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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Northern Japan
CNBC.com staff

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Northern Japan early Tuesday, with reports emerging that a small tsunami struck the coast without causing damage.

Local fishermen in several ports in the area said an around 10 centimeter tsunami struck Iwate Prefecture, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) had advised evacuating the coastal areas there.

The tsunami warning in the area has been cancelled, the JMA said.

"Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected," the JMA said on its website.
Iwate Prefecture is largely rural, with a total population of around 1.3 million. While the area has a nuclear power plant, it was not damaged, according to a report from NHK. It also reported that local train lines have suspended operations.

This story is developing.

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Wars and Rumors of Wars

Israel on brink of Hezbollah war as soldiers are killed
by Staff Reporter - Telegraph - UK

Israel stood on the brink of all-out conflict with Hezbollah yesterday after launching air and ground strikes against the Lebanese Shia group in retaliation for an attack that killed two soldiers and injured seven others.

A Spanish member of a United Nations peacekeeping force was also killed in the border town of Ghajar, which straddles the frontier between Israel and Lebanon.

The incidents amounted to the most dangerous escalation on Israel's northern border since the last war in Lebanon in 2006.

Israel told the United Nations it would take "all necessary measures" to defend itself.

"Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis," wrote Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador to the UN, in a letter to the Security Council. "Israel will not accept any attacks on its territory and it will exercise its right to self-defence and take all necessary measures to protect its population."

The hostilities followed more than a week of sabre-rattling after an Israeli helicopter strike that killed six Hezbollah members and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander in a Syrian area of the Golan Heights on January 18.

In the first of two attacks yesterday, Hezbollah fired an anti-tank missile at Israeli military vehicles in Shebaa Farms, an area of south Lebanon occupied by Israel, destroying at least two.

The dead soldiers were named as Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini (20) and Captain Yochai Kalangel (25) of the Givati Brigade.

Israel first responded by firing at least 25 artillery shells into Lebanon. Hezbollah then appears to have launched a second attack, firing mortar bombs at Israeli military positions on Mount Hermon, an area popular with tourists. The Israel Defence Forces then launched "combined aerial and ground strikes" on Lebanon.

"We have responded with ground forces and artillery and air forces in specific locations in response to the Hezbollah attacks," said Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, invoked last summer's 50-day conflict in the Gaza Strip to warn Hezbollah against further escalation.

"To anyone who tries to challenge us on the northern border, I suggest that they look at what happened here, at the Gaza Strip," he said.

The Spanish peacekeeper who died was Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo (36).


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Mandatory Chickenpox Vaccination Increases Disease Rates, Study Shows
by Jennifer Lilley

Once again, the completely illogical debacle concerning the world of vaccinations has surfaced.

By now, you know they’ve come under fire by those who are adamant that they do more harm than good. Countless people have developed irreversible health problems and even died shortly after receiving a vaccination, which the medical community chalks up to “coincidence” or cleverly crafted wording that a patient should have known about.

Take, for example, the young Florida girl who made headlines last year when she received the flu vaccine. Marysue Grivna, now 10 years old, experienced paralysis and vision loss within a few short days of receiving the shot. She was ultimately diagnosed with a debilitating brain disease called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Today, she’s confined to a wheelchair or bed and is almost entirely nonverbal.(1)

There’s also the disturbing discovery of elderly people who lived at a senior care facility in Georgia. After all received the flu shot in 2014, five of them died the next week.(2)

Time and again, stories like this abound. Most recently, however, additional news comes from South Korea, where researchers have demonstrated what people have known in their heart to be true all along: that vaccinations not only are unhealthy but also aren’t effective.(3)

Surprise, surprise.

Reported cases of chickenpox have more than tripled since vaccinations became mandatory in South Korea

What spurred the researchers to engage in their studies in the first place was the fact that, despite the amount of people receiving chickenpox vaccinations, the rate of the illness in the nation hasn’t diminished. Instead, it’s increased. The question then becomes a matter of why something designed to keep an illness at bay is actually boosting its activity, creating the opposite of the desired (and often applauded) effect.

For example, the researchers note that, in 2005, varicella (chickenpox) vaccination was mandated in South Korea for infants between the ages of 12 and 15 months. Although there was 97 percent uptake by 2011, no decreases in the illness were found nationwide. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has reported an increase of varicella patients; in 2006, there were 22.6 cases per 100,000, while in 2011, that number more than tripled to 71.6 cases per 100,000.(3)

To better understand why the vaccine was failing, the research team conducted a case-based study, a case-control study and an immunogenicity and safety study. The latter study involved a total of 126 healthy children who were vaccinated with a single dose of Suduvax, which researchers discovered “may not be immunogenic enough to be effective in preventing varicella in South Korea.”(4)

Chickenpox vaccination “has not been effective,” say researchers

The study, titled “Varicella and Varicella Vaccination in South Korea,” was published in the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. The study acknowledges that the increase in varicella vaccinations is likely due to the fact that getting them is mandatory; however, the article addresses serious flaws in that cases have surged, not declined in spite of that. The study notes:

Although the increase in reported cases of varicella to KCDC may be due to the fact that mandatory varicella notification began in 2005, no decrease in the number of varicella patients does not harmonize with the fact that the varicella vaccine coverage increased to above 97% in 2011. Although it can be asserted that the annual number of cases of varicella might have been higher with greater morbidity in the prevaccine era, the high vaccine uptake, the lack of upward age shift in the peak incidence, and the high proportion of breakthrough disease, with almost no amelioration in disease presentation among vaccinated patients, strongly suggest that varicella vaccination has not been effective in preventing varicella in South Korea and is in great need of improvement.(4)

Once again, their findings reinforce that vaccinations have done more in the way of sparking great debate, illness and death than they are actually controlling, or altogether ridding, certain diseases from the population.


(1) http://www.dailymail.co.uk

(2) http://beforeitsnews.com

(3) http://www.thedailysheeple.com

(4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov


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2.5 million on brink of famine in South Sudan
New Vision

OVER 2.5 million South Sudanese are on the brink of famine, with the civil war likely to intensify, the United Nations said Monday as it launched a $1.8 billion aid appeal.

UN emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos said she had witnessed "first hand the continuing widespread devastation and destruction" and an "untenable level of suffering" after returning from a three-day visit to South Sudan.

"We need the fighting to stop and peace restored," she told an international donor conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where $529 million (467 million euros) was pledged.

"The conflict has had a devastating impact on South Sudan but if peace doesn't come quickly, it will also have a significant regional impact," she warned.

After seven failed ceasefires, the UN said in its appeal for cash the "most likely planning scenario" was that violence "intensifies" in the dry season when military vehicles can move around more easily.

The UN also said it expected that peace agreements "may not effectively or immediately end hostilities."

Top US official Anne C. Richard said that no conflict around the world today filled Washington with as "much frustration and despair" as this "man-made" crisis.

Richard, US Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees, said some areas were "teetering on the brink of famine", and that people "continue to suffer and die unnecessarily because their leaders are unwilling to do what it takes to restore peace."

Deadlines repeatedly ignored
Washington, a key backer of South Sudan's independence in 2011, pledged a further $273 million in aid, but was also deeply critical of the warring leaders.

"This aid can only be effective if South Sudan's leaders end their intransigence and promote the well-being of the people, rather than their own rivalries and political machinations," she said.

Over half the country's 12 million people need aid, according to the UN, which is also sheltering some 100,000 civilians trapped inside UN camps ringed with barbed wire, too terrified to venture out for fear of being killed.

The UN estimates that 2.5 million people are in a state of emergency or crisis, steps just short of famine.

Almost two million have been forced from their homes and 500,000 of them have fled abroad to neighbouring countries.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have been set a March 5 deadline to strike a final peace agreement, but previous deadlines have been repeatedly ignored despite the threat of sanctions.

"South Sudan's leaders need to show their people and the world they are committed to securing that peace," said Amos.

Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed said that "the violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement... will no longer be tolerated," and warned of the "real risk that the situation will continue to deteriorate before it gets better."

'Unspeakable atrocities'
In response, South Sudan's Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin insisted the government was "committed to pursue peace", and that the next round of faltering peace talks would resume on February 19.

US actor Forest Whitaker, a UN peace envoy who joined Amos in visiting South Sudan, said he had met with communities that had "witnessed unspeakable atrocities".

"The needs are immense and human suffering is unbearably real," he said.

The UN is also asking for a further $810 million for the 500,000 South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries.

No overall death toll for the war has been kept by the government, rebels or the United Nations, but the International Crisis Group says it estimates that at least 50,000 people have been killed.



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Over 38 000 Somali children face starvation
News 24

Nairobi - Over 38 000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts say.

The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the UN, comes just over three years since intense drought and war sparked famine in the Horn of Africa nation, killing more than a quarter of a million people.

In total, more than 731 000 people, including 203 000 children who are severely malnourished, face "acute food insecurity", according to a joint report released by the UN's food security and nutrition analysis unit and the US-funded famine early warning systems.


But the total number affected is a drop of 29% from last assessments covering the past six months, with "relatively good rains" in late 2014 helping farmers.

"Many children remain acutely malnourished, despite a small decrease in their numbers over the past six months," the statement read.

"An estimated 202 600 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, including 38 200 who are severely malnourished and face a high risk of morbidity and death."

Three-quarters of those in dire need are those who have fled their homes, mainly due to continued fighting.

"Malnutrition rates remain stubbornly high," UN aid chief for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini said. "The outlook for 2015 is worrisome."

More than 250 000 people, half of them children, died in the devastating 2011 famine.

Voiced concerns

Fighting continues between Somalia's al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebaab rebels and government and allied forces, backed by more than
20 000-strong African Union force.

UN special envoy to Somalia Nick Kay said the past year had been "significantly bad" for the Shebaab in terms of loss of towns and the killing of their leader by a US drone.

But he also voiced concerns international attention had lost its focus on Somalia.

Kay, speaking to AFP on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa ahead of a meeting of African Union leaders, said it was "important that we sustain the attention" on Somalia.

"It is a concern, especially regarding the humanitarian funding," Kay said, adding that in 2014 the UN got less than half the necessary aid it needed.



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