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M7.1 shakes Tohoku coast, tsunami advisory issued

M7.1 shakes Tohoku coast, tsunami advisory issued --JMA urged people in Fukushima area to stay away from coast 26 Oct 2013 An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude 7.1 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture early Saturday morning, and the Japan Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for tsunami of up to 1 meter for the prefecture. The focus of the 2:10 a.m.

Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Strikes off Fukushima Region of Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

Jury sought child abuse charges against Ramseys

Jury sought child abuse charges against Ramseys 25 Oct 2013 A grand jury that reviewed evidence in the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey believed her parents were involved in the crime but that another unknown person killed the young beauty queen, according to documents released Friday, 14 years after the grand jury made its recommendation.

Torture complaints ignored at Guantanamo Bay, attorney says

Torture complaints ignored at Guantanamo Bay, attorney says 23 Oct 2013 A man accused of aiding the September 11 attacks suffered a serious head injury while imprisoned by the CIA, his attorney told a war crimes tribunal on Wednesday, raising questions about whether the United States violated international law against torture.

Boy, 13, was shot seven times by Sonoma County deputy, report finds

Boy, 13, was shot seven times by Sonoma County deputy, report finds 24 Oct 2013 A 13-year-old boy killed by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy while carrying a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle was shot seven times, according to a preliminary coroner's report. Two of the rounds that struck Andy Lopez were fatal. One hit his right hip and the other struck the right side of his chest, the report by the Sonoma County coroner's office found.

Radiation doubles to new high in Fukushima No. 1 plant water ditch

Radiation doubles to new high in Fukushima No. 1 plant water ditch 24 Oct 2013 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that radiation rose to a new record in water collected from a drainage ditch at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Japan Cabinet to OK state secrets bill to satisfy U.S.

Japan Cabinet to OK state secrets bill to satisfy U.S. --New law would stiffen maximum penalty meted out to leakers 24 Oct 2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is set to approve a controversial bill Friday to protect state secrets that stops short of fully guaranteeing the public's right to know and freedom of the press.

Human rights experts rap U.N. report dismissing concerns about Fukushima radiation

Human rights experts rap U.N. report dismissing concerns about Fukushima radiation 25 Oct 2013 Human rights experts, including a U.N. special rapporteur, are criticizing a U.N. scientific report dismissing concerns about the effects of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the Japanese public. Speaking Thursday at an event organized by U.S. and Japanese nongovernmental groups, U.N.

Arctic Temperatures Reach Highest Levels in 44,000 Years, Study Finds

Arctic Temperatures Reach Highest Levels in 44,000 Years, Study Finds 24 Oct 2013 New research shows that average summer temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest in the last 44,000 years, and perhaps the highest in 120,000 years.

Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their secret cooperation with U.S.

Publishing Edward Snowden security secrets a 'criminal' act, says former terrorism watchdog

Publishing Edward Snowden security secrets a 'criminal' act, says former terrorism watchdog 24 Oct 2013 Publication of stolen state secrets by the Guardian newspaper was a "criminal act" and it is wrong to paint the newspaper's journalists as "virtuous whistleblowers", the former terrorism watchdog has said.

Freeze US-EU pact aimed at tracking terrorism funds, advises Strasbourg

Freeze US-EU pact aimed at tracking terrorism funds, advises Strasbourg 23 Oct 2013 The European parliament on Tuesday demanded a financial transactions information-sharing pact between the EU and the US aimed at tracking terrorism funding be frozen because of the US National Security Agency's mass surveillance operations.

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts --Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official 24 Oct 2013 The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

2 service members shot near Tenn. naval base

2 service members shot near Tenn. naval base 24 Oct 2013 A gunman opened fire at a U.S. Navy facility in Tennessee before being taken into custody Thursday, wounding two service members and prompting a lockdown, the military said. The incident occurred outside the gates of Millington Naval Base at a National Guard Armory, which is on Navy property, CBS News reports. The U.S.

US ambassador in Germany summoned in Merkel mobile row

US ambassador in Germany summoned in Merkel mobile row 24 Oct 2013 Germany has summoned the US ambassador in Berlin over claims that the US monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone. Foreign minister Guido Westerwelle will meet US envoy John Emerson later in what is seen as an unusual step between close allies.

Germany summons U.S. ambassador over Merkel phone tapping

Germany summons U.S. ambassador over Merkel phone tapping 24 Oct 2013 Germany's Foreign Minister has summoned the United States' ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, to discuss information obtained by Berlin that the U.S. may have monitored Angela Merkel's mobile phone, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Big typhoons may collide off Honshu

Big typhoons may collide off Honshu --As the two typhoons approached Honshu, concerns were mounting over the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. 23 Oct 2013 Less than a week after being hit by the largest typhoon in a decade, Tokyo is bracing for another strong storm that will likely reach the area Saturday, and it may get merged with an even stronger approaching tempest.

Dutch scientists manipulating genes to strains of H7N9 virus to explore worst-case scenario

Dutch scientists manipulating genes to strains of H7N9 virus to explore worst-case scenario --The studies aim to genetically modify the virus to see what it needs to give it more of a deadly pandemic kick. 23 Oct 2013 Dutch scientists hidden away in a top-security laboratory are seeking to create mutant flu viruses, dangerous work designed to prepare the world for a lethal pandemi

Typhoon to hit leaking Fukushima nuclear plant

Typhoon to hit leaking Fukushima nuclear plant 22 Oct 2013 Heavy rain at the Fukushima nuclear plant caused a leak of radioactive water containing a cancer-causing isotope, possibly into the Pacific Ocean, its operator said yesterday, as a typhoon approaching Japan threatened further downpours.

Texas voter ID law may disenfranchise a third of female voters

Texas voter ID law may disenfranchise a third of female voters 22 Oct 2013 Texas's new voter ID law, set to go into effect on Nov. 5, requires individuals to provide a photo ID featuring their legally recognized name in order to vote.

EU to hold Brussels summit amid US spying row

EU to hold Brussels summit amid US spying row 24 Oct 2013 An EU summit is due to begin in Brussels with fresh allegations of US spying threatening to overshadow talks. It comes a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Barack Obama over claims that the US had monitored her mobile phone. France's President Francois Hollande is pressing for the issue to be put on the agenda following reports that millions of French calls had been monitored.

Merkel calls Obama for answers over reports that the US spied on her phone

Merkel calls Obama for answers over reports that the US spied on her phone --Recent revelations of alleged US espionage have angered some of Washington's closest allies. 23 Oct 2013 The German government had been given information that US intelligence was spying on the mobile phone communications of Chancellor Angela Merkel, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

Wave of violence kills 28 in Iraq

Wave of violence kills 28 in Iraq 23 Oct 2013 A wave of terrorist activities has killed at least 28 people in Iraq's western province of al-Anbar, officials say. On Wednesday, officials and medics said that 25 police forces and three civilians were killed in a wave of coordinated attacks in the province. The officials said that 26 police officers were also wounded in the attacks.

16 Iraqi security forces killed in western province

16 Iraqi security forces killed in western province 22 Oct 2013 At least 16 security forces have been killed in attacks on police and military checkpoints in Iraq's western province of al-Anbar, police sources say. On Tuesday, five security officers were killed after a bomb exploded near a police checkpoint in the town of Rutba, 360 km (225 miles) west of Baghdad.

Bomb attacks kill 5 Iraqi policemen, wound 9

Bomb attacks kill 5 Iraqi policemen, wound 9 21 Oct 2013 At least five Iraqi policemen have been killed and nine others wounded in coordinated bomb attacks, which involved two explosions and subsequent gunfire in the central Iraqi city of Fallujah.

New Flu Virus Found in Peruvian Bats - H18N11

New Flu Virus Found in Peruvian Bats - H18N11 23 Oct 2013 A new flu virus has been found in Peruvian bats, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, called A/bat/Peru/10, belongs to a family of flu viruses known as influenza A, which mainly infect birds, but can also infect other animals, including people.

Black College Student Arrested for Buying a Designer Belt, Barneys and NYPD Slapped With Lawsuit

Black College Student Arrested for Buying a Designer Belt, Barneys and NYPD Slapped With Lawsuit 23 Oct 2013 Barneys New York and the New York Police Department have been slapped with a lawsuit by Trayon Christian, a college student from Queens, who was arrested at the luxury department store in April. "His only crime was being a young black man," Michael Palillo, Christian's attorney, told The New York Post.

Records: Guantanamo Inmate Injured in CIA Custody

Records: Guantanamo Inmate Injured in CIA Custody 23 Oct 2013 Medical records show a terror suspect now held at Guantanamo Bay sustained a head injury while he was in CIA custody and has suffered lasting health problems as a result, his lawyer said Wednesday. Ammar al-Baluchi, one of five Guantanamo prisoners charged with aiding the Sept. 11 attack, told medical officials at the U.S.

NSW bushfires: Army blamed for starting largest blaze

NSW bushfires: Army blamed for starting largest blaze 23 Oct 2013 Defence live ordnance activity is thought to be potentially behind three other fires in recent months, according to the ABC. Reporter Lucy Carter told AM World Today that, as well as the State Mine fire in Lithgow, there are links between Defence, explosives, and a fire at Port Augusta in South Australia over the weekend.

Fukushima readies for dangerous operation to remove 400 tons of spent fuel

Fukushima readies for dangerous operation to remove 400 tons of spent fuel 23 Oct 2013 Fukushima operator TEPCO is getting ready for its toughest and the most dangerous clean-up operation. In November, it will try to remove 400 tons of spent fuel from plant's Reactor No. 4. But even a little mistake may result in a new nuclear disaster. Under normal circumstances, the operation to remove all the fuel would take about 100 days.

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