Monday, May 6, 2013

Ukraine: Fire at Kharkiv dorm kills three people

Three people were killed as the result of an explosion and fire in the 16-story building at 248-G Moskovsky Avenue in Kharkiv on Sunday, Dec.16, the press service of Kharkiv City Council has reported.

"Three people were killed, all of them residents of the building in which the explosion occured. Four other people were injured were hospitalized," reads the report from the press service of the Kharkiv City Council.

As Kharkiv Prosecutor Yevhen Popovych told a correspondent of Interfax-Ukraine, one child was among the dead.

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/three-people-killed-in-explosion-and-fire-in-kharkiv-high-rise-building-317766.html

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 7th May 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 02:17:52 UTC
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 01:17:52 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.434°S, 166.378°E
Depth
96.3 km (59.8 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
98 km (60 miles) SE of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 7th May 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 01:47:04 UTC
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 05:17:04 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.780°N, 51.661°E
Depth
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN IRAN
Distances
84 km (52 miles) ESE (105°) from Bushehr, Iran

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th May 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 01:04:18 UTC
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 10:04:18 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.499°N, 141.886°E
Depth
52.8 km (32.8 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
78 km (48 miles) E of Namie, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 6th May 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 23:36:53 UTC
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 02:36:53 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
51.458°N, 176.807°W
Depth
42.5 km (26.4 miles)
Region
ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Distances
47 km (29 miles) SSW of Adak, Alaska

Jimmy Tarbuck In Child Sex Abuse Arrest

Veteran comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been arrested in connection with a historical child sex abuse allegation.

Tarbuck, 73, was questioned by North Yorkshire Police on April 26 in relation to an incident which allegedly occurred in the late 1970s in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, when the victim was a young boy.

It is understood he was arrested at his home in Kingston Upon Thames, south-west London, and released on bail.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087589/jimmy-tarbuck-in-child-sex-abuse-arrest

Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina Dejesus Found Alive after going missing a Decade ago

Three women who disappeared as teenagers more than 10 years ago have been found alive in a house in Cleveland, Ohio - just a few miles from where they went missing.

Cleveland's police chief said three people have been arrested including a 52-year-old man.

Amanda Berry disappeared aged 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a lift home from her job at a Burger King.

Police say Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight have been taken to a hospital for checks and will be reunited with relatives. They have also been described as being in good health.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087612/women-missing-for-over-a-decade-found-alive

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 6th May 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 21:07:06 UTC
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 03:37:06 AM at epicenter
Location
25.113°N, 96.528°E
Depth
38.8 km (24.1 miles)
Region
MYANMAR
Distances
95 km (59 miles) WSW (251°) from Myitkyina, Myanmar

The US government has been running a quantum Internet for over two years

It’s a perfectly secure Internet that by definition cannot be penetrated by wiretaps and eavesdropping — and the US government has been sitting on it for the last two-and-a-half years.

A longtime goal among cryptologists has been to perfect the “quantum Internet” — which, in the most basic way possible, uses the main principle of quantum mechanics to transfer communications from one point to another.

Still confused? Technology Review explained it as easily as possible:

“The basic idea here is that the act of measuring a quantum object, such as a photon, always changes it. So any attempt to eavesdrop on a quantum message cannot fail to leave telltale signs of snooping that the receiver can detect.”

Makes sense, right? Well it’s much easier said than done and has been a desire of computer scientists and cryptologists since the early days of the Internet. A quantum Internet connection cannot be even remotely disturbed without raising a red flag, so data sent over such a network would be transmitted in the most secure form the digital age has ever seen.

http://rt.com/usa/alamos-secure-internet-quantum-902/

Israel says 'no winds of war' despite Syria air strikes

Israel played down weekend air strikes reported to have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers close to Damascus, saying they were not aimed at influencing its neighbor's civil war but only at stopping Iranian missiles reaching Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

Oil prices spiked above $105 a barrel, their highest in nearly a month, on Monday as the air strikes on Friday and Sunday prompted fears of a wider spillover of the two-year old conflict in Syria that could affect Middle East oil exports.

"There are no winds of war," Yair Golan, the general commanding Israeli forces on the Syrian and Lebanese fronts, told reporters while out jogging with troops.

"Do you see tension? There is no tension. Do I look tense to you?" he said, according to the Maariv NRG news website.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-syria-crisis-israel-idUSBRE9450DQ20130506

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 6th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Region MYANMAR
Date time 2013-05-06 20:18:12.0 UTC
Location 20.69 N ; 99.60 E
Depth 100 km
Distances
40 km NW of Mae Sai, Thailand / pop: 27,520 / local time: 03:18:12.0 2013-05-07

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 6th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
Date time 2013-05-06 20:13:34.0 UTC
Location 29.79 N ; 142.12 E
Depth 60 km
Distances
669 km S of Yokohama-shi, Japan / pop: 3,574,443 / local time: 05:13:34.0 2013-05-07


5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 6th May 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 19:50:23 UTC
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 02:50:23 AM at epicenter
Location
9.189°S, 107.878°E
Depth
32.3 km (20.1 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
Distances
211 km (131 miles) SSW (192°) from Tasikmalaya, Java, Indonesia

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND - 6th May 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 19:22:58 UTC
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 07:22:58 AM at epicenter
Location
42.172°S, 173.693°E
Depth
24.8 km (15.4 miles)
Region
SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Distances
26 km (16 miles) N of Kaikoura, New Zealand

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 6th May 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 19:11:10 UTC
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 07:11:10 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.102°S, 179.474°W
Depth
585.9 km (364.1 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
Distances
179 km (111 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

The Rise of the Far Right - is this Brussels' end Game?

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 6th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Region CENTRAL TURKEY
Date time 2013-05-06 18:33:17.7 UTC
Location 37.31 N ; 37.15 E
Depth 7 km
Distances
23 km SW of Pazarcık, Turkey / pop: 23,850 / local time: 21:33:17.7 2013-05-06


4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA - 6th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Region KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA
Date time 2013-05-06 18:23:39.0 UTC
Location 60.18 N ; 162.82 E
Depth 10 km
Distances
106 km N of Ossora, Russia / pop: 2,420 / local time: 07:23:39.0 2013-05-07

Judge in Casey Anthony trial reveals he was 'shocked' at not guilty verdict and claims there WAS 'sufficient evidence' to convict her of murder

The Florida judge who presided over Casey Anthony's murder trial says he was shocked by the jury's 'not guilty' verdict because there was 'sufficient evidence' that she killed her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry made the extraordinary admission in his first interview since the close of Anthony's trial nearly two years ago.

'There were two sides to Casey Anthony,' Perry told NBC's Today Show. 'There was the side that was before the jury, where she portrayed the role of a mother who had lost a child - someone who was wrongfully accused. And then you could notice the change and transformation in her when the jury went out.

'She was very commanding, she took charge of different things, and you could see her sometimes scolding her attorneys.'

Perry said he believes the jury let the young mother off the hook for first-degree murder because she was 'very manipulative' and had an extraordinarily personable lawyer.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320222/Judge-felt-shock-Casey-Anthonys-guilty-verdict-saying-sufficient-evidence-send-manipulative-mother-murder.html

Neo-Nazi Murder Trial Halted Over Bias Claim

The trial of an alleged German neo-Nazi accused of involvement in a 10-person killing spree has been adjourned after the defence team accused the judge of bias.

Judge Manfred Goetzl put proceedings on hold until May 14 to consider the defence request that he recuse himself from the court case.

It is the highest-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in Germany in decades and could last at least a year.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087356/neo-nazi-murder-trial-halted-over-bias-claim

Drinker suffers horrific burns after bartender in Siberia sets his head on fire with flaming glass of absinthe



A Russian man suffered severe burns after a barman set fire to his head while trying to pour a glass of flaming absinthe into his mouth.

Alexey Ponamarev, 28, had to be rushed to hospital with burns to his face after the incident in a bar in Novosibirsk, south-west Siberia, which was caught on camera by his girlfriend.

Doctors treated him for first- and second-degree burns and Mr Ponamarev is now reportedly preparing to sue the bar for half-a-million roubles (£10,300).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320158/Customer-suffers-horrific-burns-bartender-pours-flaming-absinthe-mouth-sets-head-fire.html

Oakland Park Shooting: Girl, 6, shot in the chest by her brother, 13, as they played 'hide and seek' while home alone

A six-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was shot in the chest by her 13-year-old brother as they played 'hide and seek' while home alone.

Neighbors said the young girl, who has not been identified, was carried to an ambulance by paramedics with a large wound on her chest around 7pm Saturday in Oakland Park, Florida.

The 13-year-old boy, who has also not been named, spoke to authorities and drew pictures of how the shooting occurred. Police believe he found the handgun and then accidentally shot the girl.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320256/Oakland-Park-shooting-Girl-6-shot-chest-brother-13-played-home-alone.html

Christian Devereux dies in horror smash in front of thousands of spectators at Donington Park classic car event

Thousands of motor-sports fans watched in horror after an amateur racing driver died in a crash during a historic touring car race.

Christian Devereux’s 1965 Mini Cooper S spun off course and crashed into another vehicle - believed to be a Ford Mustang - at the famous Donington Park circuit in Derby, yesterday.

Eye-witnesses claimed the collision appeared to be tame and not uncommon in the festival, but the 51-year-old motor-enthusiast died at 4.30pm after ‘succumbing to his injuries’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320237/Racing-driver-dies-horror-smash-thousands-spectators-Donington-Park-classic-car-event.html

Germany's 'Nazi moll' turns her back on victims families' in court a she goes on trial for ten racist murders

Beate Zschaepe, 38, left, has been charged killing nine immigrant businessmen and a policewoman over a 13 year period. Prosecutors say she helped found the National Socialist Underground (NSU), faces life imprisonment if convicted. The NSU had been undetected until Zschaepe blew (far right) up her rented flat in eastern Germany a year ago and gave herself up to police. She is believed to have been locked in a macabre love triangle with Uwe Mundlos, 38, and Uwe Boenhardt, 34, (pictured) two of her alleged accomplices who were found dead last November.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320129/Beate-Zschaepe-trial-Female-survivor-German-neo-Nazi-cell-goes-trial-accused-murdering-people-13-year-reign-terror.html

Bangladesh riot death toll rises to 37 after Islamic hardilners demanding blasphemy law battled police



37 people were killed and hundreds more injured in Bangladesh today in fierce street fighting between police and Islamic hardliners demanding the death penalty for blasphemy.

Rioters chanting 'God is greatest!' torched shops and vehicles, blocked roads and fought bloody battles with police in the capital of Dhaka and its suburbs.

At least 70,000 activists ran amok in the capitals financial district overnight, forcing hundreds of workers to sleep in their offices as gunfire rattled through the night.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319983/Bangladesh-protests-37-dead-hundreds-injured-police-battle-hardline-Islamist-group.html

No.2 U.S. official in Libya says diplomats knew Benghazi consulate attack was terrorism 'from the get-go'

Diplomats in Libya knew the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack 'from the get-go,' the number-two American official in the country will testify this week.

The revelation by Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya, shows that the Obama Administration knew the the September 11, 2012 attack was not the result of a popular protest over an anti-Islamic YouTube video - as the American public was initially told.

Hicks is one of three State Department 'whistle blowers' expected to appear in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday to give evidence of a 'coverup' by the Obama administration over its response to the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The combined testimony is likely to re-ignite criticism of the Obama Administration's handling of the run-up to the Benghazi attacks and its handling of the aftermath.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320234/Benghazi-attacks-Diplomat-claims-Obama-Administration-knew-consulate-attack-terrorism-go.html

UN accuses Syrian rebels of carrying out sarin gas attacks which had been blamed on Assad's troops

UN investigators suspect that chemical weapons attacks in Syria were carried out by the country's rebels and not forces loyal to the regime.

Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte told Swiss TV that a UN commission has 'strong, concrete suspicions' that rebels had used the nerve agent sarin gas.

'This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,' she said.

Her comments came as fierce fighting continued in Syria, where rebels in the east claimed to have shot down a military helicopter, and government forces defended a military air base in the north for the secnod straight day.

The comments by Ms Del Ponte, a member of the U.N. panel probing alleged war crimes in Syria, contradict claims by Britain and the U.S. that intelligence reports showed Syrian soldiers had used chemical weapons.

She said that the United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320223/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-carrying-sarin-gas-attacks-blamed-Assads-troops.html

German politician who helped set up the euro says it is time to abandon the currency so southern Europe can recover from the economic crisis

The German politician who helped set up the Euro has called for the break-up of the single European currency to let southern Europe recover from economic crisis.

Okar Lafontaine, who was Germany's finance minister when the euro was introduced in 1999, has warned that the eurozone is headed for 'disaster', and has called for the currency to be abandoned.

The 69-year-old said that struggling eurozone countries have not been able to devalue their currencies to help them cope with the economic crisis that has seen several slip into recession.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320180/German-politician-helped-set-Euro-says-time-abandon-currency-southern-Europe-recover-economic-crisis.html

Alison Dove beaten by two men in vigilante attack after she was Exposed as Abusing residents at Winterbourne Care Home

A woman exposed by Panorama for abusing residents at the Winterbourne View care home was beaten up by two men in a vigilante attack, a court heard.'

Alison Dove, 26, was punched to the ground by Mark Davies and his son Mitchell after venturing outside for the first time after the explosive BBC documentary was aired.

She was one of 11 members of staff recorded by an undercover BBC Panorama team abusing residents at the private hospital in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320198/Woman-exposed-Panorama-abusing-residents-Winterbourne-care-home-beaten-men-vigilante-attack.html

'Israel's alliance with Al-Qaeda over Syria'

China bird flu strain can't cause pandemic ... yet: CDC

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the current strain of bird flu that is causing illness and deaths in China cannot spark a pandemic in its current form - but he added that there is no guarantee it will not mutate and cause a serious pandemic.

In an exclusive interview at the Reuters Health Summit in New York, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said more than 2,000 people have been in contact with infected individuals, and only a handful have become ill.

Virtually all of the rest have had direct contact with poultry, the identified cause of the virus.

"This particular virus is not going to cause a pandemic because it doesn't spread person-to-person," Frieden said. "But all it takes is a bit of mutation for it be able to go person-to-person."

"I cannot say with certainty whether that will happen tomorrow, within 10 years or never."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-summit-cdc-idUSBRE9450JM20130506

Nerve Attack: Syria govt, rebels play blame game over chemical weapon use



A leading UN investigator says there are strong suspicions rebels in Syria have used the deadly nerve gas Sarin during the civil war. But Carla del Ponte also insists she has seen no evidence the government has resorted to the use of chemical weapons.

French Whine: Crowds flood Paris to decry Hollande

Russia concerned by growing threat of military intervention in Syria

Russia, China alarmed by Israel raids on Syria

Russia and China expressed alarm on Monday over the regional repercussions of two Israeli air raids on Syria, while Israel played down strikes which its officials said targeted Iranian missiles bound for Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

Oil prices spiked above $105 a barrel, their highest in nearly a month, on Monday morning as the air strikes on Friday and Sunday prompted fears of a wider spillover of Syria's two-year-old civil war that could affect Middle East oil exports.

Israel, whose prime minister visited China on Monday in a sign of business-as-usual, sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that the air strikes did not aim to weaken him and dismissed the prospects of an escalation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-syria-crisis-israel-idUSBRE9450DQ20130506

Buford Rogers Arrested: Raid on western Minnesota home thwarted terror attack: FBI

Authorities disrupted a terror plot and possibly saved lives when they raided a home in western Minnesota last week and recovered several guns including an assault rifle and explosive devices, the FBI said on Monday.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers on Friday descended on the property, in Montevideo, Minnesota, where they arrested one man and recovered weapons and explosives after executing a search warrant, the FBI said in a statement.

Buford Rogers, 24, was arrested without incident and was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a criminal complaint filed with federal court in Minnesota, the FBI said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-usa-crime-minnesota-idUSBRE9450KJ20130506

Italy: Packed Balcony Collapses Killing Three

Three people have been killed and 14 others injured, some seriously, after a balcony collapsed during a religious procession in Italy.

Two women and a man died instantly after they were hit by heavy masonry from the first floor balcony of a 300-year-old building as they gathered to watch the spectacle.

Some 40,000 people took part in the festival, which is celebrated on the first Sunday of May and involves a huge statue of St Ciro (Cyrus) being paraded through Portici, near Naples.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087432/italy-packed-balcony-collapses-killing-three

Pakistan Election: Bomb Kills 14, Injures 56

A bomb attack at an election rally in Pakistan has killed 14 people and injured 56.

The device exploded in Kurram, part of the Taliban-infested tribal belt on the Afghan border.

It was targeted at the right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), a religious party in the outgoing government coalition.

The death toll could rise further because several of the injured are in a critical condition, according to local officials.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087479/pakistan-election-bomb-kills-14-injures-56

Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.

Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN's Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old American widow of the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As part of their relentless stream of leaks uncritically disseminated by our Adversarial Press Corps, anonymous government officials are claiming that they are now focused on telephone calls between Russell and Tsarnaev that took place both before and after the attack to determine if she had prior knowledge of the plot or participated in any way.

On Wednesday night, Burnett interviewed Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent, about whether the FBI would be able to discover the contents of past telephone conversations between the two. He quite clearly insisted that they could.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston

Hong Kong risks losing its pink dolphins


Conservationists warned Monday that Hong Kong may lose its rare Chinese white dolphins, also known as pink dolphins for their unique colour, unless it takes urgent action against pollution and other threats.

Their numbers in Hong Kong waters have fallen from an estimated 158 in 2003 to just 78 in 2011, with a further decline expected when figures for 2012 are released next month, said the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society.

"It is up to the government and every Hong Kong citizen to stand up for dolphins. We risk losing them unless we all take action," said society chairman Samuel Hung.

Two weeks ago a tour guide from Hong Kong Dolphinwatch spotted a group of pink dolphins helping a grieving mother support the body of her dead calf above the water in an attempt to revive it.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130506-hong-kong-risks-losing-its-pink-dolphins-groups

Trial of suspected neo-Nazis begins in Germany

Congo rebels prepare to face U.N. force

In forested hills in eastern Congo, rebels are honing their ambush skills to prepare to face a new United Nations force which has a mandate to go on the offensive.

"Destroy the enemy. Cause fear and stop his patrols," a rebel officer wrote on a blackboard as he instructed uniformed M23 fighters at a camp seized from the government in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern borderlands.

In the latest effort to bring peace to a region riven for years by conflict over ethnic rivalry and mineral riches, the United Nations is deploying a 3,000-strong brigade of African troops with a mission of neutralizing armed groups such as M23.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-congo-democratic-force-idUSBRE9450DC20130506

Israel to Assad: Air strikes not meant to aid Syria rebels

Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in Syria's civil war for fear its actions would boost Islamists who are even more hostile to Israel than the Assad family, which has maintained a stable stand off with the Jewish state for decades.

But Israel has repeatedly warned it will not let Assad's ally Hezbollah receive hi-tech weaponry. Intelligence sources said Israel attacked Iranian-supplied missiles stored near the Syrian capital on Friday and Sunday that were awaiting transfer to Hezbollah guerrilla group in neighboring Lebanon.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-syria-crisis-israel-idUSBRE94506Z20130506

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 6th May 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 13:14:36 UTC
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 11:14:36 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.408°N, 143.651°E
Depth
31.3 km (19.4 miles)
Region
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
236 km (146 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Russia conducts mock nuclear strikes on Alaska... again

Russian strategic bombers conducted flights within the U.S. defense zone close to northern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands last week in Moscow’s latest incident of nuclear saber rattling against the United States, according to defense and military officials.

Two Bear H nuclear-capable bombers were detected flying into the military’s Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near the Aleutians, where a strategic missile defense radar is located, and Alaska’s North Slope region by the Arctic and Chukchi Seas on April 28 and 29, military officials told the Washington Free Beacon.

Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis, a spokesman with the U.S. Northern Command, confirmed the fighter intercept of the latest bomber incursion but declined to provide details.

“Two U.S. F-22′s from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, were launched and visually identified Russian aircraft on the night of April 28, as the Russian Air Force flew standard out of area flights near Alaska,” Lewis said.

The bombers did not enter U.S. airspace, he said.

http://freebeacon.com/bears-buzz-alaska-again/

"IDF ON WAR ALERT"


Israel’s two air force strikes on Syria in three days – the second targeting the emblems of Assad rule overlooking Damascus from Mt. Qassioun – appear to be part of a tactical plan put together by the US Israel, and two Sunni powers, Turkey and Qatar, to break up the Tehran-Damascus-Beirut radical bloc and eventually force Iran to give up its nuclear bomb aspirations.

This is how it will be interpreted by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah as they prepare their responses for the Israeli attacks.

Without officially confirming those strikes ever took place, Israel insisted that its air force and rockets singled out the advanced Iranian weapons waiting in Syria for transfer to Hizballah - and Hizballah itself. This message was designed for a purpose: It was meant to support Washington’s argument to Moscow that Israel had not aimed its bombs and rockets against Assad and his army – only the Iranian and Hizballah military presence in Syria.

But it didn’t quite work that way, because no one in Damascus slept a wink early Sunday, May 5, as Israel rocket blasts shook the city in what was described as a 4 magnitude earthquake and inflicted heavy casualties – not on the Hizballah brigades fighting in Syria, but Syrian elite units stationed around Mt. Qassioun.

The columns of fire over Damascus flashing across world screens caused the Assad regime and army serious loss of face.

http://www.debka.com/article/22955/IDF-on-war-alert-Iran-Syrian-Hizballah-war-of-attrition-threatened-US-set-to-act-on-Syria

China reports 2 new H7N9 cases

The Chinese mainland confirmed another two cases of H7N9 infection last week, bringing the total to 129, according to official statistics released on Monday.

From 4 p.m. on May 1 to 4 p.m. on May 6, two people, both found in southeast China's coastal Fujian Province, were confirmed to have been infected with the new type of bird flu, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Among the total number of infected persons, 31 have died so far, with 42 recovered.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-05/06/c_132363202.htm

China: Fake meat ring busted

Authorities in China break up a crime ring that sold more than one million dollars of rat and small mammal meat passed off as mutton.

Russia says chance of foreign intervention in Syria growing

Russia said on Monday it was concerned the chances of foreign military intervention in Syria were growing following reports of Israeli air strikes around Damascus which were a source of "particular alarm".

"We are seriously concerned by the signs of preparation of global public opinion for possible armed intervention in the long-running internal conflict in Syria," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

He suggested those concerns stemmed in part from media reports about the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people in two years.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-russia-syria-reaction-idUSBRE94507G20130506

India says China agrees retreat to de facto border in faceoff deal

India and China have ended a three-week standoff on a windswept Himalayan plateau where they fought a war 50 years ago by agreeing to pull forces back to positions held before the confrontation, India's foreign ministry said on Monday.

The two countries packed up tents and left the disputed patch on the 5,000-metre-high (16,000-foot) Depsang Plain late on Sunday. But it had not been clear how far they had withdrawn.

Neither side has given details of the terms of the deal.

India says up to 50 Chinese soldiers intruded into its territory on the western rim of the Himalayas on April 15. Some officials and experts believe the incursion signaled Chinese concern about increased Indian military activity in the area.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-india-china-idUSBRE9440B220130506

Radio Host to Lead Armed March on DC July 4th 'To Put Gov't on Notice that We Won't be Intimidated'

Libertarian activist and radio host, Adam Kokesh plans to lead an armed march on Washington, D.C. this Independence Day.

Launched as a group on Facebook, the "Open Carry March on Washington" hopes to get 1,000 supporters to march into the nation's capital with loaded rifles.

The group plans to meet at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. From there, they will march across the Memorial Bridge into Washington, D.C. and continue down Independence Avenue.

The Facebook page states:

"This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny."

The event is said to be non-violent and states that if the group is met with physical resistance, they will turn back.

"There's a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting," the event's page reads.

The event is open to unarmed supporters, journalists and welcomes law enforcement officers to join.


http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/radio-host-lead-armed-march-dc-july-4th-put-govt-notice-we-wont-be

Bangladesh: Deadly Clashes At Islamist Protest, at Least 28 killed

At least 28 people have been killed after Bangladeshi police clashed with Islamists demanding a new blasphemy law.

Police officials said that about 200,000 people had marched to the centre of the capital Dhaka on Sunday, where fierce clashes erupted between thousands of rock-throwing protesters and security officials.

Witnesses said rioting broke out after police tried to intercept stick-wielding protesters, most travelling from remote villages, in front of the country's largest mosque. Trouble then spread to central districts of Dhaka.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087295/bangladesh-deadly-clashes-at-islamist-protest

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake JAVA, INDONESIA - 6th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Region JAVA, INDONESIA
Date time 2013-05-06 11:44:10.6 UTC
Location 8.37 S ; 107.75 E
Depth 43 km
Distances
126 km SW of Tasikmalaya, Indonesia / pop: 271,143 / local time: 18:44:10.6 2013-05-06


Emergency Webcast: "Nobody will Survive this War" (Uploaded Feb 2012)

Giulio Andreotti Dies

Seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, who was said to have had mafia links, has died, reports Italian TV.

The 94-year-old was hospitalised last year with heart problems stemming from a respiratory infection.

Andreotti helped draft Italy's constitution after World War II, sat in parliament for 60 years and served as premier seven times. He remained a senator-for-life.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087428/giulio-andreotti-former-italian-pm-dies

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 6th May 2013

  Magnitude ML 4.0
Region TARAPACA, CHILE
Date time 2013-05-06 11:09:56.0 UTC
Location 21.08 S ; 69.06 W
Depth 112 km
Distances 457 km SW of Sucre, Bolivia / pop: 224,838 / local time: 07:09:56.0 2013-05-06
147 km SE of Iquique, Chile / pop: 227,499 / local time: 07:09:56.0 2013-05-06

Israel says Google's 'Palestine' page harms peace hopes....Airstrikes don't?

A senior Israeli official accused Google on Monday of setting back Middle East peace hopes by putting the name "Palestine" under the banner of its search page for the Palestinian territories. (www.google.ps)

Palestinians hailed Google's move as a virtual victory on the long path to the state they seek in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, which Israel seized in the 1967 war.

With bilateral negotiations stalled for 2-1/2 years over Jewish settlement building, the Palestinians have campaigned for foreign recognition of statehood, and were upgraded to "non-member state" at the United Nations in November.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-palestinians-israel-google-idUSBRE94509V20130506

Nick Milligan and Daughter killed during Padstow Speedboat Accident

A 51-year-old father killed in a speedboat accident near Padstow on Sunday has been formally identified.

Nick Milligan was a senior executive at BSkyB, the company that owns Sky News. He was managing director of Sky Media.

Video has emerged of the speedboat, which was a rigid inflatable, circling out of control in the water as another boat headed towards it on the Camel Estuary near Padstow.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087392/padstow-speedboat-accident-victim-identified

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 6th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Region TONGA
Date time 2013-05-06 07:33:09.0 UTC
Location 21.08 S ; 175.77 W
Depth 33 km
Distances
58 km W of Havelu, Tonga / pop: 3,417 / local time: 20:33:09.0 2013-05-06

Bangladesh building collapse death toll at 622

Escobar: Israel gets US's blessing to bomb Syria...Yep we are still all Ignoring the UN report about REBELS using Chemical Weapons

Hollande's first year: Not good

9/11 museum to charge $20 admission

Some families of 9/11 victims are outraged over the National September 11 Memorial Museum's decision to charge admission for visitors.

Sally Regenhard, assistant chairwoman of the group 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims, called the fee a "slap in the face" on Sunday.

"Patriotic people from all corners of the country go to teach their children something and show respect, and now they will be faced with this fee? It is outrageous," she said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/05/us/new-york-9-11-memorial-fee/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Obama, failing on moral leadership?

f any doubt remains that the world stands shivering in a cold moral vacuum -- devoid of meaningful leadership -- they are quickly fading.

The starkest example came in Washington on Tuesday, when President Barack Obama, inarguably the world's most powerful man, stood before the press and recited a series of positions, some of them built on solid moral arguments, only to conclude that there is not much he can do to turn them into reality.

Obama explained at length why the world cannot tolerate the use of chemical weapons in Syria, why the U.S. should not keep open the prison at Guantanamo Bay, why Washington is acting foolishly with the infamous "sequester" -- the blunt and unjust budget cutter. But then he went on to explain just how difficult it is to do anything to solve these problems.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/04/opinion/ghitis-moral-leadership/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

Iran: 'We stand by Syria' after rocket attack

Iran has no doubt Syria will deal a "crushing response" to Israel and the Shiite regime stands ready to train its ally's soldiers, officials in Tehran have said.

The remarks, delivered by various Iranian officials and reported in state media, came Sunday after Syria claimed that Israel launched a fresh attack inside its borders.

"As a Muslim and friendly country, we stand by Syria and if there is need for training, we will provide them with necessary training," Brig. Gen. Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan, commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces, told reporters Sunday.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/06/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Bangladeshi capital wears an eerie calm a day after Islamists battle police

On any given Monday, Motijheel -- the commercial center of Dhaka -- is a bustling, chaotic mess of rickshaws and cars jockeying for space in overcrowded streets with an equally determined mass of pushing, shoving pedestrians.
This Monday was different.

Motijheel resembled a battleground, desolate and destroyed.

A day earlier, it was.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/06/world/asia/bangladesh-clashes/index.html

India: Swine Flu claims one more life, toll reaches 17 in Indore

A 55-year-old man died of Swine Flu in Indore on Friday raising the death doll due to disease in Indore to 17, since January 2013, health officials said.

Dilip Nagauri of Manormaganj area in the city succumbed to the H1N1 virus at a private hospital here early this morning, the Integrated Surveillance Project (IDSP) official Dr G L Sodhi told PTI.

He was admitted to the hospital on April 26 with the disease symptoms and his report showed him positive on April 29, he said.

Of four more H1N1 cases in the city hospitals, three patients are very critical, he said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Bhopal/Swine-Flu-claims-one-more-life-toll-reaches-17-in-Indore/Article1-1054257.aspx

Arkansas sees first May snow since records began in 1819...

For the first time since written weather history began in Arkansas (1819), snow has fallen in the month of May. This snow has set records for the latest snowfall and latest measurable snowfall in the state.

The previous latest snowfall ever recorded was on April 30, 1903 at Harrison, Gravette and Fayetteville. This was not measurable.

The previous latest measurable snowfall was 0.2 inches at Corning on April 24, 1910.

http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/regional_news/article_826c709e-b48c-11e2-8626-0019bb2963f4.html

German euro founder calls for 'catastrophic' currency to be broken up

"The economic situation is worsening from month to month, and unemployment has reached a level that puts democratic structures ever more in doubt," he said.

"The Germans have not yet realised that southern Europe, including France, will be forced by their current misery to fight back against German hegemony sooner or later," he said, blaming much of the crisis on Germany's wage squeeze to gain export share.

Mr Lafontaine said on the parliamentary website of Germany's Left Party that Chancellor Angela Merkel will "awake from her self-righteous slumber" once the countries in trouble unite to force a change in crisis policy at Germany's expense.

His prediction appeared confirmed as French finance minister Pierre Moscovici yesterday proclaimed the end of austerity and a triumph of French policy, risking further damage to the tattered relations between Paris and Berlin.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10039329/German-euro-founder-calls-for-catastrophic-currency-to-be-broken-up.html

Obama To Grads: Reject Voices That Warn About Govt Tyranny

U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.

We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn't want to. But we don't think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours.


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/05/05/obama_to_ohio_state_grads_reject_voices_that_warn_about_government_tyranny.html

Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to US government?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston


Sent in by Reader: These speeches are sounding more and more like someone from the past. Someone with the same view.

Obama urged the large crowd to "reject" cynicism about government in an age of legislative gridlock and political divisiveness.

"We have never been a people who place all our faith in government so solve our problems, nor do we want it to. But we don’t think the government is to the source of all our problems, either,” Obama said. “As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us.”


Then who is the source of the problem? The ones that he is telling these young minds to not listen too.

To quote HItler...

"It is thus necessary that the individual should finally come to realize
that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence
of the nation, that the position of the individual is conditioned solely
by the interests of the nation as a whole

Iran calls for stand against Israel after Syria attack

Iran called on the region to unite against Israel after a reported attack on Syria and said it was ready to train the Damascus government's army.

Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria early on Sunday, targeting Iranian-supplied missiles headed for Lebanon's Hezbollah, a Western intelligence source said.

Tehran on Sunday denied the attack was aimed at "its missiles destined for Hezbollah resistance fighters in Lebanon," according to the Islamic state's English-language Press TV.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05/us-syria-crisis-iran-idUSBRE94402820130505

Japan Earthquakes from 2010 - May 2013

Arab League slams Israeli Syria strike, UK calls to lift rebel arms embargo

Euro zone business downturn points to deeper recession in second-quarter: PMI

The euro zone's business downturn dragged on in April, suggesting the region may be falling deeper into recession this quarter, business surveys showed on Monday.

The purchasing managers indexes (PMIs) also showed that Germany is now suffering a contraction in business activity that has long dogged France, Italy and Spain.

Markit's Eurozone Composite PMI, which gauges activity across thousands of companies and is seen as a good gauge of economic conditions, edged up in April to 46.9 from 46.5 in March, marking an improvement on an initial reading of 46.5.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-poll-euro-zone-idUSBRE94505320130506

Syria: Israel Strikes 'A Declaration Of War'

Syria says Israeli air strikes against three targets near Damascus "open the door to all possibilities".

Information Minister Omran Zoabi spoke after an emergency cabinet meeting organised to respond to the attack, believed to have targeted missiles bound for Hezbollah.

The rockets hit a military research centre in Jamraya on the outskirts of the capital in the early hours of this morning.

http://news.sky.com/story/1086983/israel-rocket-strike-on-syria-military-site

Jo Swinson Almost Killed By Crispy Cake

Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson collapses after eating a chocolate crispy cake while driving home from a charity event.

Liberal Democrat minister Jo Swinson says she almost died after suffering an allergic reaction to a biscuit.

The 33-year-old employment minister, who has suffered from a severe nut allergy for many years, told Sky News how she suffered an episode of anaphylaxis on Saturday and needed hospital treatment.

Ms Swinson said she was eating a "biscuity thing" from a cake sale held to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity when she began to feel ill.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087260/govt-minister-almost-killed-by-crispy-cake

Neriza Fojas Among Five Killed In Limo Fire

A bride-to-be was among five women who died when a limousine burst into flames as it carried her and eight of her friends to her hen party.

The car caught fire at around 10pm on Saturday on one of the busiest bridges across San Francisco Bay.

All nine of the women were nurses. Five of them were trapped but four others managed to get out after the vehicle came to a halt on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

http://news.sky.com/story/1087328/bride-to-be-among-five-killed-in-limo-fire

Justin Bieber Attacked By Fan On Stage

Eugene Palmer 'who gunned down daughter in law before fleeing into wilderness' is said to be ALIVE and armed

Police fear a retired park ranger accused of gunning down his daughter-in-law before fleeing into the wilderness of upstate New York seven-months ago is alive and still on the run.

Authorities previously believed that 73-year-old Eugene Palmer of Stoney Point was dead after escaping into Herriman State Park only moments after allegedly admitting to committing the cold-blooded crime.

After a manhunt failed to retrieve a body from the woods, Sgt. George Lutz of the Haverstraw Police Department told Fox News: 'We consider him to be armed and dangerous.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319669/Eugene-Palmer-Park-ranger-gunned-daughter-law-fled-woods-ALIVE-say-police.html

Lawmakers push to ban PLASTIC gun made entirely by a 3-D printer that could be slipped through airport security

A fully-functional plastic gun has been made from a 3-D printer and the weapon would be undetectable from metal detectors.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that he plans to introduce legislation that will ban these weapons.

'We’re facing a situation where anyone -- a felon, a terrorist -- can open a gun factory in their garage and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It’s stomach-churning,' he said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320005/Lawmaker-seeks-ban-plastic-gun-3-D-printer-undetectable-metal-detector.html

Florida warned to beware of mystery seductress named 'Crystal': Hunt for woman who drugged and robbed wealthy middle aged man of $100k at waterfront mansion

Police are warning wealthy middle aged men in Florida to be on the lookout for a seductress who is preying on unsuspecting targets.

A woman who identified herself as 'Crystal' reportedly made out with thousands of dollars in cash and luxury watches worth more than $100,000 after a night spent together.

So far, only one man has come forward but police fear that there could be other victims who were too embarrassed to come forward.

Crystal's met her one known victim- whose name has not been released- in Pampano Beach, Florida.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320095/Seductress-drugged-middle-aged-man-waterfront-mansion-stealing-100-000-dollars-worth-Rolex-watches-cash.html

Benghazi 'whistle-blower' will claim that Hillary Clinton 'tried to silence' State Department security experts in aftermath of attacks

One of the Benghazi 'whistle-blowers' will claim that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to chop the State Department's own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making in the aftermath of the attacks, it was revealed on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the three State Department officials will appear on Capitol Hill before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to talk about the September 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Fox News reported on Sunday that witness Mark I. Thompson, who was once a marine, will make the allegations against Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320070/Benghazi-whistle-blower-claim-Hillary-Clinton-tried-silence-State-Department-security-experts-aftermath-attacks.html

ALL phone calls in the US are recorded and accessible to the government, claims former FBI agent

A former FBI counterterrorism agent has hinted at a vast and intrusive surveillance network used by the U.S. government to monitor its own citizens.

Tim Clemente admitted as much when he appeared on CNN Wednesday night.

Discussing the Boston Marathon attack and past telephone conversations of Katherine Russell and her now deceased husband, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clemente said that those conversations would be available to investigators.

Clemente discussed the issue in this exchange with host Erin Burnett, as recorded by the CNN transcript.

BURNETT: ' Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It's not a voice mail. It's just a conversation. There's no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?'

CLEMENTE: 'No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It's not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.'

BURNETT: 'So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.'

CLEMENTE: 'No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319789/ALL-phone-calls-US-recorded-accessible-government-claims-FBI-agent.html

After the airstrikes: Scenes of devastation left by Israeli rockets as Syria pledges retaliation for the 'declaration of war'.........Let's not forget the Report by the UN announcing they have testimony that the REBELS are using Chemical Weapons, NOT the government!

Bulldozers are clearing away rubble from buildings razed to the ground by Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, as Syria pledges retaliation for the 'declaration of war'.

Pictures have emerged from Syria showing the damage caused to buildings, including some forming part of a chicken farm, by an attack in Al-Hama - close to Jamraya where a research centre was targeted.

Senior government ministers in Syria warned its neighbour it risked engulfing the Middle East in conflict after carrying out airstrikes twice in the past three days.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319645/After-airstrikes-Scenes-devastation-left-Israeli-rockets-Syria-pledges-retaliation-declaration-war.html

UN has testimony that Syrian REBELS used sarin gas....

Why is this being ignored by the Media?

http://thecomingcrisis.blogspot.nl/2013/05/un-has-testimony-that-syrian-rebels.html

Planning red tape gets thicker: Government's plans to reform laws have actually brought in MORE regulations

The drive to tear up planning laws is not working and the government is actually introducing even more red tape, a report claims.

Ministers have repeatedly promised to relax the rules around new homes, extensions and larger developments to boost economic growth.

But a right-leaning think tank say the Coalition have brought in nearly twice as many new regulations as Tony Blair's government.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320035/Planning-red-tape-gets-thicker-Governments-plans-reform-laws-actually-brought-regulations.html

Thousands of oak-trees under threat from invasion of deadly caterpillars that can also be toxic to humans

Scientists are fighting to stop a poisonous caterpillar from threatening to kill off thousands of oak trees.

Efforts to cull the oak processionary moth, which can be toxic to humans, have failed, leaving experts mounting a rearguard action to stop it spreading.

Larvae have been destroying trees around London for the past month after the insect came into the country on infested trees imported from Europe.

Its caterpillars strip leaves from the trees they occupy with their nests, often in such large numbers that the oak is fatally weakened.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320013/Thousands-oak-trees-threat-invasion-deadly-caterpillars-toxic-humans.html

China: Mass Protests Of Thousands Held on May 4th

May 4th is the anniversary of the May 4t Movement.

On this day in several regions in China, local people
held protests against local polluting projects.
In Kunming, Yunnan province, thousands of citizens
took to the streets, opposing a local oil refinery plant.
In Shanghai Songjiang district, thousands of people
besieged the city hall to resist a polluting battery plant.
In both cities, large numbers of police arrived at the scene,
however no clash ensued.

China's netizen released a message, that Yunnan authorities
had approved Petro China'sPX project in Anning, Kunming city.
Local netizens then initiated a protest on May 4th.

Ministry of Agriculture, Shandong, Jiangxi and Guangdong samples detected H7N9 avian influenza-positive samples

Office of the Ministry of Agriculture released Information on May 5, the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory report detected that environmental samples were positive for the H7N9 avian influenza in Shandong after collecting 412 samples from Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, Xingfu Road market. Jiangxi animal disease prevention and control center collected samples to be tested by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, Several were found positive for H7N9 avian influenza, chicken samples from a business point of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, Nanchang County to the Town.

Guangdong provincial: chicken samples from Dongcheng, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, three birds wholesale market. Gene sequence analysis showed that all isolates of the H7N9 avian influenza virus strains isolated from pigeons and April 4 highly homologous.

Ministry of Agriculture has asked the Shandong Province, Jiangxi Province, Guangdong Province, in strict accordance with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal H7N9 avian influenza emergency response guide (Trial) "do a good job related to disposal. At the same time to further strengthen the H7N9 avian influenza virus monitoring the effective implementation of prevention and control measures.

Up to now, the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory detected a total of 51 H7N9 avian influenza positive samples.

http://www.moa.gov.cn/zwllm/zwdt/201305/t20130505_3450918.htm

Germany riveted at start of neo-Nazi murder trial

The surviving member of a neo-Nazi cell blamed for a series of racist murders that scandalized Germany and shamed its authorities goes on trial on Monday in one of the most anticipated court cases in recent German history.

The chance discovery of the gang, the National Socialist Underground (NSU), which had gone undetected for more than a decade, has forced Germany to acknowledge it has a more militant and dangerous neo-Nazi fringe than previously thought, and exposed staggering intelligence failings.

The trial in Munich will focus on 38-year-old Beate Zschaepe, who is charged with complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman between 2000-2007, as well as two bombings in immigrant areas of Cologne, and 15 bank robberies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05/us-germany-neonazi-idUSBRE9440ER20130505

Mexican journalists' sons killed; seven bodies found near Mexico City

Gunmen executed two sons of two prominent Mexican journalists in the northern city of Chihuahua, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office said on Sunday, and police found seven bodies dumped in a Mexico City suburb.

Alfredo Paramo, 20, and Diego Paramo, 21, were shot dead in Chihuahua early on Saturday after being chased through the streets by gunmen in a car, said spokesman Carlos Gonzalez.

They are the sons of well-known Mexican financial journalist David Paramo, who hosts a radio show, appears on TV Azteca and has a national newspaper column, and Martha Gonzalez, the editor of the local El Peso newspaper.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/05/us-mexico-killings-idUSBRE9440BN20130505

Israel deploys Iron Dome batteries to north

Violence erupts after Islamists demand bloggers' execution

Islamist demonstrators clash with police in Bangladesh

As honey bee numbers drop, U.S. sees threat to food supply

Honey bees, which play a key role in pollinating a wide variety of food crops, are in sharp decline in the United States, due to parasites, disease and pesticides, said a federal report released on Thursday.

Genetics and poor nutrition are also hurting the species, which help farmers produce crops worth some $20 billion to $30 billion a year.

Honey bee colonies have been dying and the number of colonies has more than halved since 1947, said the report by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agriculture Department.

The decline raises doubt about whether honey bees can fulfill their crucial role in pollinating crops that play a role in about one-third of all food and beverages sold in the United States, the report said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/02/us-usa-bees-idUSBRE94113920130502