Last Generation Network News: WORLD EDITION December 4, 2013 –WEDNESDAY- Tevet 1, 5774 Vol.I No.5

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DECEMBER 4, 2013 –WEDNESDAY- Kislev  30, 5774

   Vol I. No.5


"News is the propaganda of the truth" -MJS



Biden opens visit to China aimed at easing tensions in Northeast Asia

Washington Post
39 minutes ago
Written by
David Nakamura
BEIJING - Vice President Biden opened his high-stakes visit to China on Wednesday by huddling privately with President Xi Jinping for almost two hours, more than twice as long as planned, as the two men engaged in direct talks aimed at tamping down the ...

Urgent Deal Reached for African Elephants

ABC News - ‎17 minutes ago‎
Key states where the illegal ivory trade flourishes have pledged to take urgent measures to try to halt the illicit trade and secure elephant populations across Africa, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, said Wednesday.

Record voter turnout in Delhi, polling still on at several booths

Hindustan Times - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Delhi shattered its voter turnout record of 61.75% in 1993, its first state polls, as 66% voters cast their ballot in the assembly elections by 5pm on Wednesday.

North Korean leader's uncle probably ousted, South Korean lawmakers say

CNN - ‎4 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- It's "very likely" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle, Jang Sung-taek, has been removed from his top-level position in government, two South Korean lawmakers said Tuesday, citing a briefing from their country's intelligence service ...

Polonium poisoning ruled out in Yasser Arafat death

The Australian - ‎15 hours ago‎
FRENCH experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser Arafat was killed by poisoning and believe he may have died of natural causes, a source close to the probe into the Palestinian leader's death says.

PISA test shows 'stagnation.' Is US education reform failing? (+video)

Christian Science Monitor
27 minutes ago
Written by
Mark Clayton
In new tests comparing the educational performance of 15-year-olds worldwide, United States teenagers performed about average in reading and science, but below average in mathematics, a trend that has shown no major changes since the testing began ...

Britain to export pig semen to China in deal worth £45million - ‎53 minutes ago‎
Britain has struck a deal to export millions of pounds worth of pig semen to China. The unusual pact could be worth an estimated £45million for British farmers seeking to cash in on China's love of pork dishes.

Desperate Syrian rebels turn homes into weapons factories - ‎3 hours ago‎
Slideshow: Car parts, scrap metal: DIY weapons in Syria. /. With Western countries reluctant to arm the opposition forces, a cottage industry has sprung up to supply Syrian opposition fighters with ammunition for the battlefield, using whatever materials are ...

'Implement job quota for persons with disabilities'

The Hindu - ‎Dec 2, 2013‎
The Karnataka State Disabled and Caregivers Federation has demanded better implementation of job reservations for persons with disabilities.

Greece Improves in Corruption Index as Denmark Ranked Cleanest

Businessweek - ‎13 hours ago‎
A Greek national flag flies above the national parliament building in Athens. Photographer: Angelos Tzortzinis/Bloomberg. Denmark and New Zealand were the nations seen as most free of corruption and Somalia was ranked last, according to this year's ...

Nigerian man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic Ocean

Indian Express - ‎1 hour ago‎
Atlantic Ocean Harrison Odjegba Okene, the tug's Nigerian cook, had survived for three days by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket.

Pope prays for 12 nuns abducted in Syria by rebels

The Daily Star - ‎2 hours ago‎
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayers for a group of nuns seized from their convent in Syria and for all hostages held in the war-torn country.

US army halts shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
The US military has halted its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan because of the risk to drivers after protests over US drone strikes.

Iraq Controls Kurdish Oil Exports Under New Accord, Luaibi Says

Bloomberg - ‎16 hours ago‎
Iraq's self-ruling Kurds agreed to let the central government in Baghdad control the amount and quality of crude they export as well as manage revenue from its sale, Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi said.

Overwhelmed Philippines Town Allows Looting After Typhoon

Wall Street Journal - ‎Dec 2, 2013‎
GUIUAN, Philippines—In the critical hours after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into this seaside town, local leaders devised an unorthodox plan for managing the chaos.

'Thou shalt not wear trainers!' - Pope Francis reveals he worked as a bouncer in ...

The Independent
1 hour ago
Written by
Robert Williams
As career changes go it could scarcely be more dramatic. From working the doors at a bar in Buenos Aires - to being the head of the Roman Catholic church worldwide and spiritual leader to its 1.2 billion members.

Adams claims murdered RUC officers 'laissez-faire' over safety

Irish Times - ‎11 minutes ago‎
President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams, on Moore Street, Dublin during the Sinn Féin Yes campaign to abolish the Seanad, earlier this year.

WTO talks flirt with failure

Politico - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Pro Trade in Asia: This story is part of “Pro Trade in Asia,” POLITICO Pro's on-the-ground series covering the WTO ministerial meeting and the TPP negotiations.

Mali investigators find mass grave in search for soldiers

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
A mass grave containing 21 bodies has been found in Mali by investigators looking for missing red beret soldiers. Mali's chief prosecutor, Daniel Tessougue, told the BBC that the remains were found buried at Diago, about 20km (12 miles) north of capital ...


Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year

Obama in Cairo

The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that President Obama is seeking to arrange a trip to Tehran, Iran next year.

The headline of the article reads, "Obama would like to visit Tehran, official invitation after details resolved."

"Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year," the report reads, based on a translation using Google Translate.

"The source said that the desire to visit is shared, and that Tehran and Washington are waiting for the conclusion of the arrangements prior to Iranian President Hassan Rohani issuing an official invitation to his American counterpart to visit Tehran.

"He pointed out that the most important detail that is outstanding regarding the meeting is the question of a meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the possibility of not holding the meeting.

White House: 
Obama not eyeing Iran trip

The White House on Monday categorically denied a report that President Obama is planning a trip to Iran next year.

“There is no truth to this report,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told The Hill in an email.

Iran will not dismantle nuclear sites

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani 
Photo: AFP / Getty Images

In an interview with the Financial Times on Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani clarified that his country has no intention of disarming its nuclear facilities.

"One hundred percent (no)," he said when asked whether he would concede to the demands of Israel and US hawks. The Iranian president stressed throughout the entire interview that Iran maintains the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. He also tried to minimize the effect that the sanctions are having on Iran.

Rouhani also noted that the interim nuclear deal that was struck and the future negotiations with the world powers is "the best test" of whether trust could be restored between the US and Iran. "Iran-US problems are very complicated and cannot be resolved over a short period of time. Despite the complications, there has been an opening over the past 100 days, which can widen later," he said.

Mossad seeks proof of Iran breach of nuclear deal

Israeli intelligence is seeking proof of Iran violating the interim nuclear deal that was struck last week in Geneva with the world powers, the British Sunday Times reported on Sunday. According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Israeli intelligence and Mossad chiefs to seek evidence of Iranian sabotage aimed at bypassing international sanctions and bans, prior to the signing of the accord.

An Israeli intelligence source told the British paper that "Everyone has his own view regarding the Geneva agreement, but it is clear that if a smoking gun is produced, it will tumble like a house of cards."

UN's Ban Ki-moon to Israel:
Stop building settlements in West Bank, east Jerusalem

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 
File Photo: Reuters, Ki Price

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People called on Israel to stop building in the settlements saying that the surge in Israeli building was a "cause of grave concern."

"Announcements of thousands of new housing units cannot be reconciled with the goal of a two-state solution and risk the collapse of negotiations," AFP quoted him as saying.

Ban called for an end to all new settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem but he also condemned rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and the building of tunnels from the coastal strip into Israel by militants, according to the report.

Netanyahu denies Israel pushing ahead with
plans for 24,000 new settlement units

Israel is not going ahead with preliminary planning procedures for some 24,000 units beyond the Green Line, including some 1,200 in the E1 area between Ma'ale Adumim and Jerusalem, an official in the Prime Minister's Office said on Sunday.




Featured News 

Forget Trade Talks, Biden Is in East Asia to Stop a Potential War 

Israelis distrust Iran deal but
overwhelmingly value 
alliance with US

'Iran plans two more
nuclear plants'

Nasrallah: Israel would not bomb
Iran without green light from US

EU: Half our states support
settlement product labeling

White House: Final deal with
Iran could include uranium

Kerry: With global anti-Semitism
on the rise, Israel's voice must
be heard everywhere

Netanyahu: Iran deal insub-
stantial ‘political theater’

'Suffering index': Which 
country suffers most?

Hezbollah Commander Killed Outside His Beirut Home

Lebanon Police

Truck Carrying Nuclear Waste Stolen

Volkswagen Truck

Corruption In Mideast Hotspots Is Bad And Getting Worse


Some Question South Korean Spy Claim About Kim's Uncle

Kim Jong Un

Here Are All The Countries Beating The U.S. In Test Scores

Jubilant Scenes As Thai Police Step Aside In Clash With Protesters


Israel Provides Humanitarian Aid To Syria War Victims


Uruguayan President Asks World To Help Him Legalize Weed

Jose Mujica

Experts Cast Doubt Over Arafat Poison Claims

Yassir Arafat

No-Confidence Vote Fails To Oust Ukraine Government

Ukraine Protest

HEARTWARMING: Mother And Daughter Reunite After Typhoon


Terror Suspects Accuse Poland Of Torture In Secret CIA Prisons

Guantanamo Poland

Comrade Of Vet Detained In NKorea Recounts Stealth Mission

Korean War

Protesters Show Putin Battle For Ukraine Is Far From Over


'When All Your Friends Are Dead Or In Prison, You Wonder, When's My Turn?'

Student Egypt

Islamists Move Nuns From Captured Syrian Village


Israeli Troops Come Under Attack From Syria

Syria Israel Border

Netanyahu Slammed For Expensive Habits


Dancer Sentenced In Acid Attack On Director


Canada Arrests Suspected Chinese Spy

Canada Police

Report: Kim's Powerful Uncle Sacked

Jang Song Thaek

UN: Evidence Suggests Assad Involved In War Crimes

Bashar Assad


Iceland's Police Just Killed Someone For The First Time Ever





  • The Royal Bank of Scotland is one of a group of leading European and American banks to be fined by the EU Commission.

    EU to fine banks $2.3 billion for rate-rigging

    The $2.3 billion penalty is the biggest yet against banks for rigging benchmarks, one of the most brazen violations during the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Snowden leaks: The editor of the Guardian Alan Rusbridger arrives at Portcullis House in London

    Guardian staff may be charged for Snowden leaks

    The Guardian was among several newspapers which published leaks from Edward Snowden about mass surveillance by the National Security Agency.

  • Investigator says close to naming people behind Arafat's death

    Arafat not poisoned, French tests conclude

    Arafat, a guerrilla leader who became the first Palestinian president, died in 2004 from a sudden illness contracted while under an Israeli siege.

  • Vatican sex abuse: Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Vatican

    Vatican won't share sex abuse info with UN

    The Holy See indicated the Vatican could not be held responsible for the behavior of institutions or individual Catholics around the world.

  • A television shows a report on North Korean leaders' uncle

    North Korean leader's ousted uncle alive

    Jang Song Thaek, considered the second-most powerful man in North Korea, was last seen in public in early November at a basketball match in Pyongyang.

  • Anti-government protesters sweep the street around the Democracy monument

    Thai protesters end rally at police HQ

    Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said the campaign would pause on Thursday out of respect for the 86th birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Hezbollah fighters attend the Hezbollah martyrs day rally

    Hezbollah founding leader killed in Lebanon

    Hezbollah said Hassan al-Laqis was one of the founding members of the group and accused Israel for the killing, a statement which Israel denied.

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives in China

    For Biden in China, tense reunion with Xi Jinping

    The U.S. hopes that with enough pressure, China will refrain from strictly enforcing the new air defense zone, essentially nullifying it for practical purposes.

  • Israel nicknames: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on Nov. 24.

    Colorful kid nicknames dominate Israeli politics

    Nicknames in politics are nothing new, but in Israel they appear to have taken on an art form. But women and new immigrants are often left out of the fun.

  • US student far behind Asians on global exam: Chinese students study

    US students far behind Asians on global exam

    On a global exam given every three years to 15-year-olds, U.S. students scored lower than those in many Asian countries as well as Ireland and Poland.

  • Afghan pact: NATO Secretary General Rasmussen and US Secretary of State Kerry pose for a family photo during a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels

    Defense chief could sign US-Afghan security pact

    An assembly of Afghan elders endorsed the security deal with the U.S. last month, but Hamid Karzai said he might not sign it until after elections next April.

  • Congo drones: A technician checks a surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    UN forces use drones for 1st time, in Congo

    The aircraft will be used to look out for threats from a host of local and foreign armed groups in order to better control the frontier, UN officials said.

  • US Man Marks 4 Years in Cuban Prison

    US man marks 4 years in Cuban prison

    An American man marking four years in a Cuban prison is asking President Barack Obama to get involved in securing his release. Alan Gross was arrested as he worked to set up Internet access for the island's small Jewish community.

  • Syria aid: A man holds a child that he said survived shelling from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, along a street in Duma neighbourhood in Damascus, Nov. 17

    UN: 250,000 in Syria beyond reach of aid

    The U.N. briefing comes as the international community prepares for long-delayed peace talks on Syria that will begin Jan. 22 in Geneva.

  • UN ransom payments: British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant arrives for a meeting of the five permanent members of UN Security Council in New York

    UK pushes UN resolution against ransoms

    Britain says that the resolution would show that the international community should not be paying ransoms for kidnap that can be used for terrorist purposes.

  • A 1986 Emanuel ball gown worn by late Princess Diana is displayed on a mannequin during an auction in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. According to the auction house, Diana wore the gown with gold sequins, crystals and pearl beads comes with matching headband, optional sleeve panels and petticoat, in various occasions.

    Diana's white and gold gown fetches $167,000

    The auction house said Princess Diana wore the dress, which came with a matching headband and optional sleeves, on various occasions.

  • Pompeii restoration: A restorer works in the ancient Roman city Pompeii, which was buried in AD 79 by an eruption of the Vesuvius volcano, Feb. 6.

    Rome accused of fiddling as Pompeii crumbles

    A series of collapses in Pompeii over the last month led Italian media to dub it a "Black November" for the ancient city.

  • Belgium: 130 cars crash in fog; at least 1 dead

    Belgium: 130 cars crash in fog; at least 1 dead

    Medical workers struggled to free injured passengers from the twisted metal of their vehicles for hours after the crash, troubled by continuing fog.

  • Islamist fighters move nuns from captured Christian village

    Islamist fighters move nuns from Christian village

    Islamist fighters who captured a Christian village north of Damascus moved nuns to a nearby town, but it is not clear if they had been kidnapped or evacuated. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Vatican ancient paintings: Msgr. Cesare Pasini, prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library, gestures during an interview with the Associated Press, inside a frescoed hall by 17th century painter Paul Brill.

    Vatican, Oxford put ancient manuscripts online

    The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online Tuesday.

  • ​Protestors wave flags and shout slogans during a demonstration in support of EU integration in Kiev December 3, 2013.

    Ukraine govt survives while rage boils outside

    Protesters see the rejection of the EU trade deal as a fundamental shift in the future outlook of their country away from the European mainstream.

  • US Man held in N. Korea oversaw guerrilla group

    US vet held in N. Korea oversaw guerrilla group

    Six decades before he went to N. Korea as a curious tourist, Merrill Newman supervised a group of S. Korean guerrillas during the Korean War who were perhaps the most hated and feared fighters in the North.

  • Secret CIA prisons focus of Europe rights court, Latvian jurist and a judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Ineta Ziemele,

    Secret CIA prisons in focus of Europe court

    The case now at the European Court of Human Rights marks the first hearing of Europe's role in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of terror suspects.

  • China's Struggle With Hepatitis B Discrimination

    China struggles with Hepatitis B discrimination

    Job applicants and students are regularly turned down on the basis of the disease. Now, some are fighting back.

  • Hadrian's villa brought back to life online

    Emperor Hadrian's villa brought back to life online

    Students of ancient Rome can now immerse themselves in the world of Emperor Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 A.D. Hadrian's Villa is now a ruin located just outside Rome, but a team led by Indiana University's Professor Bernie Frischer has brought it - and its inhabitants - back to life.

  • MERS coronavirus claims more lives, found in camel herd

    New MERS virus deaths reported in the Gulf

    A Jordanian woman died from a MERS coronavirus infection, the 163rd person to fall victim to the SARS-like virus. Her husband and son, also ill, are stable.

  • Green: not just the color of Mexico's Christmas trees

    Green: Not just color of Mexico Christmas trees

    Getting ready for Christmas, people are seeking out "green" trees at sustainable tree farms outside Mexico City. Jeanne Yurman reports.

  • ​NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong June 6, 2013.

    Guardian: Just 1% of Snowden leaks published

    The Guardian has published stories based on leaks from Snowden disclosing the scale of surveillance by spy agencies in the United States and Britain.

  • NATO urges Afghan president to sign U.S. security pact quickly

    NATO urges Karzai to sign security pact quickly

    The NATO-led force now has some 84,000 troops in Afghanistan, the majority American.

  • Handout photo of a P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane over the Atlantic Ocean

    US sends sub-hunting jets to Japan as planned

    As an East Asian spat ramps up after China set a zone restriction over disputed islands, US sub-hunting jets arrive in Japan as planned.

  • Islamist militants attack Nigerian air force base in Maiduguri, home of Boko Haram

    Scores killed in attack on Nigeria air base

    Scores are dead after 500 Islamist militants attacked a Nigerian air force base in the home city of Boko Haram a week after the military routed its hideouts.

  • Israeli prime minister spending: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Nov. 17.

    Israeli PM under fire for alleged pricey expenses

    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is often accused by Israelis of leading a lavish lifestyle while failing to address the economic ills of the middle class.

  • Morsi speaks to Minister of defence at a military base in Egypt.

    Ex-Egypt President Morsi's links to jihadists probed

    Investigators are looking at putting former Egypt President Morsi on trial for links to jihadis, accusing him of being behind a wave of violence by militants.

  • Iceland shooting

    Gunman killed in Iceland's 1st police shooting

    Iceland, with a tiny population of around 320,000, has a low crime rate and gun violence is extremely rare. Its regular police force does not carry firearms.

  • Bird steals camera in Australia, records journey

    Bird steals camera in Australia, records journey

    A sea eagle turned into a "see eagle" after snatching a video camera, recording its 70-mile trip across northwest Australia and taking a "selfie."

  • Human bird flu case in Hong Kong: A worker cleans empty cages used for transporting chickens to prevent an outbreak of H7N9 infections

    Hong Kong confirms 1st human case of bird flu

    A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper with a history of contact with poultry and travel mainland China has been confirmed infected by H7N9.

  • Boere death: In this March 23, 2010 file photo former member of a Nazi SS hit squad Heinrich Boere sits in the courtroom in Aachen, Germany.

    Dutch killer of anti-Nazi fighters dies in jail

    Heinrich Boere was captured by U.S. forces in the Netherlands after the war and confessed to killing the three civilians.

  • France shopping: A woman walks past a department store window, in Nice, southeastern France, Wednesday Jan. 9.

    France looks to ease Sunday shop opening curbs

    With unemployment at nearly 10.9 percent, when stores can open has become a hot political question for President Francois Hollande's unpopular government.

  • Greek death: Aihan, 38 years old, father of six children, carries wood to heat his house, in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Monday, Dec. 2.

    Greek death raises worry of winter impact on poor

    The death of a girl after inhaling fumes from a wood-burning stove used to heat the home has raised concerns about poor families' ability to cope with winter.

  • Syrian war crimes: Navi Pillay

    Syria war crimes evidence implicates Assad: UN

    Navi Pillay said evidence from an investigation into Syrian war crimes "indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state."

  • Kindertransport: Oscar Findling

    75 years later, survivors recall flight from Nazis

    A program called Kindertransport saved 10,000 children from life or death under the Nazis, transporting them to England where some still live.

  • Syria chemical weapons: United Nations vehicles are parked in front of the Four Seasons hotel, where a team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons stayed, in downtown Damascus on Oct. 22.

    US readies ship to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

    The US has started to equip a ship with equipment to enable it to destroy some of Syria's chemical weapons at sea in the event it is asked to do so.




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