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End Time News – Updated 1 Dec 2014 - 7 stories
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At least 4 injured during 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan

For the second time in a week, Sichuan Province’s Kangding County has been struck by an earthquake. A 5.8-magnitude tremor jolted the county on Tuesday evening, leaving at least 4 people with minor injuries.

According to authorities during a press briefing on Wednesday, the quake was 16 kilometers deep, and led to the collapse of 25 homes. Traffic in some road sections in the quake zone have been affected by landslides, and clear-up efforts are underway.

Twenty soldiers have been deployed to the site for rescue and relief efforts, and a team made up of 70 seismological experts have also been sent to the quake zone for investigation.

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Five killed, 80,000 affected in earthquake in China
Economic Times

BEIJING: China today launched an all-out rescue operation after a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck quake-prone Sichuan Province, killing at least five people and affecting nearly 80,000 others.

Fifty-four people were injured, including six in critical condition and another five suffering severe injuries, latest updates said.

Chinese leaders have urged all-out rescue efforts after the quake hit the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province yesterday.

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Dozens injured as 6.8 earthquake jolts central Japan

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit central Japan at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres, damaging buildings and injuring at least 39 people according to the latest toll.

The quake struck at 22:08 local time (13:08 GMT) and was centered in the Nagano Prefecture on the main island of Honshu, about 16 kilometers northeast of the city of Omachi. According to the USGS, the quake registered at a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale.

Almost 40 people received injuries, most of them minor, but at least 7 people were reportedly taken to hospital with serious wounds.

Some of the injured were trapped under collapsed buildings, but authorities have managed to recover all those trapped under debris and their lives are not in danger.

An official from the village of Ogawa, near the epicenter of the quake, told Japan’s NHK broadcaster the residents felt a long shake and saw books falling off shelves.

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Magnitude-7.1 Earthquake Rocks Indonesia
Mark Leberfinger - AccuWeather

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck Indonesia on Saturday, causing tsunami warnings for a time throughout the region.

The temblor's epicenter was located 154 km (96 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate, Indonesia, and the major earthquake occurred 10:31 a.m. local time Saturday (9:31 p.m. EST Friday), the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported.

The earthquake had an initial magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded slightly by the USGS.

Tsunami advisories were issued for Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and other areas but were later dropped.

A tsunami wave of 9 centimeters (3.54 inches) was reported on the island of Jailolo, The Associated Press reported.

There were no reports of damage or injuries, The AP reported.

Nine strong aftershocks, ranging from magnitude 4.5 to magnitude 5.9, occurred in the first seven hours after the major earthquake, the USGS said.

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Wars and Rumors of Wars

German military to lead NATO rapid response force
by Philipp Frisch

The German military will lead a NATO rapid response force in Eastern Europe, according to a report in Saturday’s Die Welt. The conservative newspaper, which is well connected to top NATO circles, writes that the foreign ministers of NATO member states are already planning at their December meeting to establish a temporary elite military unit under German leadership. The unit is to be ready for deployment as early as the beginning of 2015.

The elite force will be formally led by the German-Dutch Corps in Münster, Westphalia. This corps has integrated several thousand of its 40,000 troops into the NATO Response Force (NRF). The corps is under German command and will be headed by Army Lieutenant General Volker Halbauer.

As part of a rotation system, Germany will also lead the NRF’s ground combat forces in 2015.

The NRF was founded in 2002 at the initiative of then-US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. It is composed of combat forces that can be deployed for missions with high operational requirements. The NATO conference last September in Wales decided to significantly expand the NRF and add a rapid response spearhead. The rapid response force is to be established in 2016.

The formation of the elite intervention force is part of a systematic military buildup by NATO in Eastern Europe, aimed directly at Russia. “It is a clear sign to our allies in the east and a clear signal to Moscow,” according to a senior NATO representative cited by Die Welt. The newspaper goes on to comment: “The goal is to massively increase the alliance’s response capacity so that it can defend alliance territory against a threat by Moscow within a few days.”

This has now become the mantra of the imperialist powers and their media mouthpieces. NATO’s war-mongering foreign policy is portrayed as an emergency measure against the threatening situation produced by Moscow. According to Die Welt, the rapid response force was a reaction to the “increasing number of Russian military manoeuvres and the new threats in Eastern Europe and the Baltic due to Russian aggression.”

In reality, the aggressors are in Washington, Brussels and Berlin. The European Union (EU) and United States provoked the confrontation with Russia through their organisation of a right-wing coup in Kiev. Now they are using the resulting crisis to integrate Ukraine into their sphere of influence and militarily encircle Russia.

The extent of NATO’s plans shows that the alliance is preparing for war with nuclear-armed Russia. “The year 2015 will be the trial period for the new spearhead,” Die Welt reports, citing NATO sources.

The new force is to conduct exercises and participate in a major NATO exercise planned for next September in Italy, Spain and Portugal, called Trident Juncture. In case of a serious emergency, the force could quickly intervene in the border regions of Russia, the newspaper reports. It could be supported by air and naval units from France and Spain, which would give it the ability to carry out a major military action against Russia.

The report in Die Welt underscores the central role of the German government in NATO’s provocations against Russia. In September, the German Air Force assumed control of air surveillance of the Baltic Sea. At the same time, Germany doubled troop numbers at the multi-national Northeast Corps in Stettin, Poland. Last week, German General Hans-Lothar Domröse raised the prospect of major military manoeuvres involving tens of thousands of soldiers on the Russian border.


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Bubonic Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Kills 40, Spreads To Capital

You might want to hold off your plans to visit Madagascar. An outbreak of the bubonic plague has killed 40 people and infected nearly 80 others on the Indian Ocean island, the World Health Organization reported.

Since August, there have been 119 confirmed cases of the bacterial infection, which is spread through fleas on small rodents, typically rats. People who are bitten by an infected flea develop swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms like chills, gangrene, and seizures; symptoms appear suddenly, usually 2–5 days after exposure to the bacteria.

If diagnosed early, the plague can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

The first known case in the outbreak was a man in a Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, about 200km west of capital city Antananarivo. Presently, two cases – one of them fatal – have been confirmed in Antananarivo, worsening the situation.

“There is now a risk of a rapid spread of the disease due to the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system,” the World Health Organization said.

“The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country.”

Two percent of the country’s reported plague cases were pneumonic and can be spread person-to-person by coughing – this form of the plague is “one of the most deadly infectious diseases,” according to the organization.

“WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available,” the organization warned.

“The national task force has been activated to manage the outbreak. With support from partners – including WHO, the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar, the ‘Commune urbaine d’Antananarivo’ and the Red Cross – the government of Madagascar has put in place effective strategies to control the outbreak.”

The first recorded epidemic of the bubonic plague ravaged the Byzantine Empire during the sixth century and is estimated to have killed 50 million people in the Roman Empire alone. Then in the Late Middle Ages – 1347- Europe experienced the most deadly disease outbreak in history when the Black Death, the infamous pandemic of bubonic plague, killed a third of the human population.

The last previously known outbreak of the plague was in Peru in August 2010.


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The Global Food Crisis

National Geographic contributor Joel Bourne expounds on the impending food shortage crisis.

More than one billion people worldwide do not have enough to eat. Some experts estimate a need for more food in the next 40 years than in the last 10,000. National Geographic contributor Joel Bourne wrote a 2009 cover story, The End of Plenty, about the crisis. He has continued his reporting on the causes of the food shortage crisis and strategies used to address it. Host Frank Stasio talks with Bourne about his work. Bourne delivers the keynote address at the North Carolina Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit in Raleigh this week.


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