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Thursday
Nov042010

Mumbai: Another Cargo Hold Scare?

Photo Courtesy - Delta Airlines(MUMBAI, India) -- A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing Thursday in Mumbai after unidentified objects were found in the aircraft's cargo hold, reports NDTV.

244 passengers were aboard the flight en route from Amsterdam to Mumbai when it landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and were immediately evacuated before a bomb squad began a search of the plane and its cargo hold.

An airline source said that the flight did not declare an emergency but rather it was air traffic control acting on information given by Delta.

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Thursday
Nov042010

DEA Busts Cross-Border Drug Tunnel

Photo Courtesy - Drug Enforcement Agency(OTEY MESA, Calif.) -- The bust of a drug-smuggling tunnel on the U.S.-Mexico border has netted about $20 million worth of marijuana.

In one of the largest tunnel-related seizures ever, the Drug Enforcement Agency seized 30 tons of marijuana from two warehouses in the United States and Mexico.

The 1,800-foot underground tunnel linked a warehouse in Otey Mesa, Calif., to a similar building in Tijuana, Mexico. DEA officials said Thursday that they believe the tunnel had been completed recently and may have been in operation for about a month.

The bust comes just two days after California voters shot down a proposition to legalize the personal use of the drug.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Rescued Miner Preps For NYC Marathon

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena arrived in New York City Thursday to run in this weekend's marathon. The 34-year old was nicknamed "the runner" for famously jogging up to six miles for over two months underground every day while trapped in the San Jose mine.

Speaking to reporters, Pena said through a translator that he was delighted to be invited to participate in the sports event. "I was very eager to take on this huge challenge of the New York marathon. I wanted to show the world that I could run it and that yes we can."

In addition to his visit to New York City, Pena was also invited to visit Graceland and Las Vegas.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Barak on Borrowed Time?

Photo Courtesy - PMO[dot]gov[il](TEL-AVIV, Israel) -- The opening shots in what promises to be a brutal political dog fight were fired Wednesday night, as two senior members of Ehud Barak’s ailing Labour Party publicly signaled their intention to oust him as the party’s leader. Many see it as a coordinated attack that spells the beginning of the end for Israel’s defence minister.

“The only position I haven’t held is punching bag” Barak complained on radio Thursday.

On Wednesday, one of the two Labour Party figures, Ofer Eini, the leader of Israel’s main labor union, called Barak an “idiot” on television, referring to a scandal involving Barak's wife. The other Labour Party figure, Benjamin Ben Eliezer, called for the election of an outsider to revitalize the party.

Despite his international profile, particularly in the U.S., Barak is deeply unpopular in Israel. He is fabulously rich and has a reputation for arrogance and vindictiveness. The Labour Party he leads is slowly dying, holding only 13 of the 120 Knesset seats. It used to be the driving force of Israelis politics and the party once led by Rabin.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Haitians Refuse to Leave As Tomas Approaches

Photo Courtesy - THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- United Nations evacuation teams trying to help Haitian earthquake refugees leave their tent cities ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas were beaten back Thursday by angry residents who say they don't want to leave. Camp Corail, just outside Port-au-Prince is the largest tent city in Haiti and there are about 8,000 people living there. This particular area is in a very precarious position on very low-lying ground and very susceptible to flooding.

They don't want to leave their homes, which are now tents, because that's all they have left. Some of them say they are willing to die there if that's what it takes. They trashed the workers' chairs and their tables and kicked them out of town by smashing and beating their cars as they drove out of the refugee camp.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Qantas Airbus Grounded After Engine Fails in Flight

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(SINGAPORE) -- A Qantas Airbus en route to Sydney, Australia made an emergency landing in Singapore Thursday after one of its four engines failed.  The Airbus A380 took off from Singapore's Changi Airport and was forced to return to the tarmac after its number two engine shut down and lost part of its cover while flying over Indonesia.

Upon landing, the plane was surrounded by fire engines.  Some smoke was reportedly coming from the plane.

All 433 passengers and 26 crew members are safe.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the company is suspending indefinitely all A380 flights, which includes six planes, until it understands what caused the problem.  Qantas believes the incident was "significant," calling it an "uncontained engine failure."  Joyce added that this is the first incident the company has had with the Aibus A380.

Rolls-Royce, along with Qantas and Airbus, is also investigating the incident.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Haiti Prepares for Tomas' Landfall; Aid Workers Distributing Kits

Photo Courtesy - Spencer Platt/Getty Images(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- Earthquake-ravaged Haiti is bracing for what could be the third major catastrophe to hit the country this year.  Already stricken with a cholera outbreak, the island is now preparing for the landfall of tropical storm Tomas.

Forecasters say Tomas could be at hurricane strength when it approaches Haiti on Friday.  Predicted winds of up to 70 miles an hour and expected rainfall amounts of up to 10 inches could wipe out tent encampments and cities, creating giant cesspools in a country where sewage and sanitation is poor.

Aid workers in Haiti are distributing food and supplies ahead of the storm.  Matthew Cochrane, working with the Red Cross, says each family will be given a family kit.

"They contain two mosquito nets, rope, two tarpaulins, two blankets," Cochrane says.  "They also get one of the shelter toolkits.  They get a hygiene kit which is...basically toiletries for a family of five for about two months."

Cochrane adds that the Red Cross has "about 17,000 of these full sets in Haiti at the moment and ready to deploy if there's a disaster after Tomas.  We've got about 8,000 of those coming in.  So that's enough for about 125,000 people."

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Thursday
Nov042010

Israel Says It Was Behind Attack of Palestinian Militant

Photo Courtesy - Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- The Israeli army has come forward, claiming responsibility for the assassination of a senior Palestinian militant whose car blew up in Gaza City Wednesday.

Army officials said 27-year-old Mohammed Namnam was a senior commander in a terrorist group called the "Army of Islam," which is affiliated with al Qaeda.  In a statement on the web, the army of Islam confirmed Namnam's identity, saying he was now a martyr.

Israel described Namnam as a "ticking time bomb," saying in addition to directing attacks against Israel, he was plotting to attack American targets in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.  Israeli security officials also believe that Namnam was involved in the abduction of Gilad Shalit, the French-Israeli soldier kidnapped over four years ago in a Gaza cross-border raid.

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Thursday
Nov042010

US Adding $500 Million Extension to Embassy in Kabul

Photo Courtesy - Kabul [dot] USEmbassy [dot] Gov(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The U.S. is cementing its civilian presence in Afghanistan by expanding its embassy in Kabul.  According to estimates, the price tag for this undertaking will be over $500 million.

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is actually larger than the embassy in Baghdad.  Boasting 1,100 employees, the work staff is expected to grow to 1,200 over the next two months.

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said the new expansion allows the U.S. “to carry out its pledge to maintain into the future its very significant security, government, economic and civil society programs.”

Eikenberry added that American company Caddell Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract and that the project, due to be completed by 2014, will also employ 1,500 Afghans.

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Wednesday
Nov032010

Fading Obamamania Leaves Europeans in a Funk

Photo Courtesy - Pete Souza | The White House(LONDON) -- President Obama's 2008 election garnered wildly enthusiastic support in Europe, where he drew huge crowds and, for many here, represented hope of guiding world politics back in line with European ideals.

However, Tuesday's midterm election results zapped that optimism.

The reaction was one of disappointment and pragmatism as newspapers throughout Europe called for Obama to get to work.

"He has to take the anger of the voters seriously," Gregor Peter Schmitz wrote in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, which ran a scathing, 12-page feature Tuesday declaring that the American dream had become a nightmare for many.

"He may even have to negotiate with Republicans about measures to curb the budget deficit. The political messiah needs to eat a piece of humble pie."

Papers in London offered similar criticism. The midterm election was watched closely here and most of Wednesday's front pages splashed news of the results. "Much of his fate is in his own hands," Jonathan Freedland wrote in the Guardian newspaper.

The Times of London, wrote that Obama will be "doomed" if he doesn't embrace the center and cautioned that far right politics may soon dominate U.S. politics.

As for the Tea Party, Sarah Palin regularly makes headlines, and most Europeans have a deep sense of mistrust of the emerging movement. While some Americans view the Tea Party with suspicion, the reaction here is far more visceral.

"Most Europeans just have the notion that these are crazy wackos," said Bill Barnard, chairman of Great Britain's Democrats Abroad.

Barnard, however, said he thinks some of the Tea Party candidates were serious contenders that will challenge Republican unity. "The Republican Party is set up for a continuing struggle for control within the party," he said.

Emerging in European papers Wednesday was an urge to protect America from a wave of far right Republicans who could gain traction for the next presidential election.

The Times declared that Republicans were now tasked with stopping Palin if they wanted to prevent "their party from spinning unelectably to the right" for 2012.

"A lot of Europeans do not really understand the Palin phenomenon," said Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard, a political scientist at the University of Copenhagen.

Obama is the most popular U.S. president of all time in Denmark, explains Kurrild-Klitgaard, who adds it is hard for Danes to understand how Palin has gained such popularity with such a lack of political experience.

Obama will visit Asia next week but, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he may have wished he had jetted off sooner.

Clinton, who is currently in Papua New Guinea on her two-week, Asia-Pacific trip, joked earlier this week about escaping the heat of U.S. soil during the election, saying Obama told her he was "a little envious" she was there.

U.S. foreign policy goals aren't expected to change after the shift in congressional power, but Obama may find that he's greeted with somewhat less support internationally.

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