Tuesday, November 30, 2010

18 Bodies Found On Mexico Ranch

Mexican Judicial Police have found 18 bodies in the north of the country, spokesman for the State Attorney's office (PGJE) Arturo Sandoval said on Monday.

Sandoval said that the 11 secret graves containing the bodies were found last Saturday in Puerto Palomas, near Ciudad Juarez, on the border with the United States.

The federal and state agents carried out investigations to see if there were more bodies in the area. Authorities consider this region to be the most violent in Mexico.

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North Korea makes new nuke claims

North Korea claimed Tuesday that it is has "thousands of centrifuges" working to create nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The claim printed in North Korea's state-run KCNA news service comes just a week after North Korean shelled a South Korean Island killing four people.

"The construction of light water reactor is brisk in the DPRK and a modern factory for uranium enrichment equipped with thousands of centrifuges is operating to supply fuel to them. The development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes to meet the need for electricity will be stepped up in the future," the news service report said.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

China proposes emergency talks on Korea crisis

China called for emergency talks on resolving a crisis on the Korean peninsula on Sunday, and Seoul and Tokyo said they would study the proposal, as the U.S. and South Korean militaries started a massive drill.

Beijing's move to bring the two Koreas to the negotiating table comes after global pressure on China to take a more responsible role in the standoff and try to rein in ally Pyongyang.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

North Korea deploys SA-2 surface-to-air missiles near Yellow Sea border

North Korea has deployed SA-2 surface-to-air missiles to its west coast near the Yellow Sea border with South Korea as U.S.-led naval drills got underway in a show of force against the North's deadly artillery attack on a South Korean island earlier last week, government sources said Sunday.

"(The missiles) appear to be targeting our fighter jets that fly near the Northern Limit Line (NLL)," the source said on customary condition of anonymity, referring to the Yellow Sea border.

South Korea and the U.S. on Sunday launched large-scale naval drills off the Korean Peninsula's west coast, far south of the border where four people were killed and 18 others wounded in Tuesday's surprise attack on Yeonpyeong Island.

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U.S. and South Korea launch war games

The U.S. and South Korea launched joint war games Sunday as a top official from North Korea's ally China met South Korea's president in a bid to calm tensions after a deadly North Korean artillery attack last week.

Hours after the drills began, residents of the South Korean island targeted by last week's barrage were ordered to evacuate to shelters after the military heard fresh artillery fire north of the disputed western sea border.

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Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Oregon

Undercover agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali-born teenager just as he tried blowing up a van full of what he believed were explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, federal authorities said.

The bomb was a fake supplied by the agents and the public was never in danger, authorities said.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Friday just after he dialed a cell phone that he thought would set off the blast but instead brought federal agents and police swooping down on him.


40 Killed In Attack On Shia Procession In Yemen

As many as 40 people have been killed and several injured in a car bomb attack on a Shia procession in the northern Yemeni province of Saada, reports said on Friday.

Official figures available with Yemen's Interior Ministry said nine people have been injured in the blast.

The deadly blast was the second to rock the impoverished nation in the past three days.

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South Korean military protests over response to North

Members of the South Korean military protested on the streets of the nation's capital Saturday, stating that they were angry that their country's government had not done enough to respond to recent shelling by North Korea.

One group of protesters gathered near the defense ministry building Saturday. The crowd clashed with police officers, some charging and kicking officers.

The protests come as tensions between the Koreas are growing.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

South Korea names new defence minister in wake of shelling

South Korea named a presidential security aide and former career soldier as its new defence minister on Friday after the previous minister quit over North Korea's deadly artillery bombardment.

Both the government and the military have been widely accused by the media and legislators of a weak response to the bombardment.

Seoul has said it will send more troops and guns to border islands and change the rules of engagement to let the military hit back harder in the event of another North Korean attack.

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Europe Markets in Turmoil Over Debt Worries

The escalating debt crisis on the eurozone periphery is starting to contaminate the creditworthiness of Germany and the core states of monetary union.

"Germany cannot keep paying for bail-outs without going bankrupt itself," said Professor Wilhelm Hankel, of Frankfurt University.

"This is frightening people. You cannot find a bank safe deposit box in Germany because every single one has already been taken and stuffed with gold and silver. It is like an underground Switzerland within our borders. People have terrible memories of 1948 and 1923 when they lost their savings."

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North Korea Warns Region on 'Brink of War'

Thunderous booms from North Korean artillery have rattled the remote fishing island at the center of the Koreas' latest standoff for a second time this week, as Pyongyang warned "trigger-happy" U.S. forces that their upcoming military drills with the South inch the peninsula "closer to the brink of war."

The sounds of bombardment sent civilians on Yeonpyeong Island running for cover today, but no shells landed on the island, and it appears the booms were part of a North Korean naval drill out at sea. Still, the firing frayed nerves, while the top U.S. military commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, toured the island and surveyed damage from Tuesday's artillery barrage that killed four people, two South Korean marines and two civilians.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

China wary as U.S. warship heads to South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — China expressed concern on Thursday about joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the Yellow Sea while North Korea threatened more attacks on the wealthy South if there are more "provocations."

Seoul said it would increase troops on islands near North Korea following Tuesday's bombardment of one of its small islands by Pyongyang's artillery, which has caused a sharp spike in tension.

Washington is putting increasing pressure on China to rein in North Korea, but a foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said reviving the stalled six-party talks involving the two Koreas, Russia, China, Japan and the United States was urgently needed.


Mexico Sending Troops to Battle Drug War at U.S. Border

Mexico will send more troops and federal police to try to control drug violence that has spiraled into warfare in parts of the northeast along the U.S. border, the government said Wednesday.

The goal of "Coordinated Operation Northeast" is to reinforce government authority in the two states most heavily affected by a surge in violence following a split between the Gulf and Zetas drug gangs, federal police spokesman Alejandro Poire said.

The new effort also aims to keep the two cartels from regrouping after the takedown of key leaders, he said. But in a media briefing with all federal security officials and governors of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, the affected states

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

North Korea warns of new attacks

North Korea will launch additional attacks on South Korea if it continues "reckless military provocation," North Korean state media said Thursday.

Meanwhile, South Korea said Thursday that it will strengthen and supplement its rules of engagement in the Yellow Sea, following Tuesday's shelling by North Korea.

Marine forces based in five islands near North Korea and the disputed Northern Limit Line also will be reinforced, a government spokesman said.

The tense maritime border between the two Koreas has become the major military flash point on the peninsula in recent years.

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U.S. sends aircraft carrier to Korean peninsula

The USS George Washington sailed toward volatile waters off the Korean peninsula Wednesday for planned military exercises with South Korea in a show of force designed to deter a further escalation of hostilities with North Korea.

The exercises were billed as defensive in nature and were a more measured response than the retaliation initially urged by South Korea after North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island Tuesday, the most serious act of hostility since the end of the Korean war.

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North Korea: We are on 'brink of war'

North Korea on Wednesday blamed South Korea for driving them "to the brink of war," a day after the North shelled a South Korean island and killed four people.

South Korea provoked the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by holding a military drill off their shared coast in the Yellow Sea, North Korea said.

Pyongyang made the accusation through its state media, referring to a military drill that Seoul holds every year.
"The puppet group dared make an uproar over 'a provocation' from someone and cry out for 'punishment' like a thief crying 'Stop the thief!'" the North's KCNA news agency said.

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The TSA Gone Wild

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

“I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.

Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”
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China, Russia Quit Dollar

China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.
"About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies," Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Russia sees "colossal danger" over Korea

Among North Korea's neighbors, Russia said it saw a "colossal danger" of an escalation in fighting on the Korean peninsula and China said it was imperative to resume six-party talks aimed at ending the north's nuclear weapons program.

Japan's top government spokesman said that North Korea's action was "unforgiveable." Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku told a news conference in Tokyo that Japan "strongly condemns" the strike.

A French diplomatic source said the U.N. Security Council could hold an emergency meeting in the next day or two.

"It is necessary to immediately end all strikes," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters during a visit to the Belarusian capital Minsk. "There is a colossal danger which must be avoided. Tensions in the region are growing."

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Afghan violence soars, insurgency expanding

Violence in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in recent months as Western troops battled an increasingly sophisticated insurgency expanding across the country, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

Nine years after the arrival of foreign forces, the Pentagon said all types of violent incidents in Afghanistan had increased from April through the end of September, up 300 percent from 2007, except for the use of roadside bombs.

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U.S. to North Korea: Halt 'Belligerent' Action

The White House is strongly condemning North Korea's artillery attack against the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

In a statement released before dawn Tuesday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs calls on North Korea to "halt its belligerent action."

He says the United States is "firmly committed" to South Korea's defense, and to the "maintenance of regional peace and stability."

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Warning After Deadly Attack On South Korea

South Korea has condemned a deadly attack by the North on one of its islands and warned it would retaliate strongly if there was more violence.

Around 200 North Korean artillery shells hit Yeonpyeong island, prompting Seoul to return fire.
Two South Korean marines were reportedly killed and around 10 other soldiers hurt, some seriously, after the shelling. Around 60 to 70 houses were also ablaze.

South Korea has warned North Korea it would “sternly retaliate” to any further provocations after dozens of shells were fired at a South Korean island.


North Korea fires artillery barrage on South

North Korea bombarded a South Korean island near their disputed western border with artillery Tuesday, setting buildings ablaze and killing at least one marine after warning the South to halt military drills in the area, South Korean officials said.

South Korea said it returned fire and scrambled fighter jets in response, and said the "inhumane" attack on civilian areas violated the 1953 armistice halting the Korean War. The two sides technically remain at war because a peace treaty was never negotiated.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Stampede in Cambodia kills over 300 people

A stampede that occurred during a festival in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh has killed 339 people, officials said Monday.

Another 329 people were injured in the crush, said Philip Bader, a news editor with the Phnom Penh Post, citing information given by Prime Minister Hun Sen in a televised address.

Visalsok Nou, a Cambodian Embassy official in Washington, said more than 4 million people were attending the Water Festival when the stampede occurred.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Al-Qaida vows to continue targeting U.S.-bound planes

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is promising more small-scale attacks like its attempts to bomb two U.S.-bound cargo planes, which it likens to bleeding its enemy to death by a thousand cuts.

The editors boast that what they call Operation Hemorrhage was cheap, and easy, using common items that together with shipping, cost only $4,200 to carry out.

Alerted to the late October bomb plot by Saudi intelligence, security officials chased the packages across five countries, trying frantically over the next two days to prevent an explosion that could have come at any moment.


Ireland says EU agrees to negotiate financial rescue

Ireland has formally requested substantial "financial assistance" from the European Union to buttress the government and bolster its struggling banking sector, Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Sunday night.

The European Union has agreed to accept the request, and negotiations are currently under way to determine the exact loan amount, as well as its terms, according to Cowen.

Brian Lenihan, Ireland's financial minister, said that the country would ask for less than 100 billion euros from the EU and International Monetary Fund.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Floods, mudslides kill 136 in Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has declared a state of emergency in 28 of the nation's 32 departments because of heavy rains and flooding that have affected some 1.2 million people.

He called on the international community to help and said the capacity of the Colombian government is overwhelmed.

Flooding and mudslides have killed at least 136 people, injured 205 and left 20 missing, the nation's Interior and Justice Ministry reported.
Emergency officials say the heavy rain has led to problems in 561 municipalities in the South American nation.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Violent cholera protests spread to Haiti's capital

Haitians angry over the cholera epidemic ignored exhortations from health workers to stop violence that is disrupting treatment efforts, and authorities feared more unrest in the capital Friday.

Violence spread into Port-au-Prince for the first time Thursday after three days of upheaval in the country's north. Protesters threw rocks at U.N. peacekeepers, attacked foreigners' cars and blocked roads with burning tires and toppled light poles.

The upheaval over a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people comes just days before national elections planned for Nov. 28. U.N. officials argue that the violence is being encouraged by forces that want to disrupt the ballot, and some demonstrators Thursday threw rocks at an office of President Rene Preval's Unity party and tore down campaign posters.

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Rocket warfare escalates; 7 mortar shells fired from Gaza

11 rockets hit western Negev, Ashkelon area in less than 24 hours, including first Grad rocket to hit Ofakim since Operation Cast Lead; damage caused to building, cows injured.

Violence from the Gaza strip escalated Friday afternoon as Palestinians fired four mortar shells at the Ashkelon Regional Council and three mortar shells towards the western Negev.

The IDF Spokesperson's unit reported that over 180 rockets have landed in Israel since the beginning of the year.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Germany warns of imminent terror attacks

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday warned the government had indications Islamists were planning terrorist attacks in Germany later this month.

“There is information from our foreign partners that planned attacks are allegedly to be carried out at the end of November,” he said in Berlin, describing a “new situation” regarding the Islamist threat towards the nation.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Haiti officials say Cholera deaths now over 1000

More than 1,000 people have died from cholera in Haiti, as the outbreak spreads there, health officials say.

The Haitian health ministry said the number of people who had received hospital treatment for the disease had risen to nearly 16,800.

Meanwhile, United Nations peacekeepers have stepped up security after violent protests on Monday left two Haitians dead.Cholera is now present in all 10 of Haiti's provinces.

The ministry said the worst-affected area remains the central province of Artibonite, where at least 629 people have died.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Euro under siege as now Portugal hits panic button

The euro is facing an unprecedented crisis after another country indicated on Monday night that it was at a "high risk" of requiring an international bail-out.

Portugal became the latest European nation to admit it was on the brink of seeking help from Brussels after Ireland confirmed it had begun preliminary talks over its debt problems.

Greece also disclosed that its economic problems are even worse than previously thought.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, raised the spectre of the euro collapsing as she warned: "If the euro fails, then Europe fails."

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Republican senators continue to express misgivings about a new nuclear-arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia.

The comments follow President Barack Obama's assurances to his Russian counterpart that Senate ratification of the New START treaty will be a top priority in an end-of-year session of the U.S. Congress.

President Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the just-concluded Asia-Pacific economic summit in Japan.

Earlier this year, the two men signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which would cut nuclear weapons stockpiles by as much as a third.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Iran's War Games Begin

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is scheduled to begin five days of nationwide air defence war games later this week, state television reported Sunday.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency, meanwhile, said in a separate report that Iran was expected during the war games to unveil a locally made radar system with a range of some 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometres).

The agency gave no details on the new radar system.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taliban mount series of attacks in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters attacked a foreign military base at the main airport in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, one of four incidents in 24 hours that marked a sudden upswing in violence.

Militants mounted attacks in Jalalabad and Kunar in the east and in Kunduz in the north, after an attack in the capital Kabul on Friday, apparently demonstrating their continuing strength despite NATO-led forces stating that they have made gains.
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Iran develops version of Russian S-300 missile

Iran has developed a version of the Russian S-300 missile and they plan to carry out a test-fire in the near future, the official news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.

"The Iranian (version) of the S-300 system is undergoing field modification and will be test-fired soon as other long range systems are being designed and produced," IRNA quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Mansourian, a commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.

Iran's strive for nuclear arms came under fire in a different light earlier on Wednesday as two firms from Belgium, who allegedly exported to Iran nuclear material that can be used to make weapons, are currently being investigated, Belgium's energy ministry reported.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dengue fever in Miami for the first in more than 50 years

The first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County in more than 50 years was confirmed Thursday by health officials. They warned people to take precautions against the mosquitoes that carry it.

"This is a big deal,'' said Lillian Rivera, administrator of the Miami-Dade Health Department.
"We have not had a locally acquired case of dengue fever since the 1950s,'' said Dr. Fermin Leguen, the department's chief epidemiologist.

The victim, described only as a man who had not traveled outside Miami-Dade County for more than two weeks, was briefly hospitalized but has fully recovered, Rivera said. His case was confirmed by laboratory tests.

Health officials said they don't know where the man acquired the disease. It was a different strain from the one that has caused 57 locally acquired cases in Key West and one in Broward County.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

36,000 homeless in Sri Lanka floods

The heaviest rain in 18 years flooded Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving about 36,000 families homeless, marooning traffic and submerging the country's Parliament in four feet of water.

The Ministry of Disaster Management said most of those affected are in the western province, which includes Colombo, the nation's capital. About 33,000 families were being housed in 11 welfare centers in the city, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, Thursday's rainfall totaled 19.3 inches, the worst in 18 years. The previous record was from June 1992, when 17.3 inches of rain fell.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Obama Defends Islamic Jihad In Speech In Mumbai

President Obama has been to church once in the 2-plus years he has inhabited the Oval Office. Since the campiagn he has had nothing positive to say about Christianity.
Asserting that Islam embodied a religion of peace, fairness and tolerance, U.S. President Barack Obama said here on Sunday that the religion was being “distorted” by a few extremists. Mr. Obama was responding to a student who invited his opinion on jihad during his town hall style meeting at Mumbai's St. Xavier's college.

“The phrase jihad has a lot of meaning within Islam and is subject to a lot of different interpretations, but I will say that first Islam is one of the world's great religions. More than a billion people practise Islam and an overwhelming majority view their obligations to a religion that reaffirms peace, fairness, tolerance. I think all of us recognise that this great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted by violence,” Mr. Obama said.- Source
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Haiti cholera toll seen rising after hurricane

Earthquake-hit Haiti escaped a fresh disaster threatened by Hurricane Tomas, but the storm caused flooding that killed eight people and increased the contagion threat from a deadly cholera epidemic, the government and aid workers said on Saturday.

Amid widespread relief that the hurricane largely spared crowded camps in the Haitian capital housing 1.3 million quake survivors, the international humanitarian operation was turning its attention back to the two-week-old epidemic, which has killed just over 500 people and sickened more than 7,000.

"We do expect the infection rate to jump up due to the flooding and to the bad sanitation conditions in many areas," Christian Lindmeier, spokesman in Haiti for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, told Reuters.
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Death Toll Rises From Indonesia Volcano

Violent eruptions from Indonesia's Mount Merapi forced the cancellation of at least 50 flights into Jakarta Saturday as the death toll from the fiery volcano reached 138.

Data from the Indonesian government indicated that the temperature from one ash cloud that hit a nearby village reached between 800 and 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medical facilities in the area are overwhelmed and emergency shelters are trying to cope with more than 200,000 evacuees.

"This is a major humanitarian crisis," Mathias Eick, regional information officer with the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, told CNN.

Final status peace agreement is not likely

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Saturday declared it was time for Israel to write off attempts to reach a final-status peace agreement with the Palestinians, rather it should seek a long-term interim agreement.

Ayalon's comments mirrored those made by fellow Israel Beiteinu party-member Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman made during an earlier speech in front of the UN General Assembly at the very end of September after the cessation of the government's unilateral 10-month settlement building moratorium.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Suicide attacks and Crash Kill 91 in Pakistan

It was Black Friday in Pakistan, with at least 70 people being massacred in suicide attacks on two mosques in the tribal region of Peshawar and 21 others being killed in a plane crash in Karachi.

In the first incident, a teenage bomber struck a Sunni mosque packed with worshippers, killing 67 people and injuring 70 others, in the restive Darra Adam Khel region in one of the biggest terrorist attacks in Pakistan this year.

Hours after the deadly attack, at least three persons were killed and dozens injured in a blast at a mosque in the outskirts of Peshawar.
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Hurricane Tomas lashes already devastated Haiti

Already devastated this year by a killer earthquake and a deadly cholera outbreak, Haiti began to feel the brute force Friday of Hurricane Tomas, which could dump up to 15 inches of rain and trigger flash floods and mudslides.

The hurricane's punishing rain and wind were already being felt as the storm churned offshore.
As of 2 p.m. ET, the storm's center was about 75 miles southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba, and about 140 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

In the westernmost tip of Haiti, which juts into the Caribbean Sea and is closest to the hurricane, there were reports from the town of Jeremie of destroyed houses, downed trees and flooded rivers.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Iran will bomb Israel, warns former Revolutionary Guard

A former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the elite military force that keeps the regime in power, has warned that if Iran succeeds in building nuclear weapons, its leaders will not hesitate to use them against Israel, the Persian Gulf states and even Europe.

Speaking to Israel National Radio, the man explained that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the nation’s spiritual dictators are committed to ushering in the chaos and havoc called for in the last hadith (Islamic commentaries on Mohammed’s teachings and actions).

Out of that chaos, the hadith teaches that the Imam Mahdi, an Islamic messianic figure, will emerge.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Haiti Faces Life-Threatening Flooding from Tomas

Even if Tomas does not hit Haiti as a hurricane, it will cause great risks to lives from tremendous rainfall and flooding.

While current forecasts have Tomas reaching minimal hurricane status before landfall in Haiti late this week, even a moderate tropical storm and the clusters of thunderstorms it brings would lead to excessive rainfall.

The potential exists for 1 - 2 feet of rain in mountainous areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blasts in Baghdad kill at least 63, Injures hundreds

At least 63 people were killed and 285 others were wounded in a series of explosions across the capital Tuesday, police said.

The blasts included 14 car bombs, two roadside bombs and mortar attacks in at least 17 neighborhoods of the capital, most of them in Shiite neighborhoods, police said.

Explosions struck the Shiite neighborhoods of Kadhimiya in the northwest; Amil, Bayaa and Shulaa in the southwest; Ur and Zuhour in the northeast; Sadr City, Kamaliya and Amin in the east; and Abu Dhsir in the southern part of the city.
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New Department of Homeland Security Advisor is an Islamist

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s appointment of “de-radicalization” expert Mohamed Elibiary to the Homeland Security Advisory Council earlier this month has thus far drawn little attention from Congress or the media, despite his record of criticizing successful terrorism prosecutions and praising Islamist ideologue Sayyid Qutb.

Elibiary also criticized the indictment and subsequent convictions of the Holy Land Foundation and five former officials for providing more than $12 million to Hamas, depicting the case as a defeat for the United States.

He suggested that the convictions were part of a U.S. government policy of “denying our civil liberties and privacy at home” while pursuing anti-terror policies that have “left thousands of Americans dead, tens of thousands maimed, trillions of taxpayer dollars squandered and our homeland more vulnerable than ever.”
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Thousands flee as Mount Merapi erupts again

A deadly volcano in Indonesia spewed another searing cloud of ash down its slopes today, sparking panic and chaos among thousands of villagers.

The new blast came as rescuers hundreds of miles away finally were able to resume food deliveries and evacuate injured victims of a tsunami triggered by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake near a chain of remote islands off western Sumatra.

The number of people killed in the twin catastrophes climbed to almost 500 on Sunday.
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