February 4th, 2011
February 4th, 2011
A failed assassination attempt on Egypt's vice president in recent days left two of his bodyguards dead, sources tell Fox News.
Such an attempt on the life of Omar Suleiman would mark an alarming turn in the uprising against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who only recently named Suleiman as vice president in an effort to quell the unrest and possibly line up a successor.
A senior Obama administration official confirmed that the attack happened soon after Suleiman was appointed, on Jan. 29. The official described it as an organized attack on Suleiman's motorcade.
"I'm not going to ... get into that question," Gibbs said.
The U.S. has condemned the violence that has erupted in the streets of Cairo in recent days in clashes between pro- and anti-government groups. Several have been killed and hundreds injured in the chaos, and journalists and human rights activists have also been targeted in attacks.
Mubarak, facing intense pressure to resign, announced earlier this week that he would end his nearly 30-year rule but only after a elections in September. That did little to appease protesters, who have called for his immediate ouster.
The vice president post was empty when Mubarak tapped Suleiman for the job after the protests began. Suleiman would stand to take over as interim leader of Egypt in some of the proposals reportedly being considered for an expedited political transition.
Fox News' senior administration source expressed surprise that news of the assassination attempt was just now breaking, "because he is the transition plan ... or at least one of them for the Egyptians."
But Suleiman also comes with an image problem of his own after serving as head of Mubarak's intelligence forces.
As spy chief, he was known for his strong-arm tactics and was seen as one of the region's most feared and revered intelligence chiefs.
It isn't immediately clear who was behind the assassination attempt.
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February 4th, 2011
The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.
Details of the behind-the-scenes talks are contained in more than 1,400 US embassy cables published to date by the Telegraph, including almost 800 sent from the London Embassy, which are published online today. The documents also show that:
• America spied on Foreign Office ministers by gathering gossip on their private lives and professional relationships.
• Intelligence-sharing arrangements with the US became strained after the controversy over Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantánamo Bay detainee who sued the Government over his alleged torture.
• David Miliband disowned the Duchess of York by saying she could not “be controlled” after she made an undercover TV documentary.
• Tens of millions of pounds of overseas aid was stolen and spent on plasma televisions and luxury goods by corrupt regimes.
A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal.
Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK’s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.
Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers said: “This appears to be significant because while the UK has announced how many missiles it possesses, there has been no way for the Russians to verify this. Over time, the unique identifiers will provide them with another data point to gauge the size of the British arsenal.”
Duncan Lennox, editor of Jane’s Strategic Weapons Systems, said: “They want to find out whether Britain has more missiles than we say we have, and having the unique identifiers might help them.”
While the US and Russia have long permitted inspections of each other’s nuclear weapons, Britain has sought to maintain some secrecy to compensate for the relatively small size of its arsenal.
William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, last year disclosed that “up to 160” warheads are operational at any one time, but did not confirm the number of missiles.
February 4th, 2011
According to the Associated Press, one man was struck in the head and another was hit in the shoulder, said Arlington Fire Department spokesman Pete Arevalo. They were in stable condition Friday afternoon. The other four injuries were considered minor. All were contractors working on the stadium.
Local news helicopters captured amazing video of the ice falling from the site of Sunday's Super Bowl. It's unclear whether the shot below is the slide that caused the injuries or whether it was taken after (our guess is the latter). Either way, it gives a good sense of the power of the falling ice:
Authorities said the ice falling off the roof was an unexpected consequence of the winter weather that has paralyzed Dallas this week. They had never before dealt with such a problem.
Food service worker Doug McCracken said he and a friend pulled up to the area just in time to see what looked like snow flurries blowing off the building. Wonder turned to shock when he realized someone had been hit.
"What we saw was hard ice. It shattered, it was everywhere," McCracken said. "We thought maybe it was snow at first but it was ice. Hard ice."
After the incident, stadium officials closed all but one entrance to the stadium and blocked off all potentially dangerous areas. An NFL spokesman says workers and visitors will be safe.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have insisted that the bad weather in Dallas won't affect future Super Bowl bids in cold-weather cities, but with Dallas highways iced over, flights cancelled and the game's site proving to be a hazard to workers and fans, it's hard to see how the league can justify going back to a colder climate after New Jersey hosts the game in 2014.
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February 4th, 2011
By Joshua Secrest
Firefox Frenzy is a new, daily series, on Mozilla’s new version of Firefox, Firefox 4. This will be a 3 day series, covering the User Interface, Speed, and then, Features.
Mozilla Firefox is one of the world’s best Web Browsers, and is #2, when it comes to the charts. But, until now, Firefox’s reach has been unchallenged. It has grown from 0% to a potential overtaker of Internet Explorer. Then Google entered. Chrome has stolen usage, not only from Internet Explorer, but Firefox too. With it’s simplistic User Interface, and unmatched speed, it’s not hard to know why. So, after a long wait, we present Mozilla’s response.
Firefox 4 has an amazing user interface. With the one-button menu at the top left hand corner, and top tabs, and its buttons have been simplified. Firefox is easier to use than ever. Although not as simple as Chrome, Firefox has a snappy, and beautiful set of buttons. Tabs are also easier than ever. It has an option to switch between top and bottom tabs. This is a big win for Firefox, which just solved the problem of tabs on top. the go, stop, and refresh button have also been put into the same button. This, also eases the use, so the need to go all of the way across the screen to press stop has ended.
The new Menu is fast, and easy to find. Just click on the big, orange Firefox button at the top left, and you are presented with the options that are usually on the Menu bar in Firefox 3. Everything to do on Firefox is available on this menu. This is fast, and easily locatable, and beats any other Menu on the market, in these terms.
The new icons theme of gray and black is really nice, laid back and comfortable. Firefox 4 takes advantage of Windows Vista and Windows 7′s Aero capabilities to provide a nice backdrop to Firefox 4.
All in all, Firefox 4′s new user interface will be a very snappy user interface, and a fast and sharp one too. In terms of the GUI, Mozilla nailed it. I look forward to Mozilla building upon this in future versions of Firefox.
My Rating: 8.5/10–Good
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