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LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's Royal Navy has suspended its Web site after a weekend cyberattack, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
The site was taken offline after it was "compromised" by a hacker, a spokesman told Sky News, but the Navy said no "malicious damage" had been caused or classified information compromised.
A hacker using the name TinKode claimed to have compromised the site Friday. He was also reported to have posted user names and site data on the Internet.
Visitors to the Navy site Monday morning found the message: "Unfortunately the Royal Navy Web site is currently undergoing essential maintenance Please visit again shortly".
A message posted by TinKode on Twitter at 11 p.m. Friday read: "Minister (sic) Of Defence United Kingdom (www.mod.uk) – HACKED".
It gave a link to a site where the individual also claimed to have hacked U.S. military and other official sites along with YouTube.
Sky News also reported that an "external threat" to Parliament's site was discovered Friday, the 405th anniversary of Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot.
An inquiry ordered by US President Barack Obama into the BP oil spill has given support to many of the company's own findings, challenging claims BP sacrificed safety to save money.
During a presentation to the oil spill commission, the panel's chief investigator said he agreed with 90% of BP's conclusions about the disaster.
Preliminary findings are expected to be released later on Monday.
BP has been widely criticised since the 20 April blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers, polluted hundreds of miles of coast and led to the worst environmental disaster in US history.
A 25-year-old woman cadet has been killed after a fall from the rigging of the German navy’s famous training ship, the Gorch Fock, officials said on Monday.
The sailor from Lower Saxony fell during a stop in the Brazilian port of Salvador de Bahia, crashing from the vessel’s rigging onto the deck and dying of her injuries in a nearby hospital, the navy said.
The young woman’s family in the county of Holzminden has been notified. She had been in the German military for three and a half years and belonged to the Mürwik naval academy in Flensburg.
The accident occurred during a climbing exercise, but exact circumstances remain unclear and the investigation has not been concluded, the navy said.
The three-mast barque set sail from Kiel on August 20 with 229 sailors on board for a training mission in South America set to be the longest in the ship’s history. It is expected home in June 2011.
The death was the sixth on board the ship since it was built in 1958, a Navy spokesperson said.
The last deadly accident on the ship occurred in September 2008, when another female officer candidate, 18, fell overboard during her night watch on the North Sea.
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El ex almirante Emilio Eduardo Massera, de 85 años, considerado uno de los símbolos de la dictadura militar argentina (1976-1983) falleció este lunes en el hospital naval de Buenos Aires de una hemorragia cerebral, según informes médicos.
Massera, integrante de la junta militar que gobernó el país entre 1976 y 1978 junto con Jorge Rafael Videla, cumplía arresto domiciliario desde 1998, un beneficio que la legislación argentina concede a los procesados mayores de 70 años.
Conocido como "el Negro", Massera fue condenado a cadena perpetuaen el juicio contra las Juntas Militares de 1985 por tres homicidios agravados, torturas, privación de libertad, amenazas y robo.
Sin embargo, en 1990 salió de la cárcel por el indulto aprobado por el entonces presidente, Carlos Menem, y en 1998 fue imputado en las causas abiertas por el "Plan Cóndor" y el robo de bebés nacidos en cautiverio de madres desaparecidas, únicos delitos excluidos de las leyes de perdón.
Russia's gas giant Gazprom expects an average export price of $327 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from $318 in the third quarter of the year, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee Alexander Medvedev said on Monday.
"The price amounted to $293 in the first quarter, $289.50 in the second quarter, rose to $318 in the third quarter, while the expected price for the fourth quarter stands at $327," Medvedev said, adding that real and expected prices meant that the company would meet its 2010 average expected price of $308 per 1,000 cubic meters.
The attackers of Russian journalist Oleg Kashin will be found and punished, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday.
The journalist from the respected Kommersant daily was severely beaten by unidentified assailants near his house in Moscow early on Saturday. He suffered severe head and leg injuries and is currently in an induced coma. Reports also say his fingers were broken and possibly cut off.
"Whoever was involved in this crime will be punished, regardless of his position or social status, regardless of his other merits, if he has any," Medvedev said at a meeting with journalists from the Russian paper Rossiskaya Gazeta.
"The crime rate in our country is still too high...there are forces who believe that they can silence anybody by such methods, whether it is journalists or politicians," Medvedev said.
The motives for the attack are currently unclear, although Kommersant's editor Mikhail Mikhailin said it was probably be linked to the journalist's recent investigations into extremist youth groups.
Lawyers and public figures polled by the Russian Agency of Legal and Court Information said they were outraged by the attack.
Power generation equipment giant General Electric (GE) has opened an energy technology center in Kaluga, near Moscow, according to the Kaluga Region administration.
"The General Electric energy technology center started work in the Rosva industrial park near Kaluga, 180 km from Moscow. It will carry out service work on electrical equipment made by GE and used in Russia. The total sum invested in the center is $50 million," a Kaluga administration source said.
Around 100 highly qualified specialists will work at the center, which will primarily undertake overhaul of components from GE gas turbines working in Russia and the CIS, starting in 2011.
The opening of the center was attended by Kaluga Regional Governor Anatoly Artamonov, US Ambassador in Russia John Bayerle and GE representatives.
Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were held in accordance with international standards, the Azerbaijani news agency Trend cited the head of the PACE observation mission as saying.
“I have not heard about serious problems during the elections”, Paul Wille said. He also praised the former Soviet republic’s democratic progress.
“The elections were held in peaceful atmosphere,” Wille added.
The head of the OSCE PA long-term mission, Wolfang Grossruck, also stressed the peaceful atmosphere and said there were “no incidents”.
Azerbaijan's ruling party Yeni Azerbaijan won Sunday's parliamentary elections, gaining 71 seats in the South Caucasus country's legislative assembly, the Central Election Commission said, citing preliminary results.
The opposition claims the vote was rigged.
Under the Azerbaijani constitution, elections to the 125-seat one-chamber parliament are held every five years. All seats are allocated under the majority, or first-past-the-post, system.
Yeni Azerbaijan (the New Azerbaijan), founded by the late Heydar Aliyev in the early 1990s, is now led by his son, President Ilham Aliyev.
The lower house of the Russian parliament is ready to consider changes to the law on protests based on President Dmitry Medvedev's proposals, the head of the State Duma committee in charge of public associations and religious organizations said on Monday.
Last week, Medvedev imposed a veto on amendments to a law that stipulated tougher sanctions for those violating public meeting regulations set by the government. The adoption of the amendments by the Russian parliament triggered an angry reaction from the Russian opposition which has claimed the new bill would further restrict the freedom of assembly in Russia.
The changes prohibited those already undergoing proceedings for disorderly conduct during public protests to organize new rallies. In a letter addressed to the chairmen of both houses of the Russian parliament, Medvedev said the adopted amendments ran against the constitution, which guarantees the freedom of assembly. He agreed, however, that the law on rallies should be improved and ordered further work on the bill.
Detsky Mir-Centre, a leading retailer of goods for children, will sell a 25 percent plus one share stake to the country's top bank Sberbank for 3.42 billion rubles ($114 million), the company said on Monday following its extraordinary shareholders' meeting.
The 743 newly issued shares of Detsky Mir-Centre will be sold at about 4.6 million rubles ($153,330) per ordinary share.
Detsky Mir-Centre also said that Sberbank would sign several agreements with the retailer's core owner, AFK Sistema.
"The structure of the deal which is now being discussed provides for Sberbank of Russia's right to sell the company shares to AFK Sistema," Detsky Mir said. The deal is expected to be closed by the end of the year.
The Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights has prepared amendments to the nation's Criminal Code to strengthen the law on punishment for hindering journalists from carrying out their professional responsibilities, the chairman of the council said.
Russia's daily Kommersant political correspondent Oleg Kashin was severely beaten by unidentified assailants near his house in Moscow early on Saturday. He suffered jaw and leg fractures as well as injuries to his fingers.
As usual, investigators consider attacks on journalists not as attempts on their life, but just physical abuse and hooliganism that carries a much lesser punishment.
For example, when Mikhail Beketov, editor of a controversial newspaper, Khimkinskaya Pravda, was severely beaten by unidentified attackers in 2008, a criminal case was opened under an article for committing bodily injuries. Beketov has remained physically handicapped from the attack.
The amendments prepared by the presidential council concern legal defense for journalists and rights activists, Mikhail Fedotov said.
NATO's top military and political officials assured Russia the alliance saw no threat from the country for the West, Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.
Rogozin's comment followed a statement by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who said that "in terms of politics" NATO has finished its preparation of its plan of the Baltic states' defense.
European Voice weekly earlier said NATO's defense plans implicitly singled Russia out as a military threat.
Despite the NATO officials' pro-Russian statements, several alliance members continue to criticize NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen's policy of establishing a strategic relationship with Russia, the envoy said.
Rogozin said he was very pleased "for the residents of the ex-Soviet Baltic states who could at last sleep peacefully facing the somewhat lurid menace threatening the young sickly democracies of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia".
They are ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov’s sworn enemies: three Russian activists who have for years fought for gay rights in Russia.
Their campaign has resulted in harassment, threats and detainment.
This year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia had violated the rights of gay activists by refusing to allow them to openly protest, and ordered the government to pay a fine and damages amounting to about $40,000.
It is a rare victory for the marginalized gay community, which for years has unsuccessfully lobbied the government to sanction public demonstrations.
Anna Komarova, 38, a self-described “photographer turned gay activist” never thought she’d be demonstrating, but is now a major force in the Gay Russia protest movement.
“I never wanted to be an activist,” Komarova says. “But life circumstances made it that way. This is now my life and I can’t give up”.
Often young and politically inexperienced when they join, campaigners include an unlikely set of leaders, among them an interior designer, a translator, and lawyer who was dismissed from his postgraduate program for his thesis on sexual minorities.
Nikolai Alekseev, 32, now executive director of Gay Russia, has put his college days behind him. He is now one of the most well-known gay activists in Russia.
“I have been fighting against injustice for more than five years, almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Alekseev says. “When I first started campaigning, I realized it would not be possible to change things in Russia by just writing - I had to be an activist to try to bring about change”.
It is been a long battle for gay rights campaigners, who have unsuccessfully lobbied the Russian government to sanction public demonstrations but have instead been arrested and beaten.
“Our phone conversations are always tapped, and we are followed and harassed,” says Komarova, who moved out of her home after a campaign of police harassment that saw daily visits by the police.
“This is a deep problem that goes beyond one government official. It has to do with our society,” she said.
Luzhkov, an outspoken opponent of gay rights groups, memorably described gay pride events as “Satanic”. But even with the recent departure of the long-serving mayor, Russia remains one of the most intolerant countries in Europe towards gays and lesbians – despite the fact the Kremlin repealed the Soviet law criminalizing homosexuality in 1993.
Unlike Alekseev, who has turned activism into his full-time job, most activists are volunteers. Nikolai Bayev, 35, was born into a military family and moved to Moscow to work as a translator. He met his current partner 11 years ago, while finishing his graduate degree.
“It was difficult to tell my parents.” Bayev, a long-time supporter of the battle to stage a Gay Pride parade in the Russian capital, says. “When I told them, there was a big row. They are conservative. We ended up not speaking for a long time. But now they accept me as I am”.
Alekseev, the activist-journalist-lawyer says he tries to fight stereotypes about gays every day. The Moscow Pride campaign he launched in 2005 has grown from less than ten activists to some 40.
“The first year, our opponents used all their tools to intimidate us, hoping that we would give up,” Alekseev says. “They sent 1,500 hooligans against us at our first Pride in 2006; there were 5,000 anti riot police mobilized by the Moscow authorities in the streets. That did not impress me and my fellow activists at all”.
Unfazed and determined to bring about some change in Russia, activists planned to hold a demonstration on Tuesday, but were denied permission. They are now planning to submit their proposal to stage a pride parade, hoping for a different answer than the once they’ve received for the last 5 years.
“Through my work, I have learned a lot about Russia and myself,” says Komorova “The people who face serious problems in this country aren’t the ones who talk about them, they are the ones who try to solve them”.
The man who was found dead at the Los Angeles Country Club over the weekend was detained at the Playboy mansion hours before and may have been trying to get back on the grounds when he fell to his death from a tree adjacent to the sprawling Holmby Hills property, law enforcement sources said Monday.
Anthony Washington, 36, of Santa Monica, may have been trying to get onto the grounds of the mansion when a branch he was on broke, according to sources familiar with the case. The coroner's office is classifying the death as "accidental" but did not immediately release details on the injuries suffered by Washington.
Los Angeles police were called to the country club Friday afternoon after receiving a report that a possibly drunk man was down on the ground on the golf course, police said. But soon after arriving, authorities pronounced the man dead at the scene.
A preliminary investigation found no signs of foul play. But sources said Washington's body was found next to a tree that sits on the country club property that borders the Playboy mansion.
Authorities also found a large broken branch at the scene, leading investigators to theorize that he was trying to gain access to the mansion grounds.
Sources also said that Washington had tried to gain entry to the Playboy mansion hours before the fatal fall. He was detained by security at the mansion but he was not arrested.
Los Angeles Times