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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TAJIKISTAN - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-05-22 23:55:50.0 UTC
Location 38.46 N ; 74.10 E
Depth 113 km
34 km N of Murghob, Tajikistan / pop: 10,815 / local time: 04:55:50.0 2013-05-23

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH OF HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-05-22 23:50:39.0 UTC
Location 4.06 N ; 128.65 E
Depth 33 km
267 km N of Tobelo, Indonesia / pop: 10,000 / local time: 08:50:39.0 2013-05-23

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-05-22 22:07:21.0 UTC
Location 52.70 N ; 160.42 E
Depth 60 km
125 km E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 11:07:21.0 2013-05-23

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-05-22 20:55:24.0 UTC
Location 52.86 N ; 158.95 E
Depth 74 km
28 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 09:55:24.0 2013-05-23

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Date time 2013-05-22 20:48:19.0 UTC
Location 52.39 N ; 159.83 E
Depth 60 km
108 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 09:48:19.0 2013-05-23

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2013-05-22 20:08:28.0 UTC
Location 52.55 N ; 159.79 E
Depth 60 km
94 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 09:08:28.0 2013-05-23

UFO Sightings in San Luis valley, Colorado



English Defence League protests after Woolwich attack – video




Rioters have clashed with police in London after a man was hacked to death in a suspected terrorist attack. Information incoming.

Global warming debunked? NASA report verifies carbon dioxide actually cools atmosphere

Practically everything you have been told by the mainstream scientific community and the media about the alleged detriments of greenhouse gases, and particularly carbon dioxide, appears to be false, according to new data compiled by NASA's Langley Research Center. As it turns out, all those atmospheric greenhouse gases that Al Gore and all the other global warming hoaxers have long claimed are overheating and destroying our planet are actually cooling it, based on the latest evidence.

As reported by Principia Scientific International (PSI), Martin Mlynczak and his colleagues over at NASA tracked infrared emissions from the earth's upper atmosphere during and following a recent solar storm that took place between March 8-10. What they found was that the vast majority of energy released from the sun during this immense coronal mass ejection (CME) was reflected back up into space rather than deposited into earth's lower atmosphere.

The result was an overall cooling effect that completely contradicts claims made by NASA's own climatology division that greenhouse gases are a cause of global warming. As illustrated by data collected using Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER), both carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), which are abundant in the earth's upper atmosphere, greenhouse gases reflect heating energy rather than absorb it.

Man kidnapped in Queens, held for month, tortured: New York

Authorities say two New York City men and a New Jersey man kidnapped another man off a Queens street in broad daylight and held him for over a month, demanding $3 million from his family in Ecuador as ransom.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the men have been charged with kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment and face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Authorities say the men grabbed 52-year-old Pedro Portugal on April 18, with one of the men pretending to have a police badge. Portugal was kept in a warehouse, where he was beaten and burned with acid.

Brown says Portugal was forced to call his family in Ecuador and ask for the ransom.

He was rescued by police detectives on May 20.

Ibragim Todashev Killed during Questioning by the FBI

An FBI agent shot and killed a man of Chechen origin who turned violent while being questioned on Wednesday about his connection to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

A friend of the dead man identified him to local media as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, who had previously lived in Boston and knew Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers suspected of planting two bombs at the marathon on April 15. Three people were killed and 264 injured in the attacks.

U.S. may boost Syria rebels if Assad won't talk peace

Washington threatened on Wednesday to increase support for Syria's rebels if President Bashar al-Assad refuses to discuss a political end to a civil war that is spreading across borders.

Rebels called for reinforcements to combat an "invasion" by Hezbollah and its Iranian backers, days after President Bashar al-Assad's forces launched an offensive against a strategic town that could prove to be a turning point in the war.

The battle for the town of Qusair has brought the worst fighting in months in a war that has already killed more than 80,000 people, and by drawing in Hezbollah has spread sectarian violence across frontiers at the heart of the Middle East.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-22 19:21:33.0 UTC
Location 17.84 S ; 178.61 W
Depth 593 km
265 km SE of Lambasa, Fiji / pop: 24,187 / local time: 07:21:33.0 2013-05-23

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude M 5.4
Region TONGA
Date time 2013-05-22 19:20:03.5 UTC
Location 17.68 S ; 173.09 W
Depth 10 km
143 km NE of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 08:20:03.5 2013-05-23

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-22 16:55:58.8 UTC
Location 52.51 N ; 160.81 E
Depth 33 km
157 km E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 05:55:58.8 2013-05-23

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-22 14:33:46.3 UTC
Location 59.59 S ; 27.51 W
Depth 162 km
Distances 3449 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 11:33:46.3 2013-05-22

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina begins hunger strike

A jailed member of the anti-Kremlin punk band- Pussy Riot has begun a hungry strike to protest at a court decision to refuse her permission to attend her own parole hearing.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, that forbade her from lawyers Further Representing ago during the parole hearing, becoming the most high-profile prisoner to reject taking part in a justice system Widely criticised as absurd.

A regional court in Berezniki, a small city in the Urals region of Perm where Alyokhina's prison colony is situated, the activist had denied the right to appear at her parole hearing on Wednesday. Fax She Appeared via video link, and what required to file all motions by, Requiring regular breaks in the hearing.

Femen protester stages mock suicide at Notre Dame cathedral

A member of the militant feminist group Femen, known for its provocative topless protests, on Wednesday staged a mock suicide in Notre Dame cathedral in the French capital, less than 24 hours after a far-right historian killed himself there in front of visitors and church-goers.

Posing with a pistol in her mouth the woman, who had "May fascism rest in hell" written in black letters across her naked torso, was detained by security guards. She was then arrested by police outside the cathedral and taken to the nearby police station.

Femen claimed responsibility for the protest on its Facebook page writing: "Femen appealed for the death of facism at the exact same place extreme-right activist Dominique Venner committed suicide yesterday afternoon. Our activist was arrested by the police."

Iceland's next prime minister halts EU membership talks

The leader of a centre-right party has been chosen as Iceland's new prime minister and promptly announced a halt to talks about joining the EU.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said on Wednesday: "The government intends to halt negotiations between Iceland and the European Union. We will not hold further negotiations with the European Union without prior referendum."

Iceland has engaged in on-and-off talks with the EU for several years. Gunnlaugsson's Progressive party has been opposed, in part because it fears membership would mean giving up control of Iceland's fishing stocks.

The new government will also include Bjarni Benediktsson, head of the conservative Independent party, who will serve as minister of finance.

Woolwich Attackers 'Filmed' Each Other

Two attackers filmed their deadly assault on a man in Woolwich, according to Sky sources.

Senior Whitehall sources said the attackers had also asked passers-by to film them, and had shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is great).

A meeting of Cobra - the government-level national emergency response committee - has been convened, the source added.

Santos confirms uncontrolled oil leak in Queensland

Santos has come under fire from environmentalist groups after it confirmed the leakage of 240,000 litres of oil over five days near the Queensland-South Australian border.

Santos said a leak in their Jackson oil fields had been plugged on Monday by a specialist team flown in from the U.S.A .

The well, in the company's Zeus field, is believed to have started leaking either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning last week, reported.

India: Rabies fear stalks Phumlou village

Besides report about three persons succumbing to suspected cases of rabies after the victims were reportedly bitten by dogs, locals of Phumlou village under Imphal West district are gripped with fear.

According to a reliable source, atleast five persons of the village were attacked by two particular dogs which went ferociously wild within the last two weeks, leading to the demise of three of the victims. While a woman identified as Thangjam Shantibala (38) of Phumlou Maning Leikai failed to recuperate at RIMS Hospital today, about a week earlier two other individuals namely Namaram Manitomba (50) and Ch Amika (44) from the same locality passed away after both were bitten by the dogs. At three victims had been undergoing treatment at RIMS Psychiatry Ward while the two other individuals are being treated at their respective homes, said the source.

It is also said that many dogs in Phumlou areas are behaving in a strange manner with the source suspecting such peculiar behaviours to be case of rabies infection spreading swiftly in the village.

Mysterious respiratory illness strikes 7 in Alabama; 2 dead

Two people have died and five others have been hospitalized in a mysterious cluster of respiratory illnesses in southeast Alabama, state health officials said.

The victims, all adults, had symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, but the cause of the illnesses is unknown, said Dr. Mary McIntyre, the acting state epidemiologist for the Alabama Department of Public Health. The hospital is using respiratory precautions, which include requiring staff to wear special N95 masks that reduce the chance of infection.

State health officials have collected and analyzed samples of specimens from all patients. So far, one sample has tested positive for H1N1 influenza A, but it's not clear that that is behind the unusual illnesses. There's no evidence of other kinds of flu, including the H7N9 strain that has caused illness and death in China, McIntyre said.

Laboratory samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but testing results are not yet available, officials said.

Rabid fox found near Alamance-Guilford line, North Carolina

A fox found in west Burlington tested positive for rabies, the Guilford County Health Department said Tuesday.

The fox had contact with a person on Olmstead Drive in Burlington, which is off Springwood Church Road near Springwood Park in Guilford County, a release from the Guilford County Department of Public Health said.

The fox tested positive for rabies on Tuesday. The release didn’t say when the fox was caught, the identity or condition of the victim or any details on the encounter.

EU leaders shine spotlight on Amazon, Google over tax policy

European leaders will discuss how to combat aggressive tax avoidance by major companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple at a summit on Wednesday, and cut the estimated 1 trillion euros a year the EU loses to tax evasion or avoidance.

The four-hour summit was originally called to discuss energy policy, but investigations in Britain, France and the United States exposing how little tax major international companies have been paying by carefully structuring their European operations has forced the issue to the top of the agenda.

Mursi meets released soldiers

Syria rebels call for reinforcements

Rebels fighting for control of the Syrian town of Qusair called for reinforcements on Wednesday to repel forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war which is spreading violence through an already volatile region.

Opposition fighters said air strikes and shelling rocked the small town on the Syrian-Lebanese border that has seen some of the fiercest fighting in months in the two-year-old war that has so far cost at least 80,000 lives.

The fighting has drawn in fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, the latest sign of outside involvement in the war and evidence, according to Britain, that Iran and its allies in the militant group are lending increasing support to Assad.

Woolwich Machete Attack: Soldier Killed

A serving soldier is reportedly dead and two people have been shot in Woolwich, south east London, after armed police were called to a machete attack, eyewitnesses say.

Dozens of weapons and pools of blood could be seen on the ground in John Wilson Street, where a man wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt is said to have been attacked.

Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford told Sky News he believed a serving soldier was dead following the incident.

Police were sent to the scene at around 2.20pm. The immediate area has been shut down, with eyewitnesses describing the incident on Twitter as "horrific".

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Date time 2013-05-22 14:13:34.3 UTC
Location 18.05 N ; 100.37 W
Depth 56 km
16 km SE of Ajuchitlán del Progreso, Mexico / pop: 6,329 / local time: 09:13:34.3 2013-05-22

Japan seeks to restart nuclear facilities

IMF's Lagarde to be quizzed in French arbitration case

IMF chief Christine Lagarde will be questioned by a French magistrate on Thursday over her role in a 285-million-euro ($366 million) arbitration payment made to a supporter of former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Lagarde risks being placed under formal investigation at the hearing for her 2007 decision as Sarkozy's finance minister to use arbitration to settle a long-running court battle between the state and high-profile businessman Bernard Tapie.

Under French law, that step would mean there exists "serious or consistent evidence" pointing to probable implication of a suspect in a crime. It is one step closer to trial but a number of such investigations have been dropped without any trial.

Cameron Warns Europe Rebels: I Won't Budge

David Cameron has warned Tory eurosceptics he will not be bullied into changing his policy on Europe and holding an earlier in-out referendum.

The Prime Minister tried to smooth divisions in his party after a tumultuous two weeks by insisting opponents to gay marriage were not "wrong-headed or bigoted".

And he promised there would be no more controversial social policies like the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in this Parliament.

FBI Kills Man 'Linked To Boston Suspects'

A man has been fatally shot when a team of FBI agents swarmed an apartment complex near Universal Studios in Orlando.

The man, named as Ibragim Todashev, had been interviewed over his alleged connection with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects by the FBI.

He was shot dead after becoming violent during the questioning, the FBI confirmed.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-05-22 13:49:07.0 UTC
Location 53.54 N ; 158.81 E
Depth 33 km
48 km NE of Yelizovo, Russia / pop: 40,692 / local time: 02:49:07.0 2013-05-23

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Date time 2013-05-22 11:35:26.0 UTC
Location 30.27 S ; 177.69 W
Depth 60 km
960 km NE of Whangarei, New Zealand / pop: 50,900 / local time: 23:35:26.0 2013-05-22

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 22nd May 2013

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Date time 2013-05-22 10:55:13.0 UTC
Location 23.94 S ; 67.39 W
Depth 248 km
113 km W of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina / pop: 4,000

The Pyramid Code: The Band of Peace (1 of 5)

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Obama to sign UN Arms Treaty as soon as June 3rd...

Multiple UFOs Observe Oklahoma Tornadoes? 2013

In 20 Years China Will Be Without Water

China: Xi Jinping Continues on Road of Crippled Economy

Anti Gun Control Speaker Forcefully Removed by New Jersey Police

Matthew Davidson and Kevin Sherratt killed sheep with hammer then butchered it in field so they could have a free roast dinner

Matthew Davidson, 28, and Kevin Sherratt, 33, stole the mutilated remains and paraded the animal's head around after beating it to death in a field in Macclesfield, Cheshire. But their drunken prank on a farm in Macclesfield, Cheshire, backfired when they sent photos of what they had done to a friend who alerted police. Davidson, 28, is pictured here showing off the dead animal's head (right) and mutilating the sheep (inset). The pair were caught after Sherratt sent text messages (left) to a friend boasting about what they had done. In one sick jokey text message, he said: 'Lamb sorted. Only Yorkshires needed now'.

Racist rant of middle-aged woman on bus caught on video

Sweden's capital hit by worst riots in years

Hundreds of youths have set fire to cars and attacked police and rescue services in poor immigrant suburbs in three nights of rioting in Stockholm, Sweden's worst disorder in years.

On Tuesday night, a police station in the Jakobsberg area in the northwest of the city was attacked, two schools were damaged and an arts and crafts center was set ablaze, despite a call for calm from Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

The riots in one of Europe's richest capitals have shocked a country that prides itself on a reputation for social justice, and fuelled a debate about how Sweden is coping with both youth unemployment and an influx of immigrants.

Italy to outline youth jobs plan as government struggles

Italy's new government, already sinking in opinion polls and riven by internal disputes, on Wednesday lays out its plans to address one of the main causes of public anger - soaring unemployment among young people.

But the left-right coalition's room for maneuver even to address this pressing problem is restricted by Europe's second-biggest debt, the longest recession in at least four decades, and a long list of campaign promises.

The coalition between Prime Minister Enrico Letta's center-left Democratic Party (PD) and Silvio Berlusconi's center-right People of Liberty (PDL) was formed only last month but has already run into trouble.

Ronald Poppo: Photos Of Recovery

New pictures and a video of a homeless man whose face was almost chewed off in a horrifying attack in Miami last year have been released.

Ronald Poppo lost his left eye, his nose and most of the surrounding skin when a naked man attacked him for no reason alongside a motorway.

In a video posted online by the hospital caring for him, Mr Poppo strummed a guitar, joked with his nurses and, though he wears a baseball cap, leaves his face uncovered to address the camera.

John Downey Arrested for 1982 Hyde Park Bomb: Man Charged Over 1982 Attack

John Downey, 61, has been arrested and charged for detonating a nail bomb in Hyde Park on July 20, 1982, that killed four soldiers.

The bomb was the first of two explosions that killed a total of eleven soldiers and seven army horses.

Four of the soldiers served with the Blues and Royals regiment, seven were military bandsmen.

The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dale Cregan Admits Murders Of Father And Son

Cop killer Dale Cregan has pleaded guilty to the murders of father and son Mark and David Short.

The 29-year-old had already pleaded guilty to the murders of Manchester PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

Cregan had denied killing Mark Short, 23, in May and his father David, 46, three months later in a gun and grenade attack in a trial at at Preston Crown Court.

He has been on trial, along with eight other men, accused of murdering the Shorts.

On Wednesday morning, he changed his plea to guilty.

Bloom: Those responsible for euro shambles should be sent to prison (2011....and still Nothing has changed!)

EU: The whole banking system is a scam - Godfrey Bloom

We do not want a Single Market, let alone a Banking Union

Nigel Farage: I hope taxpayers all over Europe listen to this...

Pride & Prejudice: Tory unity cracked as UK gay marriage row grows

'Obama the only official responsible for Gitmo's existence'

Russian banker has his eye on Europe

Igor Kim snapped cast-off assets from foreign banks pulling out of Russia and now the banker says he wants to expand into Europe.

Kim, 47, emerged with his partners as an asset consolidator after the global crash of 2008 forced Western banks to downsize, buying the Russian commercial banking units of Barclays, WestLB, Morgan Stanley and Santander.

"We are looking at different assets, including in Central and Eastern Europe," Kim told Reuters exclusively this week.

Millions falling into poverty in recession-racked Italy: report

Millions of Italians cannot afford to heat their homes properly or eat meat as their country is racked by recession and soaring unemployment, said a report which found the number of people considered seriously deprived had doubled in the past two years.

The findings from national statistics institute ISTAT underline the scale of the challenge faced by the new coalition government of Enrico Letta, which has vowed to stimulate growth and tackle a youth jobless rate of almost 40 percent.

A recession that has lasted almost two years has taken a heavy toll on ordinary Italians who are increasingly digging into their savings, ISTAT said in its annual report.

David McGreavy: High Court Names Child Killer

The High Court has overturned an order granting anonymity to a "notorious" prisoner who murdered three children in 1973.

The murderer known as "M" can now be publicly revealed as David McGreavy, who impaled the bodies of his victims on railings.

McGreavy, 62, was jailed for life in 1973 for the "exceptionally horrific crimes", which he committed while he was babysitting at a house in Gillam Street, Worcester.

He is one of the country's most notorious and longest-serving prisoners.

Kyle Dube Charged with the murder of Nichole Cable

Kyle Dube was charged in Nichole Cable's death. Authorities in Maine believe they have discovered her body in a wooded area 20 miles from her home. She was last seen by her parents at her home around 9 p.m. on May 12. Her parents believed she may have run off with a man she met on Facebook, but one of friends claimed Nichole had previously met Kyle.

Jodi Arias pleads for her life

European Commission has the Internet in its sight

If an astronaut can garner millions of hits on the web for singing a Bowie song, it seems only apposite that the great bureaucratic leviathan that is the European Commission (EC) should choose to rise from the depths this week to start examining the state of broadcasting in the union.

Broadcasting, in all media, is big business in Europe and broadcasting online is especially growing. Consumer spending on digital video (movies and TV series delivered over the Internet) reached €364.4m in 2011 in Europe within a market of physical and digital videos amounting €9.49bn.

When it comes to investment, of the €34.5bn 2009 programme spend by broadcasters in the EU, approximately €15.6bn was spent on acquiring rights – €5.8bn on sports rights and €9.8bn on film and TV acquisitions. Indeed, BT, in its recent football grab, paid £3bn for the three-season deal.

So why does my heart sink when it comes to an investigation into the future of broadcasting? The short answer is because whenever the EU interferes for the good of the citizens, it is always us, the citizens, who pay.

EU tax: Barroso urges full automatic exchange of data

The head of the European Commission has told the European Parliament he wants EU-wide exchange of income data as part of the fight against tax evasion.

Jose Manuel Barroso said he would urge Wednesday's summit of EU leaders to support automatic exchange of people's earnings data between tax authorities.

Tax evasion costs EU states 1tn euros ($1.3tn; £0.85tn) a year, more than was spent on healthcare in 2008.

MEPs are expected to call for a Europe-wide blacklist of tax havens.

Twisters keep returning, but Oklahoma still short on shelters

The people of central Oklahoma know all too well the destructive power of a tornado, but when a big one rolled toward the town of Moore again on Monday, residents had few basements and storm shelters to run to when the alarm sounded, officials said.

Two elementary schools that were hit by the EF-5 tornado - the most powerful category - did not have "safe rooms" where students could shelter from the storm, and no applications for safe rooms had been made, Oklahoma Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood told reporters.

Seven of the nine children who died in Monday's tornado perished in the Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit.

Militants release seven Egyptians kidnapped in Sinai

Seven members of the Egyptian security forces kidnapped by Islamist militants in Sinai last week were released on Wednesday, ending a crisis that has highlighted lawlessness in the desert peninsula bordering Israel.

Security sources said the men were freed following talks mediated by Bedouin tribal leaders. They were handed over to the army in an area south of Rafah, a town straddling the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The kidnappers had demanded the release of members of an Islamist group convicted last September of carrying out a series of attacks in North Sinai in 2011 that killed seven people.


Around 1200 people were evacuated at an office building in Sydney's CBD after a fire broke out in a restaurant kitchen.

The area around World Square is engulfed with smoke from the blaze, which firefighters believe may have started in an oven in a pizza shop on the ground floor.

An air conditioning duct then sent smoke throughout the entire building.

About 60 firefighters from eight surrounding stations were on the scene at 338 Pitt St.

Pope Francis Exorcism: Vatican Denies Video Footage

The Vatican on Tuesday denied that Pope Francis had performed an exorcism after an Italian religious television channel said footage of the pontiff blessing a boy in a wheelchair showed he had.

"The Holy Father did not intend to perform any exorcism," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement, after the claims by TV 2000, which is owned by the Italian bishops' conference.

"As he often does with sick and suffering people who are presented to him, he simply intended to pray for the suffering person," Lombardi said.

The channel quoted exorcists saying there was "no doubt the pope was either reciting a prayer for freeing from the devil or performing an exorcism."

Novel coronavirus infection - update Tunisia: Son and Daughter of Infected Man, now Injected with nCoV

The Ministry of Health in Tunisia has notified WHO of two laboratory-confirmed cases and a probable case of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

The two laboratory confirmed cases are a 34-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman. They are siblings. Both of them had mild respiratory illness and did not require hospitalization. Retrospective investigation into the cases revealed that the probable case, their father, 66 year old, became ill three days after returning from a visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia on 3 May 2013. He was admitted to a hospital after developing acute respiratory disease. His condition deteriorated and he died on 10 May 2013. He had an underlying health condition. Initial laboratory tests conducted on the probable case tested negative for nCoV.

Further investigation into this outbreak is ongoing and close contacts of the family are being monitored for any unusual signs of illness. These are the first confirmed cases of infection with nCoV in Tunisia.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 5.2
Date time 2013-05-22 06:36:37.0 UTC
Location 53.03 N ; 159.90 E
Depth 31 km
Distances 2493 km NE of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 15:36:37.0 2013-05-22
83 km E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 19:36:37.0 2013-05-22

Angry tea partiers rally at IRS headquarters in Washington with stern warnings: 'They're going to have to produce all the documents' on targeting scandal

Conservative activists let it all hang out in a noontime tea party protest outside the Internal Revenue Service headquarters building in Washington, DC on Tuesday. About 70 protesters held signs, chanted slogans, and listened to speakers rail against what they called 'their 'unconstitutional' treatment at the hands of the federal government's tax authorities.

'Big government is the problem,' Tea Party WDC founder Lisa Miller told MailOnline. 'They're going to have to produce all the documents showing who ordered this persecution of tea party groups, when it happened, and how much President Obama knew about it.'

Miller's group organized the rally, one of dozens held around the country, to highlight what she called the federal government's 'harassment and intimidation.' The largest protest, attracting a reported 250 activists, was in Cincinnati, the home of the IRS office that evaluates and approves applications for nonprofit tax-exempt status.

Brood II awakens: The moment thousands of cicadas burst into life from underground in Virginia yards after 17 years

The cicadas invasion of the East Coast has begun, with the insects spotted everywhere from Virginia to Massachusetts.

The infestation, named Brood II by scientists, has not been seen since 1996. Before that it last appeared in 1979.

So far the majority of sightings have been in Virginia and other southern states, where some people have found hundreds in their backyards accompanied by the insects' loud chorus call.

Two dead and five hospitalized after mystery respiratory illness hits south Alabama

Two people have died and five others have been hospitalized by a mysterious respiratory illness in southeast Alabama, state health officials said on Tuesday.

All seven adults had been admitted to hospitals with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath in recent weeks, said Alabama Department of Public Health spokeswoman Mary McIntyre.

McIntyre said it's unclear what's causing the illness but some of the seven patients also had the flu.

So far, one sample has tested positive for H1N1 influenza A, but it's not clear that that is behind the unusual illnesses.

There's no evidence of other kinds of flu, including the H7N9 strain that has caused illness and death in China, McIntyre said.

Taxpayer billed thousands of pounds to hire and buy dinner suits and posh frocks for civil servants to go to parties

Taxpayers are picking up the bill for civil servants to hire ball gowns and dinner suits.

Whitehall staff have received thousands of pounds through the ‘evening dress allowance’, new figures reveal.

It is just the latest revelation about the extra perks and expenses enjoyed by government officials despite three years of austerity.

New bank chief warns of a 'decade of stagnation' unless European leaders make 'substantial and significant' reforms

Europe faces a 'decade of stagnation' unless leaders make 'sustained and significant' reforms, the incoming governor of the Bank of England has warned.

Mark Carney made no specific reference to the UK in his last scheduled speech before he takes up the post on July 1, but his comments will be scoured for clues to his plans for reviving the economy.

Speaking in Montreal last night, Mr Carney, 48, currently governor of the Bank of Canada, said: ‘Europe remains in recession, with economic activity constrained by fiscal austerity, low confidence and tight credit conditions.

‘Deep challenges persist in its financial system. Without sustained and significant reforms, a decade of stagnation threatens.’

Will the great share boom turn to bust? The FTSE's had a stellar year. But could it collapse just as ordinary investors are pouring in their savings?

Savers put £787million into funds in March. Much of this money is thought to have come from savers suffering low interest rates in cash accounts on the High Street. But while your money has always grown faster in shares than cash over the decades, dark clouds are appearing on the horizon. And inexperienced investors who try to get in on the action when markets are riding high can often be caught out.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 22nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Region TONGA
Date time 2013-05-22 03:43:22.3 UTC
Location 16.57 S ; 173.26 W
Depth 10 km
242 km N of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 16:43:22.3 2013-05-22

Merkel, the Red footsoldier: German chancellor under fire over Communist links as image of her in uniform is released

She denies she was close to the Communist rulers in East Germany, where she grew up.

So this 1972 photo of her in military-style uniform has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel ‘not amused’.

Then called Angela Kasner and aged 17, she is shown happily involved in a civil defence exercise under the gaze of an East German officer.

Drills included first aid and preparing for nuclear attack.

All children had to take part if they wanted to go to university, but Mrs Merkel is also alleged to have been a propaganda secretary for the youth movement, the FDJ.

North Korean Leader Sends 'Special Envoy' to China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dispatched a high-profile official and close confidant to travel to China on Wednesday as a special envoy while Beijing is under pressure to rein in its belligerent neighbor.

Choe Ryong Hae, a top Workers' Party official and a vice marshal tasked with supervising the North Korean army, departed on a chartered Air Koryo flight with a political and military delegation. Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongcai was among dignitaries on the tarmac for his departure.

The trip is the highest-profile visit by a North Korean official to China this year, and it takes place as the new leadership in China shows frustration with North Korea and a greater willingness to work with Washington to harry Pyongyang over its nuclear ambitions.

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