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Posted: 10 February 2013 at 8:38pm | IP Logged
Radar lock: Angry Japan wants China to apologize


AFPFeb 9, 2013, 04.29AM IST







TOKYO: Japan's PM 


Shinzo Abe on Friday demanded Beijing apologize and admit that a Chinese frigate got a radar lock on a Japanese destroyer in international waters, a report said. His demand came after Beijing flatly denied Tokyo's accusation, in the latest flare-up of a row between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea. "We wish China to acknowledge it (the radar lock), apologize for it and make efforts to prevent it from recurring," Abe told the BS Fuji TV station, Jiji Press news agency reported."We have confirmed visually and by photographs and other means such details as whether the radar was directed this way," the PM said. Tokyo summoned China's envoy earlier on Friday for the third time this year after Beijing's flat denial. Tokyo says the radar lock, a procedure known as "painting" that is necessary to fire modern weapons systems, occurred last month.





Beijing for its part has accused Tokyo of hyping the "China threat" in a bid to manipulate world public opinion. China's defence ministry said in a statement faxed to AFP, the Chinese ship-board radar maintained normal operations and "fire-control radar was not used". "The Japanese side's remarks were against the facts. Japan unilaterally made public untrue information to the media and Japanese officials made irresponsible remarks that hyped up the so-called 'China threat' ," it said.

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by Matt Dayhoff

Massive snowstorm descends on the Northeastern U.S.


A massive blizzard, nicknamed winter storm Nemo, started burying the New York City-Boston corridor of the Northeastern United States on Friday. The storm is expected to dump as much as three feet of snow in some parts of New England and has already knocked out power to hundreds of thousands.

For more: Massive snowstorm bears down on Northeast

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For more: Massive snowstorm bears down on Northeast
More photos: Digging out after the Northeast U.S. blizzard


Mary Ann Bova walks along a slippery snow covered sidewalk during a winter storm in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. In some upstate areas, snow fell early Friday morning and was expected to increase throughout the day, with the heaviest accumulations expected in eastern New York on Friday night.(AP Photo/David Duprey)



With snow accumulating on Route 93, cars head toward the New Hampshire border prior to a mandatory Massachusetts statewide driving ban in Andover, Mass., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Friday and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as a blizzard that could bring nearly 3 feet of snow to the region began to intensify. As the storm gains strength, it will bring "extremely dangerous conditions" with bands of snow dropping up to 2 to 3 inches per hour at the height of the blizzard, Patrick said. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



Riders wait in a bus stop where color-tinted windows collect snow during a storm, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The National Weather Service says a blizzard warning is issued Friday evening for the southern coast. The forecast calls for up to 2 feet of snow and winds gusting to 50 mph.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)



A woman uses her umbrella to shield herself against the snow and wind while crossing the street in New York's Chinatown, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Snow began to fall as a massive blizzard headed for the American Northeast on Friday, sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and supplies ahead of a storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)



Lilah Watt gets some interference from her 6-month-old puppy, Willa, as she shovels out from the snowstorm on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)



Cars drive across the nearly empty Zakim Bridge in Boston prior to a mandatory statewide driving ban, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Friday and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as a blizzard that could bring nearly 3 feet of snow to the region began to intensify. As the storm gains strength, it will bring "extremely dangerous conditions" with bands of snow dropping up to 2 to 3 inches per hour at the height of the blizzard, Patrick said. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



Tow truck operator Shawn Juhre sets up road safety reflectors before towing a car out of a ditch during a winter snow storm in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/David Duprey)



A group of men help push a sports car up a snow-covered street in the Old Port section of Portland, Mane, during a snow storm, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. The storm is expected to dump up to two feet of snow on the region. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)



People wait for a bus at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center as snow begins to fall Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)



Danielle Kondratuk of Manchester walks her dog Bella as snow falls in Manchester, Conn., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)



Grounds crews prepare a plane for flight at LaGuardia Airport Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Most airlines were giving up on flying in and out of New York, Boston and other airports in the American Northeast on Friday as a massive storm threatened to dump up to a meter of snow in some parts. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)



A patron checks to see if his flight is cancelled at LaGuardia Airport Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Most airlines were giving up on flying in and out of New York, Boston and other airports in the American Northeast on Friday as a massive storm threatened to dump up to a meter of snow in some parts. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)



Kevin Quick plows a slushy mix in front of M & T Bank during a winter storm in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. In some upstate areas, snow fell early Friday morning and was expected to increase throughout the day, with the heaviest accumulations expected in eastern New York on Friday night.(AP Photo/David Duprey)



Melissa Anderson shovels the sidewalk in front of her laundromat while trying to keep up with a snow storm that is expected to dump up to two feet of snow, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Portland, Maine. Anderson's business received only one customer by noon time, prompting her to close early and wait for the storm to pass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)



Russell Hardison walks to the bus stop after shopping during a winter storm in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. In some upstate areas, snow fell early Friday morning and was expected to increase throughout the day, with the heaviest accumulations expected in eastern New York on Friday night.(AP Photo/David Duprey)



A dog pulls a snowboarder through the Boston Common in Boston, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Friday and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as a blizzard that could bring nearly 3 feet of snow to the region began to intensify. As the storm gains strength, it will bring "extremely dangerous conditions" with bands of snow dropping up to 2 to 3 inches per hour at the height of the blizzard, Patrick said. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



Pedestrians walk through the snow at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)



A man battles fierce winds as he climbs a hill after leaving his car in a parking lot to avoid being towed during a parking ban, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Maine's southern coast. The forecast calls for up to 2 feet of snow and winds gusting to 50 mph. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)



People walk down the stairs at Boston City Hall Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Boston. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)



Guy McChesney pulls Lucas McChesney and Nico Doyle on a sled up Munjoy Hill during a snow storm, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Portland, Maine. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)



Robert Burck, aka the "Naked Cowboy," performs in Times Square as it snows Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)



A couple walks down the illuminated, snow-covered Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Friday and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as a blizzard that could bring nearly 3 feet of snow to the region began to intensify. As the storm gains strength, it will bring "extremely dangerous conditions" with bands of snow dropping up to 2 to 3 inches per hour at the height of the blizzard, Patrick said. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



Louie Rodriguez of the New Bedford Forestry Department cuts a fallen tree at the intersection of Rotch St. and Maple St. in New Bedford, Mass., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, after heavy snow and winds from a storm. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Standard Times, Peter Pereira)



Snow falls on a pedestrian as she leaves the Rag & Bone Fall 2013 fashion collection show during Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)



The driver of a Ford Explorer was uninjured when he lost control of the vehicle on a snow covered Fifth Street Hollow near Bloomsburg, Pa., Friday night, Feb. 8, 2013, and ran off the roadway. Rescue personnel from Espy Fire Company had to secure the SUV which came to rest in the trees at the top of a 30 foot embankment before the driver could climb out. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)



Snow-covered cars sit in a parking lot adjacent to where firefighters battle a 4-alarm fire in a 3-story apartment building in Wilmington, Mass., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, during a major winter snowstorm. Up to 2 feet of snow is expected in the Boston-area region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)



A father plays with his son on Boston Common in Boston, during a snow storm Friday evening, Feb. 8, 2013. Snow began to fall as a massive blizzard headed for the American Northeast, sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and supplies ahead of a storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Mark Edelson)



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Faces of terror

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12 February 2013, 09:35 PM IST

Was Afzal Guru's crime more 'heinous' than that of Nirbhaya's torturers?

The widespread celebrations that followed the hanging of Afzal Guru, the conspirator in the 2002 terrorist attack on Parliament, was in stark contrast to India's claim that apostle of ahimsa, Mahatma Gandhi, is the spiritual father of the nation. However, there were a few questions which struck a sobering note.

One of these was whether Guru's long-delayed execution was a political manoeuvre aimed at projecting a tough anti-terror image of the government with an eye to the 2014 elections. The general exultation that the hanging gave rise to supports the speculation that the execution was part of a pre-poll strategy to counter public perception of a weak and indecisive government.

Politics apart, there's another aspect to the case which raises questions about our perceptions of crime and punishment. When it pronounced the death sentence on Guru eight years ago, the Supreme Court described his crime as belonging to that most 'heinous' of categories that merit capital punishment. Since then, the word 'heinous' (extremely wicked, atrocious) has acquired new depths of meaning.

The 'heinousness' of Guru's crime was that he conspired in an attack on Parliament, which is deemed to be the supreme symbol of the state. Unlike Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged a few months ago for his participation in the 26/11 Mumbai massacre, Guru did not actually take part in the attack but was accused of having aided and abetted the assailants. The implication is that the enormity of Guru's crime was the symbolic importance of the target. The attack on Parliament — the seat of government — was in effect an act of war against the Indian state.

In symbolic terms this is indeed a serious crime. But in actual terms just how 'heinous' or atrocious is it? The Maoist insurgents in the country, with whom the government is reportedly ready to have a dialogue, are in effect waging war against the Indian state. Should all so-called Maoists be hanged?

But as 'heinous' as a real or symbolic act of war against the Indian state is, an actual act of war against an individual citizen of that state is more immediately horrific and 'heinous'. Such an act of utter savagery, which resulted in her agonising death, was perpetrated by her torturers on Nirbhaya, Delhi's gang-rape victim who has become an international byword for the undeclared but open war that continues to be waged against half the population of this planet.

An act of war against a state by terrorists can be motivated by political reasons, perverted and misguided as those reasons might be. The act of war called rape is not motivated by any reason, however twisted; it is an outrage fuelled by bloodlust and the male obsession with total domination over women.

An act of terror against a state is a violation of national sovereignty. The act of terror called rape is a violation of human rights not just of the victim but of all women.

This is not to argue that all rapists be hanged. It is only to ask of those who rejoiced in Guru's execution if they would be equally ready publicly to grieve every reported case of rape. If we were all to do so, we would be a nation in perpetual mourning.

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Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius charged with murder after 'he accidentally shot dead his model girlfriend at his luxury South Africa home when he mistook her for an intruder'


  • Incident happened at his Pretoria mansion, north of Johannesburg at 4am
  • Dead woman is former FHM model Reeva Steenkamp
  • She was shot several times in the head, chest and the arm
  • Pistorius believed to have told police he thought she was an intruder
  • Media reporting it could have been a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong
  • Celebrated sprinter is in police custody before a court hearing tomorrow
  • Officers have visited his house before over alleged 'domestic incidents'

By MARTIN ROBINSONSIMON TOMLINSON and DAN NEWLING IN CAPE TOWN

PUBLISHED: 06:56 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:40 GMT, 14 February 2013


South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar.

Gunfire was heard inside his Pretoria mansion at 4am this morning and it is believed his partner may have been killed after a Valentine's Day surprise went tragically wrong.

The dead woman is Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who had been dating the 26-year-old for two months.

She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police have said, and Pistorius will appear in court tomorrow after a hearing scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled.

Pretoria police spokeswoman Denise Beukes confirmed he had been charged with murder, adding they had been called to his home on several occasions since 2011 to deal with 'allegations of a domestic nature'.

Just yesterday Miss Steenkamp spoke excitedly on Twitter about her plans for Valentine's Day.

She said: 'What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay'

Replying to a follower, she later added: 'That sounds amazing! Wow that's what it's all about! It should be a day of love for everyone :) may it be blessed!'

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Charged: Oscar Pistorius, his head lowered and face covered, leaves the Boschkop police station in Pretoria for a blood test at hospital prior to being taken to court

Charged: Oscar Pistorius, his head lowered and face covered, leaves the Boschkop police station in Pretoria for a blood test at hospital prior to being taken to court

Covered up: Pistorius (C) leaves the Boshkop police station today keen to hide his face from the gathered photographers

Covered up: Pistorius is not handcuffed despite being accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day

Incident: Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who is believed to have been shot dead today

Incident: Oscar Pistorius is believed to have shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model, pictured together in November

Star: Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been arrested this morning having shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, killing her

Star: Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been arrested this morning having shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, killing her






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Watch out below! Polar bears cool off in California zoo by sliding down man-made snow into pool


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PUBLISHED: 20:42 GMT, 16 February 2013 | UPDATED: 21:13 GMT, 16 February 2013

    ve to frolic in the snow.

The adorable animals sliding and splashing in a recreation of their natural environment at the San Diego Zoo.

Due to the hot climate in San Diego, California, the zookeepers have to make man-made snow for the polar bears to enjoy.

The polar bears look relaxed as they slide down the slope making a splash in the pool.



Happy bear: This playful polar bear looks like it's training for the Winter Olympics as it slides head first into the water

Happy bear: This playful polar bear looks like it's training for the Winter Olympics as it slides head first into the water

Into the water: The polar bear makes a big splash

Into the water: The polar bear makes a big splash

Good time: The polar bear looks relaxed as it swims

Good time: The polar bear looks relaxed as it swims

Submerged: The polar bear stays under water for some time

Submerged: The polar bear stays under water for some time

Accommodations: Due to the hot climate in California, zookeepers in San Diego have to make man-made snow for the polar bears to enjoy

Accommodations: Due to the hot climate in California, zookeepers in San Diego have to make man-made snow for the polar bears to enjoy


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Afghan street kid heads for the Oscars red carpet


By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:17 EST





Topics: afghanistan ? mohammadi


An Afghan street kid is off to Hollywood and the red-carpet treatment at the Oscars— a fairytale ending to a chance encounter that led to a starring role in a movie.Fawad Mohammadi, 14, was selling maps to passing foreigners on Kabul's famed Chicken Street to help feed his family when he met American director Sam French.Now he is preparing for his first flight in an aircraft and his first trip outside war-torn Afghanistan to a glamorous world almost beyond imagination on the grimy streets of Kabul.

French cast Mohammadi as one of the main characters in "Buzkashi Boys", a movie shot entirely in Afghanistan and nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the Academy Awards on February 24.The film is about two youngsters growing up in Kabul who dream of becoming Buzkashi horseback riders in Afghanistan's dramatic national sport, which uses a headless goat in place of a ball in a wild version of polo.In the movie, one of the boys is a street kid like Mohammadi, the other the son of a blacksmith forced to spend long hours in his father's dark workshop sharpening axe heads.Ahead of the US trip, Mohammadi, sporting a leather coat and jeans, told AFP the adventure would be a "great privilege for me and for all Afghanistan to meet the world's most famous superstars"."It's truly such a great feeling to go to the Oscars, I had never thought about it. I still don't believe it."Mohammadi, whose ambition is to become a pilot, said he hoped to be able to visit the cockpit of the airplane during his flight to Los Angeles.

"I have grown up watching Afghan movies. When I watched them, I dreamt of becoming an actor. Then I met Sam French on Chicken Street, that's how I came to act in the film," he said, with a big smile.Mohammadi is the youngest of seven siblings. Their father died several years ago, and his five brothers all also work. He started selling chewing gum on the streets and expanded his trade to selling maps and dictionaries to foreigners.He learned English as he worked on Chicken Street, a popular destination for expats shopping for Afghan carpets, jewellery and craftwork."We knew him from Chicken Street as the kindest and most warm-hearted street-kid, who would provide 'bodyguarding' services and sell maps—he always had a smile and witty remark," French told AFP by email."The challenge was to make him not 'act' but to be himself. His kind and generous character was the very same character we had written — so we wanted him to be himself as much as possible and connect with the story on a personal level. He did a fantastic job."The other Buzkashi Boy is Jawanmard Paiz, also 14 and the son of a prominent Afghan actor, who plays an orphan in the movie. Both boys were 12 at the time the movie was shot.Paiz has already appeared in a few films after starting his acting career at the age of five, and has attended the Cannes film festival."When I saw Fawad acting he was such a good talent although he was a street vendor and he really surprised all of us on set," Paiz said.Afghanistan's once burgeoning cinema industry was hammered by more than three decades of war, especially during the 1996-2001 Taliban regime, when music and films were banned.Now Afghan cinema is struggling to re-emerge amid an ongoing Taliban insurgency against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai."There were many logistical challenges," French said. "We spent over a year in pre-production to ensure we had the support of the Afghan government and police protection in all the locations we filmed."The boys will arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday ahead of the Oscars on Sunday, with the cost of their trip covered by a fund-raising campaign, free tickets from Turkish Airlines and help from the US State Department.They will stay "with an Afghan family to provide some cushion against the culture shock of travelling from Kabul to Hollywood", French said.Some of the extra cash raised will be used on Mohammadi's education and to provide for his family.Mohammadi, who has used his earnings from the film to attend sixth grade at a private school, says he refuses to be swept away by dreams of movie glory."I will continue to sell maps and dictionaries and go to school," he said.

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