Friday, October 29, 2010
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/
Thursday, October 28, 2010
A record breaking storm with gusts of wind up to 81mph passes through Midwestern US.
Read more at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11637877
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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/
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
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/
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/
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/
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
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
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 - 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 - 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
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.
More info at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_typhoon_megi
|Typhoon Megi within hours of making landfall in Luzon on 18 October|
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
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/
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
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/
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
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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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/
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/
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 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
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 - 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
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/
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 - 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
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/
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/
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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 - 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
Sunday, October 3, 2010
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
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 - 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
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/
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
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 - 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 - 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/