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Toronto Mayor: ‘Yes, I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine’

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told members of the media to get off his property as he left his home in Toronto on Oct. 31.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told members of the media to get off his property as he left his home in Toronto on Oct. 31.

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“Yes I have smoked crack cocaine… Probably in one of my drunken stupors.”

That’s what embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford just dropped on the media during a surprise press conference just after noon ET on Tuesday.

According to The Toronto Star, Ford qualified:

” ‘I am not an addict,’ he told the media.

” ‘I wasn’t lying. You didn’t ask the correct questions,’ Ford explained to why the admission was so long in coming.

“Ford said he smoked crack about a year ago. ‘I don’t even remember.’ “

As we’ve reported, Ford has been dogged for months by rumors of a video that allegedly shows him smoking crack. The existence of the video was first reported by the Toronto Star and Gawker back in May, but the story took a dramatic turn Thursday when Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said authorities now had that video and confirmed that the images of Ford on the video are “consistent with that which had previously been described in various media reports.”

Ford apologized over the weekend but stopped short of admitting he had smoked crack.

“I’m the first one to admit, friends, I’m the first one to admit, I am not perfect. I have made mistakes … and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes,” he said Sunday on his weekly radio show.

But Ford also made it clear that he intends to “ride this storm out.”

Ford repeated that sentiment during Tuesday’s press conference when, as the CBC reports, he said, “I’ve made mistakes and all I can do is move on.”

Update at 4:33 p.m. ET. Won’t Step Down:

Delivering a prepared statement at City Hall a few minutes ago, Ford said he will not step down.

“I was elected to do a job and that’s exactly what I will continue doing,” Ford said.

Ford did open by saying this episode has “embarrassed everyone in this city and I will be forever sorry.”

He continued: “There is only one person to blame for this, and that is myself. I know that admitting my mistake was the right thing to do and I feel like 1,000 pounds have been lifted off my shoulders. I can’t explain how difficult this was to do.”

He added: “I want to be crystal clear, these mistakes will never, ever happen again.”

Update at 2:43 p.m. ET. A Bit Of Background On Ford:

According to his official biography, Rob Ford was elected mayor in October of 2010, after serving 10 years on the city council.

The 44-year-old mayor’s father was a member of the provincial parliament from 1995 through 1999. Before entering politics, Ford worked in the family business, Deco Labels & Tags, which produces labels for all kinds of products including food and clothing.

Update at 2:31 p.m. ET. Expecting Another Statement:

Mayor Ford is expected to make another announcement any minute now. CP 24, “Toronto’s Breaking News” station, has a live feed of the stakeout outside Ford’s office.

Meanwhile, the CBC reports that there’s been backlash against Ford on the city council:

“Coun. Jaye Robinson said that now, Ford does not have even ‘a shred of credibility,’ and she wants to see him take a leave of absence.

“‘The real issue is getting the mayor to address his health issues, step aside [and] take a leave of absence, as I’ve been saying for six long months,’ said Robinson. ‘And now he’s coming forward and he’s admitting that there is clearly a problem here.'”

All that said, a poll released after police chief revealed the video found that Ford’s approval rating jumped 5 percent.

Update at 12:52 p.m. ET. Audio Of The Conference:

CBC Radio has posted audio of the press scrum. A reporter asks Ford, “Do you smoke crack cocaine?”

Ford replies: “Yes I have smoked crack cocaine.”

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/05/243243656/toronto-mayor-yes-i-have-smoked-crack-cocaine?ft=1&f=1001
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Developing Super-Typhoon Aims For The Philippines

A graphic from the U.S. Naval Observatory showing the expected track of Typhoon Haiyan.

U.S. Naval Observatory

A graphic from the U.S. Naval Observatory showing the expected track of Typhoon Haiyan.

U.S. Naval Observatory

Another super-typhoon is brewing in the western Pacific, and forecasters are saying it will likely slam into the Philippines on Friday, packing winds of 155mph.

Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters says Typhoon Haiyan “will likely be the most dangerous tropical cyclone to affect the Philippines this year.”

The Weather Channel says:

“Given this more southern track than past tropical cyclones this season, the Philippine capital of Manila, home to roughly 12 million people in the metro area, is in danger of a direct strike by Haiyan Friday night or early Saturday local time (Friday, U.S. time).

“Furthermore, another tropical cyclone (T.D. 30W) has already soaked parts of the central Philippines. Any additional rain from Haiyan will fall over saturated ground in the central Philippines, raising the threat of flooding and mudslides.

“Haiyan is then expected to sweep quickly into Vietnam by Sunday, possibly still as a strong typhoon.”

As of Wednesday morning “the storm is rapidly developing towards the east of Yap and south of Guam. By the time it reaches Yap and Palau residents should be prepared for a full-fledged typhoon packing winds up to 65 knots and heavy rainfall along with the risk of storm surge along the southern edge of Yap and the Northern Coastlines of Palau,” says WesternPacificweather.com.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/05/243290139/developing-super-typhoon-aims-for-the-philippines?ft=1&f=1001
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Diamond imperfections pave the way to technology gold

Diamond imperfections pave the way to technology gold

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Berkeley study provides unprecedented details on ultrafast processes in diamond nitrogen vacancy centers


From supersensitive detections of magnetic fields to quantum information processing, the key to a number of highly promising advanced technologies may lie in one of the most common defects in diamonds. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have taken an important step towards unlocking this key with the first ever detailed look at critical ultrafast processes in these diamond defects.

Using two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy on pico- and femto-second time-scales, a research team led by Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley and faculty scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, has recorded unprecedented observations of energy moving through the atom-sized diamond impurities known as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. An NV center is created when two adjacent carbon atoms in a diamond crystal are replaced by a nitrogen atom and an empty gap.

“Our use of 2D electronic spectroscopy allowed us to essentially map the flow of energy through the NV center in real time and observe critical quantum mechanical effects,” Fleming says. “The results hold broad implications for magnetometry, quantum information, nanophotonics, sensing and ultrafast spectroscopy.”

Fleming is the corresponding author of a paper in Nature Physics that describes this research entitled “Vibrational and electronic dynamics of nitrogenvacancy centres in diamond revealed by two-dimensional ultrafast spectroscopy.” The lead author is Vanessa Huxter, former member of Fleming’s research group and now a professor at the University of Arizona. Other co-authors are Thomas Oliver and Dmitry Budker, both of whom holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley.



These 2D electronic spectroscopy measurements have provided us with the first window into the ultrafast dynamics of NV centers in diamond,” says Huxter. “We were able to observe previously hidden vibrational and electronic properties of the NV center system, including the discovery of vibrational coherences lasting about two picoseconds, which on a quantum mechanical scale is a surprisingly long time.”

Given the ubiquitous presence of weak magnetic fields, a sufficiently sensitive detector could be used in a wide range of applications including medical diagnostic and treatment procedures, chemical analyses, energy exploration and homeland security (to detect explosives). Diamond NV centers are held to be one of the finest magnetic sensors possible on the nanoscale. Diamond NV centers are also highly promising candidates for the creation of qubits data encoded through quantum-spin rather than electrical charge that will be the heart and soul of quantum computing. Qubits can store exponentially more data and process it billions of times faster than classical computer bits. However, for these rich promises to be fully met, a much better fundamental understanding is needed of the electronic-state dynamics when an NV center is energized.

Says co-author Budker, a UC Berkeley physics professor with Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Sciences Division and leading authority on NV center physics, “NV centers in diamond are already becoming a workhorse in magnetometry and other sensor fields, but they remain somewhat of a black box in that we still don’t know understand some important features of their energy levels and dynamics. Our findings in this study provide a starting point for new insights into such critical electronic-state phenomena as dephasing, spin addressing and relaxation.”



This study was made possible by the unique 2D electronic spectroscopy technique, which was first developed by Fleming and his research group to study the quantum mechanical underpinnings of photosynthesis. This ultrafast technique enables researchers to track the transfer of energy between atoms or molecules that are coupled (connected) through their electronic and vibrational states. Tracking is done through both time and space. It is accomplished by sequentially flashing light from three laser beams on a sample while a fourth beam serves as a local oscillator to amplify and phase-match the resulting spectroscopic signals.

“By providing femtosecond temporal resolution and nanometer spatial resolution, 2D electronic spectroscopy allows us to simultaneously follow the dynamics of multiple electronic states,” says Fleming, who has compared this technology to the early super-heterodyne radios.

In this new study, the use of 2D electronic spectroscopy revealed that the vibrational modes of NV centers in diamond a subject of keen scientific interest because these modes directly affect optical and material properties are strongly coupled to the defect.

“We were able to identify a number of individual vibrational modes and found that these modes were almost all local to the defect centers and that they were coherent – quantum mechanically coupled – for about two picoseconds,” says Huxter. “Through a combination of theory and observation, researchers had suspected that NV center vibrational modes were primarily local to the defect, but our direct observation of the vibrations and their coupling to the excitation states confirms this idea.”

In addition, the researchers also were able to measure non-radiative relaxation in the excited state, a property that must be understood and exploited for the creation of qubits.

“We found that the non-radiative relaxation timescale for NV centers in diamond was around four picoseconds, which was slower than we had expected given the number of vibrational states,” Huxter says.

The information acquired from this study should make it possible to tune the properties of NV centers in diamonds and open up new avenues for research.

“For example, by optically pumping the NV centers we could specifically excite phonon modes based on their coupling
factors,” Fleming says. “This would allow the development of diamonds with NV centers that can be used for quantum storage and information processing based on both phonons and spin.”

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This research was supported primarily by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. For more, visit http://www.lbl.gov.



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Diamond imperfections pave the way to technology gold

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Berkeley study provides unprecedented details on ultrafast processes in diamond nitrogen vacancy centers


From supersensitive detections of magnetic fields to quantum information processing, the key to a number of highly promising advanced technologies may lie in one of the most common defects in diamonds. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have taken an important step towards unlocking this key with the first ever detailed look at critical ultrafast processes in these diamond defects.

Using two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy on pico- and femto-second time-scales, a research team led by Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley and faculty scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, has recorded unprecedented observations of energy moving through the atom-sized diamond impurities known as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. An NV center is created when two adjacent carbon atoms in a diamond crystal are replaced by a nitrogen atom and an empty gap.

“Our use of 2D electronic spectroscopy allowed us to essentially map the flow of energy through the NV center in real time and observe critical quantum mechanical effects,” Fleming says. “The results hold broad implications for magnetometry, quantum information, nanophotonics, sensing and ultrafast spectroscopy.”

Fleming is the corresponding author of a paper in Nature Physics that describes this research entitled “Vibrational and electronic dynamics of nitrogenvacancy centres in diamond revealed by two-dimensional ultrafast spectroscopy.” The lead author is Vanessa Huxter, former member of Fleming’s research group and now a professor at the University of Arizona. Other co-authors are Thomas Oliver and Dmitry Budker, both of whom holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley.



These 2D electronic spectroscopy measurements have provided us with the first window into the ultrafast dynamics of NV centers in diamond,” says Huxter. “We were able to observe previously hidden vibrational and electronic properties of the NV center system, including the discovery of vibrational coherences lasting about two picoseconds, which on a quantum mechanical scale is a surprisingly long time.”

Given the ubiquitous presence of weak magnetic fields, a sufficiently sensitive detector could be used in a wide range of applications including medical diagnostic and treatment procedures, chemical analyses, energy exploration and homeland security (to detect explosives). Diamond NV centers are held to be one of the finest magnetic sensors possible on the nanoscale. Diamond NV centers are also highly promising candidates for the creation of qubits data encoded through quantum-spin rather than electrical charge that will be the heart and soul of quantum computing. Qubits can store exponentially more data and process it billions of times faster than classical computer bits. However, for these rich promises to be fully met, a much better fundamental understanding is needed of the electronic-state dynamics when an NV center is energized.

Says co-author Budker, a UC Berkeley physics professor with Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Sciences Division and leading authority on NV center physics, “NV centers in diamond are already becoming a workhorse in magnetometry and other sensor fields, but they remain somewhat of a black box in that we still don’t know understand some important features of their energy levels and dynamics. Our findings in this study provide a starting point for new insights into such critical electronic-state phenomena as dephasing, spin addressing and relaxation.”



This study was made possible by the unique 2D electronic spectroscopy technique, which was first developed by Fleming and his research group to study the quantum mechanical underpinnings of photosynthesis. This ultrafast technique enables researchers to track the transfer of energy between atoms or molecules that are coupled (connected) through their electronic and vibrational states. Tracking is done through both time and space. It is accomplished by sequentially flashing light from three laser beams on a sample while a fourth beam serves as a local oscillator to amplify and phase-match the resulting spectroscopic signals.

“By providing femtosecond temporal resolution and nanometer spatial resolution, 2D electronic spectroscopy allows us to simultaneously follow the dynamics of multiple electronic states,” says Fleming, who has compared this technology to the early super-heterodyne radios.

In this new study, the use of 2D electronic spectroscopy revealed that the vibrational modes of NV centers in diamond a subject of keen scientific interest because these modes directly affect optical and material properties are strongly coupled to the defect.

“We were able to identify a number of individual vibrational modes and found that these modes were almost all local to the defect centers and that they were coherent – quantum mechanically coupled – for about two picoseconds,” says Huxter. “Through a combination of theory and observation, researchers had suspected that NV center vibrational modes were primarily local to the defect, but our direct observation of the vibrations and their coupling to the excitation states confirms this idea.”

In addition, the researchers also were able to measure non-radiative relaxation in the excited state, a property that must be understood and exploited for the creation of qubits.

“We found that the non-radiative relaxation timescale for NV centers in diamond was around four picoseconds, which was slower than we had expected given the number of vibrational states,” Huxter says.

The information acquired from this study should make it possible to tune the properties of NV centers in diamonds and open up new avenues for research.

“For example, by optically pumping the NV centers we could specifically excite phonon modes based on their coupling
factors,” Fleming says. “This would allow the development of diamonds with NV centers that can be used for quantum storage and information processing based on both phonons and spin.”

###

This research was supported primarily by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. For more, visit http://www.lbl.gov.



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Lady Gaga Splits From Manager And Rising Tech Investor Troy Carter

Troy Carter has been making a name for himself in tech thanks to investments in Uber, Spotify, and Dropbox, but his biggest tie to the music industry has just been severed. Lady Gaga has split from Carter, who has managed her since 2007, according to multiple sources of The Hollywood Reporter Showbiz411. The separation could shake his status as he raises a new $75 million investment fund.

Carter is credited with masterminding some of Gaga’s success, including her massive social media audience. She has 60 million Facebook fans and is amongst the top figures on Twitter with 40 million followers. The gig gave Carter the clout and earnings to get into tech investing, and get invited to speak on stage with me at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013. In this sense, no longer managing the artist is a serious hit to his profile.

On the other hand, splitting from Gaga could also free up more of Carter’s time to add value to his portfolio companies. The Hollywood Reporter says the split was chalked up to “creative differences”. A representative of Carter didn’t respond to requests for comment. However, one source close to the two music moguls tells me Carter may have become too busy for Lady Gaga in recent years.

On top of angel investing and funding startups through his venture capital fund AF Square, Carter runs the Atom Factorytalent management agency that represents John Legend, rapper K’Naan, and violinist Lindsey Sterling who won a YouTube Music Award last night. That’s a lot on one plate.

Troy Carter DisruptRegarding the split, The Hollywood Reporter…reports that “while sad, [Carter] feels ‘liberated’ to be relieved from duty.” With Lady Gaga’s new album ARTPOP coming out this month and her propensity for high-production tours, Carter’s duty would have been heavy this year.

Though Carter played coy when I pressed him about being a celebrity investor when we spoke at Disrupt New York, his footprint in tech has grown significantly in the last few years.

Between his reputation as a marketing virtuoso and his extensive rolodex, he’s become quite a prolific VC. Most recently, Carter set out to raise $75 million to $100 million for a new AF Square fund with a focus on brilliant founders.

Some of Carter’s latest investments include music playlist app Songza, celebrity fundraising platform Prizeo, and viral marketing service Virool. Now he may be able to better concentrate on providing his startups with product vision, business mentorship, and industry connections.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/vNq-xSX0hyQ/
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Skydivers In Two Planes Escaped After A Collision By…Skydiving

Skydivers In Two Planes Escaped After A Collision By...Skydiving

Two planes carrying skydivers had a midair collision last night over northwest Wisconsin near Lake Superior. But everyone survived because they were planning to skydive out anyway. Additionally, one pilot was able to eject and the other landed his plane safely, even though it was severely damaged.

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2009: The UFC comes full circle, thanks to one daring adventurer

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

(As the UFC turns 20, we revisit each year from 2013 to 1993 with 20 articles in 20 days.)

Maybe it wasn’t actually the case, but at UFC 100, Frank Mir looked about as happy to hear the referee say “alright, now bring it on” as a clay pigeon might upon hearing the word “pull.” It was Brock Lesnar at the other end, after all, restrained for one long last second before the shackles would come off and the rivening could commence. The only thing we required as spectators was Mir’s courage in the ordeal

And that was how we celebrated 100 events in the UFC. By feeding Frank Mir, who’d defeated Lesnar famously a year and a half prior in Lesnar’s ballyhooed debut at UFC 81, to His Sworded Thorax. A record-breaking number of households paid for the courtesy. Mir hung around until the second round, but he wore the macabre scene on his face by fight’s end.

Lesnar, ever eloquent in such matters, described it as extracting the horseshoe that had been lodged in Mir’s hind region. That was right after he began somewhat rabidly frothing about the mouth, and just before he said he was going to drink himself some Coors Light (while standing on the Bud Light emblem) and, heck, if we’re keeping it real, maybe even “get on top” of his wife later that night.

It was a lot to digest.

And that piece of theater was the crescendo moment in the UFC’s PPV numbering system, which is now careening off towards UFC 1000 and beyond. Georges St-Pierre had dominated Thiago Alves in the co-main event even with a torn groin muscle for half the bout. And Dan Henderson, to the gratitude of patriots from the Puget Sound to the Everglades and on up through the Adirondacks, knocked Michael Bisping out with a ridiculous right hand. “To this day people thank me for it,” Henderson says.

(Note: Why Bisping was circling into that power right now becomes the problem of future generations to solve).

All of this was fine in the wholesome sense. But, at the same time, all of this paled next to the hair-raising moment just before Lesnar was loosed on Mir. That was when Bruce Buffer, the evangelist of the Octagon who whips everyone into a frenzy with his introductions, pulled off the unthinkable.

The Buffer 180º — which Buffer himself modestly called a “whip turn” before fans apothesized it — was always more than we could ask for. But Buffer chose UFC 100 to unveil the Buffer 360º, a ridiculous maneuver of lithe acrobatics and aerial illusion, and he stuck the landing while pointing his cue card right between Brock Lesnar’s blond eyebrows.

Game. Set. Match.

“You know, when you do something that’s different and out of your realm, you want to pick the right time,” Buffer says. “So with that being the case, there was no other event. It would have to be UFC 100. And I didn’t tell anybody when I was going to do it. If you watch Joe [Rogan]’s video after, he thought I wasn’t going to pull it off, but I saved it for exactly the last precise moment when I was right in front of Brock Lesnar’s face.”

Buffer goes into depth about the Buffer 360º in his captivating book, It’s Time!, but words become such paltry things next to The Thing Itself. Why? There are very few moments in the fight game where flawless execution and…what, destiny (?)…come together as if cosmically ordained.

It was Joe Rogan that began challenging Buffer to attempt the stunt to begin with, after putting out a backstage video where Buffer dreamed it into existence. Then a million fans began echoing Rogan’s need to see it. The thing caught fire as the video went viral. From there the Buffer 360º became not only a matter of when and where, but of courage and mettle.

So what did Buffer do? He embraced the biggest stage the UFC had had to that moment…and, for a few brief moments, spun in levitation like a genie materializing from a bottle. It was a thing of cocktail elegance and grace.

“I knew what I was going to do,” he says. “The thing is, I don’t rehearse. I don’t plan. I like to go out there and be organic and improvise off the energy I feel from the crowd, whether it’s 50,000 or 20,000 or 10,000 people in the audience. But that night was electric. I couldn’t have for a better script as far as a screenwriter writing a movie of how it came off…it came off perfectly in my opinion. And Joe wrote me an email after that said, ‘not only did you do it, but you did it in front of the biggest, baddest man on the planet.’”

There are obvious hazards for such undertakings. Remember, Buffer tore his meniscus while doing a “grounded 360” at UFC 129 in Toronto. He was playing injured that night with a bad ankle, and as he went into his bunny hop at the end, his knee gave out. Stoically, Buffer didn’t miss any events. How’s that? As the writer Frank Curreri once said, “if Michael Buffer is fine bottle of Bordeaux, then Bruce Buffer is a shot of Jack Daniels.” That’s how.

There will of course be other monuments. UFC 200 should take place in 2016. But don’t expect to see the Buffer 540º, or even the 360º again. That bold feat is now frozen in time forever in 2009.

“I’m not an acrobat,” Buffer says. “I don’t want to say anything, because again, if something’s going to happen believe me it’ll happen because I decided for it to happen at that exact moment. But the aerial thing, the airborne stuff, that’s over.”

Over, but not forgotten.

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/11/1/5054846/2009-the-ufc-comes-full-circle-thanks-to-one-daring-adventurer
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World Headlines: China Calls Tiananmen Attack Terrorism

A vehicle from the Chinese police special tactical unit guards the sidewalk Tuesday where it is believed a car drove up before it plowed through a crowd and crashed and burned in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

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A vehicle from the Chinese police special tactical unit guards the sidewalk Tuesday where it is believed a car drove up before it plowed through a crowd and crashed and burned in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Ng Han Guan/AP

China, CCTV

We start this morning with more news on that deadly crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen square.

Authorities say they’ve arrested five people in Beijing in connection with Monday’s crash that killed two people and injured nearly 40. They labeled the incident a terrorist attack.

Police said the attack was “carefully planned, organized and premeditated.”

The driver of the vehicle that crashed into a crowd of people was identified as Usmen Hasan, a Uighur from China’s Xinjiang Province. Passengers included his mother and his wife. All three were also killed in the incident. Police said they found gasoline, two knives and steel sticks as well as a flag with extremist religious content in the jeep.

The five people arrested were also identified with names typically associated with Uighurs. Knives and a “jihad flag” were found in their homes.

The BBC adds that police were originally looking for eight suspects.

Israel, Haaretz

Now to Israel where the head of Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest manufacturer of generic drugs, stepped down Wednesday. Just two days ago, Jeremy Levin denied media reports that he would do so.

“Since I joined Teva, we have made tremendous progress in setting a new course for the company,” Levin said following his resignation. “I wish the company and its people, who I respect greatly, every success. I look forward to pursuing new opportunities where I can continue to apply my experience and contribute to the evolution of the global pharmaceutical industry.”

Eyal Desheh, the firm’s CFO, was named interim CEO.

The company had been criticized over plans to lay off 5,000 workers worldwide and over its tax incentives in Israel – both of which had created a rift between Teva’s management and its board.

Argentina, Clarin

Finally, a ruling by the Supreme Court clears the way for the breakup of large media groups in the country.

Critics in the media, including Clarin, the biggest broadcaster and newspaper company, say the law silences the opposition. But supporters say it will reduce the influence of large corporations.

In a statement the Clarin Group said while it respects the court’s decision, it is examining further appeals, including to international tribunals. The ruling will likely force it shed many media holdings.

The Supreme Court ruled that the 2009 law was constitutional.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/10/30/241802236/world-headlines-china-calls-tiananmen-attack-terrorism?ft=1&f=1001
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