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Monday, June 3, 2013

Iran aims to keep stoning as punishment for adultery, rights group says

Stoning remains the way Iranians -- overwhelmingly women -- are punished for committing adultery, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The international group blasted a judicial council in Iraq, made up of 12 religious jurists, for inserting a stoning provision into a draft law where it had been previously removed.

Last November, security agents with the country's judiciary moved the bodies of four women who had been stoned to the Tehran medical examiner's office, according to reports on the Melli-Mazhabi site, which opposed Iran's government, the U.S. State Department says. CNN cannot confirm the reports.

According to the State Department's report, the unconfirmed accounts say the women's bodies had facial wounds that indicated torture, beatings and stoning.

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 4th June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.4
Date time 2013-06-04 02:22:57.0 UTC
Location 45.53 N ; 150.96 E
Depth 13 km
243 km E of Kuril'sk, Russia / pop: 1,719 / local time: 14:22:57.0 2013-06-04

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake AEGEAN SEA - 4th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-06-04 01:56:55.0 UTC
Location 38.00 N ; 24.00 E
Depth 5 km
Distances 25 km E of Athens, Greece / pop: 729,137 / local time: 04:56:55.0 2013-06-04
4 km E of Pikérmi, Greece / pop: 1,384 / local time: 04:56:55.0 2013-06-04

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-06-03 20:27:21.0 UTC
Location 45.36 N ; 151.08 E
Depth 40 km
Distances 1
251 km E of Kuril'sk, Russia / pop: 1,719 / local time: 08:27:21.0 2013-06-04

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-06-03 20:01:26.0 UTC
Location 38.97 N ; 141.54 E
Depth 41 km
19 km SW of Ōfunato, Japan / pop: 35,418 / local time: 05:01:26.0 2013-06-04

US Factory output collapsing at fastest pace over past four years

Manufacturing (NAPMPMI) in the U.S. unexpectedly shrank in May at the fastest pace in four years, showing slowdowns in business and government spending are holding back the world’s largest economy.

The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index fell to 49, the lowest reading since June 2009, from the prior month’s 50.7, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s report showed today. Fifty is the dividing line between growth and contraction. The median forecast of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was 51.

Israeli Girls in their Underwear (While, of course, representing the IDF)

Matt's addendum:

For journalistic integrity, it's important to know that the three photos above are from separate photo shoots, and the article itself is reporting on the latest of them (although all three appear in the article).

Don't worry though since they're "new recruits" and are being "dealt with", and I also imagine that the IDF will similarly deal with the other unreported shoots within IDF ranks, and the thousands of women in Israeli society taking similar snapshots.

At least theologians now have a preview of their future kingdom.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude Mw 4.1
Date time 2013-06-03 19:04:10.0 UTC
Location 33.23 N ; 115.62 W
Depth 4 km
9 km W of Niland, United States / pop: 1,006 / local time: 12:04:10.0 2013-06-03

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Date time 2013-06-03 18:25:15.0 UTC
Location 10.80 N ; 126.82 E
Depth 80 km
109 km E of Sulangan, Philippines / pop: 3,034 / local time: 02:25:15.0 2013-06-04

How EU money is spent to propagate the radicalisation of children in N. Ireland - Cllr Henry Reilly

Record floods in Germany force thousands out of homes

Slaughterhouse fire in China kills 119 people

Canoe on flooded A8 motorway in Germany

Franco-German EU deal puts onus on Hollande to reform

A Franco-German deal to strengthen the euro zone has ended months of bickering between Paris and Berlin and raised the onus on French President Francois Hollande to embark on potentially explosive social and economic reforms.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's most powerful politician, made a string of symbolic concessions to France in joint proposals for closer economic policy coordination outlined last week, in return for a clear commitment to reform.

She did so because bolstering the stagnant French economy has become a top German priority.

"If France weakens further, it endangers the foundations of the euro," a senior German official said.

Death toll rises in Chinese poultry slaughterhouse fire

Turkish premier brands protesters extremists

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused anti-government protesters on Monday of walking "arm-in-arm with terrorism", remarks that could further inflame public anger after three days of some of the most violent riots in decades.

Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed crackdown and what opponents call Erdogan's authoritarianism. Protests have been held in dozens of cities.

U.S. comes to Syrian peace effort 'late,' Kerry says

The United States came "late" to an effort to end the Syrian civil war and is trying to prevent the total collapse of the country, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.

"This is a very difficult process, which we come to late," Kerry said at a news conference, speaking of a U.S.-Russian effort to bring the warring parties to a peace conference in Geneva that might lead to a transitional government.

"We are trying to prevent the sectarian violence from dragging Syria down into a complete and total implosion where it has broken up into enclaves and the institutions of the state have been destroyed, with God knows how many additional refugees and how many innocent people killed," he added.

Death toll reaches 14 in Friday's Oklahoma tornadoes

The death toll from deadly tornadoes that struck Oklahoma on Friday has risen by one to 14, with a child added to a tally that now includes nine adults and five children, the state's chief medical examiner said on Monday.

Six of the victims remained unidentified, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office.

Friday's spate of tornadoes landed just 11 days after a massive EF5 tornado, the most powerful rating, tore into Oklahoma City and its suburb of Moore, killing 24 people. Moore sustained limited damage in Friday's storms.

Floods In Central Europe Kill At Least Ten

Heavy rains have led to thousands of people being moved to higher ground to escape some of the worst floods central Europe has seen in years.

At least five people were have died in Czech Republic where hundreds of people had to be rescued from their homes, and others have died in Germany, Austria and Poland.

The Czech capital Prague is bracing itself for a deluge as the Vltava river is continuing to rise.

Turkey Protests: Trouble Flares In Ankara

There have been clashes between hundreds of students and riot police in the Turkish capital of Ankara after a weekend of anti-government demonstrations across the country.

Police tried to disperse the protesters with tear gas and water cannon as Monday morning commuters attempted to dodge clashes on their way to work.

Bandana-clad youths ran at and kicked shop barriers, which were already covered in graffiti, as a local businessman tried to prevent the destruction.

Egypt: Briton Sentenced To Death Over Drugs

A British sailor and four other foreigners have been sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Egypt, a court official says.

A court in the Red Sea province said the defendants were "an international gang" that tried to smuggle three tons of hashish into Egypt via its southeastern coast, according to an official.

In addition to death sentences, the court imposed a fine of 85m Egyptian pounds (£8m), according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tulisa 'Drug Deal': Police Considering Claims

Police are looking into claims singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos was involved in a drug deal.

Scotland Yard said officers were "considering" information after a newspaper story suggested she had acted as a go-between by introducing a journalist to an alleged supplier.

The Sun On Sunday reported that half an ounce of cocaine changed hands following a deal that took place at London's Dorchester Hotel.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake GREENLAND SEA - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Date time 2013-06-03 16:48:28.0 UTC
Location 74.85 N ; 8.53 E
Depth 2 km
678 km NW of Tromsø / pop: 52,436 / local time: 18:48:00.0 2013-06-03

China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.

China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling for an even bigger share, bidding for a stake now owned by Exxon Mobil in one of Iraq’s largest oil fields.

“The Chinese are the biggest beneficiary of this post-Saddam oil boom in Iraq,” said Denise Natali, a Middle East expert at the National Defense University in Washington. “They need energy, and they want to get into the market.”

Before the invasion, Iraq’s oil industry was sputtering, largely walled off from world markets by international sanctions against the government of Saddam Hussein, so his overthrow always carried the promise of renewed access to the country’s immense reserves. Chinese state-owned companies seized the opportunity, pouring more than $2 billion a year and hundreds of workers into Iraq, and just as important, showing a willingness to play by the new Iraqi government’s rules and to accept lower profits to win contracts.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.1
Date time 2013-06-03 15:31:04.0 UTC
Location 4.96 S ; 102.36 E
Depth 52 km
128 km S of Bengkulu, Indonesia / pop: 309,712 / local time: 22:31:04.0 2013-06-03

Iraq warns Israel on using airspace in Iran strike

Baghdad has warned Israel that it would respond to any attempts by the Jewish state to use Iraqi airspace for a strike against Iran's controversial nuclear programme, a top Iraqi minister told AFP.

The remarks from Hussein al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs, mark the first time a senior Iraqi official has publicly warned Israel against entering its airspace -- the most direct route -- to hit targets in Iran.

Shahristani also said that Iraq had received assurances from Washington that the United States would not use its airspace to attack Iran, which Western powers believe is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Tehran has repeatedly denied the claim.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Date time 2013-06-03 12:58:27.0 UTC
Location 10.67 N ; 126.77 E
Depth 40 km
107 km E of Sulangan, Philippines / pop: 3,034 / local time: 20:58:27.0 2013-06-03

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-06-03 12:41:18.0 UTC
Location 22.28 S ; 170.76 E
Depth 40 km
308 km E of Tadine, New Caledonia / pop: 7,492 / local time: 23:41:18.0 2013-06-03

Supreme Court says police can take DNA samples upon arrest

In a major victory for law enforcement agencies, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police can take a DNA sample from someone who has been arrested and charged but not convicted of a crime.

By a 5-4 vote the court reversed a decision last April by Maryland's highest court that overturned the 2010 conviction and life sentence of Alonzo Jay King for a rape committed seven years earlier.

The court, in an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, handed a victory to the state of Maryland by saying taking of DNA samples was similar to taking fingerprints

Police Shoot a Protestor in Ankara, Turkey

Austrian floods: Towns under water

China prepares to send manned rocket into space

'Taxation is legalized form of robbery'

Why You Should Care: EU picking on little Cyprus (E32)

White Flight: Diversity extremes push Londoners' exodus

Brussels busy bottling olive oil amid raging crisis

'Looks Like War': Barricades & tear gas fill Turkish streets as clashes continue

Secrecy Cult: 'Manning leaked less than 1% of classified docs'

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Date time 2013-06-03 11:53:56.0 UTC
Location 45.39 N ; 151.11 E
Depth 10 km
253 km E of Kuril'sk, Russia / pop: 1,719 / local time: 23:53:56.0 2013-06-03

California wildfire TRIPLES in size overnight with 20,000 acres now ablaze as thousands flee their homes

By Sunday morning, the Powerhouse Fire around the Angeles National Forest in Southern California engulfed more than 20,000 acres, endangering 1,000 homes in the Lake Elizabeth and Lake Hughes area. Nearly 1,000 firefighters struggled to contain the fire, which more than tripled in size overnight. More than 2,000 people have been evacuated and the blaze has already destroyed five homes. At the same, the Tres Lagunas Fire in the Pecos wilderness in the Sanata Fe National forest near Santa Fe, New Mexico, has consumed 6,200 acres and forced residents of 150 homes - as well as several campgrounds - to flee the area. Another 1,200 acres was set ablaze by the Thompson Ridge Fire in the nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Reeva Steenkamp's grieving parents say model was 'scared' of Paralympic champion

Severe thunderstorms batter the East Coast and leave at least 30,000 without power as system that caused chaos in Oklahoma hits New York

Damaging winds flattened trees and utility wires and knocked out power in parts of northern New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City and a tornado touched down in South Carolina as the East Coast weathered the remnants of violent storms that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma.

Heavy rain, thunderstorms, high winds and hail moved through sections of the Northeast on Sunday afternoon, leaving 30,000 in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine still without power late that night.

The National Weather Service issued a rare tornado warning as a line of thunderstorms raced through New Hampshire into western Maine.

Escaped llama tasered by cops after it spat and trampled officer

Obama made 'a secret deal to support Hillary Clinton's 2016 White House bid in exchange for Bill's support during re-election campaign'

President Obama made a secret pact with the Clintons where he agreed to endorse Hillary in a 2016 run for the White House - in exchange for Bill's seal of approval during his re-election campaign last year.

The explosive revelations are made in an exposé published this week on the Obama administration. It also claims that no love was lost between Bill Clinton and Obama before the deal was brokered.

According to campaign sources quoted in The Amateur by Edward Klein, Bill Clinton tried to have Hillary challenge Obama for the presidency during his last term.

'Vampire fish': Creek near America's Lake Michigan to be POISONED in bid to fight off invasion of killer species that latches onto hosts and sucks body fluid out

Wildlife workers are going to insert poisonous pesticides into a stream near Lake Michigan as they try to kill an invasive breed of 'vampire fish' that suck the blood out of other fish.

Adult sea lampreys, which reach lengths of 2 to 3 feet, resemble eels but behave more like leeches.

With round, disk-like mouths and sharp teeth, they latch onto fish and suck out their blood and other bodily fluids, killing or severely weakening the hosts.

Three firebombs explode near government offices in central Athens leaving one woman injured

Three small gas canister bombs exploded near government offices and an influential economic think-tank in Athens today.

Gas canister attacks are frequent in Greece, and have been on the rise as it struggles through an economic crisis that has fuelled anger against foreign lenders, politicians and a wealthy elite.

One woman was wounded as she emerged from her apartment.

Four people dead and thousands evacuated as floods cause chaos across Europe and leave cities in Germany and Czech Republic submerged

Several people have died or are missing as floods cause havoc across Germany (pictured: Passau in the southeast), the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Austria (inset). Some residents have also been evacuated from flooding in Poland. Czech officials said the waters of the Vltava river could reach critical levels in Prague and that special metal walls were being erected to prevent flooding.

Larry Goodwin stung to DEATH by 40,000 killer bees: Swarm kills him and leaves a mother and her daughter critical after they tried to save him with hose

A man was killed after being stung by killer Africanized bees in Texas on Saturday.

Relatives of victim Larry Goodwin said that his entire body was covered in bee stings, and that there wasn't one inch of skin that hadn't been stung.

The fatal accident happened when Mr Goodwin was helping a neighbor by consolidating a pile of dry brush using a tractor on their property in Moody, Texas. - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

The TRUTH about the 'wave of attacks' on Muslims after Woolwich killing: Most of the incidents recor ded were offensive messages on Facebook and Twitter

Claims that large numbers of Muslims were attacked in the aftermath of the Woolwich murder were questioned yesterday.

A Government-funded project warned it had received more than 200 reports of Islamophobia following Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder, including attacks on mosques and Muslim women.

Project director Fiyaz Mughal said the figure represented a ‘substantial spike’ in hate crimes and warned of ‘a sustained wave of attacks and intimidation’ against Muslim communities across Britain.

But more than half of the incidents reported to the Tell Mama (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) hotline related to offensive messages on Twitter, Facebook or online blogs, and only a tiny minority were physical attacks, it has emerged.

The claims raised questions about the way Tell Mama presented its figures in the days after Drummer Rigby’s murder, amid repeated calls for calm to avoid reprisal attacks.

Female Israeli soldiers disciplined for 'unbecoming behaviour'

The Israeli military said yesterday the group of women were punished for their 'unbecoming behaviour' after the pictures emerged on local news sites. The images, originally published on Israeli news site Walla, showed the soldiers removing their fatigues to expose their underwear and back sides. In another, five women posed in what appeared to be a barracks room, dressed only in helmets and a small amount of combat equipment.

Four dead in Lebanon's Tripoli, shots fired at Sidon cleric

Four people died in clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli and gunmen attacked a cleric in the southern port of Sidon on Monday, security sources said, in more violence stoked by civil war in neighboring Syria.

The overnight clashes in Tripoli ended a week of relative calm after 29 people were killed last month in the deadliest fighting yet between gunmen who support the uprising against Bashar al-Assad and Alawite supporters of the Syrian president.

China factory data adds to growth fears

Czech floods threaten central Prague

The worst floods to hit the Czech Republic in a decade forced the evacuation of almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas while the rising water threatened Prague's historic center, forced school closures and disrupted public transport.

Czech police said at least five people had died in the flooding. Firefighters evacuated homes in western regions and in villages outside the capital on Sunday and Monday, rescuing 200 people.

Flooding was also reported in Austria and water levels rose in Germany and Poland after heavy rain in central Europe over the past week swelled rivers. At least one person died and two were missing in Austria near Salzburg.

EU regulators to fine Lundbeck, Merck, seven other drug firms - sources

EU antitrust regulators will fine Denmark's Lundbeck, Germany's Merck KGaA and seven other drugmakers this month for blocking the entry of cheaper generic medicines to the market, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

"The fine for Lundbeck is expected to be significant, less so for the others," said one of the people, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The other companies to be fined are Generics UK, Arrow, Resolution Chemicals, Xellia Pharmaceuticals, Alpharma, A.L. Industrier and India's No. 1 pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy, all of them makers of generic drugs.

Turkish PM Erdogan calls for calm after days of protests

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for calm on Monday, after a weekend of fierce anti-government protests, urging people not to be provoked by demonstrations he said had been organized by "extremist elements".

The main Turkish share index fell by 6.67 percent when markets reopened. The lira was also lower and bond yields rose.

"Be calm, relax, all this will be overcome," Erdogan told a news conference at Istanbul airport before his planned departure on an official visit to Morocco.

UK Shale Gas Resources Could Be Huge

A British energy firm has revealed it may be sitting on significantly more gas than previously thought following a study of its prospective shale gas deposits in northern England.

IGas had previously said it had about nine trillion cubic feet of shale gas. It now estimates that its licence to explore areas in the North West could contain more than 170 trillion cubic feet of shale gas.

The figure would put it close to the same league as rival Cuadrilla Resources, which has estimated prospective reserves of at least 200 trillion cubic feet (tcf).

Bilderberg 2013 At Watford's Grove Hotel

Some of the most powerful figures on the planet are preparing to gather for an annual summit to discuss global policy - at a venue just off an A road in Watford.

Around 150 individuals including politicians, royals, bankers, billionaires and company bosses will attend the Bilderberg 2013 meeting, being hosted a the £210-per-night Grove hotel from June 6 to 9.

No guest list is released for the event - which counts Ken Clarke among its organisers - but the clandestine yearly gathering has previously welcomed luminaries including Britain's last three prime ministers, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Union Chief Killed At South African Mine

A worker was shot dead on Monday at a Lonmin mine in South Africa, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said, in the latest unrest to hit the troubled platinum belt.

The shooting happened near the town of Marikana, 120 km (70 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, where police shot dead 34 miners in a single incident in August last year, the deadliest police action since the end of apartheid.

"One of our members was attacked with a gun in our office at Lonmin's Western Platinum mine," NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said, adding the worker later died.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Date time 2013-06-03 10:36:32.0 UTC
Location 4.08 S ; 142.56 E
Depth 46 km
36 km NW of Ambunti, Papua New Guinea / pop: 2,073 / local time: 20:36:32.0 2013-06-03

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake TANZANIA - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Date time 2013-06-03 09:53:12.0 UTC
Location 2.77 S ; 36.24 E
Depth 10 km
49 km W of Longido, Tanzania / pop: 9,403 / local time: 12:53:12.0 2013-06-03

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G. - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-06-03 08:03:42.0 UTC
Location 6.60 S ; 154.19 E
Depth 30 km
146 km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea / pop: 2,916 / local time: 18:03:42.0 2013-06-03

Schoolboy, 13, taken to hospital and ten others injured after fair ride dubbed The X Scream collapses

A teenager was taken to hospital and ten other people were injured after a fairground ride collapsed.

Emergency services were called to a funfair in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, after reports that a fairground ride had collapsed.

About 25 people were on the ride, dubbed The X Scream, at around 9.25pm on Friday. The ride tilts passengers to a 90 degrees angle as they spin round in a cage.

Quake causes severe damage to schools in central Taiwan

Taipei, June 3 (CNA) A magnitude-6.3 earthquake that struck Taiwan Sunday has caused an estimated NT$10.31 million (US$344,058)-worth of damage to schools in central Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Education.

An initial survey showed that the temblor resulted in damage to buildings and facilities at 90 schools in central Taiwan -- mostly in Taichung and Nantou County -- the ministry said Monday.

Lugu Junior High School was closed Monday due to earthquake damage, the ministry said.

The temblor also left three people injured on two school campuses in Nantou County, the ministry added.

Turkish stocks tumble after protests

Turkey’s main stock market index opened 6 per cent down on Monday amid the country’s biggest demonstrations in years, as tensions grow between the Islamist-rooted government and secular middle-class Turks.

The Borsa Istanbul 100 fell to 79,047 in early trade, more than 8 per cent below the previous close before the weekend’s protests. It then recovered to trade at about 5 per cent down. The lira weakened about 1 per cent against major currencies and yields on government bonds rose about 20 basis points.

Wildfires burn in New Mexico, California

Oklahoma residents cleanup tornado debris

Kerry pushing for Middle East peace, but is he a Lone Ranger?

Four months into his term, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying, simultaneously, to end two of the world's most intractable conflicts: the Syrian civil war and the struggle between Israel and the Palestinians.

The two issues, according to an aide, have consumed the vast majority of Kerry's time and energy - he has already flown more than 100,000 miles to 23 countries, including four trips to Israel - since he took office February 1.

What is unclear, however, is whether all the movement will lead to progress, or whether it will go down as the quixotic, if laudable, efforts of an enthusiastic new secretary of state.

Egyptian tourist critically injured in Istanbul protests: medics

An Egyptian tourist is in a critical condition after being hit by a police gas canister in a crackdown on anti-government protests in Istanbul on Friday, a doctors' association said.

The 34-year-old woman was undergoing an operation after suffering a brain haemorrhage, Istanbul Medical Chamber board member Huseyin Demirduzen told Reuters.

A total of 12 people, including a pro-Kurdish MP, suffered trauma injuries and hundreds suffered respiratory problems due to the effects of tear gas during the clashes around Istanbul's central Taksim Square, Demirduzen said.


Four people have died and at least eight more were missing as torrential rains lashed central Europe, forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes after floods and landslides.

Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic sent in army units to help with rescue efforts after rains reached record levels in some areas, while hundreds of roads have been closed and rail services cut.

The banks of the mighty Danube River burst in one area in Germany, and dozens of towns were put on flood alert across a large swathe of central Europe.

Why Saudi MERS virus is so scary

The head of the World Health Organization warned the world this week of a new virus, awkwardly dubbed MERS-CoV, found in Saudi Arabia.

"Looking at the overall global situation, my greatest concern right now is the novel coronavirus," Margaret Chan said, calling it "a threat to the entire world."

"We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat," the director general said in her closing speech to the 66th session of the World Health Assembly. "Any new disease that is emerging faster than our understanding is never under control.

ICC to Libya: Hand over Gadhafi's son

The battle continues over which court should try the son of deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

In the latest sign of a growing divide, the International Criminal Court on Friday rejected Libya's bid to try Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and asked the nation to hand him over.

Libya has consistently challenged the ICC's demand to try Gadhafi, saying the Hague-based court does not have jurisdiction in the case.

Iran's president in 'emergency landing'

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an emergency landing Sunday after it malfunctioned, state-run Press TV reported.

On board the chopper with the president were several officials who were on their way to inaugurate three road projects.

The Press TV report did not specify the problem the aircraft developed. But it said the pilot landed safely in a mountainous area in the northern part of the country.

Aleh Kalma Missing after he was swept over Yosemite waterfall

Park rangers will resume their search Monday for a teenage swimmer who was swept over a nearly 600-foot waterfall in California's Yosemite National Park over the weekend.

Aleh Kalman had been swimming about 150 feet from the edge of the Nevada Fall on Saturday afternoon when he was caught up in the swift current of the Merced River, the National Park Service reported. The 19-year-old Sacramento resident had gone to the park with a church group, the park service said.

"We believe it's impossible to survive a fall like that," park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.

Deadly MERS-CoV virus spreads to Italy

he sometimes deadly MERS-CoV virus has spread to Italy, the World Health Organization said in statements this weekend.

Sunday's announcement that two female patients had contracted the virus follows one Saturday that said a 45-year-old man, who had recently traveled to Jordan, had become infected. They are the first three known cases in Italy.

Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, acts like a cold virus and attacks the respiratory system, the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. But symptoms, which include fever and a cough, are severe and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.

War-torn Syria issues travel warning against Turkey

The protests in Turkey have prompted Syria, which is mired in a bloody civil war, to issue an advisory to its citizens not to travel there.

''The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry advises the Syrian citizens against traveling to Turkey during this period for fear for their safety, due to the security conditions in some Turkish cities that have deteriorated over the past days and the violence practiced by Erdogan's government against peaceful protesters," a statement from the ministry said, referring to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey and Syria are neighbors and one-time allies.

Blood, tear gas on Turkey streets

'Halal internet' blocks Iran's netizens

In the last few months Iranians have found themselves in a cyber no-man's land.

Many are reporting international websites and online services, including Gmail and Skype, are often blocked and circumvention tools effectively squashed, making it difficult to communicate with anyone outside the country.

National websites are still easily accessed, but as internet speeds slow to a crawl, many of the country's netizens are finding access to even the most rudimentary URLs barred -- including those belonging to banks and local businesses.

Concern grows for besieged Syrian city

Oklahoma: Storm chasers get close to storm

Chinese Chicken Farm Fire Kills At Least 93

A blaze rips through a poultry farm and processing plant in China, killing at least 93 workers and injuring dozens more.

The blaze in Mishazi in Jilin province is believed to have been sparked by three explosions in the farm's electrical system, according to China's Xinhua News Agency.

Workers told state broadcaster CCTV the fire broke out during a change of shifts and may have started in a locker room when around 350 staff were on site.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-06-03 06:23:45.0 UTC
Location 26.86 N ; 126.68 E
Depth 114 km
122 km NW of Naha-shi, Japan / pop: 300,795 / local time: 15:23:45.0 2013-06-03

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 3rd June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.1
Date time 2013-06-03 06:11:34.0 UTC
Location 45.31 N ; 151.09 E
Depth 40 km
251 km E of Kuril'sk, Russia / pop: 1,719 / local time: 18:11:34.0 2013-06-03

Central Europe on alert for flooding

Homes have been evacuated across southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland as rivers reach dangerously high levels.

The Czech capital Prague is on high alert as a swell of floodwater moves in from the south.

Both Germany and Austria are deploying their armies to help emergency services.

A man was killed by a landslide near Salzburg in Austria and two people have died in the Czech Republic.