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Photostream : Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupts

A villager watches Mount Merapi in Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years (AP Photo)

A picture of Indonesia's Mount Merapi taken from Umbul Harjo village in Sleman, Yogyakarta, shows the volcano spewing smoke, early on October 26. The volcano erupted three times emitting searing cloud and volcanic ashes, a volcanologist said« Read less (AFP/Clara Prima)

Villagers standing on a truck are evacuated to Girikerto village in Sleman, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, October 26, 2010. Authorities will evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano near Yogyakarta on Java after the alert status for an eruption was raised to the highest level, officials said. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo

Villagers who live on the slope of Mount Merapi gather at a temporary shelter in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo)

A woman covers her baby as she runs from ash falling from an erupting volcano at Kaliurang village in Sleman, near Indonesia's ancient city of Yogyakarta, October 26, 2010. Mount Merapi erupted on Tuesday, prompting terrified villagers to flee and join the thousands already evacuated from its slopes, witnesses said. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Rescue workers help villagers upon arrival at a temporary shelter after they were evacuated from their homes on the slope of Mount Merapi following its eruption in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo)

Villagers sit in a truck as they are evacuated from their village to Girikerto village in Sleman, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, October 26, 2010. Authorities will evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano near Yogyakarta on Java after the alert status for an eruption was raised to the highest level, officials said. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo

A villager watches as Indonesia's Vice President Boediono visits a temporary shelter in Sleman, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, October 26, 2010. More than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano are being evacuated after the alert status for an eruption was raised to the highest level, officials said. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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PM Netanyahu: Shayetet 13 commandos acted 'heroically'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ,left, and Israel's military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, second right, visit Israeli naval commandos who participated in a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May, in Atlit naval base, northern Israel Tuesday,Oct. 26. 2010. Israel's leader has paid a special visit to a military base in northern Israel to praise the naval commandos who participated in a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May.(Getty Images / AP Photos/Dan Balilty, Pool)

October 26, 2010 (KATAKAMI / JPOST) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a special visit to the Atlit military base in northern Israel on Tuesday, to praise the Shayetet 13 commandos who participated in Israel’s Naval interception of the Mavi Marmara last May.

“Gaza has become an Iranian terror base — very close and very dangerous,” Netanyahu told the fighters. The raid was “vital, imperative, important and legal,” he added.

Facing a deadly threat, “you responded professionally, heroically, with restraint and ethically.”

After Netanyahu delivered his remarks, he met privately with some of the commandos on the base, including one who is still recovering from injuries sustained when activists seized him and threw onto a lower deck. Gidi Schmerling, Netanyahu’s spokesman, said the commando told Netanyahu he sought to return to active duty.

He was among four commandos wounded in the operation who met with Netanyahu.

Addressing the commandos who had been wounded, the prime minister said, “I am happy to see those who were injured, and I salute you all. You acted in the name of the State of Israel.”

The commandos violently clashed with pro-Palestinian activists on one of the Gaza-bound ships, resulting in nine fatalities. Both sides have accused the other of sparking the violence.

At the end of his comments, Netanyahu thanked Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi who accompanied him on the tour, and said the Shayetet 13 fighters proved the IDF chief’s determination during his four years in the position.

 
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PM Benjamin Netanyahu Tells Navy Commandos, 'You’re the Greatest’

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and army chief Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi

October 26, 2010 (KATAKAMI / IsraelNationalNews.Com) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday praised the Navy commandos who stopped IHH terrorists from reaching Gaza last May 31, telling them they are heroes who “exposed the true nature of the IHH.”

In a special visit to the naval base at Atlit, north of Haifa, the Prime Minister told the soldiers that ”no naval force in the world” would have responded more ethically and better than they did.

He praised them for their attempt to use non-violent means to stop the Mavi Marmara ship and five sister ships from carrying out their mission to break Israel’s maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza.

After the ensuing clash that took place when the IHH terrorist activists attacked the commandos, the boat was taken to the Ashdod port, where it was discovered that there was no humanitarian aid on board the vessel, despite previously claims.

The clash on the Mavi Marmara resulted in several commandos being wounded – some of them kidnapped for a brief period of time – and nine IHH members, thoroughly trained in terror tactics, being killed.

IDF videos showed the commandos boarding the Mavi Marmara via ropes from a hovering helicopter armed with nothing but a paintball gun and a small revolver. Audio and video evidence later collected clearly showed the IHH activists as having prepared their attack on the commandos, beating them with metal rods as they helplessly descended on the ropes.

The IHH attackers used at least two handguns of their own, along with revolvers taken from the commandos, and shot at them. The Navy seals then overpowered them, and nine of them died by the time the clash was over.

 
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Photostream : PM Netanyahu visited the base of Israeli naval commandos

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ,left, and Israel's military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, second right, visit Israeli naval commandos who participated in a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May, in Atlit naval base, northern Israel Tuesday,Oct. 26. 2010. Israel's leader has paid a special visit to a military base in northern Israel to praise the naval commandos who participated in a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May. (Getty Images / AP Photos/Dan Balilty, Pool)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands with naval commandos during his visit to the Atlit naval base near the northern city of Haifa October 26, 2010. Saying "I salute you," Netanyahu on Tuesday visited the base of Israeli naval commandos who killed nine pro-Palestinian Turks on a Gaza-bound aid ship in May. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Dan Balilty/Pool )

 
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Merapi dust killed baby

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October 26, 2010 (KATAKAMI / THE JAKARTA POST) — A three-month-old baby died after experiencing respiratory problems after Indonesia’s most volatile volcano Mount Merapi started erupting Tuesday afternoon in Muntilan, Central Java.

Muntilan General Hospital director Sasongko told journalists Tuesday evening that the baby died on the way to hospital.

“We have tried our best, it was just too severe a problem,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.

The hospital was treating 10 people suffering from breathing difficulties.

About 11,400 villagers on the mountain were urged to evacuate. But most who fled were the elderly and children, while adults stayed to tend to homes and farms on the mountain’s fertile slopes.

Scientists warned that pressure building beneath the volcano dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years.

 
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Medvedev to attend ASEAN summit in Vietnam

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October 26, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

Medvedev will arrive in Vietnam on an official visit at the invitation of Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet.

ASEAN was established in August 1967, and comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the EU, South Korea, India, China and Russia hold a partner status in the organization. Papua New Guinea has a special observer status.

The organization’s goal is contributing to the development of member countries’ social economic and cultural cooperation, as well as to the consolidation of peace and stability in Southeast Asia.

MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti)

 
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Paul The Octopus dies

(FILE) : "Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle", is presented with a jersey and a bronze statuette at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 22, 2010. The octopus on Thursday was nominated as the "favourite friend" of the Spanish town Carballino. The octopus became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain. "Paul" also predicted Spain's World Cup victory over The Netherlands and Germany's victory in their third place match against Uruguay. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Kirsten Neumann )

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October 26, 2010 (KATAKAMI / THE JAKARTA POST) — Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at this year’s World Cup, died Tuesday.

Paul had reached octopus old age of 2{ years and died in his tank on Tuesday morning in an aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge said.

Paul seemed to be in good shape when he was checked late Monday, but he did not make it through the night. He died of natural causes, Vieregge added.

“We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed,” Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll said in a statement.

The aquarium has not yet decided how best to commemorate their most famous resident, he said.

“We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds, and erect a modest permanent shrine,” Porwoll said.

After rising to global prominence during the World Cup in South Africa in June and July, Paul retired from the predictions business after the final between Spain and the Netherlands – the result of which he also forecast correctly – and returned to his prime role of making children happy.

The blogosphere erupted in sympathy for Paul, although some saw him more as a tasty morsel than a departed friend. “Will they cook him Galician-style? I wonder how much a plate of Paul with a beer must cost,” wrote Jordi, alluding to the popularity of octopus as a dish in the northwest Galicia region and much of Spain.

Others were more philosophical on hearing of Paul’s death.

“For the next month I will go to class dressed in mourning, wrapped in a black suit and with my gaze lost in the horizon, as this calamitous event deserves no less,” wrote ‘relojero’ which means watchmaker. Another blogger, Pedro, saw a sinister hand at work. “An autopsy should be carried out, it’s certain some betting office killed him.”

In July, the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen said Paul was stepping “back from the official oracle business.

“He won’t give any more oracle predictions – neither in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy,” said spokeswoman Tanja Munzig. “Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh.”

Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany’s games. He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.

After his World Cup soothsaying skills were revealed, the English-born Paul was appointed as an ambassador to England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup. He had English roots, having been hatched at Weymouth Sea Life Center on England’s south coast in 2008.

Imitators sprang up all over the world, including Mani the Parakeet in Singapore and Lorenzo the Parrot in Hannover, Germany.

The latest was a saltwater crocodile named Dirty Harry, who predicted Spain’s World Cup final win and called the result of Australia’s general election by snatching a chicken carcass dangling beneath a caricature of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“El Pulpo Paul” became so popular in Spain that the northwestern Spanish town of O Carballino tried to borrow him and made him an “honorary friend.”

In response to hundreds of requests to bring Paul to Spain, the Madrid Zoo asked Sea Life if it would be willing to make a deal to bring him in as a tribute to the Spanish football team’s victory, either temporarily or for good. But the German aquarium turned down that offer, too.

Paul also had an agent and Paul’s name will live on the Greek island of Zakynthos, where a permanent sea turtle rescue center funded in part by donations generated by the famous octopus is being established.

 
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