Saturday, October 20, 2012

Unidentified saboteurs have blown up a pipeline in eastern Turkey carrying Iranian natural gas, halting the flow of gas and wounding 28 soldiers in a passing military vehicle, Turkish officials said on Friday, reported Reuters.

The overnight attack, less than a week after gas flow was restarted following a previous attack, prompted Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom to increase its gas supplies to Turkey to offset the shortfall.

The blast occurred in the area of Eleskirt, a town in Agri province. It was not clear when gas flow through the pipeline would resume.

"Sabotage carried out late last night on the pipeline caused damage and triggered a fire. Twenty-eight soldiers on duty in the area were wounded," an official from the Agri governor's office told Reuters.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group has claimed responsibility for repeated attacks on pipelines in Turkey in its 28-year-old armed campaign for Kurdish self-governance, which has intensified over the last few months....

bth: so a week or so ago the Russian link to the pipeline was blown and now its the Iranian feed.

Anthrax can grow and reproduce in soil, researchers find

(—Anthrax has the unexpected ability to grow and reproduce while lurking in soil – increasing the deadly bacteria's chances to infect cattle and other mammals, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered.

Until now, experts have widely believed that anthrax remain dormant in soil until eaten by cattle, then germinate and cause the . But U.Va. researchers have found that the spores can attack a common soil and water , Acanthamoeba castellanii, turning these single-celled organisms into anthrax incubators.

"These amoeba normally eat bacteria and kill them, but has figured out some way to manipulate that amoeba so that it can actually grow inside the amoeba and increase its numbers," Ian J. Glomski, an assistant professor of microbiology, explained.

The process, he notes, gives the anthrax a selective advantage. "The interactions with the amoeba, essentially, are making certain that the anthrax has the tools to kill the amoeba, and those same tools are potentially being used to infect animals and humans," he said.

The discovery helps answer longstanding questions about the bacteria and may lead to new techniques to control anthrax and prevent infection around the world....

Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, Venezuelan doctor says

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information.
“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Foiled attack on NYC federal reserve building

Intelligence agencies warn of suicide bombers - Karachi

KARACHI: The intelligence agencies on Tuesday warned that 12 alleged suicide bombers had entered in the metropolis to carry out major terror activities.

According to the statement issued by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC), the provincial government was warned about the presence of one dozen suicide bombers and said that the suicide bombers belong to Al-Mansoor group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and they could carry out any major terror activity anywhere in the city at any time.

Their possible targets may be media houses, training camps of the law enforcement agencies and sensitive installations, the communiqué stated. Following the incident, law enforcers, including Rangers and police, have been put on high alert while the security, especially at the training centres and sensitive installations, has also been enhanced....\10\17\story_17-10-2012_pg7_17