Missing Israeli teens found dead near Hebron

The three Israeli teenagers who went missing earlier this month in the West Bank have been found dead.

An Israeli military spokesman said their bodies were found in a pit near the town of Halhul, north of Hebron.

Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both aged 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach were last seen at a junction near Hebron as they hitchhiked home.

Israel had accused Hamas of abducting the three teens, which the Palestinian militant group repeatedly denied.

The teenagers’ families have been informed, the military said. More information is expected to be released after an emergency cabinet meeting.

The Israeli military has set up blockades and closed down whole areas around Halhul, which is just a few kilometres from where the teenagers were last seen.

Israeli security forces speak on the phone as they stand guard on June 30
Israeli forces were seen massing in the area of Halhul

The disappearance of the three Jewish seminary students sparked a huge search operation in Palestinian towns and cities.

More than 400 Palestinians have been arrested, while five Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Earlier, Israeli television showed large numbers of Israeli security forces personnel deployed around Halhul.

There have been reports of clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the area.

Last week, the Israeli military identified two men from Hebron as its main suspects and said they were associated with Hamas, leading Hamas to again deny that it had anything to do with the teenagers’ disappearance.

The case has put serious strain on relations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the incident is a consequence of “the partnership” between Hamas and the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The two signed a reconciliation deal in April after years of division and formed a unity government earlier this month.

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Perth council votes to rename itself South Park as part of merger plans

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SOUTH Park is a cartoon famous for its profanity, chocolate salty balls and the line: “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!”.

Yet one of the most affluent parts of WA wants to go by the same name as part of the State Government’s plan to halve the number of metropolitan councils.

The City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park are proposed to merge and councillors in South Perth this week voted for the new entity to be called “City of South Park”.

The hit US show of the same name follows the hilarious exploits of Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle in a fictional town located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Crowds could soon flock to the shores of South Park to enjoy the Australia Day celebratio

By contrast, the City of South Park boasts million dollar views of the Swan River skyline and is home to top private schools like Wesley, Aquinas and Penrhos.

A poll of residents found South Bank was the popular name with 1306 votes, followed by South Park (1002), Yaragan (527), Curtin (504) and Twin Rivers (293).

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the new name captured words from both the South Perth and Victoria Park names.

But Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan, whose council voted for the name “South Bank”, could see the funny side.

He even suggested the merged council, proposed to come together next year, use its association with the cartoon to attract visitors.

“If it weren’t for that funny cartoon it would actually be a pretty good name,” Mr Vaughan said.

The cast and town of animated show South Park.

“If it were called South Park, then I would be using the name to activate the city. You could use it with signage and make it a place to visit – play on it.”

Mrs Doherty stressed South Park Estate was one of the early subdivisions of South Perth, where the civic centre is located.

Mrs Doherty, whose council has committed $100,000 to fight the local government reform in the courts, said: “I’m sure it will put a smile on the faces of some residents when they read the word South Park.

“Let’s face it, we’re going to get a lot of Google hits aren’t we?”

A final recommendation on the name will made by the Local Government Advisory Board to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson.

How The Washington Post and the New York Times covered Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination

Here’s how The Washington Post covered Ferdinand’s death, on Monday, June 29, 1914:

A century ago today, anarchists in Sarajevo assassinated Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The assassination set off a chain of events that led to the start of the Great War, which began a month later.

Here’s the full PDF.

“HEIR TO AUSTRIAN THRONE, ARCHDUKE FERDINAND, AND WIFE SLAIN BY ASSASSIN,” reads the two-column banner headline. “ESCAPE BOMB; DIE BY PISTOL,” says the subhead. Page 2 features a list of the prominent “Rulers and Notables Killed by Assassins” since 1801 (an early listicle?):

Here’s the New York Times front page from the same day, with a four-column lede, courtesy their very cool Times Machine:

On page two, the Times includes a special cable from Rome, under the headline: “Pope Much Depressed.”

OrbSys Saves Water By Letting You Shower in the Same Water, Again and Again

A Swedish company has launched the OrbSys recycling shower — a new kind of shower that saves up to 90% of the water and 80% of the energy consumed by a normal shower. The shower achieves such huge savings by being a closed-loop, recirculating system, much in the same way that astronauts aboard the International Space Station re-use their waste water. In a world that’s rapidly running out of fresh water and consuming more energy than it should, the OrbSys Shower is an innovation that we should pay heed to. Even if you don’t care about the environment, the OrbSys can (apparently) save you more than $1000 per year in water and energy costs.

Orbital Systems recycling shower

The OrbSys shower, devised by Orbital Systems in Sweden, is essentially an advanced real-time water filtration system packaged as a recycling shower. You turn the shower on, start bathing, but instead of the waste water running directly into your house’s drainage pipes it enters the special (patented) OrbSys filtration system. We don’t have a whole lot of details on what actually happens inside the OrbSys black box — instead, all we have is a rather impressive list of specs. The OrbSys shower removes more than 99.9% of contaminants, and actually pumps out cleaner water than the water entering your house from the main water supply. The process is capable of retaining most of the heat in the water, resulting in huge energy savings. The system can operate in real time at up to 24 liters (6.3 gallons) per minute — more than enough to sustain a strong, invigorating flow of water (your shower at home probably uses around 15 liters per minute).

OrbSys shower

Water is a finite resource. At the rate things are going, it’s going to run out sooner rather than later. Then what would become of the human race? Working with this line of thinking are the folks behind the OrbSys shower system, which encourages people to conserve and recycle water as they bathe. Of course, the water is purified before it’s meant to be used again because it would just be gross if it weren’t.

OrbSys offers ten-minute showers that only use five liters of water. Normally people use about 150 liters for a typical shower, so that’s reducing water usage by about 96%. This is made possible by the shower’s closed-loop system that purifies the spent water to drinking water level before it comes out of the shower head for it’s succeeding runs.

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Orbital didn’t provide additional information on how their filtering system can purify the water so quickly to such levels, though.

After rocket barrage, Liberman calls to consider retaking Gaza

Palestinian security personnel inspect a damaged building following overnight Israeli air raids in the central Gaza Strip on June 28, 2014. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS)
Palestinian security personnel inspect a damaged building following overnight Israeli air raids in the central Gaza Strip on June 28, 2014.

Officials lobby to punish Strip with extensive operation after rocket destroys factory, injures four

Israeli officials called Sunday for Israel to undertake a large operation against the Gaza Strip following a weekend salvo of rockets that destroyed a Sderot factory.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said the Israeli military should consider re-taking full control of the Gaza strip.

Over a dozen rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza over the weekend, with one destroying a paint factory, and injuring four. Israeli jets responded by hitting 12 sites in the strip, including concelaed rocket launchers and “terror sites,” the military said.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks with the press before entering the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2014. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash 90)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks with the press before entering the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

“We have to decide if we are heading to a scenario of re-taking full control of the strip,” Liberman said in an interview with Army Radio. “We’ve seen that a limited operation just strengthens Hamas, so the alternative is clear. There is no scenario in between.”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett visited Sderot Sunday, and said Israel would make sure it’s enemies were forced to hide out in bunkers.

“Over the weekend, the Israeli government proved that the hand of the IDF can reach anywhere,” he said, according to Israeli news source Ynet. “What we are seeing in Sderot — at night, missiles struck and this morning [people] returned to work and continued their lives — this is the way of the State of Israel.”

Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, but has fought two large offensives against the Strip’s Hamas rulers, in 2009 and 2012, to stem rocket fire.

Israeli firefighters extinguish a burning factory hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on June 28, 2014 at an industrial zone in the southern city of Sderot. The previous day two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed in an Israeli air raid after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel's security fence. (photo credit: AFP/David Buimovitch)

There has been an increase in rocket fire toward Israel this month, with over 60 rockets launched from Gaza, with many followed by Israeli reprisal air raids.

The increased rocket fire comes as the army carries out a wide-ranging operation against the Hamas in the West Bank and searches for three Israeli teens who Israel says were abducted by the Palestinian militant group.

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi called for an “extensive” IDF operation in the Gaza strip.

A rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a factory in the industrial zone of the southern Israeli city of Sderot, causing it to catch on fire, Saturday evening, June 28, 2014. The fire led to further explosions inside the factory. (Photo credit: Edit Israel/Flash90)

“To the defense minister, the prime minister, the education minister and also to minister Naftali Bennet, we are saying things clearly,” he said on Army Radio. “The answer to bringing back quiet to the South is an extensive military operation in the Gaza strip.

The manager of the Denber paint factory in Sderot lamented the destruction, telling Army Radio that they had rebuilt the business in Sderot after a fire five years ago destroyed their facility in Ofakim.

“I hope somebody helps us because if not, we will not be able to get back on our feet,” he said.

On Friday, Israel confirmed carrying out the targeted killing of Osama Has​sumi, 29, and Mohammad Fatzih, 24, charging that they were involved in a cell responsible for repeated rocket fire on Israel’s southern cities over the past several weeks and were planning terror attacks on Israeli civilians.

Mexico vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles and 100 ‘self-defence’ member arrested

Jose Manuel Mireles is seen arrested by Mexican police. Photo: 27 June 2014

Jose Manuel Mireles and 100 other members of ‘self-defence’ group battling drug gangs detained by police.

One of Mexico’s main vigilante leaders has been arrested for carrying unauthorised weapons, officials say.

Jose Manuel Mireles was held in the western state of Michoacan.

He had been a prominent leader of one of the “self-defence groups” battling drugs cartels in the state.

But in recent weeks Mr Mireles had refused to ally his group with a new rural police force. The government has urged vigilante groups to either join the force or disarm.

Mr Mireles was detained under Mexico’s firearms and explosives act for allegedly carrying weapons for sole use by the military. Dozens of other suspects were also held.

The move comes after Mr Mireles survived a light aircraft crash and disappeared from view for several weeks.

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On his return to Michoacan, he had refused to align his vigilantes with the government’s so-called “rural defence forces”.

This is an obsolete umbrella term the administration of President Pena Nieto resurrected to lend the vigilantes a degree of official legitimacy, the BBC’s Mexico correspondent Will Grant reports.

Suspicion

Mr Mireles had often appeared in the national and international media to explain why local communities in Michoacan had risen up against the drug cartels, our correspondent says.

Villagers belonging to a self-defense group that was formed to fight organized crime stand at a checkpoint in the state of Michoacan, Mexico on November 5, 2013.

But Mr Mireles always viewed the central government with suspicion and openly criticised the creation of such government-approved militias. He chose instead to continue to operate outside the law.

Now, with the most recognisable leader of Mexico‘s self-defence movement under arrest – along with several of his closest allies – the entire future of his organisation has been thrown into question, our correspondent adds.

The vigilante groups first emerged in early 2013 as response to the violence perpetrated by the Knights Templar drug cartel, which ranges from extortion to kidnappings.

Local citizens said that they had no choice but to arm themselves as federal troops failed to guarantee their security.

The Knights Templar, which controls much of the methamphetamine trade to the US, says the vigilantes have sided with their rivals of the New Generation cartel, something the “self-defence groups” fiercely deny.

Ukraine rebels free OSCE monitors, 3 Ukrainians killed in attack

An unidentified member of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine walks out of a bus on arrival in the city of Donetsk after been released from captivity, June 28, 2014. REUTERS-Shamil Zhumatov
An unidentified member of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine walks out of a bus on arrival in the city of Donetsk after been released from captivity, June 28, 2014.

(Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine on Saturday released a second group of four monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) who had been seized on May 29, a Reuters witness said.

Their release, which followed the freeing of another group of OSCE monitors early on Friday, came after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced a 72-hour extension to a ceasefire until Monday night. That ceasefire appeared under threat when three members of the Ukrainian military were killed in a rebel attack on their post near the eastern city of Slaviansk.

Unidentified members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (C and R) walk out of a bus on arrival in the city of Donetsk after been released from captivity, June 28, 2014. REUTERS-Shamil Zhumatov
Unidentified members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (C and R) walk out of a bus on arrival in the city of Donetsk after been released from captivity, June 28, 2014.

This correspondent saw the four – three men and a woman – driven by heavily armed men up to the entrance of a hotel in the eastern city of Donetsk.

They stepped out, shook hands with other waiting OSCE representatives and then went into the hotel.

An unidentified member of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine arrives in the city of Donetsk after been released from captivity, June 28, 2014. REUTERS-Shamil Zhumatov
An unidentified member of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine arrives in the city of Donetsk after been released from captivity, June 28, 2014.

A first group of OSCE monitors, seized days earlier by pro-Russian separatists, were released in the early hours of Friday.

The OSCE monitoring groups are part of a 300-strong force sent there to observe compliance with a four-way agreement in Geneva in April aimed at defusing the crisis in Ukraine’s east.

The circumstances of their detention is not yet clear.

Alexander Borodai (C), Prime Minister of the self proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic', speaks while surrounded by guards after the arrival of the freed from captivity members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in the city of Donetsk June 28, 2014. REUTERS-Shamil Zhumatov
Alexander Borodai (C), Prime Minister of the self proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic”, speaks while surrounded by guards after the arrival of the freed from captivity members of the Organization

“A total of eight were detained and we have released eight,” Aleksander Boroday, “prime minister” of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic said on Friday.

A ceasefire extension until Monday night announced by Poroshenko called for the release of “hostages” held by both sides.

But elsewhere on Saturday the ceasefire appeared under threat when three members of the Ukrainian military were killed in a rebel attack on their post near the eastern flashpoint city of Slaviansk.

Mark Etherington (R), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, speaks to the media next to a pro-Russian militant after meeting members of his team on their arrival to the city of Donetsk after they were released from captivity, June 28, 2014. REUTERS-Shamil Zhumatov
Mark Etherington (R), Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, speaks to the media next to a pro-Russian militan

“As a result of the (rebel) fighters shooting at the post near Slaviansk, three members of the Ukrainian forces were killed and a fourth was wounded,” the spokesman, Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

Poroshenko announced the extension, partly at the urging of some European leaders, after returning to Kiev from a European Union summit in Brussels where he signed a landmark free trade pact.

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