Category Archives: England
Western hostages ‘killed by captors’ in Nigeria, Involved in construction of the central bank headquarters
British and Italian hostages killed after failed rescue attempt by UK and Nigerian authorities, with Boko Haram men responsible arrested.
Six British soldiers have been killed by an explosion in southern Afghan province of Helmand, according to the UK’s defence ministry, in the deadliest attack on the country’s forces in over five years.
Top members of hacking group Anonymous arrested after LEADER ‘betrays them and works with FBI for six months’
- Leader of computer hacking group LulzSec identified as unemployed dad-of-two Hector Xavier Monsegur
- Secretly arrested last June and pleaded guilty to hacking charges in August
- Has reportedly been working with FBI to bring down top hackers ever since
- Court papers released Tuesday portray him as ringleader of hacking groups
- Five members from UK, Ireland and US face charges
Top members of computer hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec have been arrested across two continents after their leader – one of the world’s most wanted computer vandals – turned them in.
In a startling show of betrayal towards his fellow hackers, 28-year-old Hector Xavier Monsegur led authorities to the five people who have now been charged in court papers in New York.
Dad-of-two Monsegur, who has pleaded guilty to a dozen hacking-related charges, is portrayed in court papers as the ringleader of LulzSec, and an ‘influential member’ of Anonymous.
Ever since his arrest last June, he has reportedly been working with authorities to bring down the groups’ top hackers.
BRUSSELS – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday called on Syrians “butchering” Syrians to turn their backs on the “criminal” Damascus regime or face justice for the blood on their hands.
President Bashar al-Assad’s regime “is butchering its own people. The history of Homs is being written in the blood of its citizens,” Cameron told a news conference at the close of a two-day European Union summit.
Describing the situation in Homs as “truly terrible,” with residents under constant shelling, with no water, no food and no medicine, he said: “It is a scene of medieval barbarity.”
As the EU issued a strong new call for the perpetrators of the violence in Syria to be brought to book, Cameron said, referring to the war crimes trial of dead Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic:
“We will make sure, as we did in Serbia, that there is a day of reckoning for those who are responsible.
“So I have a clear message for those in authority in Syria: turn your back on this criminal regime or face justice for the blood that is on your hands.”
read more at www.vancouversun.com
Mission imperial: Prince Harry flies into Jamaica. Jamaica wants own leadership to fully, take charge
It may be his first solo mission overseas on behalf of his grandmother but for the people of Jamaica there is only one question surrounding the visit of Prince Harry next week: where will he party?
The arrival in the Caribbean of the third in line to the British throne threatens to throw up a challenging diplomatic encounter when Harry sits down with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
She has threatened to overshadow the beginning of the carefully stage-managed Commonwealth celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by calling for Jamaica to replace the Queen as head of state to mark its 50th anniversary of independence.
“It’s time for us to sever the ties,” said Ms Simpson Miller ahead of the royal arriving to attend a state dinner hosted by Jamaica’s Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, on Tuesday evening. “August coming will be 50 years since we have gained our independence. I really feel it is time now for Jamaica to have its own leadership fully, to take charge.”
read more at www.independent.co.uk
BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – Libyan authorities on Tuesday condemned the desecration of World War II graves in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over US troops burning the Quran in Afghanistan.
The interim government, in a statement, expressed ‘strong condemnation of the attack on non-Muslim graves by subversive elements who have no respect for religion or international law.’ ‘This action is contrary to the values of our Islamic religion and law,’ said the statement obtained by AFP.
The government vowed to find and put the perpetrators on trial. An unidentified group on Friday entered Benghazi military cemetery and shattered headstones of British and allied servicemen who fought in North African desert campaigns against the Nazi during World War II, according to local media reports.
The reports said the group comprised Salafists angered by the burning of the Quran at a Nato military base in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Vintage Bentley ‘Blower’ that hit 137mph in 1931 set to fetch $8m and become the most expensive British car sold publicly
The 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre, driven by British racing legend Sir Henry ‘Tiger Tim’ Birkin, set a lap record at the iconic Brooklands Outer Circuit in 1931 when it hit a staggering 137mph. Experts estimate the classic Bentley could fetch up to £5million – making it the most expensive British-built car ever sold publicly.
Islamists tell West not to intervene as London summit discusses future of war-torn state
Islamist fighters in Somalia last night warned of deadly reprisals on Britain’s streets if the West mounted military action in the war-torn east African state.
As a conference on Somalia’s future closed in London, the country’s President appealed for bombing raids on the positions of al-Shabaab, which recently merged with al-Qa’ida. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said he would welcome air strikes against the “menace” of the insurgents, warning: “This isn’t a Somali problem, it has to be addressed globally.”
Fears over piracy and al-Shabaab insurgents lead Britain and other EU countries to consider air strikes on logistical hubs
Mounting concern about the twin threats posed by pirates and Islamic insurgents operating in Somalia has led Britain and other EU nations to consider the feasibility of air strikes against their logistical hubs and training camps, the Guardian has been told.
The issue has been rising up the agenda of David Cameron’s National Security Council in recent months, reflecting anxiety in the west about piracy, but also the ambitions of some leaders within al-Shabaab, the clan-based movement that is fighting against Somalia’s western-backed transitional government.
Though the “war games” remain on the drawing board for now, the disclosure that they have been under serious scrutiny shows the depth of unease about the situation within the British government, which is hosting an international conference on Somalia in London starting on Thursday.
According to sources, the international coalition that has been spearheading the fight against the pirates drew up contingency plans in the summer of 2010, and again last year, for what was termed “over the beach” air strikes against Somali camps.
The UK has also considered plans for attacking targets in places where al-Shabaab and the pirates appear to co-exist, particularly in southern Somalia.
read more at www.guardian.co.uk
- Kenyan airforce hits Somali town (insanityreport.wordpress.com)
- Somalia: UK weighs up air strikes against rebels (guardian.co.uk)
- Al-Shabaab: the Somali militant group recruiting young Britons to its ranks (guardian.co.uk)
Samman Mohammadi – The Excavator February 18, 2012
From its very inception, Israel was created to be destroyed in a third world war against the forces of Islam, the result of which will be a one world order. It is a cruel and miserable fate for the Jews and the people of the Middle East.
The people of all countries involved in World War III are victims of the worldwide and generational conspiracy which is loosely referred to as a one world order/world government plot. This global plot/conspiracy is satanic in nature, and includes the leaders of both the Zionists and Islamists, who are secretly working for the globalists in America and England to create a one world order.
The leadership of America and the West is a giant death cult. George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Barack Obama all share dangerous New Age beliefs, and they have all talked about the need for a “one world order,” in different speeches and in various of ways.
But they don’t mention the fact that they are secretly conspiring with the totalitarian leaders of Israel and Islamic Iran to start one last world war before the coming age of universal peace and world harmony, which they promise will dawn after the ritual of bloodshed.
read more at www.thetruthseeker.co.uk
(Reuters) -Parisa Hafezi
Iran has stopped selling crude to British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory measure against fresh EU sanctions on the Islamic state’s lifeblood, oil.
“Exporting crude to British and French companies has been stopped … we will sell our oil to new customers,” spokesman Alireza Nikzad was quoted as saying by the ministry of petroleum website.
The European Union in January decided to stop importing crude from Iran from July 1 over its disputed nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at building bombs. Iran denies this.
Iran’s oil minister said on February 4 that the Islamic state would cut its oil exports to “some” European countries.
The European Commission said last week that the bloc would not be short of oil if Iran stopped crude exports, as they have enough in stock to meet their needs for around 120 days.
Industry sources told Reuters on February 16 that Iran’s top oil buyers in Europe were making substantial cuts in supply months in advance of European Union sanctions, reducing flows to the continent in March by more than a third – or over 300,000 barrels daily.
France’s Total has already stopped buying Iran’s crude, which is subject to fresh EU embargoes. Market sources said Royal Dutch Shell has scaled back sharply.
Among European nations, debt-ridden Greece is most exposed to Iranian oil disruption.
Motor Oil Hellas of Greece was thought to have cut out Iranian crude altogether and compatriot Hellenic Petroleum along with Spain’s Cepsa and Repsol were curbing imports from Iran.
Iran was supplying more than 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) to the EU plus Turkey in 2011, industry sources said.
By the start of this year imports had sunk to about 650,000 bpd as some customers cut back in anticipation of an EU ban.
Saudi Arabia says it is prepared to supply extra oil either by topping up existing term contracts or by making rare spot market sales. Iran has criticized Riyadh for the offer.
Iran said the cut will have no impact on its crude sales, warning that any sanctions on its oil will raise international crude prices.
Brent crude oil prices were up $1 a barrel to $118.35 shortly after Iran’s state media announced last week that Tehran had cut oil exports to six European states. The report was denied shortly afterwards by Iranian officials.
“We have our own customers … The replacements for these companies have been considered by Iran,” Nikzad said.
EU’s new sanctions includes a range of extra restrictions on Iran that went well beyond U.N. sanctions agreed last month and included a ban on dealing with Iranian banks and insurance companies and steps to prevent investment in Tehran’s lucrative oil and gas sector, including refining.
The mounting sanctions are aimed at putting financial pressure on the world’s fifth largest crude oil exporter, which has little refining capacity and has to import about 40 percent of its gasoline needs for its domestic consumption.