Daily Archives: February 11, 2014

Breaking news / Lavrov, Shoigu to meet with Egyptian counterparts in Moscow on Feb 13

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Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sis Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi,in Cairo on Nov. 14, 2013.

Two plus two negotiations involving the foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Egypt will take place in Moscow on February 13.

“The meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi, Egyptian Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be held on February 13,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Both Egyptian ministers will already be in Moscow on Wednesday, a source said.

Apart from the two plus two meeting there will be broader bilateral contacts between the countries’ foreign affairs and defense officials, the diplomat said.

السفارة الأمريكية في القاهرة تؤكد احتجاز أحد موظفيها

أكد الملحق الإعلامي والناطق باسم السفارة الأمريكية في القاهرة مفيد الديك الثلاثاء 11 فبراير/شباط أن أحد موظفي السفارة المحليين قد تم احتجازه يوم 25 يناير/كانون الثاني الماضي، ولم توجه اليه أي تهمة إلى حد الآن. وقال فى تصريحات صحفية السفارة تواصلت مع الحكومة المصرية لمعرفة ملابسات الاحتجاز

 وكان مصدر أمنى وفي وقت سابق قد أفاد بأن جهاز الأمن الوطنى المصري ألقى القبض على أحمدعليبة وهو موظف بالسفارة الأمريكية ومسؤول عن ملف الإسلام السياسى بها، وتبين أنه كان على اتصال دائم بالمهندس خيرت الشاطر النائب الأول للمرشد العام للإخوان أثناء حكم الجماعة للبلاد

وتم ضبط المتهم أثناء اشتراكه مع آخرين فى مسيرات وأعمال عنف بشوارع الجيزة، وهو يخضع لتحقيقات من قبل جهاز الأمن الوطني لتحديد أبعاد نشاطه

 

السفارة الأمريكية في القاهرة تؤكد احتجاز أحد موظفيها – RT Arabic.

Germany moves to 3rd place in Sochi Olympic medal standings at end of Day 4

Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger celebrates with a national flag after winning the women’s luge singles competition during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 11, 2014

Germany moves up to third place in the overall medals count at the Sochi Games after day 4 of the competition as the country’s female athletes won gold medals in luge and the inaugural ski jump event.

Three nations – Norway, Canada and Germany – top the Olympic standings with four golds and are only separated by different number of silver and bronze medals.

Belorussia’s Darya Domracheva came out ahead of all her rivals in the women’s pursuit race at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, winning first gold for Minsk.

Read more on Sochi Olympics Day 4.

Winner Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger (C) and second-placed compatriot Tatjana Huefner celebrate after the women’s singles luge event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014

First placed Germany’s Carina Vogt (C), second placed Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (L) and third placed France’s Coline Mattel pose during the flower ceremony of the women’s ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014 (Reuters

Gold medallist Canada’s Dara Howell poses during the victory ceremony for the women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 11, 2014

via Germany moves to 3rd place in Sochi Olympic medal standings at end of Day 4 — RT News.

‘Biggest ever’? Massive DDoS-attack hits EU, US

A massive DDoS attack hit EU- and US-based servers, with security companies reporting it to be even more powerful than last year’s Spamhaus attacks. While the method of the attack was not new, CloudFlare warned there are “ugly things to come.”

 

Only scant details about the attack were released by US-based web performance and security firm CloudFlare, which fought back against the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack early Tuesday.

According to CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince, the attack reached 400 gigabits per second in power – some 100Gbps higher than the notorious Spamhaus cyber-assault of March 2013 that at the time was branded the largest-ever attack in the history of the internet.

“[It was] very big. Larger than the Spamhaus attack from last year… Hitting our network globally but no big customer impact outside of Europe,” Prince was quoted as saying by TechWeekEurope blog.

Prince said one customer was initially targeted by the attack, but added that he would not disclose the customer’s identity.

The company spent several hours mitigating the attack, but said that the European network was largely unaffected. When helping to deal with the massive cyberwar on Spamhaus last year, CloudFlare claimed it slowed down the entire World Wide Web, which prompted critics to dub the company’s part a “PR stunt effort.”

CloudFlare had some spooky statement to offer its customers this time as well. According to Prince, the latest attack has shown someone has got “a big, new cannon,” and it could be a “start of ugly things to come.”

French hosting firm OVH also reported being hit by an attack of more than 350Gbps in strength, but it was not clear whether it was the same attack CloudFlare experienced.

The technique used by Monday’s attackers was not exactly new, as they exploited the Network Time Protocol (NTP) used to synchronize clocks on computer systems. A weakness in the protocol allows querying an NTP server about connected clients and their traffic counts. If made en masse, such requests can generate an overwhelmingly large traffic, bringing down the target just like a typical DDoS attack would do.

What makes the recent attacks worse is the so-called “spoofing” of IP addresses of attackers, making it look as if the victim is actually generating those spam requests. The number of trash requests also skyrockets by “large” replies thrown back at the target from a number of servers “compromised” in the attack. For this reason, such tactics are often referred to as an “reflection and amplification” attack.

Back in January, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a warning about such NTP amplification attacks after a number of prominent gaming services were brought down by them in December, including Steam, League of Legends and Battle.net.

While CloudFlare in its warning urged server administrators to patch and upgrade their NTP servers to solve the issue, it appears that few have since bothered to carry out these security measures.

‘Biggest ever’? Massive DDoS-attack hits EU, US — RT News.

First US missile shield destroyer arrives in Europe

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The first of four US Navy destroyers, the USS Donald Cook, set to be a cornerstone of NATO’s European missile defense shield has arrived at the Spanish naval port of Rota, its new home. Russia says the system is a direct threat to its security.

The USS Donald Cook will be joined by three more Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, which all are fitted with the Aegis weapon system. Over the next two years the USS Ross, USS Porter and USS Carney will all be based at Rota in southern Spain.

“For the first time, a ship of the United States Navy equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile-defense system is permanently based in Europe,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General. “The arrival of the USS Donald Cook marks a step forward for NATO, for European security, and for transatlantic cooperation.”

The deployment of the four destroyers, known as the European Phased Adaptive Approach, is a centerpiece of the European missile defense shield, which will also include interceptor batteries in Poland and Romania, radar in Turkey and a command center at Ramstein in Germany, a US Air Force base.

US military interest in the Mediterranean has increased in recent years because of conflict and instability across the Middle East and North Africa.

“Permanently forward deploying four ships in Rota will enable us to be in the right place, not just at the right time, but all the time,” US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a Defense Department statement when USS Cook left its home port in the US in January.

The four destroyers will also take part in other maritime security operations, NATO deployments and training exercises, the Defense Department said.

According to a NATO statement, the system is designed to “protect all NATO European populations and territory.” Its advocates say it is necessary to protect Europe from the threat of Iranian missiles, as well as other so-called rogue states, such as North Korea.

Russia says the system is major threat to its own security and has threated to beef up its own nuclear arsenal in response.

Visitors walk past an SS-18 SATAN intercontinental ballistic missile at the Strategic Missile Forces museum near Pervomaysk, some 300 km (186 miles) south of Kiev

The issue has become a major sticking point in relations between the two countries. Washington insists that Russia’s fears are groundless.

The issue has become a major sticking point in relations between the two countries. Washington insists that Russia’s fears are groundless.

When news first broke of the USS Cook’s deployment to Spain, Russia reacted by saying that it may be forced to quit the START nuclear treaty.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, was signed by the US and Russia in April 2010 and is planned to last until at least 2021. The treaty is designed to limit and gradually reduce the nuclear arsenals of both countries.

“We are concerned that the US is continuing to build up missile defense capability without considering the interests and concerns of Russia. Such a policy can undermine strategic stability and lead to a situation where Russia will be forced to exercise [its] right of withdrawal from the [START] treaty,” said Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s top disarmament official.

Ulyanov added that the legal basis for Moscow to withdraw from START is legislated for within the text of the agreement. The treaty explicitly describes the buildup of missile defense systems as “exceptional circumstances” that threaten “the potential of the Russian Federation’s strategic nuclear forces.”

Aleksey Pushkov, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has said that Russia’s stance on the missile defense shield will only change if it is accepted into the program as an equal partner.

Russia is demanding legally binding obligations that the missile defense will not target its forces and therefore result in a shift in the strategic balance of forces. In response, Russian authorities have already ordered the deployment of short-range missiles to the country’s western Kaliningrad enclave, which is situated between Poland and Lithuania, both NATO members.

Russia will not allow any nation to dominate it in military terms, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said in a December speech to the country’s Federal Assembly.

“We realize clearly that the AMD system is only called defensive, while in fact it is a significant part of the strategic offensive potential,” he said.

Putin also announced that Russia is pouring resources into new strategic missiles as well as their launch systems, including new nuclear-powered submarines and strategic bombers as well as a space-based system for reconnaissance and targeting.

via First US missile shield destroyer arrives in Europe — RT News.

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles ahead of nuclear talks

AN Iranian short-range missile (Fateh)

Iran has announced it has successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of “great destruction” ahead of new nuclear talks with world powers. However, the so-called defense-related “red line” is not expected to be discussed at the meeting.

“The new generation of long-range ground-to-ground ballistic missile with a fragmentation warhead and the laser-guided air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile dubbed Bina [Insightful] have been successfully test-fired,” state television quoted Defense Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan as saying.

Dehqan said that one of the weapons tested is a long-range missile with radar-evading capabilities, designed to cause a “great destruction.”

“The Bina missile is capable of striking important targets such as bridges, tanks and enemy command centers with great precision,” he said.

Iran’s military already possesses surface-to-surface missiles with a range of up to 2,000 kilometers, capable of reaching a number of possible targets in the region – including Israel.

An Iranian Noor missile

Following the successful test, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a congratulatory statement, also reminding that Iran was “serious” about the P5+1 talks scheduled for February 18-19 in Vienna.

“Iran is ready to enter negotiations with the P5+1 to reach a comprehensive and final agreement,” Rouhani said.

However, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi stated that Tehran’s ballistic missile program would not be up for negotiation at the next round of talks. “We will not allow such issues to be discussed in future talks,” he said, adding that “defense-related issues are a red line for Iran.”

“We will not discuss any issue other than the nuclear dossier in the negotiations,” Araqchi told state TV.

Last week, Wendy Sherman – the US negotiator in the talks – told the US Senate hearing that Tehran’s ballistic missile program would be discussed in the comprehensive deal. Sherman had also maintained that Iran does not need a heavy water reactor in Arak, nor does the country need the Fordow uranium enrichment facility.

But another Iranian nuclear negotiator, Majid Takhte Ravanchi, stated on Monday that Iran would not accept the closure of “any of its nuclear sites.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he anticipates the talks in Vienna to be “difficult,” as the biggest challenge is the “lack of trust.”

Meanwhile, Iran has already begun to see the positive effects of the historic November nuclear deal, which was finalized in Geneva on January 20. On February 1, Tehran received its first US$550 million installment of a total $4.2 billion in frozen funds in return for the halting of its highly enriched uranium production.

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles ahead of nuclear talks — RT News.

Occupy activist beaten, arrested by NYPD faces 7 years in prison

Screenshot from YouTube user Zach Roberts

The trial in the case against a 23-year-old activist accused of assaulting a police officer during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City nearly two years ago finally got underway Monday afternoon in Manhattan.

Prosecutors say Cecily McMillan assaulted a member of the New York Police Department –a felony, during a March 17, 2012 event in NYC that commemorated the six-month anniversary of the OWS protest movement.

McMillan’s supporters say the NYPD should be the ones on trial, however, and that the activist could have died while being detained.

During the course of McMillan’s arrest that spring, she sustained a violent beating that resulted in bruised ribs and cuts across her body. When she appeared on Democracy Now! Days after the incident, she sported bruises above her breast and on both arms and elbows. Most significant, however, was a seizure she suffered while laying helplessly in handcuffs while being detained after police say she elbowed an officer in the face.

“Cops were not in a hurry to help her and she was handcuffed. People in the crowd who have EMT licenses asked if they could go to her but police refused to let them through,” eyewitness Julia Reinhart recalled to the Daily Mail shortly after the incident unfolded in 2012.

Others say McMillan writhed on the ground seizing for upwards of seven minutes before reportedly fainting. An ambulance arrived after around 15 minutes.

“[Police] were just standing,” another witness told the Mail two years ago. “They dragged her from the ground on the street over to the curb and let her lay on the curb.”

“They did not support her neck or spine the way you’re supposed to do when someone is seizing to prevent them from choking on their tongue or their own blood. They did none of those things,” the unnamed source said.

Beginning this week, a jury will be asked to examine the facts from that protest and determine if McMillan was the one who committed a felony by allegedly assaulting a police officer. She faces a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted of assault in the second degree, a class D felony. Prosecutors have indicated they will ask for the harshest sentence if a guilty verdict is returned.

“The main issue here is the heavy-handed, over-policing by the NYPD during the Occupy Wall Street protests, which lead to crimes where none existed. It was a normal reaction for a woman to react, to be startled after having her right breast grabbed,” her attorney, Martin R. Stolar, told Sparrow Media in a press release this week.

That groping, Stolar told the Guardian, started the whole ordeal. “The question for the jury is whether she intentionally assaulted him,” he told the paper. “We’re going to present evidence that indicates: Number one, that she had no idea it was a police officer behind her; and number two, that she reacted when someone grabbed her right breast.”

Responding with an elbow, Stolar said, “does not constitute a crime.”

“That constitutes a bit of over-policing and an accident as a result of that,” he told the Guardian.

“I am innocent of any wrongdoing, and confident I will be vindicated,” McMillan said shortly after the incident. Jury selection in her trial began Monday.

Occupy activist beaten, arrested by NYPD faces 7 years in prison — RT USA.

American actress Shirley Temple dies at 85

The Little Princess (1939)

Hollywood star Shirley Temple has died aged 85, her family said on Tuesday morning.

Born Shirley Temple Black on April 23, 1928, her varied career took her from being a film and television actress, singer, dancer to being appointed US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934 found international fame in Bright Eyes. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her outstanding contribution as a youth to cinema before starring in hits such as Curly Top and Heidi during the mid-to-late 1930s. She was voted the top box-office attraction in a Motion Picture Herald poll for four consecutive years (1935–38). Some observers believe she peaked too soon; her star quality at the box office declined as she reached adolescence and she retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22.

Temple returned to show business in 1958 in a televised anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of corporations and organisations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation.

In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple is the recipient of awards and honours including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

She is No. 18 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest female American screen legends of all time

American actress Shirley Temple dies at 85 | euronews, world news.

At least 103 people dead as military plane crashes in eastern Algeria

A military transport plane crashed in eastern Algeria on Tuesday, killing 103 people, the private Ennahar TV station said, citing “informed sources”.

The plane crashed in a mountainous area in the Oum El Bouaghi province, about 500 km (300 miles) from the capital Algiers, the report added.

The plane was carrying relatives of military personnel and family members. it said.

An Algerian military transport plane has crashed in the north-east of the country, with 103 passengers and crew feared dead, local media say.

The plane – believed to be a Hercules C-130 – crashed in a mountainous area of Oum al-Bouaghi province.

Its original departure point is believed to have been the Sahara Desert city of Tamanrasset in the south, but it had made a stop in Ouargla.

Ennahar’s source said contact was lost with the military plane between Constantine and Oum al-Bouaghi.

A senior military official, Col Lahmadi Bouguern, told state media said that bad weather and gusty winds were the probable cause of the crash.

The plane was carrying 99 passengers – soldiers and their families – as well as four crew members, a security source told AFP news agency.

“There were no survivors,” the source added.

Ennahar reported that ambulances had been dispatched to the crash zone, which is some 380km (240 miles) east of the capital Algiers.

At least 103 people dead as military plane crashes in eastern Algeria | euronews,.

غوغل تصبح ثاني أكبر شركة مدرجة في العالم

أصبحت شركة “غوغل” ثاني أكبر شركة مدرجة في العالم بعد شركة “آبل”، وذلك إثر ارتفاع قيمتها السوقية في بورصة نيويورك متجاوزة القيمة السوقية لمجموعة “اكسون موبيل” النفطية الأميركية التي كانت تحتل هذا المركز

 وبلغت القيمة السوقية لعملاق الإنترنت الأميركي “غوغل” في نهاية جلسة التعاملات في بورصة نيويورك يوم أمس الاثنين 10 فبراير/شباط، بلغت مستوى 394 مليار دولار متجاوزة بذلك للمرة الأولى القيمة السوقية لـ”اكسون موبيل” التي تبلغ 388 مليار دولار، في حين تتصدر قائمة الترتيب مجموعة “آبل” بفارق كبير إذ تبلغ قيمتها السوقية حوالى 472 مليار دولار

 وكانت القيمة السوقية لـ”غوغل” تجاوزت القيمة السوقية لـ”اكسون موبيل” لبعض الوقت خلال تعاملات الجمعة، لكن جلسة الاثنين كانت الأولى على الاطلاق التي تغلق على نتيجة كهذه

 وعلى غرار بقية شركات النفط الأميركية يسجل سهم “اكسون موبيل” منذ بداية العام تراجعات، وقد تواصل هذا المنحى يوم الاثنين مع خسارة سهم المجموعة النفطية الأميركية العملاقة 1.17% من قيمته ليغلق عند 89.52 دولارا، لترتفع نسبة الخسائر المجمعة لهذا السهم منذ بداية العام الحالي إلى 11.5%. في المقابل فإن سهم “غوغل” يسلك منذ سنوات منحى تصاعديا وقد تضاعف سعره في منتصف تموز/يوليو 2012. ومع ان سعر سهم غوغل تراجع خلال جلسة الاثنين بنسبة 0.38% إلى 1172.93 دولارا، إلا أن هذا السعر لا يزال عند أحد مستوياته التاريخية

http://arabic.rt.com/news/650967/ :روسيا اليوم

غوغل تصبح ثاني أكبر شركة مدرجة في العالم – RT Arabic.