should therefore never have been undertaken in the first place. The
regulations require that, in all cases and without exception, a subpoena for a reporter’s
telephone toll records must be “as narrowly drawn as possible.’’ This plainly did not

We regard this action by the Department of Justice as a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news. While we evaluate our options we urgently request that you immediately return to the AP the telephone toll records that the Department subpoenaed and destroy all copies. At a minimum, we request that you take steps to segregate these records and prohibit any reference to them pending further discussion and, if it proves necessary, guidance from appropriate judicial authorities. We also ask for an immediate explanation as to why this extraordinary action was taken, and a description of the steps the Department will take to mitigate its impact on AP and its reporters.
Given the gravity of this situation, I look forward to your prompt response.

Gary Pruit

Akein Scott Wanted for New Orleans Shooting

New Orleans police on Monday identified a suspect in connection with a shooting at a Mother's Day parade that injured 19 people, including two children, as residents expressed outrage over the violence.

Police said the suspect, 19-year-old Akein Scott, remained at large but had been identified by multiple people.

"The time has come for him to turn himself in," New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.

Associated Press says U.S. government seized journalists' phone records

The Associated Press said on Monday the U.S. government secretly seized telephone records of AP offices and reporters for a two-month period in 2012, describing the acts as a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into news-gathering operations.

AP Chief Executive Gary Pruitt, in a letter posted on the agency's website, said the AP was informed last Friday that the Justice Department gathered records for more than 20 phone lines assigned to the news agency and its reporters.

"There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters," Pruitt said in the letter addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder.

An AP story on the records seizure said the government would not say why it sought them.

2nd volcano this month is heating up in Alaska

Another volcano in Alaska is heating up, with seismic instruments signaling a possible eruption, scientists said Monday.

Tremors were detected at Pavlof Volcano, 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Satellite imagery showed the mountain was "very, very hot," said John Power, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist in charge at the observatory.

The aviation alert level for Pavlof was raised from "yellow" to "orange." A major ash emission could threaten international flights.

Pavlof is 37 miles from the community of Cold Bay, which was notified of the new activity that began about 8 a.m. Monday. Because of clouds, the volcano was not visible to the village of 100.