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27 Killed, 32 Injured In train collision in Egypt

Train crash in Cairo
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Officials say the train was travelling from the city of Beni Suef when the collision took place at a crossing
At least 27 people were killed and 32 others injured when a freight train crashed into a mini-bus and a truck near the Egyptian capital of Cairo in the early hours of Monday, Xinhua news agency reported the head of the Ambulance Authority a saying.

"All the victims had been cleared from the scene," Ahmed el- Ansari told Xinhua, adding that the rescue teams remained at the scene for more search, but the death toll may increase as some cases are in serious conditions.

Previous report quoted a security source as saying that at least 29 people were killed in the accident.

The train was en route to Giza governorate from the southern city of Beni Suef when it hit a mini-bus, carrying passengers home from a wedding near the town of Dahshur, some 40 km south of Cairo.

"Initial reports said the drivers of the vehicles ignored warning lights and chains blocking entry to the crossing, and tried to cross the tracks," Hussein Zakaria, the head of the Egyptian Railway Authority, told state-run Nile TV.

The train continued for almost 1 km before it stopped, he said.

Sixteen ambulances had rushed to the scene to transfer the victims to hospitals, he said, adding that the train driver and his assistants who survived the accident were detained.

However, state-run Ahram newspaper website quoted the crossing workers as saying "The warning and the red signals were broken," adding that they attempted to use the chains for closing the track, but they failed as the train was coming with high speed.

Better Earth

Former Soviet leader Gorbachev: 'JFK had great plans for the entire world'

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What would the world be like today if JFK had lived?

It's a question Mikhail Gorbachev, former Secretary-General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, pondered in this long-forgotten TV interview...


Cult

Ex-Chief rabbi Yona Metzger arrested for million-dollar bribes

Ex-Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger
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Former Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested on suspicion that he received bribes, as well as committed money laundering and fraud, during his time as Ashkenazi chief rabbi.

Metzger was arrested Monday, following a several-month-long investigation. A Petah Tikvah court remanded to police custody for nine days.

The Israel Police National Fraud squad believes Metzger accepted monetary and material bribes in exchange for advancing the interests of several non-profit organizations. The amount of the bribes equals several million shekels, according to reports. Metzger also is accused of trying to silence witnesses and interfere in the investigation, according to reports.

Metzger was questioned about the case in June, at the end of his stint as chief rabbi. He was placed under house arrest at the time.

Metzger served as chief rabbi from 2003 until earlier this year.

Yoda

French writer and activist Alain Soral: There is only the illusion of choice in politics

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Soral is currently being dragged trough the courts by the French state, which is trying to ban his books!
The right-wing ideology ruling France and elsewhere dictates that 'men are idiots, sheep that can be led against their will'
French writer and activist Alain Soral interviewed by RT in 2012. He hits the nail on the head across the board, especially regarding France: French people have little clue about what's going on in the wider world - and that is by design. The fascists in charge talk about 'open borders', and yet they keep the French mind firmly shut.


Wreath

Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies aged 94


British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has died aged 94. A statement from her publisher, Harper Collins, said she "passed away peacefully at her London home in the early hours of this morning".

Her best-known works include The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark.

She became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature when in 2007 she won the award for her life's work aged 88.

Jonathan Clowes, her long-time friend and agent, said she was "a wonderful writer with a fascinating and original mind".

"It was a privilege to work for her and we shall miss her immensely."

"Doris Lessing was a one of the great writers of our age," said Charlie Redmayne, CEO of Harper Collins UK.

She was only the 11th woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature

"She was a compelling storyteller with a fierce intellect and a warm heart who was not afraid to fight for what she believed in."

Better Earth

Stranger replaces autistic boy's stolen bike

Nathan Antone
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12-year-old Nathan Antone rides his new bicycle.
A complete stranger has donated a new bicycle to a 12-year-old boy with autism in Maple Ridge, after the boy's bike was stolen outside a local library.

Nathan Antone parked his old bicycle in front of a Maple Ridge library on Tuesday afternoon. Thirty minutes later, it was gone.

"We saw that the bike wasn't at the bike lock thing and we assumed it was stolen," Nathan told CBC News. "I felt very upset."

Nathan's family is on a fixed income and said they weren't able to replace the bike.

Arrow Up

Calls to exhume John F Kennedy and finally solve JFK murder riddle

The body of US president John F Kennedy should be exhumed for analysis by forensic experts to see if he was the victim of a military-style ambush by several assassins, a British author said last night.
JFK Motorcade
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John F Kennedy was assassinated on November 22 1963 in Dallas, Texas.
Matthew Smith's call is backed by Cyril Wecht, America's former top pathologist who once led the country's academy of forensic sciences.

Mr Wecht sensationally discovered the president's brain was missing when he conducted an examination of highly sensitive autopsy evidence, but says his skull and remains should still be available for analysis.

As the world remembers the 50th anniversary of the assassination this Friday, Mr Taylor says the macabre demand could finally resolve the greatest mystery of the past century.

Highly respected Mr Wecht has written a foreword for Mr Taylor's fifth book on the tragedy, called simply Who Killed Kennedy?

Retired college lecturer Mr Smith has spent decades analysing all known information and is convinced Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, was not the real killer.

Mr Smith writes: "First, the members of the Kennedy family who have records placed in their protection must reveal those for public scrutiny.

"Second, as painful as it may be, President Kennedy's remains must be exhumed and re-examined, this time by the top pathologist in the nation. We will then learn about the direction of the gunfire, which will result in a decision on whether a new, thorough investigation is warranted.

Chess

John F. Kennedy and the Psychopathology of Politics


Comment: This is the seventh in a series of 12 articles written in 2006 commemorating (at the time) the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of JFK. This year, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of what can, in hindsight and in Truth, be called the Day America Died.

Anyone who has taken the time to study the facts about that fateful day in Dallas, TX, will already know that JFK was deliberately murdered by a cabal of psychopathic warmongers who were opposed to his plans for a more peaceful world. That same cabal is still in power today, and it has extended its reach across the globe.

We will be featuring one article per day between now and the anniversary.

You can find the rest of the JFK series on the right hand bar of Sott.net. You can also purchase a Kindle of the whole series on Amazon.

If you do nothing else, just take the time to watch the Sott.net/QFG produced version of 'Evidence of Revision', a three disc set that presents archive footage that will leave you in no doubt who killed JFK and why.


John F. Kennedy and the Psychopathology of Politics

Today I want to continue with the subject of John Kennedy; there's only one week left before the anniversary of his death, so I'm going to have to really put the pedal to the metal to get to the end of the subject on time. As it happens, now that the subject weighs so heavily on my mind, I find that there are things that constantly remind me of what America lost, the terrible state of the world today as a consequence of that loss, and the ultimate reasons behind it all.
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Arrow Down

Sacramento man: CIA interrogated me because of 'psychic abilities'


California - A retired California state worker who claims he was interrogated by the CIA because of his psychic abilities is suing the spy agency to prove he's not making it up.

Phillip Mosier, 70, has spent most of his life savings trying to get the CIA to admit its agents questioned him in the summer of 1966 because he had stumbled upon a secret government program aimed at using telepathy as a tool for espionage.

"I don't care if I look foolish," Mosier says. "I'm telling the story the way it is, the way it happened."

Using the pen name Philip Chabot, Mosier wrote a book in 2008 about the alleged program he says was called Operation Blue Light.

Mosier said he was forced to publish the book himself because he couldn't prove what he said was true.

Boat

Drone hits Navy ship, 2 sailors hurt; officials seek cause

Drone hits Navy ship
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This US Navy handout image shows the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) underway on July 6, 2011 in the Arabian Sea. Two sailors aboard the guided missile cruiser Chancellorsville were injured and the ship was damaged when it was hit by a BQM-74 drone, launched from a naval base at Point Magu in Ventura County on the afternoon of November 16, a Navy official said.
Officials are trying to determine why a drone being used as part of a Navy training exercise malfunctioned off the Ventura County coast Saturday.

Two sailors suffered minor burns in the incident, the Navy said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Third Fleet told the Associated Press that it is unclear what went wrong.

The ship sustained some damage and is returning to its home port of San Diego, the Navy said.

The sailors aboard the USS Chancellorsville were using the drone to test the ship's radar-tracking system, something done on a regular basis. The drone, a 13-foot-long aircraft with a wingspan of nearly 6 feet, was being controlled from Point Mugu.

Around 1:25 p.m., the drone slammed into the port side of the ship, a guided missile cruiser with a crew of about 300.