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Room for One More? World Population to Reach 7 BILLION in Next Few Days

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© Getty ImagesCrowded: The world's population looks set to smash through the seven billion barrier in the next few days - and it is most likely the baby will be born in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Mumbai, India, pictured here
The world's population looks set to smash through the seven billion barrier in the next few days, according to the United Nations.

It comes just 12 years since the total reached six billion - with official estimates saying the figure will top eight billion in 2025 and 10 billion before the end of the century.

And it is most likely the baby will be born in the Asia-Pacific region - where the population growth rate is higher than anywhere else in the world.

Experts say the pace of growth - which has seen the number of people on the planet triple since 1940 - poses an increasing danger to citizens.

With more people to feed, house and provide medical care for, they say the world's resources look set to come under more strain than ever before.

As populations stabilise in the industrial world, almost all growth in the near future is expected to take place in developing countries.

Attention

Libya: Fighting in Tripoli Breaks Out Between Pro-Gaddafi Forces and NTC Fighters

It is the first time that fighting has broken out in the Libyan capital since rebels took hold of the city in August.


Forces of the new government, the National Transitional Council (NTC), exchanged heavy gunfire with pro-Gaddafi fighters in the first sign of resistance to the NTC for months.

Hospital sources say that at least eight people were wounded in the gunbattle.

USA

US Drone kills US Marine and Navy Medic

Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith
© unknown / October 14, 2011Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith, 26, of Arlington, Texas, was killed along with a Navy medic on April 6 in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The Pentagon says Smith and Navy Hospitalman Benjamin Rast, 23, were killed by a Hellfire missile fired by a U.S. drone in a friendly fire incident.

The Pentagon says Marines in Afghanistan and the crew controlling the drone in Nevada were unaware analysts watching the firefight via live video in Indiana had doubts about the targets' identity.

Reporting from Washington - A Marine and a Navy medic killed by a U.S. drone airstrike were targeted when Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, even though analysts watching the Predator's video feed were uncertain whether the men were part of an enemy force.

Those are the findings of a Pentagon investigation of the first known case of friendly fire deaths involving an unmanned aircraft, the April 6 attack that killed Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith, 26, and Navy Hospitalman Benjamin D. Rast, 23.

The 381-page report, which has not been released, concludes that the Marine officers on the scene and the Air Force crew controlling the drone from half a world away were unaware that analysts watching the firefight unfold via live video at a third location had doubts about the targets' identity.

The incident closely resembles another deadly mistake involving a Predator in early 2009. In that attack, at least 15 Afghan civilians were killed after a Predator crew mistook them for a group of Taliban preparing to attack a U.S. special forces unit.

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The FBI stole my picture... and turned me into Bin Laden': Spanish MP sues after his image is used to make photofit of terror chief

A Spanish MP has threatened the FBI with legal action after they used a picture of him to create a most wanted mock-up of Osama Bin Laden.

Gaspar Llamazares was furious when he spotted a photograph of himself that had been doctored to resemble an aged version of Al Qaeda leader.

It is understood that FBI chiefs handpicked the shot of the Spanish politician from Google images and altered a number of features.
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Blunder: A mock-up of an aged Bin Laden published by the FBI using features from Spanish MP Gaspar Llamazares, right

Vader

Security Forces Fire on Protesters in Yemen Ten People Killed

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Sanaa, Yemen -- Yemeni security forces unleashed a deadly assault on anti-government protesters in the nation's capital on Saturday and deadly fighting raged between government forces and tribal fighters, witnesses said.

At least 10 people were killed and 38 others were wounded, said Mohammed Al-Qubati, who was at the scene of the protests in Sanaa's Change Square. He said forces opened fire to disperse demonstrators who planned to march to the city center from the square.

"This is a sad day for the revolution," said Molhim Saeed, another medic in Change Square. "The oppressive regime is killing innocent blood. The marches were peaceful and the youth were unarmed. They refused to even fight back when they were being shot at."

Wolf

FEMA Gives Man Disaster Aid; Now Wants It Back With Interest & Fees Added On

A victim of Hurricane Ike who got assistance from FEMA now says that "helping hand" has become a slap in the face.

Clay Gates applied for federal funds after Ike pushed four or five feet of saltwater through his La Porte home.

Gates says he jumped through hoops, showing officials every picture and document they asked to see.

"We got a letter saying, 'Hey, you qualified for this amount of benefits,'" Gates recalled. "And the next thing you know they direct-deposited money in our account."

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'Occupy the Tundra': One woman's lonely vigil in bush Alaska

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She is standing alone with her dogs with an early frost on the grass, staking her claim as part of the 99%. "Occupy the Tundra," says the sign she holds, hand-lettered on an old piece of cardboard.

Thousands of Americans are occupying Wall Street and various plazas, parks and squares across America. Diane McEachern has made sure that Bethel, Alaska -- a town of 6,400 way out in western Alaska -- is among them.

The picture she posted on the Occupy Wall Street Facebook page of herself in a musk-ox neck warmer, standing in the grass with her dogs in silent protest of corporate greed, has become the rural equivalent of a million-man march. The photo has been shared by thousands of people around the world.

Newspaper

Sean Penn: 'I applaud the spirit' of Occupy Wall Street

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Academy award winning actor and activist Sean Penn appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight Friday evening and expressed positive sentiments for Occupy Wall Street.

"I applaud the spirit of what's happening now on Wall Street," he told host Morgan. "I hope that increased organization can come to it."

Penn also felt that a lack of accountability on the big banks should give critics of the Occupy demonstrations caution to chastise the movement's development.

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Iran's supreme leader calls U.S. accusations meaningless

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Tehran - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday U.S. accusations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington were "meaningless," state TV reported.

"A meaningless and nonsensical accusation has been raised against a few Iranians in America, which was made into an excuse to present the Islamic Republic as a supporter of terrorism," Khamenei told a crowd in the western province of Kermanshah.

"It didn't work, it won't work," he said.