6,000 honor victims at Nagasaki peace park
TOKYO (AP) – Japanese officials pledged to seek a society less reliant on nuclear energy as the country marked the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Thursday.
About 6,000 people gathered at a peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 blast, including students and the mayor of one of the towns most affected by last year’s nuclear plant disaster.
Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which was crippled by a tsunami in March 2011, has exposed the risk of nuclear technology. He urged Japan to make concrete plans to achieve a nuclear-free society and called for renewed commitment to a global ban on nuclear weapons.
Within a three-day period in 1945, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, first on Hiroshima, killing 140,000 people, and then on Nagasaki, killing 70,000. The attacks prompted Japan’s World War II surrender.
Judge blocks blockade by lobster fishermen
TORONTO (AP) – A New Brunswick judge has granted a 10-day injunction to prevent lobster fishermen in the Canadian province from blockading fish processing plants in a protest over cheap lobster from Maine.
Dave MacLean, a spokesman for the New Brunswick’s Justice Department and the Attorney General, said the injunction was issued Thursday.
Canadian lobstermen say the low price of Maine lobsters is driving down prices in Canada and stealing their livelihood.
The flare-up over lobster prices came to a head last week, when fishermen held demonstrations in Cap-Pele and Shediac, New Brunswick, and trucks were prevented from delivering Maine lobsters to three processors. The demonstrations spilled over into Prince Edward Island, where at least two lobster processors agreed to stop processing Maine product.
New Brunswick fish processing plants sought the injunction.
Security firm warns of new computer virus
LONDON (AP) – A new computer virus tied to some of the most sophisticated cyberweapons previously discovered has been found circulating in the Middle East, a Moscow-based computer security company said Thursday.
Kaspersky Lab ZAO said the new virus, dubbed “Gauss,” was aimed at stealing financial information from customers of a series of Lebanese banks.
The firm said similarities in coding, structure and operation meant it could say “with a high degree of certainty” that Gauss was related to “Flame,” a sophisticated piece of spyware that prompted an Internet blackout across Iran’s oil industry in April, and to “Stuxnet,” an infrastructure-wrecking worm.
The firm acknowledged that much remained unclear about the new virus’ capabilities, including its ultimate purpose. It said the virus’ command-and-control servers were shut down last month.
Recent reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post have tied both Flame and Stuxnet to a secret U.S.-Israeli program aimed at destabilizing Iran’s atomic energy program.
Intelligence boost urged to fight violence
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Nigerian authorities Thursday to boost their intelligence capabilities to better combat growing extremist violence.
Clinton proposed that Nigeria create an “intelligence fusion cell” that would combine information from the military, spy services, police and other federal, state and local agencies. The cell would also coordinate counter-terrorism activities and serve as a contact for foreign intelligence services, said State Department officials.
The officials said the U.S. was ready to assist the cell with organizational expertise, training and equipment, including computers, and would offer the aid to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his new national security adviser, Mohammed Dasuki. The U.S. has become increasingly concerned about the threat posed by militant groups in Nigeria and Mali.