Al Qaeda Mag Praises ‘Great’ Tsarnaev Brothers for Boston Marathon Bombing – ABC News

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Al Qaeda Mag Praises ‘Great’ Tsarnaev Brothers for Boston Marathon Bombing – ABC News.

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UK fighters escort Pakistan plane to airport, two arrests

raf-typhoon-fighter-jets.siLONDON – British fighter jets escorted a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane to Stansted Airport near London on Friday, where police went on board and arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Passengers were leaving the plane and no one was hurt in the incident, a spokesman for the airport said.

Flight PK709 from Lahore in Pakistan had been due to land at Manchester in northern England with 297 passengers on board, but was diverted shortly before arrival.

Britain is on high alert after a soldier was hacked to death on a London street on Wednesday in what the government are treating as a terrorist incident.

A security source said early indications were that the plane was not the target of a terrorist attack.

A passenger who had just got off the plane told the BBC the pilot had informed passengers after landing that he had diverted to Stansted because of threats. The passenger, named by the BBC as Mr Munsif, said two men had been handcuffed on board and removed.

“We landed safely and then he announced that they had some kind of threat from someone and that’s why he landed the plane,” the passenger said, speaking by telephone.

“Essex Police have boarded a passenger plane diverted to Stansted Airport and two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft. They have been removed from the plane,” the police said in a statement. The force is responsible for the area where Stansted is located.

“The two men arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft are aged 30 and 41. They are being taken to a police station for interview by detectives,” the police added.

Stansted is one of London’s less busy airports, preferred as a location for handling airplane security incidents. A spokesman for the airport said the plane was being held in an isolated area and that the rest of the airport was operating as normal.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire engines had been sent to the airport.

The Pakistani plane was a Boeing 777, according to the flight tracking website www.flightradar.com.

According to two tracking websites, the aircraft broke off from its descent about 60 miles east of Manchester.

It turned and followed a wide arc over northeast England and out to the North Sea before heading towards London.

Britain launches military planes to intercept unidentified aircraft when they cannot be identified by other means, for example when the aircraft is not talking to air traffic controllers.

(Additional reporting by Brenda Goh, Kate Holton, Tim Hepher; writing by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Cubas LGBT Community Celebrates

drag momBelow is a story of Cubans LGBT community celebrating there sexuality.  Cuba isn’t the place that I would have expected gender reassignment surgeries to be taking place. Steps forward everyday all over the world.  Wouldn’t RU Paul have been one happy drag mama people. So I honor her with a picture of her….

A week of drag shows, colorful marches and social and cultural events in Havana culminates Friday with celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia.

Hundreds of activists have taken part in the activities organized by a sex education center headed by first daughter Mariela Castro.

“Join (us) to educate families about their great social responsibility to ensure that there is no discrimination of any kind,” Castro said.

The schedule included a gala bash at the capital’s cavernous Karl Marx theater, with drag performers on stage with the popular musical group Los Van Van. Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended.

Gays were persecuted for decades after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, sometimes sent to grueling rural work camps along with others considered socially suspect by the Communist government.

But there has been a gradual shift away from macho attitudes, and Fidel Castro himself has publicly regretted the mistreatment of people seen as different.

Six years ago, Cuba’s health care system began providing gender reassignment surgery free of charge, and a proposal to legalize same-sex civil unions is being studied.

But Mariela Castro, Fidel’s niece and the daughter of current president Raul Castro, says more must be done to raise awareness about lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people.

Compliments of the AP

Six Americans Killed in Kabul Car Bomb Attack

americans killedSix Americans — two soldiers and four civilian contractors — are among at least 14 people killed in a massive car bomb blast in Kabul this morning, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.

More than 30 Afghan civilians, including a number of children, were wounded.

The attack happened just after 8 a.m. The bomber drove a car filled with explosives directly into a military convoy as it drove through the city. The explosion was so powerful it reduced a series of vehicles to piles of twisted, mangled metal, and set nearby buildings on fire. The scene was quickly secured by NATO troops, as fires smoldered on the freshly blackened street. Some of the bodies were so badly burned they were difficult to identify.

“We saw two dead bodies of children on the ground,” Deputy Police Chief Daud Amin told the Associated Press. “The rest of the bodies were scattered in pieces around.”

The militant group Hezb-Islami, run by notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, quickly claimed responsibility, saying they targeted a convoy carrying American military advisers. A statement by the group’s spokesperson says it has formed a special cell to carry out attacks on U.S. targets

Hekmatyar, though not affiliated with the Taliban, has been waging a violent campaign against U.S. troops inAfghanistan for several years. Hekmatyar himself is a former prime minister and key U.S. ally who fought against the Soviets, but is now on the U.S. State Department’s terror list. His group maintains a formal presence in Afghan politics, with members affiliated with his group currently in Afghanistan’s parliament.

Last September, his group claimed responsibility for another attack that killed 12 foreign contractors working for an airline in Kabul.

Google Timelapse: A Quarter of Century of Change!!!!! Planet Earth is Changing!!!

This should be enough to make each person on planet earth think about the problems of global warming.  It however, does not have that effect on people.  I’ve noticed that most people look at this and think well it will take centuries to make a huge difference.  Well according to studies it want.  It will only take a very short time according to some scientists and there studies.  Yes, it is true, it will not be in our life time.  We should stop to think of our decendants and there lifetimes though.  How much longer can we wait to take drastic actions?

Working with the U.S. Geological SurveyNASA and Time magazine, search giant Google has unveiled a project that shows how planet Earth has changed over the course of a quarter century.

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Compiled from millions of Landsat satellite images, one can see the retreat of a glacier, the growth of Las Vegas and the deforestation of the Amazon jungle over the past 25 years at a  glimpse.

ht las vegas urban growth ll 130510 wblog Google Timelapse: A Quarter Century of Earths Change

ht dubai coastal expansion ll 130510 wblog Google Timelapse: A Quarter Century of Earths Change

ht lake urmia drying up ll 130510 wblog Google Timelapse: A Quarter Century of Earths Change

ht saudi arabia irrigation ll 130510 wblog Google Timelapse: A Quarter Century of Earths Change

ht brazilian amazon deforestation ll 130510 wblog Google Timelapse: A Quarter Century of Earths Change

ht wyoming coal mining ll 130510 wblog Google Timelapse: A Quarter Century of Earths Change

For a high-resolution experience, visit Google’s Earth Engine, and for more insight into the impact of these changes, see Time’s Timelapse story.

See more featured photography curated by ABC News’ photo editors, and at Picture This, the ABC News photography blog.

New Carbon Dioxide Level Unseen in Human History – ABC News

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The picture left of this was taken after a release that on Thursday the world reached it highest ever seen Carbon Dioxide Levels.  The link below will take you to the full story.  The article I’m posting after this one will show you the earth and it’s changes over 25 years.

 

 

 

 

 

New Carbon Dioxide Level Unseen in Human History – ABC News.