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Friday, October 29, 2010

Suspicious packages 'contain explosive material,' Obama says - CNN.com

Suspicious packages 'contain explosive material,' Obama says - CNN.com
CNN - Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for the United States 'apparently contain explosive material,' President Barack Obama said Friday, calling the discovery 'a credible threat against our country.'

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/29/security.concern/

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Air Force lost some communication with nuclear missiles - CNN.com

Air Force lost some communication with nuclear missiles - CNN.com
CNN - The Air Force lost partial communications with 50 nuclear missiles for almost an hour last weekend, an Air Force spokesman said Tuesday.

The problem, characterized as a "single hardware issue," affected more than 10 percent of the country's ICBM arsenal on Saturday morning, according to Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley Miller IV.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/26/nukes.lost.communications/

Cholera kills 1,555 in Nigeria, says U.N. - CNN.com

Cholera kills 1,555 in Nigeria, says U.N. - CNN.com

Indonesia hit by deadly tsunami, volcanic eruption - Yahoo! News

Indonesia hit by deadly tsunami, volcanic eruption - Yahoo! News
Yahoo! News - A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia — spasms from the Pacific 'Ring of Fire,' which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth.

Tuesday's eruption of Mount Merapi killed at least 18 people, forced thousands to flee down its slopes and spewed burning ash and smoke high into the air on the island of Java.

Meanwhile, off the coast of Sumatra, about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) west of the volcano, rescuers battled rough seas to reach Indonesia's Mentawai islands, where a 10-foot tsunami triggered by an earthquake Monday night swept away hundreds of homes, killing at least 113 villagers, said Mujiharto of the Health Ministry's crisis center. Up to 500 others are missing.

Read full story at Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101026/ap_on_re_as/as_indonesia_volcano

Monday, October 25, 2010

Strong cyclone rumbles into Myanmar - CNN.com

Strong cyclone rumbles into Myanmar - CNN.com
CNN - Tropical Cyclone Giri strengthened further to 155 miles per hour just before landfall near Sittwe, Myanmar, making the storm equal to a super typhoon in the Western Pacific and a borderline category 4/5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale used in the Atlantic.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/22/myanmar.cyclone/

Volcano puts Indonesian officials on high alert - CNN.com

Volcano puts Indonesian officials on high alert - CNN.com
CNN - Indonesian officials have gone on high alert and have started evacuations as they warily monitor Mount Merapi, a volatile volcano in central Java that might erupt at any time.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/25/indonesia.volcano.eruption/

Japan adding subs amid tension with China – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

Japan adding subs amid tension with China – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
CNN - Japan will add six submarines to its current fleet of 16 during the next four years as it sees increased naval activity from Asian neighbor China, according to news reports from Tokyo on Thursday.

Read full story at CNN: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/21/japan-adding-subs-amid-tension-with-china/

7.5-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesian coast - CNN.com

7.5-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesian coast - CNN.com
CNN - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/25/indonesia.quake/

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hundreds of thousands flee as typhoon hits China - CNN.com

Hundreds of thousands flee as typhoon hits China - CNN.com
CNN - Typhoon Megi hit China on Saturday, sending hundreds of thousands fleeing as it made landfall in the southeastern province of Fujian, state media reported.

About 270,000 people have been evacuated, Xinhua news agency said.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/23/china.typhoon.megi/

Full Typhoon Megi coverage at CNN: http://topics.cnn.com/topics/typhoon_megi

Regulators shut down 7 banks - CNN.com

Regulators shut down 7 banks - CNN.com
CNN - Bank regulators closed seven banks Friday, bringing the total of number of bank failures for the year to 139, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/22/bank.closures/

Friday, October 22, 2010

BBC News - Scores die in cholera outbreak, Haiti confirms

BBC News - Scores die in cholera outbreak, Haiti confirms
BBC News - At least 140 people have died and 1,000 have been hospitalised by the illness, which causes diarrhoea, acute fever, vomiting and severe dehydration.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11608551

BBC News - Runway opens at world's first spaceport

BBC News - Runway opens at world's first spaceport "
BBC News - Commercial space travel took a step closer with the opening of the runway at the world's first spaceport in the US state of New Mexico.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11611630

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Death toll rises in the Philippines from Typhoon Megi - CNN.com

Death toll rises in the Philippines from Typhoon Megi - CNN.com
CNN - The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Megi has climbed to 11 as the powerful storm moved away from the country.

According to civil defense officials, four people died in Pangasinan province: Three were killed by a falling tree, and the fourth by lightning.

Three more died in a storm surge in Isabela province, and one person drowned while trying to cross a river in Nueva Ecija province.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/19/philippines.typhoon/

Typhoon Megi is among the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded. It made landfall early on October 18 in northeastern Luzon at Sierra Madre, becoming one of the strongest storms in recorded history to make landfall anywhere in the world.
From Wikipedia

More info at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_typhoon_megi
Typhoon Megi within hours of making landfall in Luzon on 18 October

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two Ecuador miners dead; two missing - CNN.com

Two Ecuador miners dead; two missing - CNN.com
CNN - The bodies of two of four miners believed trapped in a collapsed mine in southern Ecuador have been found, officials said Saturday.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/10/16/ecuador.trapped.miners/

BBC News - Merkel says German multicultural society has failed

BBC News - Merkel says German multicultural society has failed
Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have 'utterly failed', Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

In a speech in Potsdam, she said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work.
Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11559451

BBC News - China mine blast kills 20 and leaves 17 trapped

BBC News - China mine blast kills 20 and leaves 17 trapped
BBC News - An explosion at a coal mine in central China has killed 20 miners and trapped another 17 underground, officials say.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11557581

BBC News - Swiss complete world's longest tunnel

BBC News - Swiss complete world's longest tunnel
BBC News - Engineers have drilled through the last remaining rock to complete the world's longest tunnel, under the Swiss Alps.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11548845

BBC News - France hit by new wave of mass pension protests

BBC News - France hit by new wave of mass pension protests
BBC News - A fifth day of protests in France against proposed pension reforms brought 825,000 people on to the streets, police said, although unions put the figure at 2.5m to 3m.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11559265

Thursday, October 14, 2010

BBC News - Rinderpest virus has been wiped out, scientists say

BBC News - Rinderpest virus has been wiped out, scientists say
BBC News - Scientists working for the UN say that they have eradicated a virus which can be deadly to cattle.

If confirmed, rinderpest would become only the second viral disease - after smallpox - to have been eliminated by humans.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11542653

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Miners' rescue among top Web events - CNN.com

Miners' rescue among top Web events - CNN.com
CNN - The ongoing rescue of Chile's trapped miners has become one of the most-watched Web events in recent memory, according to an internet monitor.

Between 4 and 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, online news traffic grew to more than 4 million page views per minute, making the miners' rescue the fifth most-read-about online event since Akamai's Net Usage Index for News debuted in 2005.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/10/13/chile.miners.online.traffic/

All 33 miners rescued – CNN.com

All 33 miners rescued – CNN.com

Luis Urzua, the last of the 33 miners to be rescued, emerges from the capsule about 22 hours after the rescue operation's final phase began.Luis Urzua, the last of the 33 miners to be rescued, emerges from the capsule about 22 hours after the rescue operation's final phase began.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

BBC News - Russia inflates its military with blow-up weapons

BBC News - Russia inflates its military with blow-up weapons
BBC News - The Russian military has come up with a way to deceive the enemy and save money at the same time: inflatable weapons.

They look just like real ones: they are easy to transport and quick to deploy.

You name it, the Russian army is blowing it up: from pretend tanks to entire radar stations.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11511886

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Wednesday is target for extraction of Chilean miners to begin - CNN.com

Wednesday is target for extraction of Chilean miners to begin - CNN.com
CNN - Rescue crews in Chile will begin at midnight Tuesday -- and perhaps even earlier -- to free the 33 miners trapped for more than two months nearly half a mile below ground, Chile's mining minister said Monday.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/10/11/chile.trapped.miners/

Hungary sludge leak chief executive arrested - CNN.com

Hungary sludge leak chief executive arrested - CNN.com
CNN - The head of the company at the center of a toxic spill in Hungary has been arrested on charges of public endangerment and harming the environment, authorities said Monday.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/11/hungary.toxic/

U.S. grenade may have killed British hostage, PM says - CNN.com

U.S. grenade may have killed British hostage, PM says - CNN.com
CNN - A British aid worker who died during an operation to rescue her from kidnappers in Afghanistan may have been killed by a grenade thrown by American forces trying to free her, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will launch an investigation into the failed attempt to rescue Linda Norgrove, 36, Cameron said.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/11/uk.afghanistan.hostage.death/

BBC News - Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 smartphones

BBC News - Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 smartphones
BBC News - Microsoft has launched Windows Phone 7, its latest attempt to break into the lucrative smartphone market.

Until now the company has failed to provide a credible challenge to rival operating systems from Apple, Google, Research in Motion and Nokia.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11515879

Rally shenanigans: Book thrown at Obama; naked man arrested – CNN.com

Rally shenanigans: Book thrown at Obama; naked man arrested – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs
CNN - In what was one of the president’s stranger campaign rallies, an unidentified individual in the crowd threw a book at Obama just after he wrapped up his remarks at the event in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Read full story at CNN: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/11/rally-shenanigans-book-thrown-at-obama-naked-man-arrested/

Saturday, October 9, 2010

BBC News - Google tests cars that drive themselves

BBC News - Google tests cars that drive themselves
BBC News - Engineers at Google have tested a self-driving car on the streets of California, the company has announced.

The cars use video cameras mounted on the roof, radar sensors and a laser range finder to "see" other traffic, software engineer Sebastian Thrun said.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11508351

Friday, October 8, 2010

BBC News - United Arab Emirates will not ban Blackberries

BBC News - United Arab Emirates will not ban Blackberries

Bolivian president apologizes for kneeing soccer opponent in groin - CNN.com

Bolivian president apologizes for kneeing soccer opponent in groin - CNN.com
CNN - It was the soccer foul seen round the world -- a knee to an opponent's groin. It didn't earn a red card ejection for Bolivian President Evo Morales, but it was caught on video and -- and this viral world of Youtube -- got him a lot of unwanted attention.

Morales apologized Thursday for his intemperate action, saying he had fallen into a trap.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/10/08/bolivia.president.apologizes/

When glass touch screens feel like sandpaper - CNN.com

When glass touch screens feel like sandpaper - CNN.com
A new form of touch-screen technology called TeslaTouch aims to let users feel different sensations on the glass.

Read more at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/10/08/tesla.touch.disney/

Thursday, October 7, 2010

BBC News - Hungarian chemical sludge spill reaches Danube

BBC News - Hungarian chemical sludge spill reaches Danube
BBC News - Toxic red sludge from a spill at an industrial plant in Hungary has reached the River Danube, officials say.

They said alkaline levels that killed all fish in one river were now greatly reduced, but were being monitored.

Disaster official Tibor Dobson said all life in the Marcal river, which feeds the Danube, had been "extinguished".
Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11491412

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FBI making numerous arrests in Puerto Rico corruption investigation - CNN.com

FBI making numerous arrests in Puerto Rico corruption investigation - CNN.com
CNN - Federal agents were arresting more than 100 people, 60 of them police officers, Wednesday in a major law enforcement operation targeting corruption in Puerto Rico, according to a senior law enforcement source familiar with the case.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/06/puerto.rico.arrests/

State of emergency in Ecuador extended - CNN.com

State of emergency in Ecuador extended - CNN.com

Britain's 'Peerless Pier' goes up in flames - CNN.com Blogs

Britain's 'Peerless Pier' goes up in flames – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
CNN - Britain’s renowned Hastings Pier, a Victorian-era structure once dubbed the “Peerless Pier,” was 90 percent destroyed by fire early Tuesday.

Two local men, ages 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of arson after the blaze, according to the Hastings Observer.

Read full story at CNN: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/05/britains-peerless-pier-goes-up-in-blaze/

Good Samaritan describes chase that led to girl's freedom - CNN.com

Good Samaritan describes chase that led to girl's freedom - CNN.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

BBC News - France arrests nine in anti-terror raids

BBC News - France arrests nine in anti-terror raids
BBC News - Police in France have arrested nine people and seized guns and ammunition in anti-terrorism raids in the south of the country, officials say.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11477652

BBC News - Deadly sludge escape kills four in western Hungary

BBC News - Deadly sludge escape kills four in western Hungary
BBC News - Hungary has declared a state of emergency in three western counties after sludge from an alumina (a synthetically produced aluminium oxide) plant killed four people and injured 120.

The red chemical sludge flooded out of a burst dam, affecting at least seven villages and towns including Devecser, where it stood 2m (6.5ft) deep.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11475361

Eyes-on, glasses off, with Toshiba's glasses-less 3D TV - CNN.com

Eyes-on, glasses off, with Toshiba's glasses-less 3D TV - CNN.com

Sunday, October 3, 2010

BBC News - Germany marks 20 years as reunified nation

BBC News - Germany marks 20 years as reunified nation
BBC News - Germany has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of its reunification.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11461199

BBC News - Militants attack Nato tanker convoy in Pakistan

BBC News - Militants attack Nato tanker convoy in Pakistan
At least 20 tankers were set on fire in the attack close to the capital Islamabad.

Unconfirmed reports say at least six people were killed in the attack.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11463490

BBC News - More than 100 arrests, as FBI uncovers cyber crime ring

BBC News - More than 100 arrests, as FBI uncovers cyber crime ring
BBC News - US and other countries arrest more than 100 people suspected to be members of a cyber crime ring that stole $70m.

The suspects worked as so-called mules for fraudsters based in Eastern Europe who hacked into US computers to steal around $70m.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11457611

Indonesia train crash kills 36, injures many - CNN.com

Indonesia train crash kills 36, injures many - CNN.com
CNN - A crash involving two trains in central Indonesia Saturday killed 36 people and injured 26, officials said.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/02/indonesia.train.crash/

World War I to finally end for Germany this weekend - CNN.com

World War I to finally end for Germany this weekend – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
CNN - On Sunday - the 20th anniversary of East and West Germany unifying about a year after the Berlin Wall fell - Deutschland will make the last in a series of reparation payments that has spanned more than nine decades.

The final payment is £59.5 million, about $93.8 million, reported London's Telegraph newspaper. Germany had to pay Belgium and France for material damages and the rest of the Allies the costs of fighting the war.

Read full story at CNN: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/30/world-war-i-to-finally-end-this-weekend/

Friday, October 1, 2010

Heavy rain causes flooding in East Coast

CNN - A massive storm system made its way up the Eastern Seaboard Friday, leaving flooded neighborhoods and roadways in its wake.


The storm is forecast to drop heavy rain in the Northeast as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole interact with an upper-level low and a frontal boundary.

Flood watches and warnings have been issued from North Carolina to Maine. High-wind warnings were in effect from Massachusetts to Maine, with wind gusts up to 60 mph.

Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/01/east.coast.rain/ 

BBC News - Nigeria independence celebrations marred by blasts

BBC News - Nigeria independence celebrations marred by blasts
BBC News - At least eight people have been killed in explosions in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, marring celebrations to mark 50 years since independence from the UK.

Police have confirmed that two blasts outside the justice ministry were caused by car bombs.
Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11453668

CNNMoney.com - Trojan malware blamed for $3 million bank fraud

Trojan malware blamed for $3 million bank fraud - Sep. 30, 2010
CNNMoney.com - An international cybercrime ring was broken up Thursday by federal and state officials who say the alleged hackers used phony e-mails to obtain personal passwords and empty more than $3 million from U.S. bank accounts.

The U.S. Attorney's Office charged 37 individuals for allegedly using a malicious computer program called Zeus Trojan to hack into the bank accounts of U.S. businesses and municipal entities.

Read full story at CNNMoney.com: http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/30/technology/cyber_crime_charges/