Monthly Archives: October 2015

South China Sea disputes increasing demand for U.S. security presence: Pentagon chief

Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsBy Yeganeh Torbati OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (Reuters) – Disputes over territory in the South China Sea are causing countries in the region to increase their demand for an American security presence, the U.S. defense chief said on Sunday. The move triggered an angry rebuke from Beijing and a warning that a minor incident in the area, which is one of the world's busiest sea lanes, could spark war if the United States did not stop what it called "provocative acts." “The attention to disputed claims in the South China Sea, the prominence of those disputes, is having the effect of causing many countries in the region to want to intensify their security cooperation with the United States,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on his way to South Korea.

U.S. Navy discovers wreckage believed to be cargo ship El Faro

Handout of the cargo ship El Faro in JacksonvilleWreckage believed to be of the cargo ship El Faro, which was lost off the Bahamas along with its 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin, was discovered on Saturday, U.S. officials said. El Faro disappeared on Oct. 1 en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel since 1983, after the captain reported a "hull breach" and said a hatch had blown open. A search team aboard the U.S. Naval Ship Apache using sonar equipment discovered the wreckage on Saturday in the area of El Faro's last known position at a depth of 15,000 feet (4,572 meters), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement.

Texas storms kill at least six, bring torrential rains

A car washed up against a tree in Cyprus Creek, a tributary of the Blanco River, in WimberleyBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – At least six people have died in Texas in storms that lashed parts of the state with heavy rains, causing flooding and the cancellation of dozens of flights as twisters were reported near Houston, authorities said on Saturday. A day after tornadoes ripped through buildings outside San Antonio and heavy rains swelled some rivers near Austin to record levels, the National Weather Service reported an apparent twister south of Houston in Brazoria County early on Saturday that damaged 25 trailer homes near the town of Alvin. The Weather Service said it had tracked other possible twisters on Saturday in or near La Porte and Friendswood, near Houston.

Shooter kills three in Colorado Springs, dies in confrontation with police

Colorado Springs police responding to an emergency call tracked down the suspect and returned fire after being shot at, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “It’s going to take quite a few hours for us to work that,” said Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley. Authorities said there appears to be no further threat to the Colorado Springs area, which is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy and has a population of about 445,000.

UK police make third arrest over TalkTalk cyber attack

A computer screen shows details of TalkTalk's login page on its web site in LondonBritish police have made a third arrest in connection with a cyber attack this month on telecoms company TalkTalk in which the company said bank details of more than 20,000 customers were hacked. A 20-year-old man from Staffordshire, central England, was being held in custody and his address was being searched, London police said in a statement.

Vodafone says hackers broke into nearly 2,000 customer accounts this week

Pigeons fly past Vodafone branding outside a retail store in LondonVodafone UK said on Saturday hackers had accessed the accounts of 1,827 of its customers this week, the second cyber attack on a British telecoms company this month. The attackers had potentially gained access to the victims' bank sort codes and the last four numbers of their bank accounts, along with their names and mobile telephone numbers, a Vodafone spokesman said. "This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone," he added in a statement.

Texas storms

Texas stormsRescue personnel go out in search of people trapped by a rising Onion Creek on Bluff Springs Road, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 in Austin, Texas. A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations Friday in the same area of Central Texas that saw devastating spring floods. (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Deadly nightclub fire in Romania

Deadly nightclub fire in RomaniaCORRECTS TO REMOVE REFERENCE OF EXPLOSION – Forensic workers collect items outside the site of a fire that occurred in a club in Bucharest, early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday at a Bucharest nightclub, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of the club's mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Russian airliner crashes in Sinai peninsula

Russian airliner crashes in Sinai peninsulaIn this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, right, looks at the remains of a crashed passenger jet in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015. A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There were no survivors.(Suliman el-Oteify, Egypt Prime Minister's Office via AP)