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  British boy, 15, gets life sentence for inciting Anzac Day attack in Australia
Posted by: IceWizard - 10-02-2015, 01:23 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Fri Oct 2, 2015 | 7:29 AM EDT

LONDON (Reuters) -
A 15-year-old boy, thought to be the youngest Briton to be convicted of a terrorism offense, was given a life sentence on Friday for inciting an attack on a World War One commemorative event in Australia from his
bedroom in northern England.

The boy, who cannot be named due to his age,
pleaded guilty in July to sending messages
online encouraging an attack on police officers
at an event in April to mark Anzac Day - a day
of remembrance for military dead in Australia
and New Zealand.

He was just 14 at the time.

The discovery of the boy's actions sparked a
massive police operation in Melbourne, which
led to the arrest of five teenagers who were
planning an Islamic State-inspired attack on an
event to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli
landings, Australian authorities said.

British police said had the plot not been
uncovered, it was likely someone would have
been seriously injured or killed.

"From the early communication we could read, it was obvious the Anzac Day memorial service was going to be a target," said Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

"People will be understandably be shocked by
the age of the boy. However, this should not
detract from the horror of what he was

The boy from Blackburn, who had admitted a
charge of inciting another person to commit an
act of terrorism, was sentenced to life in a youth detention center and will have to serve a minimum of five years.

Manchester Crown Court heard he was initially
arrested by police on suspicion of making
threats to kill his teacher. When detectives
examined his phone they found extreme
images, including a screen saver of Islamic
State militants.

There was also evidence he had searched the
internet for instructions on making explosives
and building a detonator from scratch.

During nine days in March he shared more
than 3,000 heavily encrypted messages with
fellow plotter "Illyas" in Australia, in which they
discussed a plan to run over a police officer at
an Anzac Day parade.

The boy also suggested Illyas break into
someone's house to "get your first taste of
beheading" and they shared images, including
an exact replica of a knife used in the "Rambo"

The boy said it had a handle which is
"perfect for tearing through throat".

(Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Larry

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  Difficult to buy a gun in China, but not explosives!!
Posted by: IceWizard - 10-02-2015, 01:08 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

Fri Oct 2, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT
By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) -
A series of deadly bomb blasts in China this week has shown how easy it is to acquire explosives in the country, revealing a major gap in its huge security apparatus as the economy slows and anger grows over issues like graft and poor public services.

In a country where firearms are banned for
most people, the bombings in the southwestern
city of Liuzhou on Wednesday, and others in
recent years around the country, demonstrate
lax enforcement of rules to control access to
bomb-making material.

Private gun ownership is almost unheard of in
China as controls are so strict, meaning gun
crime is rare. Explosives, on the other hand, are widely available from the sprawling mining and fireworks industries.

The 17 coordinated blasts across Liuzhou, a
relatively obscure part of China, destroyed one
whole side of a low-rise residential building,
overturned vehicles and sent bricks showering
into the street, images carried by state media

At least 10 people died and more than 50 were injured. The suspect was himself killed at the scene, but such "sudden incidents", as China refers to them, highlight broader government worries about stability in the world's second-largest economy, with a widening gap between rich and poor and growing anger at corruption and environmental issues.

"Modern Chinese society has lots of
contradictions, and if people want to send a
message about their anger or make a point,
they can get explosives from any mine," said
Pan Zhiping, a domestic security expert at the
Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences. "It simply isn't possible for the police to keep an eye on everybody," he added.

The ease at which explosives can be obtained
in the world's second-largest economy was
underscored in a court case posted online
earlier this year as part of a government
transparency drive.

In September last year, a court in southwestern China's Yunnan province jailed a man for three years after finding more than 20 kg of explosives, almost 100 detonators and 1.5 km of fuses at his house.

The man, whose surname was given as Ren,
told the court he had been easy to buy the
material by saying it was for work needs,
according to the judgment.

In fact, Ren said he had been buying the
explosives and storing them at home for the
last decade without any problems, though he
seemed to have no violent intent.


Police on Friday said the suspect in the attacks in Liuzhou, in the southwestern region of Guangxi, was Wei Yinyong, 33, who was
believed to have been involved in a dispute with neighbours, the official Xinhua news agency said.

He died on the scene, it added. "It indicates a serious problem in China in terms of public security. It reflects a lack of effective control by the government to restrict access to these dangerous goods," said Jian Zhang, a lecturer in international and political studies at UNSW Australia in Canberra.

On Thursday morning, another blast was
reported in Liuzhou, although it only caused
minor damage and no casualties.

It was not clear if it was linked to the previous day's blasts.

Guangxi is home to many mines, which use
explosives, and like the rest of China it will have lots of firework manufacturers.

Last year, police in Liuzhou arrested a father
and son who were "unhappy with society and
wanted revenge" and blew up trash cans in a
public square using home-made firecrackers,
injuring a female bystander, according to state

However, explosives are not often seen in
violence in the far western region of Xinjiang,
where China says it is battling an Islamist
insurgency, with tight security limiting access to
bomb-making materials or guns.

Knives are generally involved in the violence there.

State media microblogs have already begun
speculating on the motive for the latest attack in Liuzhou, with some suggesting it was the result of a dispute over medical treatment, a cause of several violent incidents in recent years.

While the Chinese government has ramped up
health spending, hospitals are frequently
overwhelmed with patients. Doctors are also
badly paid, leading to corruption and suspicions that staff are more interested in making money by prescribing unnecessary drugs and treatment than tending to the sick.

Property disputes in a country where the
government legally owns all land have also led
to unruly protests, fights with police,
imprisonment and even suicide, and created a
major headache for the stability-obsessed ruling Communist Party.

In 2011, a man apparently angry about the
illegal demolition of his home set off
coordinated explosions at three sites near
government buildings in eastern China, killing

In the same month, a petrol bomb set off by a
disgruntled former employee at a rural bank in a heavily Tibetan region of northwestern China's Gansu province wounded 49 people.

The worst incident of its kind happened in 2001, when a string of explosions at workers'
dormitories in the northern city of Shijiazhuang
killed 108 people, blamed on a man seeking
vengeance for family problems, although many
doubt that explanation.

(Additional reporting by Lincoln Feast in Sydney; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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  Deadly Russian rocket system spotted in Ukraine for first time
Posted by: IceWizard - 10-02-2015, 12:57 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Fri Oct 2, 2015 | 8:19 AM EDT
By Anton Zverev

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
International monitors say they have spotted a new kind of Russian weapons system in rebel-held Ukraine this week, possible evidence of Moscow's continued interest in Ukraine even as it focuses on Syria.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which is monitoring a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, reported that its monitors had seen a mobile TOS-1 'Buratino' weapons system for the first time.

The Buratino is equipped with thermobaric
warheads which spread a flammable liquid
around a target and then ignite it. It can destroy several city blocks in one strike and cause indiscriminate damage.

Only Russia produces the system and it was
not exported to Ukraine before the conflict
broke out, according to IHS Jane's Group and
the Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute, which track arms exports.

The OSCE's findings are embarrassing for the
Kremlin, which has turned down its rhetoric on
Ukraine and shifted attention to Syria, where it
has begun air strikes.

The report comes before President Vladimir Putin holds talks in Paris on Friday with the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine on the peace process.

The Russian defense ministry did not reply to
written questions from Reuters about whether
Ukrainian rebels were supplied with the weapon or where it had been exported.

Russia denies its military is even in Ukraine. But there have been numerous signs that Moscow backed the rebels with troops and equipment.

Reuters reporters spotted two burnt-out tanks
last year which military experts identified as
Russian army tanks in rebel-held territory.

Alexander Hug, deputy chief monitor of the
OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine, told
Reuters by phone monitors had spotted the
Buratino at a rebel training area in the village of Kruhlyk.

"We saw the weapon on that training ground,"
Hug said. "Both sides agreed a year ago to
withdraw heavy weaponry from the line of
contact. Having them near the line of contact is of course a concern as this weapon should be in storage and not be used."

Hug said the weapons system was "indiscriminate and very destructive."

The Popular Mechanics website called TOS-1 "hell on earth" for anyone it targeted.


According to IHS Jane's and the Stockholm
Institute's unofficial arms transfers database,
Russia has only exported the system to
Azerbaijan, Iraq and Kazakhstan.

Ukraine said it did not possess the Buratino.

"We have not got them and we have never had it in service," Vladislav Seleznyov, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military, told Reuters. "The Russian army has it. It was used against us in the area of Donetsk airport."
The Ukrainian defense ministry said on its
website in March that the separatists had used
seven TOS-1 Buratino systems and that one of
them had been destroyed by its forces.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces
and the separatists in Ukraine's eastern
Donetsk and Luhansk regions has killed more
than 8,000 people since it flared in mid-April
2014. But violence has ebbed in recent weeks to its lowest level since a ceasefire was signed in February, even though Western diplomats say the 12-point peace plan is far from fulfilled.
Rebel leaders this week signed an agreement
to extend a withdrawal of weapons to include
tanks and smaller weapons systems.

A rebel representative said on Wednesday the
agreement could mean an end to the conflict.

(Additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kiev
and Zlata Garasyuta in Moscow Writing by
Andrew Osborn; Editing by Larry King)

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  Hey guys
Posted by: chefj1 - 10-01-2015, 11:33 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (11)

I have been watching for a few weeks and have now come aboard! I was using an iop 10 years ago from S.A. then didn't have the need for a while but I am back in the place of needing the connections again. Needless to say the old faithful CAM is long gone so my new search lead me here and to the other now vanished .com. Ya'll seemed more my speed from the get go so I am a happy camper. Thanks for allowing me to join the forum. I am awaiting 2 letters from folks who many of you said were reputable. Patients is not my strong point but I am trying LOL

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Wink Hello All
Posted by: stormsandy - 10-01-2015, 06:56 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (6)

Been with com and others. I'm glad to see that your back, and that your running a tight ship.  Smile

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  Satellite images may show China's first indigenous carrier: Jane's
Posted by: IceWizard - 10-01-2015, 05:03 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Thu Oct 1, 2015 | 12:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (Reuters) -
New satellite images show China may be building its first indigenous aircraft carrier in the northeastern port of Dalian, according to IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, which has released the pictures.

Little is known about China's aircraft carrier
program, which is a state secret, though
Chinese state media have hinted new vessels
are being built.

The Pentagon, in a report earlier this year, said Beijing could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry, in a report obtained by Reuters last month, said China was building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000- tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship.

IHS Jane's said the unidentified hull was in an
advanced state of construction at a shipyard in

"While a conclusive identification of the hull as
an aircraft carrier cannot be made until work is
observed on the upper decks and potential
flight deck, the slow pace of assembly and
outline suggests a military hull under
construction," it said in an emailed sent on Thursday.

The dry dock is "associated" with the refit and
repair of China's existing carrier, the Liaoning,
IHS Jane's said.

The ship could also be a new class of
amphibious assault ship or helicopter carrier, it

The Taiwanese report obtained by Reuters said one of the new vessels is being built in
Shanghai and the other in Dalian.

The Liaoning, a carrier bought from Ukraine in
1998 and refitted in China, has taken part in
military exercises, including in the disputed
South China Sea, but is not yet fully operational.

Successfully operating the Liaoning is the first
step in what some military experts believe will
be the deployment of Chinese-built carriers by

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ryan

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  Exclusive: Unification with China not on agenda, says Taiwan president
Posted by: IceWizard - 10-01-2015, 04:54 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Thu Oct 1, 2015 | 5:54 AM EDT
By Jean Yoon and J.R. Wu

TAIPEI (Reuters) -
Taiwan President Ma Ying- jeou said on Thursday the island was not ready to discuss unification with China, sending a firm
message to an increasingly assertive Beijing
eager to absorb what it considers a renegade

Ma, 65, told Reuters in an exclusive interview
that, though the economic and social gaps
between the proudly democratic island and its
giant Communist neighbour were narrowing,
their political differences remained wide.

"The political situation between the two sides is still very different," said Ma, speaking on the day China was celebrating its National Day. "I think to discuss matters, such as unification, is not very suitable. Taiwan is not ready."
Although his eight-year presidency has been
characterised by warming business ties with
China, Ma, who steps down next year due to
term limits, repeated how "the time was not yet
ripe" for unification talks between the once
bitter enemies.

His comments underscore how far Taiwan has
moved from embracing China following massive protests on the island last year against a cross-strait trade pact and the weakening of Ma's pro-China Nationalist party.
China and Taiwan have been ruled separately
since defeated Nationalist forces fled to the
island in 1949 after losing a civil war to the

Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring the island of 23 million people back under its control, particularly if it were to make moves towards formal independence.


Ma acknowledged China's economy and
society have changed dramatically in the past
30 years. "The economy and society are freer than in the past," he said. "Its stock markets are vibrant. This was rarely seen before."

China is Taiwan's largest trading partner and
many Taiwanese tech companies run plants on the mainland.

Under Ma, Taiwan has signed a series of trade and economic pacts with Beijing, though there have been no political talks and suspicions persist on both sides.

In what was widely seen as a backlash against
creeping dependence on China, Ma's
Nationalists were trounced in local elections
last year and look on course for defeat in the
2016 presidential vote to the independence-
leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The DPP says it believes only Taiwan's people
can decide its future, a stance Beijing interprets as favouring independence.

Taiwan is probably China's most sensitive
political issue, and its eventual "recovery"
remains at the top of the agenda for the
Communist Party.

China's President Xi Jinping said at a regional
summit in 2013 that a political solution to a
stand-off over sovereignty lasting more than six decades could not be postponed forever.

Chinese special forces held mock battles at the Zhurihe training base in Inner Mongolia using a full-scale model of Taiwan's presidential office and nearby government buildings and roads, according to a report by the Taiwanese defence ministry last month that was seen by Reuters.

The Taiwanese report added that of China's
1.24 million-strong ground forces, 400,000 could be used in combat against the island.


Taiwan has budgeted T$3 billion ($91 million)
for four years starting next year to kickstart the
design contract phase for what will be a
decades-long programme to build its own fleet
of submarines.

Taiwan has four ageing submarines, including
two that date from World War Two, although its military is otherwise considered generally

Ma said he was "very confident" about the
homegrown submarine plan and that it
remained on track.

"Now we want to build our own submarines for
our defence requirements. We will actively
nurture some talent and hope to accelerate the pace in the future," he said.

Crucial to Taiwan's indigenous submarine
programme is the transfer from the United
States or other Western countries of submarine-manufacturing technology, a move that would be opposed by China.

Ma said that Taiwan has never ruled out the
possibility of accepting help from other
countries who have the technology.

U.S. weapons sales in recent years to Taiwan
have attracted strong condemnation from
China, but have not caused lasting damage to
Beijing's relations with either Washington or
Taipei. Under the Taiwan Relations Act, enacted in 1979 when Washington severed formal ties with the island in favour of recognising the People's Republic of China in Beijing, the United States is obligated to help Taiwan defend itself.

($1 = 32.8430 Taiwan dollars)

(Additional reporting by Jeanny Kao; Editing by
Alex Richardson)

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  U.S. deploys more advanced aircraft carrier to boost ties with Japan
Posted by: IceWizard - 10-01-2015, 04:40 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Thu Oct 1, 2015 | 6:33 AM EDT
By Tim Kelly

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) -
One of the U.S. Navy's most advanced aircraft carriers docked in Japan on Thursday at the start of a deployment that will strengthen the capability of the Seventh Fleet in Asia and boost ties between the United States and its closest regional ally.

With a crew of 5,000 sailors and a compliment
of around 80 aircraft, USS Ronald Reagan is
equipped with the latest targeting and defense
radars, integrated weapons systems and
command and communications technology.

The USS Ronald Reagan's deployment marks
an upgrade, as the USS George Washington,
the carrier it has replaced in Japan, had less
advanced systems and technology.

"Just like a new car we have the latest and
greatest, we have GPS, we have the back up
mirror so we can see what is behind us,"
Captain Chris Bolt, the carrier's commander,
told a separate press briefing on the dock at
Yokosuka naval base. "We have some tremendous command and control capabilities."

In a tilt towards Asia, the United States is
rebalancing its forces, deploying 60 percent of
its navy to the region, including its most
advanced vessels.

Last month, in a retreat from 70 years of state
pacifism, Japanese lawmakers approved
legislation that would enable Japan's military to
fight overseas for the first time since World War Two.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pursuing a
doctrine of collective self defense with allies
meant to give his nation a bigger role in
regional security in order to counterbalance the military power of an increasingly assertive

The changes enacted last month are expected
to lead to enhanced cooperation between the
Japanese and U.S navies.

"We have many, many exercises that we do, we are very inter-operable because of our
equipment and our training. So, we think that
these new measures will deepen that, will
strengthen that, and will make us better
together," Ray Mabus, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, told a press briefing in Yokohama.

(Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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  Khamenei calls for stronger Iranian military to deter enemies
Posted by: IceWizard - 10-01-2015, 04:34 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Thu Oct 1, 2015 | 7:29 AM EDT

DUBAI (Reuters) -
Iran's supreme leader called on the armed forces on Thursday to increase their capabilities in order to protect the Islamic
Republic's influence in the Middle East and
deter would-be attackers.

"The armed forces must urgently increase their
readiness, so that the enemy dare not think of
attacking," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian
agencies in a meeting with army commanders.

Khamenei often invokes an unspecified
"enemy" when talking about Western powers,
particularly the United States and Israel, which
he suspects of plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

Tensions have also been on the rise between
Iran and Saudi Arabia, and Khamenei on
Wednesday threatened a "harsh reaction" if
Saudi Arabia showed disrespect to hundreds of Iranians killed in the kingdom during a
stampede at the haj pilgrimage.

The two powers trade frequent criticisms and
back opposite sides in a series of conflicts
across the Middle East, but have held back from overt confrontation.

Saudi Arabia warns of Iranian expansionism,
whereas Tehran says it is a peaceful power but insists on its right to influence in the region.
"The future of the country is in the hands of its
youth, who must recognise their strength and
help tomorrow's Iran be more capable, powerful, and influential in the region and the world," Khamenei said.

(Reporting by Sam Wilkin; Editing by Catherine

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