Europe’s largest economy, Germany, which has been criticized for not doing enough to help struggling euro zone countries, has topped a poll as the world’s most popular country.
The survey, carried out for the BBC, polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether their influence on the world was mainly positive or negative.
Germany came out on top, [...]
A soldier was apparently beheaded and hacked at with a meat cleaver by two attackers, who were then shot by armed police near the Woolwich Barracks. The young victim, wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt, was attacked “like a piece of meat” and dumped in the street, according to witness reports.
Whitehall sources say it is “a fair supposition” that the incident was a terrorist incident, according to reports from the [...]
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, has said he would not expel members for voicing “old-fashioned” views about homosexuality, including those who describe it as “disgusting”. He was responding to reports of a Ukip online forum in which one of the party’s candidates allegedly used the word to describe gay sex and said that homosexuals were not “normal”.
Mr Farage told BBC Radio 2′s Jeremy Vine Show: “That [...]
Scientists say the recent downturn in the rate of global warming will lead to lower temperature rises in the short-term.
Since 1998, there has been an unexplained “standstill” in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Writing in Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this will reduce predicted warming in the coming decades.
But long-term, the expected temperature rises will not alter significantly.
The slowdown in the expected rate of global warming has been studiedfor [...]
Bankers Fixing The System story about banking industry in 2012 BBC documentary
With gripping first-hand accounts from banking insiders, regulators and politicians this film tells the story of two recent multi-billion pound trading disasters that rocked the City. It shows that some bankers are still taking reckless risks, five years after the crash that brought the world’s economy to its knees. Risk is the engine of growth but reckless risk can [...]
The Ukip leader Nigel Farage has condemned the “fascist scum” who forced him to take refuge in an Edinburgh pub and hung up on a BBC Scotland interview over outrage at the “hatred” in its questioning.
by Rowena Mason, The Telegraph:
The leader of the UK Independence Party said the “excesses of Scottish nationalism” can be “pretty ugly” and “deeply unpleasant” after he was surrounded and hassled by hardline demonstrators yesterday.
He spoke to BBC Good Morning [...]
Attkisson is in a rarified circle of TV journalists, and yet she has risked her reputation and probably her career to report the Benghazi coverup, stories that now have finally begun to break through the wall of denial and are being taken up by ABC, BBC and even CNN.
Attkisson is also among the select club of journalists singled out by the Administration for being “advocates” — meaning reporting the truth [...]
Police crept up on Andrew Moran as he sat by a pool in a luxury villa north of Benidorm
One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been arrested in a raid on a luxury villa on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Andrew Moran, 31, from Salford, Manchester, was detained after a pursuit by police in the Alicante resort of Calpe on Friday.
He was charged with an armed robbery of Royal Mail guards in Lancashire [...]
A simple act of cash changing hands could become a lot less private. U.S. researchers have developed a new way of embedding traceable chips within “smart” paper—raising the possibility of banks and governments guarding against counterfeiting and even tracking the usage of paper money.
The new method of embedding radio frequency identification chips (RFID) in paper came from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Researchers used a patent-pending technology—called Laser Enabled Advanced [...]
Leading Pakistani cricket star turned politician Imran Khan has been hurt after falling off a makeshift lift that was taking him onto a stage at an election rally in Lahore.
Elections occur Saturday.
He suffered a visible head injury, but a spokesman for the Shaukat Khanum hospital said his condition was stable.
The former cricketer later appeared on television from his hospital bed.
He urged Pakistanis to vote in Saturday’s parliamentary elections, in which [...]
BBC Persian reporter: Residents heard blasts in Iranian capital.
Three explosions were heard in western Tehran on Tuesday, in an area where Iran carries out missile research and storage, according to a Tweet by a BBC Persian journalist.
It was not immediately clear if there were injuries or damage in the incident.
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Screen capture from BBC video.
Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have left at least three people dead and 60 injured.
Up to half a million protesters gathered in the city, where rioters set fire to shops and vehicles as police fought to contain them.
The activists are calling for those who insult Islam to face the death penalty.
Police have moved in to expel thousands of [...]
The hackers tweeted an ‘exclusive’ allegedly from Justin saying ‘I’m a gay,’ prompting 1,200 retweets and 351 favorites. The group behind the hack has also in the past gotten into accounts for ’60 Minutes,’ the BBC, NPR, Reuters and the Associated Press.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/e-online-twitter-account-hacked-article-1.1335214#ixzz2SNMqTQaX
North Korea says it has sentenced a US citizen to 15 years of hard labour.
The announcement, from state news agency KCNA, said Pae Jun-ho, known in the US as Kenneth Bae, was tried on 30 April.
He was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist. Pyongyang said he was accused of anti-government crimes.
The move comes amid high tensions between North Korea and the US, after Pyongyang’s third [...]
from Zero Hedge:
A few hours ago, Greek lawmakers approved a reform law to unlock about €8.8 billion of rescue loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The law, which was a condition for further aid installments, passed easily with the solid backing of the three parties comprising Greece’s ruling coalition, by 168 to 123 votes. Next, euro zone officials will meet on Monday to approve overdue payment of [...]
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German airline Lufthansa has cancelled the majority of its flights scheduled for Monday due to a strike.
The airline said about only about 30 of its flights would run as planned on Monday, out of more than 1,700 originally scheduled.
Ground staff have called a one-day strike in a pay dispute.
Last week Lufthansa rejected union demands for a 5.2% wage increase over the next 12 months.
Strikers are also looking for guarantees over job cuts.
April 18, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the BBC that Israel has a right to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands in Syria.
He said that if terrorists seized anti-aircraft and chemical weapons they could be “game changers” in the region.
There have been growing calls for the international community to arm rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
April 17, 2013
Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.
Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even in the face of extreme danger, did not deter the likes of Columbus orMagellan.
So it is perhaps [...]
EVEN FOX NEWS! This is getting Insane!
Interesting enough the only suspect is a single Black male… which would be a democrat, right!
Serious misuse of license fee.
LSE Deputy Director Professor George Gaskell has said he would never allow journalists to go away with an academic party from the university.
The institution has asked the BBC not to show a Panorama programme it filmed in North Korea under cover of a study trip.
As a measles epidemic in south Wales continues to spread at an “alarming rate” an expert has said mandatory vaccinations should be considered.
Dr Paul Offit, a US-based measles expert, told the BBC that mandatory vaccinations in America had prevented similar outbreaks.
His comments came as measles cases in the Swansea area rose to 620.
The Welsh government said it believed the “hard won trust” in MMR would be damaged if vaccination was [...]
Dutch ING Bank Suffers “Technical Glitch”, Clients Report Negative Balances
UPDATE: Another Dutch bank – Rabobank – is apparently having ‘technical’ issues now
Following yesterday’s discussion of the brink-like nature of the Dutch economy (and banking system), it is perhaps just a coincidence that ING is suffering from a major failure in its Internet Banking. It is unclear how many customers are affected but judging by the scale of responses on Twitter (#ING) it is widespread. [...]
The annual cost to the taxpayer of supporting the Queen is rising by £5m, following changes to the way the monarch’s role is funded.
The Sovereign Grant, used to fund a number of official royal duties, pay staff and maintain palaces, has been set at £36.1m for 2013/14.
The figure is up from the £31m received the previous year, which included an extra £1m for the Diamond Jubilee.
Buckingham Palace said spending [...]
March 26, 2013
Encrypted messaging services such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp could be blocked in Saudi Arabia, the telecommunications regulator there is reported to have warned, according to BBC News.
It is demanding a means to monitor such applications, but Saudis say that would seriously inhibit their communications.
Saudi newspapers are reporting that the companies behind the applications have been given a week to respond. No explanation has been given of why [...]
Cyprus has only “hard choices left” and must agree terms on Sunday for a crucial bailout for its ailing banks, the EU’s commissioner for economic affairs Olli Rehn says.
Mr Rehn said there were no longer any “optimal solutions” and that Cyprus’s near future “will be very difficult”.
Talks with the EU and IMF continued throughout Saturday in Nicosia.
Cyprus needs their approval in order to present a rescue plan to eurozone [...]
March 20, 2013
A rat may have caused this week’s power outage at Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, says the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco).
The company suspects the rodent may have caused a short-circuit in a switchboard, triggering the power cut.
“We have deeply worried the public, but the system has been restored,” Tepco spokesman Masayuki Ono was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.
Two years ago a massive quake-triggered tsunami [...]
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Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has warned that the raiding of people’s saving accounts in Cyprus could trigger bank runs across Europe.
Darling said that the unprecedented step of looting banks account of those with 100,000 euros or less could lead to a collapse in confidence because it “blows apart” the notion that such sums are protected.
“They have [...]
Banking giant HSBC, which was hit with a US fine for money laundering last year, is facing fresh accusations of illegal activity in Argentina.
Argentina has alleged that the bank used “fake receipts” to facilitate money laundering and tax evasion, and launder 392m pesos ($77m; £50m).
The country’s tax authority said it had filed criminal charges against HSBC.
HSBC said that it would cooperate with the investigation, adding that the allegations were [...]
The Cypriot central bank has announced that the country’s banks will stay closed until later this week as fears mount of a bank run.
The country’s banks were closed for a scheduled Bank Holiday on Monday, something that allowed Cyprus to try to implement a levy on savers’ deposits.
That move triggered unease among depositors in Cyprus, where cash machines soon ran out of funds.