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Mayor: Officially Bankrupt Detroit a 'Tough Day'
Detroit's mayor admitted there is "going to be pain" for a "lot of people" following a judge's ruling that the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection. Most of Detroit's 100,000 creditors will likely take a hit, including thousands of city workers, whose pensions will be shaved. Detroit is the biggest city in American history to declare bankruptcy.
Afghans Rattled by US Security Snag
President Hamid Karzai's insistence on delaying a crucial security deal with the US has Afghans considering a future without American support. Many residents are worried, particularly about the economy. Women fear rights will vanish. Others are pragmatic. "If there is stability we will stay," said a date seller. "If not, we will go to another place.
Bird's-Eye: Sea Eagle Takes Selfie
Watch the birdie! A sea eagle snatched a video camera being used to film crocodiles in northwest Australia and took it on a wild ride past the craigs and peaks of his aerie. The big treat? He manages to take a "selfie" as he rests on an elevated perch. Rangers finally retrieved the camera 70 miles from where it was grabbed.
Another Brazil Building Topples After Stadium Collapse
Still planning on catching the World Cup? A five-story building has toppled in a suburb of Sao Paulo just days after the 2014 World Cup Corinthians Stadium collapsed in the city during construction. Rescuers haven't located any bodies in the rubble of the latest building, which was also under construction before it tilted and toppled onto the street.
Activists Commandeer Bulldozer to Bust Through Thai Barriers
Doused by water cannons and fired on with tear gas, determined protesters hijack a bulldozer to attempt to bust through barriers protecting Bangkok's Government House. Others pick up tear gas canisters and hurl them back at besieged police. At least four have been killed and more than 100 injured in the worst violence in Thailand in years.
NTSB: Crashed NY Train Was Speeding at 82 mph
The Metro-North Railroad train that crashed in the Bronx killing four was traveling at 82 mph when it derailed on a curve with a speed limit of 30 mph, said National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener. It's not yet known whether the speed was due to driver error or faulty equipment, he said.
Cameraman Beaten by Ukraine Riot Cops, He Keeps Filming
A Euronews cameraman manages to keep filming as he's pummeled to the ground by cops during continuing massive demonstrations in Kiev. Citizens are protesting the rejection of an EU trade pact, and are demanding government leaders step down. They're back on the streets today and have surrounded the main government building.
Protest High: Drone Films Thai, Cop Street Battles
Watch from on high as cops fire tear gas and water cannons in Bangkok to disperse crowds of protesters. The films shows drone footage of protester and security force clashes at the Government House as activists flee, then surge again. Mini-drones with cameras have been launched by media outlets to film the mounting confrontations.
PM, CJCSC discuss national security
The meeting was held at the PM House in Islamabad where the two discussed issues of national security as well as matters relating to the functioning and performance of the military. The prime minister also met with the chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Mohammed Asif Sandila to discuss the matters related to Naval forces' functioning. Moreover, CJCSC Mahmood also visited Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Headquarters. A contingent of the PAF presented guard of honour to CJCSC Mahmood during his visit. Air Chief Marshall Tahir Rafique Butt briefed General Mahmood on affairs pertaining to the air force. The Army Chief General Raheel Sharif called a Corps Commander Conference for Friday. The conference will be attended by the Corps Commanders and the principal staff officers to discuss the persisting internal and external security threats to the country. Also on Thursday, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq met with the prime minister and spoke about the legislation to take place in the parliament’s session which is to begin today.
Former NZ batsman Vincent confirms match fixing probe
The ICC and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) were forced to reveal the investigation had been ongoing for months earlier on Thursday after a report in a local newspaper. Neither the ICC or NZC would identify the three players involved but Vincent issued a short media statement on Thursday confirming he was co-operating with the investigation. "I wish to let everyone know that I am cooperating with an ongoing ICC Anti-Corruption investigation that has been made public today," Vincent said in a statement issued through the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association. "This investigation is bound by a number of rules and regulations that mean I am unable to make any further public comment. "I will personally talk to the public when I am able to. In the meantime I cannot comment. Please respect me and my family's privacy until such time." The names of the other two players have been reported by local and international media outlets but NZC would not confirm their identities when contacted by Reuters. A NZC spokesperson referred the queries to the world governing body, who were unavailable for comment. Earlier NZC chief executive David White had appeared at a hastily arranged media conference shortly before play on the third day of the first test between West Indies and New Zealand at University Oval in Dunedin. "New Zealand Cricket is aware that the International Cricket Council is investigating a small number of New Zealand cricketers," White told reporters. "We have been aware of this investigation for a number of months and are shocked and surprised by the allegations." White said no current players are the subject of the probe and the matches under investigation were overseas and not domestic matches in New Zealand. The ICC had kept NZC up to date with regular meetings, he added. The ICC had earlier confirmed its investigation following the report in the New Zealand Herald. "The ICC confirms that it has indeed been working closely over the past few months with its colleagues in the domestic anti-corruption units of member boards to investigate these and related matters," the statement said. "The ICC and all of its members maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption in the sport, and the ACSU will continue to collaborate with relevant individuals in order to complete its investigation process. "Naturally, as the investigation remains ongoing and nobody has been charged with any offence, no further comment will be made.