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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 5th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.0
Date time 2013-06-05 23:29:44.0 UTC
Location 54.35 N ; 153.27 E
Depth 612 km
360 km NW of Yelizovo, Russia / pop: 40,692 / local time: 12:29:44.0 2013-06-06

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake KASHMIR-INDIA BORDER REGION - 5th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.1
Date time 2013-06-05 22:04:06.0 UTC
Location 33.12 N ; 76.18 E
Depth 50 km
44 km SE of Kishtwār, India / pop: 20,553 / local time: 03:34:06.0 2013-06-06

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA - 5th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-06-05 19:23:03.0 UTC
Location 2.97 N ; 117.66 E
Depth 10 km
36 km S of Tarakan, Indonesia / pop: 97,478 / local time: 03:23:03.0 2013-06-06

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL ALASKA - 5th June 2013

Magnitude Ml 4.0
Date time 2013-06-05 18:58:23.0 UTC
Location 64.66 N ; 149.68 W
Depth 12 km
81 km W of Ester, United States / pop: 2,422 / local time: 10:58:23.0 2013-06-05

"North Korean officers actively assisting in Syrian war"

A dozen North Korean military officers are helping Syrian government forces as military advisors, unconfirmed reports said Tuesday.

That would put North Korea on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad alongside Iran, Russia and Lebanon's Hezbollah in a civil war that ignited amid the "Arab Spring" in 2011.

Rami Abdul Rahman of a group called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday, "The exact number of the officers is not known, but there are definitely 11 to 15 North Korean officers, most of whom speak Arabic."

He added that the officers were "deployed in a number of areas, including defense factories southeast of Aleppo and at regular forces' stations in the city."

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HUNGARY - 5th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-06-05 18:45:47.0 UTC
Location 48.00 N ; 19.26 E
Depth 10 km
4 km E of Érsekvadkert, Hungary / pop: 3,762 / local time: 20:45:47.0 2013-06-05

French police clear gypsy camp in new crackdown against illegal immigrants

Police descended on a Roma camp today in France to evict its residents in a new crackdown agasint illegal immigrants.

Men, women and children were carrying out their belongings as they are were removed from the camp in Lille, northern France.

In the past year France has shut down many illegal camps full of Roma gypsies which have sprung up around the country.

Tackling Benefits Culture?:Family-of-nine say people who don't think they should have £2,500 3D TV paid for by benefits can 'f*** off'

Unemployed father Dean Bell, 37, his wife Claire and their brood feature in Channel 4's Skint - a documentary series following the lives of residents living on the Westcliff council estate in Scunthorpe. In the latest episode, Bell can be seen admiring a new £2,500 TV he purchased with his family's benefits, before claiming any taxpayer unhappy about it could 'f*** off'.

ZEUS BANKING TROJAN: Computer virus found on Facebook steals bank details and money from accounts when users click on links

A computer virus that steals bank details and empties money from accounts has been found on Facebook by security experts.

Trend Micro discovered the malicious links were being posted by fake Facebook profiles on popular brand pages, such as the U.S. National Football League.

The links are believed to be controlled by the Russian Business Network - an online criminal gang accused of stealing internet users' identities and private information.

Merkel's coalition rejects proposal for dual citizenship

The German government blocked legislation on Wednesday that could have granted dual citizenship to hundreds of thousands of immigrants even though it is trying to recruit skilled foreigners to alleviate a labor shortage.

The left-wing opposition accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition of holding an antiquated world view and anti-Turkish sentiment verging on racism, setting up immigration as a campaign issue before a federal election in September.

The bills would have had most effect on German residents of Turkish origin.

"Merkel has said she wants a welcoming culture, and yet the current law on nationality doesn't foster integration but rather forces people to give up their heritage," said Thomas Oppermann, parliamentary floor leader of the Social Democrats.

Germans, Czechs on alert as floods spread north

(Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region's worst floods in a decade.

The deluge has killed at least 12 people in central Europe since the weekend. Water started subsiding in Prague and Passau, but fears grew for Bratislava, Budapest and parts of Germany which forecasters say will be hit in the next few days.

About 1,000 people had to leave their homes in the baroque German city of Dresden, which was devastated by floods in 2002 when the Elbe burst its banks. Residents paddled up streets in boats as soldiers drove past in tanks.

Two fires break out in Moscow metro

Building collapses in Philadelphia, rescuers search for victims

Floods threaten Czech chemical factory

Police detain dozens of Istanbul protesters

U.S. says Iran's nuclear reactor plans 'deeply troubling'

The United States said on Wednesday it was "deeply troubled" by Iran's plans to start a reactor in 2014 that could yield nuclear bomb material while failing to give U.N. inspectors necessary design information about the plant.

The comments by a U.S. envoy to a board meeting of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighted deepening Western concern about the heavy water reactor that Iran is building near the town of Arak.

Iran hit back, saying the IAEA had had continuous access to Arak and that the United States, which accuses Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons capability, could not be trusted after going to war in Iraq over reports of weapons of mass destruction that were never found.

Robert Bales pleads guilty to murdering 16 Afghan civilians, Mostly woman and children

A U.S. Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood last year pleaded guilty on Wednesday to premeditated murder and other charges under a deal with military prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of roaming off his Army post in the Afghan province of Kandahar last March and gunning down unarmed villagers, mostly women and children, in attacks on their family compounds.

The shootings marked the worst case of civilian slaughter blamed on a rogue U.S. soldier since the Vietnam War and further eroded strained U.S.-Afghan relations after more than a decade of conflict in that country.

Philly building collapse injures 12, traps two

A building collapsed in downtown Philadelphia on Wednesday and rescue workers pulled 12 people from the rubble and were trying to reach two others trapped beneath it, fire officials said.

A four-story building under demolition collapsed onto a neighboring two-story Salvation Army Thift Store at 2140 Market Street at 10:45 a.m., trapping people under mountains of crushed concrete and splintered wood, said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

In addition to those rescued, "we located two others and are in the process of extricating both of those people," Ayers said.

Turkey Protests: Activists Issue Demands

Activists have presented a list of demands which they say could end days of anti-government protests in Turkey.

The country faces a sixth evening of unrest, following a police crackdown on a peaceful protest.

In a move to defuse the tension, the deputy prime minister met the group whose attempt to prevent authorities from ripping up trees in Istanbul's landmark Taksim Square has snowballed into nationwide protests against what demonstrators see as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule.

Paris Jackson rushed to hospital following suspected Suicide attempt?

Michael Jackson's teen daughter, Paris Jackson, was hospitalized early Wednesday morning in what is being described as a "possible suicide attempt."

Paris was taken out of her Calabasas, Calif., family house on a stretcher at around 2 a.m., reports TMZ, and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The 911 call came in at 1:27 a.m., reports TMZ, noting that the caller said it was a possible overdose.

Katherine Jackson's lawyer, Perry Sanders, tells USA TODAY he had "no comment."

But the King of Pop's ex-wife and Paris' mom, Debbie Rowe, tells Entertainment Tonight that Paris, 15, was "rushed to the hospital with cuts on her wrist." Rowe tells ET that Jackson has had "a lot going on (lately)."

Paris Jackson 'Taken To Hospital' following reports of a possible Overdose

Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter Paris has been taken to hospital in Los Angeles, according to reports.

The local fire department said they responded to a call of a possible overdose at 1.27am local time.

They say they transported a single person to a local medical centre.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEUQUEN, ARGENTINA - 5th June 2013

Magnitude ML 4.6
Date time 2013-06-05 16:26:01.0 UTC
Location 39.37 S ; 71.30 W
Depth 140 km
35 km SW of Aluminé, Argentina / pop: 3,720

'EDL' Graffiti Found At Scene Of Mosque Fire

Counter-terrorism officers are investigating whether a fire which destroyed an Islamic community centre was started deliberately in a racially-motivated attack.

Police confirmed they are treating the fire in Muswell Hill, north London, as supicious and promised a "vigorous and thorough investigation".

They also revealed the letters 'EDL' - the initials of the English Defence League - were found scrawled on the outside of the Bravanese Centre, which was being used as a mosque.

Philadelphia: Building Collapses , Trapping people

Emergency crews are at the scene of a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says as many as eight to ten people are believed trapped in the rubble.

Search and rescue teams are on the scene working to find those trapped.

There is no word on exactly what caused the building to collapse.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE - 5th June 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-06-05 13:37:26.0 UTC
Location 35.66 S ; 73.37 W
Depth 22 km
93 km SW of Constitución, Chile / pop: 37,917 / local time: 09:37:26.0 2013-06-05

Report: US hasn't seen expected 'Great Recovery' (Although Obama's golf score has improved)

An economic forecast says the country's expected "Great Recovery" hasn't materialized and the economy's fallen short of even normal growth.

The Los Angeles Times ( ) reports the gloomy picture appears in the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast released Wednesday.

It says that real gross domestic product growth - the inflation-adjusted value of goods and services produced - is well below the 3-percent growth trend of past recoveries. The forecast says the country isn't creating enough good jobs.

However, the forecast also says a housing market recovery should boost the GDP over the next two years and bring down unemployment, falling to 6.9 percent next year.

Large US Marine force lands in Aqaba to deploy on Jordanian-Syrian border

A large American military force disembarked Tuesday, June 4, at the southern Jordanian port of Aqaba - ready for deployment on the kingdom’s Syrian border, debkafile’s exclusive military sources report. The force made its way north along the Aqaba-Jerash-Ajilon mountain road bisecting Jordan from south to north, under heavy Jordanian military escort.

Our sources disclose that this American force numbers 1,000 troops, the largest to land in Jordan since the Syrian civil war erupted in March 2012. They are members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Force carried aboard the USS Kearsage amphibious assault ship, which has been anchored off neighboring Israeli Eilat since mid-May. Upon landing, the marines took to the road in a convoy of armored vehicles including Hummers.

Washington and Amman have imposed a blackout on their arrival. The Pentagon has only let it be known that the annual joint US-Jordanian “Eager Lion 2013” military exercise is due to begin later in June and last two months, with the participation of US F-16 fighter jets and Patriot missile defense systems.

Moscow Illegal Underground City Raided

A secret underground city where hundreds of migrant workers were kept illegally to work has been raided by police in Moscow.

Footage from the Russian government showed a web of rooms that formed a clothing sewing factory town, complete with living quarters, cafe, cinema, casino and even a chicken coop.

More than 200 people were arrested when police raided the dwelling hidden beneath the capital's Cherkizovsky Market.

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 5th June 2013

Magnitude M 5.3
Date time 2013-06-05 11:55:13.1 UTC
Location 3.30 S ; 139.00 E
Depth 65 km
Distances 1131 km NW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 21:55:13.1 2013-06-05
207 km SW of Jayapura, Indonesia / pop: 134,895 / local time: 20:55:13.1 2013-06-05
190 km SW of Abepura, Indonesia / pop: 62,248 / local time: 20:55:13.1 2013-06-05

Moscow Metro Fire: Dozens injured, thousands evacuated from subway

Tears for Fears: US cashes in on teargas amid Turkey brutal turmoil

Bird Flu: OIE Reports LPAI in Utrecht, Netherlands

NETHERLANDS - The Dutch veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a poultry farm in Utrecht.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 3 June 2013. The outbreak was initially observed on 31 May and on 1 June, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was conducted at the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad, confirming the presence of the H7N1 virus.

A total of 10750 birds showed signs of susceptibility, out of which 5000 cases were reported. All 10750 birds were destroyed.

According to the OIE, on 1 June 2013, a 1 km protection zone has been established. In this one-km zone there are 11 other premises with poultry.

Bird Flu: More LPAI Reported in Taiwan

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported a further outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI), serotype H5N2, at a poultry farm in P'eng-hu, affecting broilers (sentinel chicken).

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 7 on 3 June 2013. The LPAI outbreaks have been continuing since November 2012.

A total of 13 broilers showed signs of susceptibility, out of which one case was reported. All 13 birds were destroyed.

Sentinel chickens were placed on the H5N2 infected native chicken farm reported in the follow-up report No. 2 on 4 January 2013.

Bird Flu: LPAI Detected in Denmark

DENMARK - The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza, serotype H7, in the western region of Viborg, affecting a hatchry for farmed game birds (1,400 mallards and 12,500 pheasants).

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 1 June 2013, stating that a total of 13,900 birds were found susceptible to the outbreak.

However, no cases have been reported and as a result, no deaths were recorded and no birds were destroyed.

According to the OIE, on 31 May 2013, low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H7 was detected in mallards in samples collected in connection with the Danish surveillance programme for avian influenza.

Latvia can join euro from January 2014: European Commission

Latvia is ready to become the 18th country using the euro from the start of next year, the European Commission announced on Wednesday, a decision that will be formally approved by European Union finance ministers on July 9.

"The Commission considers that Latvia fulfils the conditions for the adoption of the euro," the Commission, the EU's executive, said in a report on the country's preparations.

Germany’s worrying investment slowdown

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon resigning, to be replaced by Susan Rice: New York Times

Pakistan PM Demands End To US Drone Strikes

Pakistan's new prime minister has called on the US to end its campaign of drone attacks in the country in his first address since returning to office.

Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in a military coup in 1999, is due to be sworn in by the president after a parliamentary vote saw him elected for a third time.

US drone strikes in the country's tribal northwest were among the issues he chose to tackle on his first day in charge.

"We respect the sovereignty of others and they should also respect our sovereignty and independence," he warned.

Rebekah Brooks Pleads Not Guilty to Phone Hacking

Rebekah Brooks has pleaded not guilty to phone hacking, conspiracy to pervert course of justice and conspiracy to pay officials.

The former News Of The World editor entered her plea during a pre-trial hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

Brooks appeared with several other defendants, including her husband, Charlie Brooks, a racehorse trainer, who pleaded not guilty to allegations of covering up phone-hacking evidence.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 5th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-06-05 09:45:18.0 UTC
Location 55.50 S ; 26.64 W
Depth 10 km
Distances 3219 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 06:45:18.0 2013-06-05

Global Alert and Response (GAR) - Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - update

5 JUNE 2013 - The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The patient is a 14-year-old girl with underlying medical conditions who became ill on 29 May 2013. She is reported from the Eastern region, but not from Al-Ahsa where an outbreak began in a health care facility since April 2013. The patient is in stable condition.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 54 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 30 deaths.

WHO has received reports of laboratory-confirmed cases originating in the following countries in the Middle East to date: Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and the United Kingdom also reported laboratory-confirmed cases; they were either transferred there for care of the disease or returned from the Middle East and subsequently became ill. In France, Italy, Tunisia and the United Kingdom, there has been limited local transmission among patients who had not been to the Middle East but had been in close contact with the laboratory-confirmed or probable cases.

Bilderberg Security Kicks Out Alex Jones

The WWWAR on the Internet - feat. Wikileaks vs The Pentagon [RAP NEWS 4]

Protesters remain defiant in Istanbul's Taksim Square


Bitcoin Crackdown? US laws choke digital cashflow anonymity

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL PERU - 5th June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.2
Date time 2013-06-05 09:14:53.0 UTC
Location 8.29 S ; 74.37 W
Depth 115 km
22 km NE of Pucallpa, Peru / pop: 310,750 / local time: 04:14:53.0 2013-06-05

WHO: According to Italian reports, eight rumored cases with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome are negative #MERS #nCoV

China fire death clashes

China hits back at EU with wine dumping probe

China hit back at European wine exports on Wednesday in response to the European Union's decision to impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels, as tensions increased between two of the world's biggest trading blocs.

In a step targeting southern European states such as France and Italy that back the duties but largely sparing north European opponents such as Germany, Beijing said it launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into sales of European wine.

The EU will impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels from Thursday, but announced a dramatically reduced initial rate after pressure from some large member states led by Berlin in the hope of negotiating a settlement with Beijing.

China: Nine Killed In 56-Car Motorway Pile-up

Nine people have died in a 56-vehicle pile-up caused by heavy fog on a motorway in central China.

Motorists became trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters. Footage on Chinese state media showed damaged cars crushed under trucks.

Emergency services scrambled to douse a smashed-up lorry carrying hydrochloric in water, while 28 fire engines and 65 firefighters were dispatched to clear up the chaos.

Compulsory iris scans program: Parents angered after schools conduct 'Minority Report-like' iris scans on students as young as six without asking their permission

Parents in Polk County, Florida were outraged after being informed that their children’s irises had been scanned without permission as part of a new security program.

Parents first heard about the scheme in a letter sent out on Friday May 24, four days after the compulsory iris scans program had already begun.

The scans were taken as part of a new security program being introduced by the Polk County School Board, called Eye-Swipe Nano, which impacts students at Daniel Jenkins Academy, a high school, Davenport School of the Arts, a middle school, and Bethune Academy, an elementary school.

'Don't be ridiculous, he's 79!' Stunned wives of lawyers and doctors arrested in 'Flush the Johns' prostitution bust react in fury to public 'Wall of Shame'

The 104 men arrested at Nassau County hotels after forking over $60 dollars, which they thought would buy them sex from an online escort, came from all walks of life and all age groups. Many were professionals. Top row: Ivan Dochter, 79, Gary Friedenberg, 72, and Tamir Dardashtian, 39, are all attorneys. Bottom row: Dr Richard Obedian, 45, is an orthopedic surgeon, Dr Peter Malet, 62, is a gastroenterologist and Dr Judd Lesser own a dental practice.

James Holmes: Not guilty by reason of insanity plea accepted in Colorado...

A judge has accepted James Holmes' plea of not guilty by reason of insanity - as the Colorado theater shooting suspect smirked and yawned his way through the hearing.

Holmes, who allegedly killed 12 theater goers and injured 70 more as they watched The Dark Knight Rises last July, looked indifferent as he followed the ground rules of the plea in court on Tuesday.

After Judge Carlos Samour Jr. read through the 18 points and asked Holmes if he had any questions, Holmes answered 'no' in a clear, firm voice.

Samour then accepted the plea, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of Holmes.

Aubrey Alta Anderson who abused twins in her Care and broke baby's legs gets PROBATION - despite being accused of similar crimes in Belgium

A former Utah nanny accused of breaking the ankles of a baby she was caring for has been sentenced to five years of probation.
The Summit County Attorney's Office says Aubrey Alta Anderson, 32, will get credit for nearly a year she spent in jail in the case.

Anderson came under scrutiny last February when doctors at Primary Children's Medical Center found breaks in the legs of a baby she cared for at night.

The child's parents had also reported unusual bruising on the face and arms of the child's twin sister.

Detectives say they focused on Anderson when they realized she was wanted in Belgium on similar charges.

China bans all internet searches for 'big yellow duck' as part of Tiananmen Square anniversary clampdown after prankster substitutes ducks for tanks in viral image

The Chinese authorities have banned the phrase 'big yellow duck' as an internet search item after a prankster substituted tanks for ducks in a doctored version of a world famous photograph taken during the Tiananmen massacre

China has begun an annual crackdown on efforts by families to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre, 24 years after the pro-democracy demonstrations were crushed by the People’s Liberation Army.

A number of internet search terms have been banned including 'tomorrow' "today", "tonight", "June 4" and other number combinations that might refer to what the Chinese call the June Fourth Incident .

Is this really video of a UFO crashing into a Mexican volcano...or just a load of hot air?

A video currently making the rounds on the web appears to show an unidentified flying object diving headlong into the smoldering caldera of a Mexican volcano.

Popocatepetl, an active volcano in the Puebla state of southern Mexico, was being recorded by media company

Televisa the evening of May 30 when a light-emitting and fast-flying object appeared to make a quick left turn in order to fly directly into the top of the erupting mountain.

Britain must OBEY Strasbourg judges or quit the EU, warns new chief of European Court of Human Rights

Britain was yesterday threatened with having to quit the European Union if it refuses to 'kowtow' to Strasbourg's human rights judges.

The warning was delivered by the new head of the European Court of Human Rights, amid an increasing determination among Tory Cabinet ministers to leave its jurisdiction.

Judge Dean Spielmann, from Luxemburg, also insisted that ministers had a duty to grant the vote to prisoners.

His intervention once again puts the unelected court on a collision course with Westminster.

Mind Over Mechanics - Helicopter becomes the first to be flown using the power of thought

£15m for just one firm on legal aid gravy train Scale of taxpayers' bill revealed as Coalition vows to save £200m

One firm of solicitors was paid almost £15million in taxpayer-funded legal aid in a year, while 20 individual barristers each raked in more than £300,000, startling official figures reveal.

In a graphic illustration of the legal aid gravy train, the Ministry of Justice released a breakdown of payments to lawyers.

Among them was that to London-based firm Duncan Lewis, which deals with immigration and asylum cases and topped the payout list for 2011/12.

GPs who hit the 111 jackpot: Helpline is meant to save patients like baby Axel. But the biggest beneficiaries are the fat cat doctors who made millions from a firm that runs it

One holidays in a beautiful villa in the South of France, another has a stable of race- horses. They have millions of pounds in the bank, luxurious homes and enjoy boats, fast cars and all the trappings of wealth.

Who are these moneyed individuals? Are they City bankers receiving multi-million pound bonuses? No, these men and women are family GPs. But they are no ordinary clinicians — instead, these are the lucky doctors who have made a mint from out-of-hours healthcare.

Welcome to the new face of the NHS: the doctors who have made some £25 million from the sale of Harmoni, Britain’s largest urgent care provider, to a financial conglomerate.

Floating by at 311mph: Japanese 'Maglev' bullet train undergoes its first successful test run

Japan's floating bullet trains - which will travel at up speeds of up to 311mph - have undergone their first test runs.

The magnetic levitation, or 'maglev' trains, use state-of-the-art technology to reach mind-blowing speeds.

The teams behind the operation aim to have an established track from Tokyo to Osaka by 2045, eventually linking the entire country from north to south.

Britain suffers highest food and energy inflation in EU as crippling squeeze on households continues

Food and energy prices are rising faster in Britain than anywhere else in Europe as the crippling squeeze on household finances continues, a major report said yesterday.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said food prices in April were 4.6 per cent higher than in the same month last year, while energy prices were up 2.2 per cent.

The rate of inflation in the UK was far higher than elsewhere in Europe and underlined the crisis facing families as they struggle to make ends meet.

Graham Ovenden Freed - The soft sentence that even surprised a pervert: Judge FREES artist who sexually abused three children as young as six while they posed for his paintings

An internationally renowned artist who molested young girls he used as models walked free from court yesterday.

Child abuse campaigners said the suspended sentence on 70-year-old Graham Ovenden was 'outrageous’ and sent out the message that such crimes are not taken seriously.

But the judge said he had taken account of the artist’s age and his 'irreversibly tarnished reputation’

But try insulting someone on Twitter or a bus, than you will see jail time....

Michael Christian behind hoax on Duchess of Cambridge's hospital wins top award despite suicide of nurse who took call... and even says 'I'm at the top of my game'

One of the DJs behind the sick prank on the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital has sparked outrage after accepting a national award for his stunt.

Michael Christian, who paired with Mel Greig during the hoax on Australia's 2Day FM, has been named the 'next top jock' of the station and now describes himself as being 'at the top of my game.'

His comments come despite the fact that the nurse who took his initial call Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged three days after the incident.

Michelle Obama loses her cool: First Lady threatens to leave fundraiser after lesbian protester heckles her - and the White House deletes exchange from official transcript

First lady Michelle Obama's speech at a Washington, D.C. political fundraiser was interrupted by a lesbian protester on Tuesday night, and she threatened to leave the event if the gay rights activist wasn't forced to leave. But the official White House transcript doesn't indicate anything about the heckler or Mrs. Obama's audible reaction.

While the first lady was speaking to approximately 200 Democratic Party loyalists who paid up to $10,000 to attend the event at the swanky Washington home of a wealthy lesbian couple, the protester interrupted with demands that the president issue an executive order forcing federal contractors to stop discriminating against gay and transgendered job applicants.

Amanda Terkel, a Huffington Post scribe who served as the night's 'pool' 'reporter, wrote that the '[m]ost notable part of the event was an interruption from a protester about 12 minutes into the 20-minute speech. A pro-LGBT rights individual standing at the front began shouting for an executive order on gay rights.'

'Migrants are harder workers than Britons': Speaker John Bercow says arrival of Eastern Europeans has benefited Britain

John Bercow was at the centre of a storm last night after claiming migrants work harder than the British.

The Commons Speaker said the arrival of thousands of migrants from Eastern Europe has had great advantages for Britain.

He spoke of an ‘important wave’ of people that have come in recent years and praised their work ethic over that of the British.

The remarks raised questions about the strict political neutrality required from his office and led to an accusation that he had behaved ‘disgracefully’.

Who is Turkey's woman in red? Horrifying image of a girl being sprayed with tear gas by police becomes symbol of violent protests

In her red cotton summer dress and necklace, white bag slung over her shoulder, she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party. But behind her crouches a masked policeman firing noxious tear gas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards. Endlessly shared on social media and recreated as artwork on posters and stickers, the image of the woman in red has become the leitmotif for female protesters during days of violent anti-government riots in Istanbul.

US, NATO allies to consider Libya military training mission

BRUSSELS — U.S. officials will discuss this week with NATO allies the possibility of establishing a military training mission for Libya’s fledgling security forces, defense officials said Monday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Brussels for a meeting of defense chiefs.

Libya has struggled to build its military and police forces since rebels aided by a NATO air-bombing campaign overthrew the country’s longtime ruler, Moammar Gaddafi, in the summer of 2011. Deteriorating security after the country’s civil war has become a big concern for Washington, most significantly since the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. installations in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador to the country and three of his colleagues.

A senior defense official said Monday that the Libyan government has approached the United States and other countries that participated in the 2011 air campaign asking for help.

Huge protests in Hong Kong on Tiananmen anniversary

On June 4, 1989 automatic gunfire and panic took hold of the iconic Beijing plaza as thousands of PLA troops moved in to evict student demonstrators.

But over two decades later there has still been no official apology or even recognition of what happened. No exact death toll has been released with estimates ranging from 200 to several thousand.

Mo Zhixu, a Beijing-based dissident, told The Daily Telegraph that Communist Party leaders would not succeed in airbrushing June 4 from Chinese history.

"I don't think this [part of] history will be forgotten as time goes by. It represents the people's rebellion against dictatorship," he said.

Tens of thousands in Iran protest against Khamenei, chant 'death to dictator'

Tens of thousands of Iranians took part in the funeral of a senior dissident cleric in Isfahan on Tuesday, which turned into the biggest anti-government protest for years, the BBC reported.

The protesters chanted slogans against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for the "death to the dictator." Among other slogans, they chanted "The political prisoners must freed" and "Mousavi and Karroubi must be freed," referring to the leaders of the reformist green movement who are under house arrest in Tehran.

Ayatollah Jalaluddin Taheri, who died at the age of 87, was a major opponent of the hardliners in Iran's government and resigned in protest.

Iran's presidential elections are due to take place in 10 days.

China has 'mountains of data' about U.S. cyber attacks: official

China's top Internet security official says he has "mountains of data" pointing to extensive U.S. hacking aimed at China, but it would be irresponsible to blame Washington for such attacks, and called for greater cooperation to fight hacking.

Cyber security is a major concern for the U.S. government and is expected to be at the top of the agenda when President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California on Thursday and Friday.

Obama will tell Xi that Washington considers Beijing responsible for any cyber attacks launched from Chinese soil and must take action to curb high-tech spying, White House officials said on Tuesday.

Syrian army captures strategic border town of Qusair

The Syrian army seized control on Wednesday of the strategic border town of Qusair, Syrian media and security sources said, in a major advance for President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the country's two-year civil war.

Rebels said they had pulled out of Qusair, which lies on a cross-border supply route with neighbouring Lebanon and where they had fought fierce battles with government forces and Hezbollah guerrillas for more than two weeks.

One Hezbollah fighter told Reuters that they took the town in a rapid overnight offensive, allowing some of the fighters to flee. "We did a sudden surprise attack in the early hours and entered the town. They escaped," he said.

Another contaminated water leak at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said it had found another leak of contaminated water on Wednesday, piling pressure on the utility to curb the problem as it seeks permission to release water to the sea.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami more than two years ago, triggering nuclear reactor meltdowns and explosions.

Tokyo Electric Power, or Tepco, said a worker patrolling the area spotted the leak just after noon, with droplets of contaminated water leaking out between the tank's circular steel structure.

Turks clash with police despite deputy leader's apology

Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the deputy prime minister designed to halt an unprecedented wave of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was due to meet on Wednesday with organisers of the original demonstration against plans to build a replica Ottoman-era barracks on Istanbul's Gezi Park in Taksim Square. But he refuses to talk to uunamed groups he accuses of exploiting the situation to foment violence.

On Taksim itself, now focus of broader protests against what many see as Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian style of government, thousands remained at a makeshift camp despite rain. On a street off the square some skirmished with police who used tear gas.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN IRAN -5th June 2013

Magnitude ML 4.4
Date time 2013-06-05 05:34:43.0 UTC
Location 26.94 N ; 58.14 E
Depth 10 km
107 km E of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 10:04:43.0 2013-06-05

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS -5th June 2013

Magnitude Mw 6.1
Date time 2013-06-05 04:47:28.0 UTC
Location 11.36 S ; 166.29 E
Depth 60 km
310 km NW of Sola, Vanuatu / pop: 1,171 / local time: 15:47:28.0 2013-06-05

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS -5th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.9
Date time 2013-06-05 04:40:03.0 UTC
Location 24.28 S ; 176.25 W
Depth 155 km
352 km S of ‘Ohonua, Tonga / pop: 1,241 / local time: 17:40:03.0 2013-06-05

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS -5th June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.2
Date time 2013-06-05 03:23:33.0 UTC
Location 23.39 S ; 179.73 W
Depth 563 km
Distances 611 km S of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 15:23:33.0 2013-06-05

Brazil calls in army to defuse conflicts over Indian lands

President Dilma Rousseff's government said on Tuesday it would send 110 federal troops to the Brazilian farm state of Mato Grosso do Sul to try to prevent more violence between Indians claiming their ancestral territory and ranchers.

The government has been struggling to defuse tensions with indigenous tribes over farmland in several states as well as over hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.

Tensions escalated in a disputed property in Mato Grosso do Sul that was invaded last week for a second time by Terena Indians angered by the fatal shooting of one of their tribe's members. Local media said the man's cousin was shot and injured on a nearby ranch on Tuesday.

U.N. believes chemical weapons used by both sides in Syria

Putin says no missiles yet for Syria

Shedding light on Tiananmen Square

Biden urges Turkey to respect protesters, We do in our Country (see image)

Vice President Joe Biden urged Turkey's government on Tuesday to respect the rights of its political opponents after a violent crackdown against anti-government protesters raised concerns about the NATO ally.

Turkey's deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, issued an apology to people involved in a protest last week when a group demonstrating against plans to build at an Istanbul park was met with teargas and water cannons.

That protest then grew into the biggest and most violent anti-government demonstration in years as Turks complaining of what they say is Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian style took to the streets in dozens of cities.

Genetically modified wheat mystery deepens

The Oregon field in which a farmer found sprouts of unauthorized genetically modified wheat was never used to study altered varieties, a lawyer for the grower said on Tuesday.

The farmer has "no idea" how the altered wheat made it into his 125-acre field, said Tim Bernasek, a partner at the Portland law firm Dunn Carney.

The disclosures heightened the mystery that has swirled around the farm since the U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week that the strain, modified by seed giant Monsanto Co to tolerate treatments of weed killer, was found.

EU slaps tariff on Chinese solar panels

Europe just fired the first shot in what could become a costly trade war with China.

The European Commission confirmed Tuesday it will impose provisional tariffs on solar panels imported from China, accusing subsidized exporters of flooding the EU at prices way below production cost.

"Our action today is an emergency measure to give life-saving oxygen to a business sector in Europe that is suffering badly from this dumping," said EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. He said the fair price of a solar panel from China would be 88% higher than the current price.

A tariff of 11.8% will apply to all Chinese solar panel imports starting June 6, and that will rise to an average of 47.6% two months later, creating what the EU hopes will be a window for further negotiations with China.

Missourians grapple with flooding

A levee breach on the Mississippi River forced more evacuations from a small community north of St. Louis on Tuesday, and authorities rushed to shore up another section of levee near a power plant.

A 100- to 150-foot section of levee gave way outside West Alton, Missouri, near the point where the Missouri River joins the Mississippi, St. Charles County's emergency management office reported. Residents of an estimated 43 homes in the area, about 18 miles north of downtown St. Louis, have been told to evacuate.

The levee failed around noon (1 p.m. ET). By evening, authorities were scrambling to bolster about a three-quarter-mile section of levee near Portage des Sioux, about nine miles upstream from West Alton.

Mystery deepens around missing Mexican youths

They went missing in broad daylight -- forced into a van at gunpoint. Eleven young people, one only 16 years old, just vanished from Mexico City's popular Zona Rosa entertainment district. That's what their relatives say as they pressure officials to do more to help them.

It's a mystery that's hit hard in Mexico City, a metropolis considered relatively safe from the violence that torments other areas.

But police say there is just no evidence that anything actually happened.

Not all of the 11 people said to be involved knew each other, but most of them hail from the Tepito neighborhood, a place known for its rough character. That alone has added spice to an already sensational story, leading to speculation of whether gangs could be somehow involved.

Extreme weather, fires, floods hit U.S.

First tropical storm of the season?

An area of "disturbed weather" in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Yucatan Peninsula, could bring heavy rain and flooding to the Florida Peninsula and the Georgia and Carolina coasts by Thursday, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.

Morris says he'll be watching to see if the bad weather becomes the first tropical depression -- or even the first tropical storm -- of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

At a minimum, the storms could cause a lot of rainfall and flooding on the Florida Peninsula, he said.


A 32,000-acre wildfire is burning some old-growth chaparral that lies in the western tip of the Mojave Desert in northern Los Angeles County.

Floods bring misery to parts of Europe

Rising rivers menaced swaths of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria Tuesday, as floodwaters inundated historic cities and forced mass evacuations of low-lying areas.

The floods are feared to be the worst since 2002, when parts of Germany and the Czech Republic were devastated and communities in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and Romania were affected.

Seven deaths have been reported in the Czech Republic, while southern and eastern areas of Germany, including Bavaria and Saxony, are also badly impacted by recent heavy rains.