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Derailed Alberta Cargo Cars Still Burning

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Two railcars were still burning on Sunday almost 36 hours after a cargo train carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas derailed in a rural area of Alberta, officials said.

Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 35 in busy cafe - USA TODAY

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BART accident that killed 2 workers under investigation - Los Angeles Times

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“Russia is sending out a clear signal, saying ‘hands off our part of the Arctic and hands off complaining about our right to drill for oil there’

“Russia is sending out a clear signal, saying ‘hands off our part of the Arctic and hands off complaining about our right to drill for oil there’. It has certainly sent a very loud and very clear signal about that to Greenpeace, there is no question about that,” the 59-year-old tellsThe Independent.

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Greenpeace Briton Frank Hewetson denied bail in Russia

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Posted on Thursday 10th of October 2013 

"Illegal" drugs were found by Russian authorities on board the detained Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. Weeks ago Greenpeace activists were detained after an attempt of boarding an oil platform owned by Gazprom. The investigators discovered on board the ship drugs, poppy straw and morphine. Poppy straw is famous with its usage in the production of heroin or morphine. 

The organization Greenpeace does not agree with the allegations for transportation of illegal drugs. The non-governmental environmental organization explained that the Russian investigators was talking to medical ship supplies that were needed according to the maritime law. 

The Greenpeace activists are still in jail after their protest actions were considered as "pirate attack" after an attempt of boarding a Russian oil rig. The environmental organization is worried about the welfare of the arrested activists.

Arctic Sunrise is Dutch-flagged and the Netherlands asked Russia to free the ship and the arrested Greenpeace activists in Murmansk.
The jailed passengers now faces serious charges after new evidence of the "hard drugs" were discovered. Russian investigators found also suspicious equipment, that only makes the things serious for the arrested Greenpeace activists. 

Investigators will try to find the person who was "deliberately ramming" the Coast Guard boats along the Russian border. Greenpeace organization denied allegations with the drugs on board the ship Arctic Sunrise informing that illegal drugs are now allowed on board their ships.

The non-governmental organization announced information that before Arctic Sunrise went to the Arctic, the ship passed standard check conducted by Norwegian authorities with a sniffer dog. It is known that Norwegian law is one of the strictest. Nothing illegal was found after the search operation. 

Background information:

Russian military forces stormed the Greenpeace owned Arctic Sunrise ship and arrested all crew members because of the threat over a Gazprom oil platform. Greenpeace activists have been protesting against oil exploration in the Arctic but they went to far in their actions. Armed Russian Guards boarded the Arctic Sunrise and took measures, the activists were "aggressive and provocative" according to Russian authorities. The crew members of the Greenpeace owned ship tried to interrupt the work of a state owned Russian(Gazprom) oil rig. 

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China holding up shipment of Iranian petroleum to North Korea

China holding up shipment of Iranian petroleum to North Korea

October 20, 2013

By KOICHIRO ISHIDA/ Correspondent

DALIAN, China--China is holding petroleum that was heading to North Korea from Iran in an apparent attempt by Beijing to maintain its control over Pyongyang, sources said.
According to Chinese sources, the petroleum was part of North Korea’s contract to import about 500,000 tons of condensate, a light oil, from Iran. North Korea, seeking to diversify its energy sources, started discussions on the deal last year.
The agreement was reached with the cooperation of a major Chinese state-run petroleum company.
The condensate is believed to have been shipped from Iran over a number of occasions on tankers registered to a third nation. But Chinese authorities ordered the tankers to stop when they reached the Chinese coast in the Yellow Sea this spring.
The ships were then towed to ports in Dalian, Liaoning province, and Qingdao, Shandong province. Sources said the condensate remains in those ports, which have restricted access to outsiders.
China is believed to have asked North Korea to pay about $2 million (about 196 million yen) for storage expenses.
“Once China realized that North Korea was beginning to depend on Iran for petroleum, China began using various measures to remain engaged so it can maintain its influence over North Korea,” a diplomatic source knowledgeable about relations between China and North Korea said.
Under the North Korea-Iran contract, Pyongyang is to pay Tehran for the condensate, but the condensate itself must be first sent to a Chinese state-run petroleum company.
“Because North Korea does not have the most advanced refineries, it had to ask China to refine the condensate,” a source in the petroleum industry said.
It is unclear what legal basis China is using for holding up the shipments because condensate and other petroleum products needed for daily living are not banned under U.N. economic sanctions imposed against North Korea.
However, one source involved in the transaction said, “As part of the economic sanctions that were imposed against military actions taken by North Korea, inspections were carried out by Chinese authorities, which asked that the petroleum be kept at the port.”
After Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test in February, the U.N. Security Council imposed additional sanctions that obligated U.N. member nations to inspect cargo headed to North Korea if there were suspicions those ships carried banned goods.
China agreed to the additional sanctions, and it may have extended the range of inspections to the latest shipment because a state-run company was involved.
Until now, China is said to have provided about 80 percent of the petroleum used in North Korea. The main means of transport were through a pipeline that runs along the Yalu River between the border of the two nations as well as by ship.
According to Chinese customs statistics, the export volume was about 520,000 tons a year.
However, since the end of last year after North Korea launched a long-range ballistic missile and conducted the nuclear test, China has limited some of its petroleum exports.
“Not only has a ban on petroleum export shipments been imposed by China, but the total import volume through the pipeline has also been reduced to one-third the level of the same period of the previous year,” a source involved in trade between China and North Korea was told by a North Korean government source in September.
China remains North Korea’s biggest backer, even with the contract with Iran.
By KOICHIRO ISHIDA/ Correspondent

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Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности

Владимир Путин провёл оперативное совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности. 
Обсуждались актуальные вопросы международной политики. В частности, был проведён анализ ситуации в Северо-Восточной Азии.
Кроме того, члены Совбеза обсудили вопросы, связанные с подготовкой к предстоящим на следующей неделе заседанию Высшего Евразийского экономического совета (ВЕЭС) и саммиту СНГ в Минске.

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, R-he-e-e-ah-ah-ah-l-l-l-y-y-y!!!

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Two Florida convicted killers captured after release on forged orders - Reuters

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Two Florida convicted killers captured after release on forged orders

By Bill Cotterell
Escaped convicts Joseph Ivan Jenkins (L) and Charles Walker are shown in this combination of undated booking photos provided by the Florida Department of Corrections October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Florida Dept of Corrections/Handout via Reuters
TALLAHASSEE, Florida | Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:06am EDT
(Reuters) - Two convicted murderers released from a Florida prison based on forged court documents were captured on Saturday, law enforcement officials said.
Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, were arrested at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn in Panama City, Florida, at about 6:40 p.m., the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement.
The pair were arrested without incident, according to the department. A desk clerk at the inn said authorities captured the fugitives quietly.
"During the investigation, information was developed to lead investigators to Bay County. An interview with an associate of an inmate helped pinpoint the men," said Gretl Plessinger, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Plessinger would not elaborate on the associate's relationship with the men. She said the two were unarmed when they were caught on Saturday.
Authorities mounted a nationwide manhunt for Jenkins and Walker, who were released from the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle, Florida, on September 27 and October 8, respectively. Their releases were based on forged documents that indicated their life sentences had been reduced.
Both were serving life sentences without eligibility for parole. Walker was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 in Orange County and Jenkins of first-degree murder in 1998.
A court spokeswoman in Orange County, Florida, where the men were convicted, said earlier this week that someone signed the name of Chief Judge Belvin Perry of the state's Ninth Judicial Circuit Court on two official-looking documents granting their release.
Perry presided over the 2011 trial of Casey Anthony, the young mother acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Perry told CNN earlier this week that his signature was easy to find online on documents related to the Anthony case.
The spokeswoman said the paperwork passed through that department and was forwarded to the state corrections department. The origin of the documents is unclear. The paperwork was not emailed to the clerk but may have been mailed or dropped off at the office, she said.
After their release, Jenkins and Walker even checked in as paroled inmates at the Orlando County Jail before vanishing.
Both men turned up separately at the jail, within 48 hours of their release, to be checked for outstanding arrest warrants and be photographed and fingerprinted for a registry of released felons, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jeff Williamson.
Such registration is required under Florida law.
Their erroneous release was discovered only this week, when a relative of one of their victims received a routine notice of the release.
Walker visited family members in Orlando after his escape. Earlier on Saturday, relatives of the fugitives held a news conference in that city, urging them to surrender.
State Attorney Jeff Ashton in Orlando said on Thursday that a third inmate, Jeffrey Forbes, serving a life sentence for the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted a similar scheme last spring.
Forbes is now being prosecuted for forgery and attempted escape.

(Writing by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Cooney)

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Back in custody after using forged documents to escape their life sentences, two convicted killers were being grilled on Sunday by law enforcement authorities who said they expect to make more arrests in a case that has given both court and corrections officials in Florida a black eye.
Among the questions being posed to Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker: Who forged the papers? Who helped you run from police? What other prisoners have gotten away with this? Who was coming from Atlanta to whisk you out of Florida?
"I can tell you, there will be more arrests," Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey told a news conference Sunday, hours after Jenkins and Walker, both 34, were arrested without incident at a motel in Panama City.
"We will be backtracking to those who helped carry out this fraud and along the way we will be looking closely at anyone who may have helped harbor these fugitives," Bailey said.
Jenkins and Walker, both 34, were captured Saturday night at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn in Panama City Beach, a touristy area of putt-putt courses and go-kart tracks. Hours earlier, their families had held a news conference in Orlando — 350 miles away — urging them to surrender.
The men, who had fled the Orlando area after word of their ruse became public, did not know law enforcement was on the way to Panama City. They were waiting in the motel for someone to arrive from Atlanta to take them out of state, Bailey said, adding that authorities don't yet know who that person was or where the convicts planned to go. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is working with Georgia authorities to answer those questions, he said.
"They had to have had help — a lot of help — to get to where they were last night," Bailey said. He said the men were unarmed and didn't have much money on them.
Bailey's department is pursuing a tip that someone was offering to forge documents for prisoners for $8,000. He said there are at least two other recent cases where prisoners were thwarted trying to use fake documents to escape.
"The documents themselves looked good, they looked official," Bailey said, although they contained the signatures of people who normally don't deal with release documents, something that maybe should have raised questions, he said.
Meanwhile, Corrections Secretary Michael Crews scheduled a meeting with court clerks on Monday to find ways to prevent future escapes through bogus documents.
"It is embarrassing, but my concentration at this point is making sure that we come up with a process and a procedure that prohibits this from happening in the future," Crews told a news conference.
Crews has already ordered his department to begin verifying the legitimacy of early-release orders with a judge, not just court clerks. He said his department receives a few thousand such orders each year, although he acknowledged that reduced sentences in murder cases are rare.
He also expressed relief that the men were captured.
"I did a lot of praying for the last five or six days," he said. "To say we're thankful I think is probably an understatement. These were two hardened, convicted felons and the thought of them being out there in our state caused me great concern."
The two prisoners had not been traveling together, but hooked up once word of the forgeries became public and traveled from Orlando to Panama City, said Frank Chiumento (Sha MENTO), chief of the U.S. Marshals Service for Florida and the Caribbean.
Chiumento told The Associated Press on Sunday that Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker knew their time on the run was limited once their ruse had been uncovered. They were under surveillance for about two and a half days, and the men were surprised when authorities finally knocked on their motel door.
A woman who answered the phone at the motel said she saw police coming and they went into room 227. After authorities left, the parking lot of the two-story motel next to Big Willy's Swimwear was mostly empty.
Jenkins and Walker were both serving life sentences at the Franklin Correctional Facility in the Panhandle before they walked free without anyone realizing the paperwork, complete with case numbers and a judge's forged signature, was bogus. The documents seemingly reduced their life sentences to 15 years.
Jenkins was released first on Sept. 27 and registered himself as a felon Sept. 30 in an Orlando jail. Walker was released Oct. 8 and also registered himself with authorities three days later.
Family members said they thought the releases were legitimate and that the convicts even spent time with their relatives before they disappeared.
Jenkins had been locked up since the 1998 killing and botched robbery of Roscoe Pugh, an Orlando man. It wasn't until Tuesday, when one of Pugh's relatives contacted the state attorney's office to let them know Jenkins had been let out, that authorities knew of the escape.
Prosecutors reviewed Jenkins' case file and quickly discovered the forged paperwork, including motions from prosecutors to correct "illegal" sentences, accompanied by orders allegedly filed by Judge Belvin Perry within the last couple of months. The orders granted a 15-year sentence.
Farrington reported from Tallahassee.
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Friend tipped off police to whereabouts of escaped Florida inmates

By Steve Almasy. Greg Botelho and John Couwels, CNN
updated 5:31 PM EDT, Sun October 20, 2013
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  • NEW: "We need to do a little bit more in authentication of documents," says judge
  • Men held on one count each of escape, due back in court Friday
  • The men were freed using forged documents, authorities say
  • Both had been sentenced to life without parole
(CNN) -- A tip from an acquaintance of one of two convicted murderers who were mistakenly released from prison led to their arrests at a Florida motel, the commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Sunday.
Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins were unarmed when they were taken into custody Saturday evening in Panama City, where they were waiting for their ride to arrive from Atlanta, Gerald Bailey said. It was unclear where the men expected to go, he said.
He said a "close associate" informed authorities that the men were in the area. Bailey said they were arrested by themselves without incident at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn. They had been in Bay County for only 48 hours, he said.
Walker and Jenkins will be held without bail and make their next court appearances Friday, a Bay County, Florida, judge said Sunday.
He said the two will be held with probable cause for one count each of escape.
There will be more arrests, Bailey predicted.
"They had to have had help (after their escape) -- and a lot of help -- to get where they were last night," he said.
The state Department of Corrections -- which mistakenly released the men, though it has insisted it was through no fault of its own -- said little about the arrests.

Convicted killers released by mistake
Authorities had been searching for Walker and Jenkins, both 34, after investigators discovered that the motions to reduce their respective sentences and court orders granting the requests had been forged.
Both killers had been convicted and sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole within two years of their crimes.
In September 1998, Jenkins killed Roscoe Pugh Jr. during a home-invasion robbery attempt.
Six months later, Cedric Slater was gunned down on an Orlando street corner -- shot dead, a jury determined, by Walker.
Jenkins left the prison in North Carrabelle, in the Florida Panhandle, on September 27, and Walker left on October 8, according to authorities.
On Saturday, family members of both men denied any knowledge of the escape plans.
The legal-looking documents the men used contained bogus reproductions of several key players' signatures, including those of the Orlando-area State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton or the assistant state attorney and Judge Belvin Perry. They bore the seal of the Orange County clerk of court's office.
"They are excellent fakes," Perry said.
The judge said his signature is easy to find online on documents related to the high-profile trial of Casey Anthony. Anthony was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
"People, particularly people with criminal minds, come up with ingenious ways to beat the system," Perry said. "They have nothing but time on their hands to think of things."
He stressed to CNN's Don Lemon on Sunday that he had nothing to do with the cases in question -- that they were assigned to other judges.
"When your name and documents that you've signed are plastered on the Internet for anybody and everybody to see, and someone with basic knowledge can paste and cut your signature, it doesn't surprise me that it did happen. It was just a matter of time," Perry said. "It shows that we need to do a little bit more in authentication of documents."
Prosecutors learned about what happened after a member of Walker's family contacted them, Ashton, the state attorney, said.
An October 8 letter from the Department of Corrections to Slater's mother, Evangelina Kearse, notified her a "court order and amended sentence caused (Walker's) sentence to expire."
"Please be aware that recent actions causing the release of this offender are beyond our control. Nevertheless, we apologize for the delay in this message," it said.
Mike Crews, secretary of the Department of Corrections, said he was confident in the procedure to release prisoners, but "obviously there was a gap somewhere."
From now on, prison officials will be required to check with the judge to make sure a release order is legitimate, he said.
Bailey said there have been two other instances in which inmates attempted to use false documents to gain release, but officials prevented them from escaping.
Both Walker and Jenkins appeared to play by the rules after their release. They went to the Orange County jail to register as felons -- Jenkins on September 30, Walker on October 11 -- as required by law.
Though their releases may have initially seemed legitimate, the two convicts later were classified as escapees.
CNN's Nick Valencia, John Zarrella, Kim Segal, Chelsea J. Carter and David Simpson contributed to this report.