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Someone framed them, I don't know who exactly did it. They cowards they shot the boy dead, there are cops like this. Those are my kids, you know, I am afraid for my other boy, may be he will be shot dead too. They should arrest him, may be bring him but alive, alive. Justice should decide who is right and who is guilty.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

North Korea to put US citizen on trial

North says imprisoned US citizen Pae Jun-Ho's case will be heard at Supreme Court but fails to give details of charges.

 North Korea will put a US citizen on trial for "committing crimes" against the country and aiming to topple the regime, the North's official news agency has said.

On Saturday, amid soaring tensions between Pyongyang and the West, the KCNA said US citizen Pae Jun-Ho had admitted to the charges and would soon face "judgment".

He has been in prison in the North since November.

"In the process of investigation he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with hostility toward it," the report said. "His crimes were proved by evidence".

Pae was arrested in November as he entered the northeastern port city of Rason, which lies inside a special economic zone near North Korea's border with Russia and China.

Deadly anti-government violence grips Iraq

Maliki calls for calm as protests against prime minister's rule spill into fifth day with death toll passing 200 people.

  Sectarian tensions have escalated in Iraq, where the death toll from a wave of violence has passed 200, officials and reports have said.

On Saturday, the fifth day of protests, gunmen killed five army intelligence soldiers in two attacks west of Baghdad.

"Five soldiers in civilians clothes have been killed near a protest site in Ramadi," said Al Jazeera's Omar Al Saleh, reporting from Baghdad. 

"The men were stopped by gunmen protecting the protest. It's not clear how things developed and what led to the killing. Some say they were intelligence agents, others say they were soldiers on leave and were stopped," he said.

Later, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki renewed call for calm and said sectarian strife had returned to Iraq from elsewhere in the region.

In televised remarks, Maliki said: "Sectarianism is evil, and the wind of sectarianism does not need a licence to cross from a country to another, because if it begins in a place, it will move to another place.

"Strife is knocking on the doors of everyone, and no one will survive if it enters, because there is a wind behind it, and money, and plans."

Maliki last spoke on Thursday, again warning of a return to "sectarian civil war".

Friday, April 26, 2013

Stupid Answers for Stupid Questions

Stupid Answers for Stupid Questions

  Someone calls you at 2 am in the night and ask you "are you sleeping?"
Answer: No, I’m picking beans.

 Someone see you coming out of the bathroom, wet; ''did you just have a bath?''
Answer: No, I fell into the toilet bowl

You standing right in front of the elevator on the ground floor going to your office, yet they ask; ''going up?''
Answer: No, I’m waiting for my office to come down and get me!

Samsung rings up record quarterly profits

South Korean company says smartphone sales boosted record $6.4bn net earnings, but firm halts access to users in Iran.

 Samsung expects increased smartphone competition will slow its net profit down in next three months of 2013 [EPA]

Strong smartphone sales are thought to be the driving force for South Korea's Samsung Electronics, which posted a record net profit for the first three months of the year.

In results released on Friday, the company said its net profit soared 41.6 percent to a record $6.4bn in the first quarter.

Analysts estimate Samsung shipped approximately 70 million smartphones in the first quarter of the year. The company does not release details on the number of phones it sells in its earnings reports.

In a statement, Samsung said "sound sales" of the popular Galaxy S3 smartphone had aided profit margins, but explained that second quarter global demand was "forecast to dampen".

Iraq gripped by deadly sectarian violence

Thousands of Sunnis renew protests against Shia-led government, as death toll passes 190 in four-day wave of violence.

 A bombing in Najaf city, southern Iraq, that killed one person on Friday, was among a wave of violence in Iraq [EPA]

Sectarian tensions have escalated in Iraq, where the death toll from a four-day wave of violence has passed 190, officials have said.

Thousands of protesters gathered in cities across Iraq this week to voice their anger at the Shia-led government and called for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down and an end to the discrimination against Sunnis.

A United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, warned on Friday Iraq was at "crossroads" and called for restraint as violence continues to raise fears of a wider sectarian war.

The comments came as bombings at four Sunni mosques in and around Baghdad killed four people and wounded 50 on Friday, according to an interior ministry official and medics.

The violence was the latest in a wave of violence that erupted on Tuesday when security forces moved in against anti-government protesters near the Sunni northern town of Hawijah. The ensuing clashes left 53 people dead.

Suspicion grows over Syria chemical weapons

UK prime minister backs US spy agencies' assessment that Damascus likely to have used sarin gas against civilians.

The US has said that Syria has probably used chemical weapons against rebel forces on a "small scale," but emphasized that intelligence services were still not 100 percent sure.

US spy agencies have investigated reports from Syrian opposition groups that President Bashar al-Assad's forces have used sarin gas on at least two occasions during the two-year-old conflict.

"Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria," Caitlin Hayden, a US National Security Council spokesperson, said on Thursday.

Two Syrian officials denied the US accusations, backed by Britain, on Friday, with a senior official saying Damascus did not and would not use chemical weapons even if it had them.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Human Brain Analysis: Man vs. Woman


    Women's brains designed to concentrate multiple task at a time. Women can Watch a TV and Talk over phone and cook. Men brains designed to concentrate only one work at a time. Men can not watch TV and talk over the phone at the same time. they stop the TV while Talking. They can either watch TV or talk over the phone or cook.


     Women can easily learn many languages. But can not find solutions to problems. Men can not easily learn languages, they can easily solve problems. That's why in average a 3 years old girl has three times higher vocabulary than a 3 year old boy.


       Men brains has a lot of space for handling the analytical process. They can analyze and find the solution for a process and design a map of a building easily. But If a complex map is viewed by women, they can not understand it. Women can not understand the details of a map easily, For them it is just a dump of lines on a paper.

Journalist murder unnerves Somalia media

Killing of Mohamed Ibrahim Rage this week highlights lack of safety for reporters working in the war-torn country.

 Mohamed Ibrahim Rage was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Sunday outside his home in Mogadishu [AP]

Mogadishu, Somalia - In a two-bedroom house in Mogadishu's Medina district, a group of about 10 women have gathered to mourn in silence. 

Sitting on plastic chairs, the women silently stare at the cement floor, tears freely flowing from their eyes.

DNA discovery celebrates 60 year anniversary

One of the most important discoveries in scientific history was made 60 years ago, changing our
understanding of life.


It is 1953 and molecular biologists Francis Crick and James Watson have been working to understand how genetic material is stored in cells.

They see a picture, taken by researchers at Kings College London and figure out that DNA is shaped like a spiral staircase.

A letter written by Crick to his son sold earlier this month at auction for $6m. In it he describes the double-helix structure of DNA as beautiful.

The scientists knew DNA had some way of copying itself, passing genetic information from old cells to new ones.

They decided this was most likely to be achieved if the DNA was formed by two strands.

Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports.
AJ English


Myanmar's Rohingya left with little hope

Thousands of Muslim refugees stuck in squalid camps in Rakhine state, left to wait for government to decide their fate.

Mosques in Rakhine state were destroyed in ethnic violence, Human Rights Watch reported [AFP] 

 For Muslims displaced by last year's religious violence in western Myanmar, there is no light at the end of the tunnel and the strain is beginning to show.

I have visited the refugee camps on the outskirts of the Rakhine State capital, Sittwe, several times, but this was my first visit in six months and I was struck by several changes, none of them positive.

Arab countries divided over media credibility- AJ English

Many in Egypt and Tunisia remain distrustful of news media, says new research on media habits in the Middle East.

Doha, Qatar - People in some Arab countries appear to be divided when it comes to trusting the credibility of their national news agencies, according to the results of a recently conducted survey of media habits in the region.

Preliminary results of the survey, released on Wednesday during a session of the Qatar Media Industries Forum in Doha, showed that a majority of adults in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates believed their news media to be "credible". 

However, in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia, only a quarter of those surveyed trusted the credibility of their media outlets, according to results of the survey of nearly 10,000 adults conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q).

"This is a particularly interesting phenomenon in Lebanon, as this is thought to be a country with 'free press'", Everette Dennis, dean and CEO of NU-Q, said in a statement.

Many trapped in Bangladesh building rubble as toll tops 220

(Reuters) - Survivors from a garment factory that collapsed in Bangladesh killing at least 228 people described on Thursday a deafening bang and tremors before the eight-floor building crashed down under them.

Many more of the mostly female workers were still feared trapped in the rubble more than 24 hours after the disaster, which has brought renewed attention to Western firms who use Bangladesh as a source of low cost goods.

In the evening, local residents were still pulling survivors and bodies from the wreckage of the Rana Plaza building in the commercial suburb of Savar, 30 km (20 miles) outside the capital Dhaka, using crowbars and their bare hands in sweltering heat. More than 1,000 people were injured.

Israel 'shoots down Lebanese drone'

Military says it downed an unmanned aircraft off coast of city of Haifa after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon.

The Israeli military says it has shot down an unmanned aircraft several kilometres off the coast of the northern port city of Haifa after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Chemical Knowledge of Bezoar Goats

  The Bezoar goat can climb up sheer rock faces. The bottoms of its hooves are rough, and the soft pads under its feet let it move with great agility. The name Bezoar actually stems from a Farsi word meaning medicine, and these goats are experts at treating themselves— thanks to this species' astonishing knowledge of chemistry.

When a Bezoar goat is bitten by a snake, immediately it begins eating one of the species of Euphorbia which grow around.
This is a most astonishing behavior, because these plants contain euphorbon, a substance that neutralizes the venom in the goat's blood system.
What allows these goats, who do not even touch Euphorbia in their day-to-day grazing, to use these plants as a medicinal treatment? How do they know that they need this plant because the chemicals in the plant are
an effective antidote against snake venom?

Scores dead in Bangladesh building collapse

Rescue workers continue search for survivors trapped under rubble of eight-storey building that collapsed in Dhaka.

 At least 87 people have been killed and many more are feared dead after an eight-storey building collapsed in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A massive rescue mission is now under way as officials said on Wednesday that hundreds of people were still trapped in the rubble as fire crews say up to 2,000 people were in the building when it fell.

Only the ground floor of the Rana Plaza in the Savar district, which also housed a garment factory, remained intact after the collapse at 8:30am local time on Wednesday morning, said the officials.

Al Jazeera's correspondent in Dhaka, who is not being named because of reporting restrictions, described the scene as  chaotic.

Teacher & Student Funny Conversation

Teacher Fell Asleep In Class And A Little Naughty Boy Walked Up To Him,

Boy : “Teacher Are You Sleeping In Class?”

Teacher : “No I Am Not Sleeping In Class.”

Boy : “What Were You Doing Sir ?”

Teacher : ” I Was Talking To God.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

ACCA offers exemption for other professional accountancy qualifications

To reach far on the corporate ladder, professionals are expected to furnish more and more paper qualifications to support their experiences and skill levels.

As such, more often than not they are faced with the dilemma of studying the same old theories and lessons over and over under differently named qualifications and courses. To eliminate this and to enable easy access to higher education qualifications, the largest and fastest growing global professional accountancy body the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is now offering exemptions for students who have obtained credentials of relevant accountancy qualifications prior to starting the ACCA’s qualification programme.

Under this exemption scheme, students can now refrain from undertaking all exams listed in the ACCA Qualification or at the foundation level, and can instead start studying at their level of knowledge ascertained through other qualification programs.

Anti-Muslim campaign harmful to Sri Lanka

What is the motive of those who are behind the Anti-Muslim campaign in Sri Lanka? 

Since the campaign began just before the Sri Lanka issue being taken up at the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, the question that arises is: Was it to deprive Sri Lanka of the votes of the Muslim countries?

The Government should find out who is financing this movement. I urge the President to check on this and take necessary action.

I feel that the aim of these groups is not only to deprive us of those the vote but also the remittance from our workers employed in West Asia. If the West Asian countries decide to close doors on Sri Lankan workers, what will be the fate of our economy?

Therefore, the authorities should nip the anti-Muslim campaign in the bud. Otherwise, all of us will suffer.

S.G. Gunawardene

Thanks: Sunday Times (Letters to the Editor)

CA Sri Lanka’s first ever degree in Applied Accounting kicks off in June

The inaugural Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Accounting offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will commence in June this year.

The BSc. in Applied Accounting which has also been approved by the University Grants Commission is open for students with three passes (under the new syllabus) or four passes (under the old syllabus) in any subject stream at the GCE Advanced Level examination.

The degree is designed in two stages, namely the general degree programme which will be conducted over a period of three years covering six semesters and or the special degree which will be conducted over a period of four years covering eight semesters.

Thirty-three percent of world’s poorest live in India

India has 33 percent of the world’s poorest 1.2 billion people, even though the country’s poverty rate is half as high as it was three decades ago, according to a new World Bank report.

India reduced the number of its poor from 429 million in 1981 to 400 million in 2010, and the extreme poverty rate dropped from 60 percent of the population to 33 percent during the same period. Despite the good news, India accounts for a higher proportion of the world’s poor than it used to. In 1981, it was home to 22 percent of the world’s poorest people.

The World Bank report comes just days after it proposed a $12 billion to $20 billion plan to reduce poverty levels over four years in the Indian states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Sixty percent of the financing would go to state government-backed projects, according to the Hindu Business Line newspaper.

Egypt's Coptic challenge

Cairo is witnessing a backlash from the Christian community after tensions recently spilled over into deadly violence.

Clashes between Muslims and Christian Copts in Egypt over the past few weeks have left 10 people dead, bringing decades-old sectarian tension back to the forefront in the Arab world's most populous country.

Violence broke out April 6 after Coptic children allegedly drew crosses on the wall of an Islamic institute in Khosoos, north of Cairo, leaving four Copts and a Muslim dead. A funeral held for Coptic victims at St Mark's Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Pope in Cairo, likewise descended into violence after unknown assailants attacked the procession, leading to more deaths in the deadliest sectarian incident since President Mohammed Morsi was elected in June 2012.

The attack on the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral - a major site for Egypt's Christian population - has resulted in a backlash from the community.

Coptic parliamentarians criticised the government and police for failing to protect the iconic church. Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Church, told local media that Morsi's handling of the crisis suffered from "negligence and poor assessment of events", and that the attack "crossed all the red lines", an unusual move for the church - which has generally shied away from criticising the head of state.

Car bomb explodes at French embassy in Libya

Two guards injured in apparent car bomb attack in Tripoli, according to security officials.

France's embassy in Libya was hit by what appeared to be a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in the Libyan capital since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

"There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a booby trapped car," a French official told Reuters.

 "There was a lot of damage and there are two guards wounded."

In Paris, foreign minister Laurent Fabius condemned what he called a heinous attack and said everything would be done to find the perpetrators.

Deadly clashes break out in northern Iraq

At least 20 people have been killed in battle between protesters and security forces, according to ministry of defense.

Clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in northern Iraq have left at least 20 people dead and dozens injured, officials said.

The clashes broke out early on Tuesday morning when security forces entered an open area in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk, where demonstrations have been held since January.

Iraq's ministry of defence said, in a statement, that 20 armed men were killed along with three army personnel - one officer and two soldiers - in the blasts. 

The statement also said that the armed men used protesters as cover, and that the army has arrested 75 "fighters" and seized 40 rifles, plus grenades.

Sheikh Abdullah Sami al-Asi, a Sunni provincial official, said the fighting began when security forces entered the protest area in the town and tried to make arrests.

Myanmar's 'crimes against humanity'

We discuss a Human Rights Watch report that alleges government involvement in the violence against minority Rohingya.

Authorities in Myanmar stand accused of a campaign of ethnic cleansing of minority Rohingya Muslims.

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, their actions amount to crimes against humanity, including murder, persecution and deportation.

It relates to violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in June and October of last year, in which more than 200 people were killed, and over 100,000 displaced.

Human Rights Watch says government security forces did nothing to stop the violence, and even took part in it.

The report comes as the European Union lifts sanctions against the country and President Thein Sein is given a peace award - the 'In Pursuit of Peace Award' is from the International Crisis Group (ICG).

The award recognises individuals for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of peace and security and praises the Myanmar's president for his efforts to "bring us closer to a world free of conflict".
It found extensive state involvement and planning in the killings and destruction of property and that community leaders and Buddhist monks, also played a role in the killings, along with police and army personnel.
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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Anti-Islam Film Maker Convert to Islam

 MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party Arnoud Van Doorn visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to pray and say sorry for becoming part of a blasphemous film.

Doorn was among the Freedom Party leaders who produced the blasphemous film, Fitna. Last month he reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the religion and the Prophet (peace be upon him). 

He said that the worldwide outrage against the film made him study about the Prophet (pbuh) and that eventually led to his conversion. 

He headed for Makkah to perform Umrah after meeting the two imams of the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Ali Al-Hudaifi and Sheikh Salah Al-Badar, who enlightened him on how to lead the life of a good Muslim and confront challenges facing Islam in the West.


Suspect's Father says:
 Someone framed them, I don't know who exactly did it.
They cowards they shot the boy dead, there are cops like this.
Those are my kids, you know, I am afraid for my other boy, may be he will be shot dead too.
They should arrest him, may be bring him but alive, alive. Justice should decide who is right and who is guilty.
The cat is getting out.
Watch this video, first conspiracy theory video on Boston Bombing.
Probably after unsuccessful attempt to defame Islam through 911 plot, this could be another one.
God knows best.
 An interesting analysis.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Margaret Thatcher’s final call

Media coverage of the death of the former British leader has mirrored the divisions which marked her political life.

 'As divisive in death as she was in office’ is a phrase that has frequently been repeated in the British media since former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death on April 8. And nowhere was that more true than in their own coverage.

Depending on where Britons get their news, Thatcher was either an 'Iron Lady' who rescued the UK and modernised its economy, or an elitist who looked down at the working classes and crippled British industry.

Britain’s right-leaning press, many of which are owned by key Thatcher ally Rupert Murdoch, stood in her favour while the liberal press seized on the opportunity to criticise her policies and blame her for some of Britain’s current problems.

It is said that one should not speak ill of the dead. But that did not stop liberal papers from passing harsh judgment on a prime minister whose policies, they say, have not grown better with time.

It was inevitable then, fitting even, that Thatcher’s death would prove to be as polarising an event as her 11 years in office. It gave Britain's opinionated press one last chance to argue over her record, her place in history, and the way she was eulogised, at a ceremony that looked suspiciously like the state funeral that the Cameron government insisted it was not.



Kuwait opposition politician slams 'bullying'

In exclusive interview, Mossallam al-Barrak, convicted for insulting emir, says he will continue fighting for reforms.

Mossallam al-Barrak, Kuwait's prominent leader of the opposition, has made his first public appearance since a court sentenced him to five years in jail for insulting the emir.

Special forces stormed the family home belonging to Barrak, a former member of parliament, on Wednesday.

Barrak had refused to hand himself in - insisting he had not been presented with an arrest warrant.

Speaking exclusively to Al Jazeera, Barrak said the calls for reform in Kuwait will continue despite his sentencing, and warned the government not to continue its crackdown on the opposition.

"This aggressive approach, and bullying by the authorities will not succeed," Barrak said.

"If they think that by using excessive force, and indiscriminately cracking down on civilians, is the way in which they should deal with the people, then this is wrong."

Barrak had first been detained in October on suspicion of "undermining the status of the emir".

He had warned the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah, in a speech that he would not be allowed to "take Kuwait into the abyss of autocracy".


North Korea 'moves missile launchers'

South Korean report says Pyongyang has moved two launchers to its east coast in preparation for expected missile test.

North Korea has reportedly moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations have apparently begun for a missile test as tensions continue to simmer on the peninsula.

The North had said before fresh reports of the missile move emerged on Sunday that it was willing to discuss disarmament but rejected a US nuclear condition for talks.

Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea's late founding leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15 but it did not materialise.

The North's military moved two launchers believed to be for scud missiles to the northeast province of South Hamgyong last week, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, which cited a senior Seoul official.

"We have discovered the North has moved two additional TELs (transporter erector launchers) to the east coast ... after April 16," the official was quoted as saying.

The official said Seoul and the US were closely monitoring the site.

Desperate search for China quake survivors

Rescuers overcome landslides and 1,100 aftershocks to reach Sichuan region where earthquake killed at least 203 people.

  Thousands of rescuers are fighting to thwart a rising death toll as they search earthquake-shattered villages in southwest China for survivors.

Rescue teams battled landslides and collapsed roads to reach isolated parts of Sichuan province on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, in images aired on state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday.

At least 203 people have so far been confirmed dead, with 6,000 injured in Saturday's 6.6 magnitude quake. Almost 1,000 were seriously injured in the quake.

Soldiers searched through the night and day for survivors in villages where houses had been destroyed and treated some of the injured.

China's new Premier Li Keqiang has rushed to the disaster zone and was shown by CCTV eating breakfast in a tent.

"The rescue effort is our first duty," he told state media.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Living Things in Competition with Chemical Engineers

When you want information about medicines, you go to a pharmacist who has been trained in that field. He will have considerable professional experience, know all about what various medicines contain, their purposes and side effects. Yet not even an expert on chemical compounds can tell what beneficial substances a plant may contain, by simply looking at it. How, for example, can anyone look at a foxglove and say "There is a substance in this, digitalis, that can be used as an antidote to the heart problems"? One must either ask others who possess the requisite knowledge and experience, or else one must carry out research and experiments by oneself.

Mere guessing could be exceedingly dangerous. For example, anyone bitten by a poisonous snake needs to be treated at once. In such serious situations, when a moment's delay may result in death, one clearly, cannot resort to guesswork or trial and error.

Humans cannot carry out this difficult procedure without conducting experiments, but a great many living things have been doing this "naturally" for millions of years. For example, the Bezoar goats—which we'll examine in greater detail later on posts in future—can neutralize snake venom. For a creature devoid of reason to know instantly what substance a plant contains, to correctly decide what purpose it serves, to know under what circumstances it should be used —and, furthermore, for all members of the species to share that knowledge— proves one single truth:

There is a power which governs that creature, inspires the necessary knowledge in it, and rules its behavior. This power belongs to Almighty God.

Source: Harunyahya.com

The Incomparable Design in Living Things

  Scientists have carried out various studies on how owls are able to approach their prey so silently in the still of night without making themselves heard. Research carried out under the U.S. Air Force's "Ghost Plane Project" revealed these birds' faultless wing design.

The feathers of other bird species have sharp edges, while owls' feathers do not. This enables the animal to fly and hunt at night, completely silently.
According to a statement by scientists at NASA's Langley Research Center, the soft edges of an owl's feathers prevent air turbulence, that in turn prevents noise. When looking for ways of making ghost planes fly through the sky without being detected, military designers copied the owl feather's structure.
 At the world's busiest airports, planes land and take off roughly every two to three minutes during the day. Airway traffic of this density is controlled by leaving between planes a distance of 4 to 5 km (2 to 3 miles). This minimum security distance needed is determined by such considerations as the size of the plane and its maneuverability.
"Ghost" planes invisible to modern radar have been manufactured, but the noise from all low-flying planes can be heard from hundreds of meters away. Scientists are trying to solve this problem by studying the silent flight of owls and adapting their wings' designs.

Spanish ministers assure support for Sri Lanka

Spanish ministers and members of the congress expressed their support to Sri Lanka to further accelerate the rapid pace of development taking place in the country.
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena meeting Spain’s Commerce State Minister Jaime Garcia Legaz

Water Supply and Drainage Minister and Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena, who is on a visit to Spain, met the President of the Commission on Agriculture, Food and Environment, Jose Ignacio Llorens Torres and six senior Members of the Commission, all of whom are Members of the Congress representing all political parties in Spain, to further consolidate the areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Discussions were also held with Environment State Minister Federico Ramos at the Spanish Environment Ministry.

Ramos explained the three key elements of cooperation that could be developed as being river basin planning, the integral cycle of water management and water management in extreme situations, which would help Sri Lanka in the future.

India police arrest suspect over rape of 5-year-old girl

 NEW DELHI (AFP) - A five-year-old Indian girl who was abducted, raped and tortured in New Delhi was alert and stable, doctors said on Saturday, as fresh protests erupted over sexual violence in the country.

The attack evoked memories of the brutal gang-rape and death of a young female student last December which shook India and sparked weeks of demonstrations against widespread crimes against women and children.

Newspapers splashed the rape of the five-year-old on their front pages with headlines such as "Delhi shamed again" and "Depraved Delhi".

The child was being treated at a top government hospital for serious internal injuries sustained during the more than 40-hour ordeal, as police arrested a garment worker early on Saturday on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

North Korea reiterates it will not give up nuclear arms

 North Korea reiterated on Saturday that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a U.S. condition for talks although it said it was willing to discuss disarmament.

North Korea, in a sign of a possible end to weeks of heightened hostility on the Korean peninsula, offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions on Thursday for talks, including the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

But the United States said it was awaiting “clear signals” that North Korea would halt its nuclear weapons activities.

“The U.S. should not think about the denuclearization on the peninsula before the world is denuclearized,” the North’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Astronomers find most Earth-like planets yet

Best candidates yet found for habitable worlds, including two potentially life-friendly planets orbiting same star.

 Scientists using NASA's Kepler space telescope have found the best candidates yet for habitable worlds, including a pair of potentially life-friendly planets orbiting the same star, officials have said.
Two of the five planets orbiting a sun-like star called Kepler-62 are squarely in what astronomers call the habitable zone, researchers said in the journal Science as was reported on Thursday.
The habitable zone refers to planets that are are neither too hot nor too cold, and could possibly contain water.

"These two are our best candidates that might be habitable," said William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Centre.
The two planets are slightly larger than ours, and at least a couple of billion years older.
The first, 62e, is about 40 percent larger than Earth. It might be warm and may experience flashes of lightning, said Borucki.

Constellation Lyra

The second, 62f, is about 60 percent larger than our planet, and orbits its star every 267 days, close to Earth's annual trajectory of 365 days.
The planet may have polar caps, significant land masses and liquid water, Borucki said.
Both are orbiting a seven-billion-year-old star some 1,200 light years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
They are close enough to their star to be warm, but not so near as to boil the oceans. They are far enough to maintain the likelihood of water without freezing the seas solid, Borucki explained.
Computer models indicate the two planets, likely are solid bodies comprised of rock, ice or a mix of rock and ice.

Pakistani tribal women to run for elections

Badam Zerri and Nusrat Begum make history by becoming first women to contest parliamentary seats from tribal regions.


The final list of candidates for Pakistan's May elections is expected to be published soon.

In the relatively lawless tribal areas, women are rarely seen in public and those who work outside their homes are targeted by the Taliban.

But two women are determined to make history by running for seats in the national assembly.
Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from Lower Dir.
Al Jazeera 


Bombing manhunt locks down Boston

One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead. The other -- his brother- - was on the run Friday, pursued by an army of police whose manhunt virtually shut down the city.

 A man identified by several sources as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after an overnight shootout with police. He's the man described Thursday by the FBI as black-capped Suspect No. 1 in the attacks Monday that killed three. His brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, apparently escaped -- leading police to throw a huge dragnet around the region.

Developments moved quick
Connecticut authorities said a gray Honda CR-V with Massachusetts license plates had been recovered in the Boston area. An earlier alert said the vehicle "could possibly be occupied" by the surviving suspect. Meanwhile, heavily armed police swarmed over a Watertown, Massachusetts, neighborhood looking for the man, identified by Boston police as Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19.
 Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was wearing explosives and a triggering device when he died, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick.

A Maryland man who said he was the suspects' uncle told CNN affiliate WBZ that Tamerlan Tsarnaev "got what he deserved." "What can I say for people who have been murdered? Sympathy," Ruslan Tsarni said. But a former teacher at the high school Dzhokar Tsarnaev attended, who lives near Tsarnaev's residence now, described the younger brother as "a wonderful kid" who seemed incapable of such violence.

World's oldest man in Japan celebrates 116th birthday

 Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura, who holds the distinction of being the world's oldest living person, is celebrating his 116th birthday on Friday.
Mr Kimura, born on 19 April 1897, is believed to be the last known man to have lived across three centuries.
He worked as a postman until he was 65 years old before taking up farming until he was 90.
Guinness World Records has certified Mr Kimura as the world's oldest living person and the oldest living man.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a video message to Mr Kimura that "it is absolutely amazing" to have his two records.
The mayor of Kyotango City in western Japan where Mr Kimura lives also dropped by for a visit.
Mr Kimura currently lives at home under the care of his grandson's widow and eats his meals thrice a day.
He has 14 grandchildren and dozens of great- and great-great grandchildren, reports say.
He is one of only 12 people in the world still alive who was born before the turn of the 20th century, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.
Japan is also home to the world's oldest living woman, Misao Okawa, who is 115 years old.

Source: BBC

Pakistani police arrest Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad

A district court judge ordered General Musharraf to be held under house arrest, as Orla Guerin reports

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been arrested on charges relating to the unlawful detention of judges in 2007.

He appeared at a district court on Friday morning amid heavy security.

He was initially placed under house arrest at his home in Islamabad but later transferred to the police headquarters in the city.

Mr Musharraf has described the cases against him as politically motivated.

Thursday's order to arrest him was an unprecedented move against a former army chief who ruled the country for almost a decade, the BBC's Orla Guerin in Islamabad says.

Although he was present at court when the warrant was issued, police made no attempt to arrest him and he rapidly returned to his home on the outskirts of the city.

UN condemns Syria violence as 'unacceptable'

Rare joint agreement by UNSC demands end to violence and condemns rights abuses by Syrian government forces and rebels.

The UN Security Council has reached a rare agreement on Syria, an issue that has divided it for two years, calling for an end to the escalating violence and condemning human rights violations by Syrian government forces and rebels.

"The escalating violence is completely unacceptable and must end immediately," the council said on Thursday in a non-binding statement it referred to as "Press Elements on Syria".

After a discussion on the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, the 15-nation council also "condemned the widespread violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities, as well as any human rights abuses by armed groups".

The statement came after the UN humanitarian affairs agency asked the Security Council to approve cross-border relief operations into Syria to deliver aid to millions of suffering civilians.

Valerie Amos made the appeal during a public briefing by the UN agency chiefs for humanitarian affairs, refugees, women in conflict and children in conflict.

The officials used the Security Council platform to appeal to the world for pressure to allow relief for Syria's civilians who have been wracked by the ongoing violence.

Dozens killed in Baghdad cafe explosion

Reports of up to 27 dead and dozens more injured in suicide attack on a Baghdad cafe.

  Up to 27 people are reported to have been killed and dozens more injured in a suicide bombing in a Baghdad cafe, a ministry of Interior source has told Al Jazeera.

The source said that a suicide bomber walked into the popular Dubai Cafe crowded with young people late on Thursday and detonated explosives.

The attack occurred ahead of provincial elections scheduled for the weekend.

Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf, reporting from Baghdad, said that the small space in which the suicide bomber detonated meant the injuries were "absolutely horrific."

She said that the Amariyah neighbourhood had been known as an al-Qaeda stronghold before locals turned against the group.
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