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NATO drone crashes in E Afghanistan

NATO drone crashes in E Afghanistan [What a shame!] 07 Oct 2010 An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. The drone crashed on Thursday in the remote Paktika province near the border with Pakistan's troubled South Waziristan, the ISAF confirmed in a press release.

Novartis, Craig Venter to Create Seed Viruses for Synthetic Vaccines

Heads up! Novartis, Craig Venter to Create Seed Viruses for Synthetic Vaccines 07 Oct 2010 Novartis AG agreed to use technology from Synthetic Genomics Vaccines Inc., a company run by genome pioneer Craig Venter, in an effort to cut the time needed to develop influenza shots. Novartis and San Diego-based Synthetic Genomic Vaccines will work together to create so-called seed viruses, templates from which large amounts of vaccine are created, Novartis said in a statement today.

Terrorist attack in Britain is 'very likely' according to extreme French warning

Terrorist attack in Britain is 'very likely' according to extreme French Foreign Ministry warning 06 Oct 2010 The French have issued their most extreme warning in recent years about the dangers of visiting Britain, saying a terrorist attack is 'very likely'. A dramatic statement on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs adds that visitors need to exercise 'extreme vigilance'. This is especially so in world famous sites like London’s Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, and on the capital's public transport system.

Warplanes raid security instillations across Gaza Strip

Warplanes raid security instillations across Gaza Strip 07 Oct 2010 Israeli warplanes fired on multiple sites in the central Gaza Strip early Thursday, witnesses said. Airstrikes targeted security installations in northern and western Gaza City as well as a residential area in western Gaza. Smoke was seen rising over the city as ambulances rushed to the bombing sites.

FBI chief: Change law to ensure surveillance in terrorism, criminal cases

FBI chief: Change law to ensure surveillance in terrorism, criminal cases 06 Oct 2010 FBI Director Robert Mueller is calling for changes in federal law to help his agents with surveillance of communications in anti-terror and other criminal investigations. At a conference of intelligence experts, Mueller said that in some instances communications companies are unable to provide electronic communications the FBI needs in response to court orders. His comments come as the Obama administration considers proposals that would require service providers to make the plain text of encrypted conversations -- over the phone, computer or email -- readily available to law enforcers.

White House squelched release of BP oil spill estimates

White House squelched release of BP oil spill estimates 06 Oct 2010 Government scientists wanted to tell Americans early on how bad the BP oil spill could be, but the White House denied their request to make the worst-case scenarios public, a report by staff for the national panel investigating the spill said Wednesday. The allegation by unnamed government officials, contained in a staff working paper released Wednesday by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, is certain to fuel controversy over why the government lowballed flow rates throughout much of the spill, even as independent scientists offered vastly higher -- and ultimately more accurate -- estimates.

France warns citizens: 'terror attack in Britain highly likely'

France warns citizens: 'terror attack in Britain highly likely' 06 Oct 2010 France has issued a warning to its citizens travelling to Britain saying the risk of a terrorist attack was "highly likely". A notice posted on the French foreign ministry website said the threat warning was coming from the British government. "We advise (travellers) to be extremely vigilant on public transport and at popular tourist sites," read the ministry message posted on Tuesday night. The warning came after the British government raised its terror alert level for travellers to France, along with Germany, from "general" to "high", while leaving its domestic threat level unchanged at "severe", where it has been since September 22.

Judge Bars Major Witness From Terrorism Trial

Judge Bars Major Witness From Terrorism Trial 07 Oct 2010 Minutes before a major terrorism trial was about to begin, a federal judge barred prosecutors in Manhattan on Wednesday from using a key witness. The government had acknowledged it learned about the witness from the defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, while he was being interrogated tortured and held in a secret overseas jail run by the Central Intelligence Agency. The ruling by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan would seem to be a setback for the Obama administration’s goal of trying former detainees prisoners in civilian courts, because it would limit the kinds of evidence that prosecutors could introduce.

More journalists killed in Iraq than in 2009: IPI

Blackwater is a busy little bee! More journalists killed in Iraq than in 2009: IPI 06 Oct 2010 More journalists have been killed in Iraq so far this year than in all of 2009, press watchdog IPI said Tuesday in a statement. Tahrir Kadhim Jawad, a cameraman for the al-Hurra satellite channel, was killed Monday when a magnetic "sticky bomb" attached to his car detonated in the town of Garma, 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of the capital, police in nearby Fallujah said. "Jawad is the fifth journalist to be killed in Iraq this year, and the third to be killed there in less than a month," the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) said.

CIA mum on lawsuit alleging drone targeting errors

CIA mum on lawsuit alleging drone targeting errors --CIA willing to use untested code in drones 04 Oct 2010 The CIA has declined comment on allegations that its drones have a targeting margin of error of up to 40 feet, a malfunction that could be contributing to civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The allegations have surfaced in a complex suit over intellectual property theft in Massachusetts, in which the developer of the targeting software testified that he was surprised to hear that the CIA was willing to use untested code in the drones. "My reaction was one of stun, amazement that they want to kill people with my software that doesn't work," Richard Zimmerman, chief technology officer for Boston-based Intelligent Integration Systems (IISi), said in a sworn deposition in April.

US blames Pakistan for Afghan failure

US blames Pakistan for Afghan failure 06 Oct 2010 A new White House report says the Pakistani military is avoiding "direct conflict" with militants near its border with neighboring Afghanistan. The report, sent to Congress by President Barack Obama, accuses the Pakistani army of pursuing its own interests in the volatile region... The report comes as a non-UN-sanctioned US strike killed at least six people and wounded several others in the country's troubled northwestern tribal region on Wednesday.

U.S. Apologizes as Attacks in Pakistan Continue

U.S. Apologizes as Attacks in Pakistan Continue 07 Oct 2010 Dozens of tanker trucks carrying fuel to Afghanistan for NATO troops were torched near Quetta in western Pakistan on Wednesday, the third major attack on supplies since Pakistan closed a border crossing to Afghanistan a week ago and the first at the only checkpoint that remained open. The latest sabotage came as American officials for the first time offered an explicit apology to Pakistan over a shooting that led to the closing of the other border crossing, possibly laying the ground work for its reopening.

Unauthorized US attack kills 6 Pakistanis

Unauthorized US attack kills 6 Pakistanis 06 Oct 2010 A non-UN-sanctioned US strike has killed at least six people and wounded several others in Pakistan's troubled northwestern tribal region. Local officials say an unmanned plane has fired two missiles into a residential compound in North Waziristan. The attack has triggered fire in the building; its smoke was seen from as far as a half a kilometer away.

Justices appear set to limit funeral protests

Justices appear set to limit funeral protests --Justice Breyer says Court's ruling will have impact on Internet, since it tests whether personal attacks can lead to lawsuits 06 Oct 2010 The Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments Wednesday in a funeral protest case, sounded as though they are inclined to set a limit to the free-speech rule to permit lawsuits against those who target ordinary citizens with especially personal and hurtful attacks. The First Amendment says the government may not infringe the freedom of speech, but it is less clear whether it also shields speakers from private lawsuits... Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer, usual defenders of the First Amendment, said they thought people could be sued for outrageous personal attacks.

Hungary Toxic Spill Kills Four, State of Emergency Declared

Hungary Toxic Spill Kills Four, State of Emergency Declared 05 Oct 2010 Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties after a Magyar Aluminium Zrt. toxic sludge reservoir burst yesterday, killing four people, injuring more than 100 and displacing 390. More than 1 million cubic meters (35 million cubic feet) of the sludge, a byproduct of alumina production, were released, flooding Devecser and two nearby villages, 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of Budapest, the state-run MTI news service reported. The sludge contains heavy metals, including lead, the Interior Ministry’s emergency services department said.

Hungary clears up after toxic spill, rivers at risk

Hungary clears up after toxic spill, rivers at risk 06 Oct 2010 Emergency workers in Hungary battled on Wednesday to keep a tide of toxic red sludge that spilled from an alumina plant from reaching the Raba and Danube rivers. Interior Minister Sandor Pinter told reporters the sludge -- which poured from the alumina factory's containment pond on Monday and rushed through villages, killing four people, injuring 120 and leaving 3 missing -- had so far been prevented from reaching the rivers.

More NATO tankers torched in Pakistan

More NATO tankers torched in Pakistan --Militants say move is in retaliation for increasing number of non-UN-authorized US airstrikes in Pakistan 06 Oct 2010 Unidentified gunmen in Pakistan have attacked more NATO trucks carrying supplies for US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan for the second time in a single day. Pakistani police say at least ten NATO oil tankers have been torched in the incident. Earlier in the day, gunmen attacked another convoy torching at least 25 fuel trucks on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta. Pakistan's pro-Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Soccer/Arab press: UEFA mulls banning Israel over treatment of Palestinian athletes

Soccer/Arab press: UEFA mulls banning Israel over treatment of Palestinian athletes 06 Oct 2010 The head of European soccer's governing body told a senior Palestinian Authority official that Israel is in danger of eviction from UEFA if its government does not change its policies limiting the freedom of movement for Palestinian athletes, according to reports in Palestinian and Arab media outlets. "We accepted Israel into Europe and it must abide by the laws and regulations which require freedom of movement for players," Platini is said to have told Rajoub. "If Israel does not do this, it will bear the serious consequences and it is liable to be thrown out of Europe."

Imam from Nazareth suspected of supporting terror groups

Imam from Nazareth suspected of supporting terror groups --Police arrest head of famous Nazareth mosque; court issues gag order on details of investigation 06 Oct 2010 Shin Bet forces arrested two Israeli Arabs, residents of Nazareth, on suspicion of supporting terror groups, illegal unionizing, and plotting to commit crimes, according to information released on Wednesday. The two men, Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim and Mohammed Naarani, will be tried in the Nazareth Magistrate's court, which issued a gag order on the details of the investigation.

Anti-war activists refuse to testify before grand jury

Anti-war activists refuse to testify --Grand jury investigating possible links between Midwest groups, foreign terrorist organizations [Why isn't grand jury investigating possible links between CIA, foreign terorist organizations?] 05 Oct 2010 A Chicago couple whose home was searched last month by FBI agents said Tuesday that they will refuse to answer questions before a grand jury believed to be investigating possible links between U.S. anti-war groups and foreign terrorist organizations. Stephanie Weiner and her husband, Joe Iosbaker, had received the subpoenas Sept. 24 when FBI agents searched their Logan Square home for hours and removed boxes of documents.

Ahmadinejad: Capitalism nearing its end

Ahmadinejad: Capitalism nearing its end 06 Oct 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stresses the importance of an intellectual system to manage the world, saying Capitalism is on the brink of collapse. "Capitalism and capitalists will join history in the near future. Signs of their collapse are quite clear," IRNA quoted President Ahmadinejad as speaking in northern Iranian province of Gorgan on Wednesday.

Times Square bomb plotter predicts defeat of U.S.

Times Square bomb plotter predicts defeat of U.S. --'Soon the bailout money which is holding up your fragile economy will run out, and soon you will not be able to afford the war costs.' 06 Oct 2010 Expressing no remorse and predicting the "imminent" defeat of the United States at the hands of Muslim forces, Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his attempt to spill blood with a homemade car bomb... Shahzad was held for two weeks after his arrest without being brought to court. Government officials say he voluntarily waived his rights to a lawyer. But he told Judge Miriam Cedarbaum on Tuesday, " ... I asked for the Miranda. And the FBI denied it to me for two weeks, effecting harm to my kids and family, and I was forced to sign those Mirandas."

Twin attacks strike at Western targets in Yemen

Twin attacks strike at Western targets in Yemen 06 Oct 2010 Twin attacks on Western targets in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, have left one person dead and at least four injured. Militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a British embassy car, slightly injuring one staff member as well as bystanders, officials said. In the other incident a security guard at an Austrian gas company near Sanaa opened fire killing a French contractor and badly injuring a UK contractor.

Explosion rocks UK embassy in Yemen

Explosion rocks UK embassy in Yemen 06 Oct 2010 An explosion has targeted a British embassy vehicle in the vicinity of the UK embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, leaving at least three people injured. The blast took place on Wednesday morning when a rocket landed near a British diplomatic vehicle not far from its embassy in the Yemeni capital, Associated Press quoted a Yemeni security official as saying. At least three bystanders were wounded in the attack, added the official who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

Police Make 12 Terror Arrests In France

Police Make 12 Terror Arrests In France 05 Oct 2010 Police have arrested 12 people and seized guns and ammunition following two separate anti-terrorism raids in southern France. Those arrested are suspected of having links with Muslim extremists, it has been reported. Nine men were detained around the southern cities of Marseille and Avignon on suspicion of trafficking firearms and explosives.

No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn

No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn --Tennessee house in ashes after homeowner forgot to pay $75 fee 05 Oct 2010 Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC.

Employee accuses KBR co-worker of sexual assault

Employee accuses KBR co-worker of sexual assault 05 Oct 2010 A third Texas woman -- the second from our area -- has filed suit against Houston-based KBR over a sexual assault while she worked as a contractor in Iraq. The latest lawsuit claims KBR failed to prevent a sexual assault by former KBR Employee David Charles Breda. The woman claims Breda sexually assaulted her and threatened her not to tell anyone about the attack. Breda was later convicted of sexual assault.

Taliban in high-level talks with Karzai government, sources say

Taliban in high-level talks with Karzai government, sources say 05 Oct 2010 Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources... While emphasizing the preliminary nature of the current discussions, the sources said that for the first time they believe that Taliban representatives are fully authorized to speak for the Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban organization based in Pakistan, and its leader, Mohammad Omar.

US drone strikes in Pakistan 'linked to Europe terror plot'

US drone strikes in Pakistan 'linked to Europe terror plot' 06 Oct 2010 Increased US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas are linked to a terror plot targeting Europe, Pakistan's US envoy has said, amid mounting fears that al-Qaeda is planning a wave of attacks. Ambassador Hussein Haqqani told the BBC that the increase in strikes in North Waziristan, a reputed militant hotbed, came after intelligence agencies uncovered a plot to "attack multiple targets in Europe."

British terror suspect 'was head of The Islamic Army of Great Britain'

British terror suspect 'was head of The Islamic Army of Great Britain' 06 Oct 2010 The British terror suspect killed in a Pakistan drone strike last month had been elected leader of an al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] group called The Islamic Army of Great Britain, according to reports. A senior Pakistani security source told BBC's Newsnight programme that Abdul Jabbar was a British citizen who has a British wife and was living in Punjab, Pakistan. According to the source, Jabbar was living in Punjab, and was chosen as the leader of a new group, to be called The Islamic Army of Great Britain.

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