International News December 2010

UNITED KINGDOM — British Prime Minister Augustine Sinclair has announced today that a decision by parliament regarding the controversial Torchlight initiative has been made. Effective January 1, 2011 the UK Torchlight society will begin operations within the boundaries of the United Kingdom, serving as a dedicated investigations and policing force for instances of SLC-Expressive crime.

Prime Minister Sinclair spoke to the Telegraph earlier this morning about the decision. "With the arrest of SO12 Special Branch executive Terrence Renford last year we have given serious considerations to how the people of Britain and beyond handle crimes of such a supernatural nature. We must show diligence and understanding to our SLC-Expressive brethren. What Renford did was inexcusable, and the citizens who were wrongfully imprisoned at Durrington will be released to their families."

"The unacceptable human rights violations put into effect under the noses of our citizenry during Brown's administration will not be tolerated and Torchlight is the first example of a progressive move forward for the people of England and the people of the UK."

If the Torchlight program takes off with the success of the American FRONTLINE program, the EU has expressed interest in allowing Torchlight investigative agencies to expand to member nations of the EU for purposes of policing and investigating the often confusing and difficult to understand SLC-related crimes.

IRAQ — Violence rocked the city of Baghdad yesterday when an attack by the terrorist organization Mazdak resulted in the deaths of 8 American military officers and 13 members of the Baghdad police force. Just shortly after 9:00pm local time, five members of Mazdak, under cover of an SLC-Expressive ability to bend light, infiltrated a security checkpoint along highway 5 to Baqubah. Reports are unconfirmed of the destructive force of the abilities used, but the hit-and-run tactics of the Mazdak membership resulted in zero losses on their side of the brief conflict.

General Stephen Yates, commander of the American forces inside of occupied Iraq, explained that with the movement of US forces out of Afghanistan earlier this year further focus and pressure will be put on finding and eliminating the threat represented by the Mazdak movement in the Iraqi region.

Defense analysts fear that the increasing number of attacks made by the Mazdak group may be indicative of intentions by that organization to make attacks on US soil in opposition to the United States occupation of Iraq which has been ongoing since 2003.

ANTARCTICA — Arctic research teams from around the globe investigating the collapse of the Ross ice shelf during the January 2010 sinkhole incident at the Amundsen-Scott Antarctic Research Facility have discovered troubling evidence of further decay of the ice shelf's structural integrity. According to geologist Yukio Fuwara of the Japanese Expeditionary Research Division, cracks in the Ross ice shelf are increasing at a rate of several inches per month from the site of the Amundsen-Scott sinkhole. The increased temperatures of summer on the south pole have likely contributed to this degradation.

Scientists at the US-based Commonwealth Institute of Massachusetts have offered up a team of climatologists and SLC-Expressive researchers to assist in the investigation of these cracks and search for a solution to preventing further collapse of the ice shelf.

Geologist Matthew Hernan of the Brazilian Antarctic Research Group had concerning speculation on the growing cracks in the Antarctic ice. "Given the comparatively rapid rate of expansion," Hernan explained to reporters in a teleconference Sunday morning in Brazil, "we could see a partial collapse of the northern face of the entire Ross ice shelf. Not an immediate collapse, but a far more significant decay of the ice than has been seen over the last several years. This could have an untold effect on the environment and lead to further cascading destabilization of the Antarctic ice, greatly disrupting global climates and ocean levels in years to come."

Mark Hovenden, representative of the Australian research division of SCAR (the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) rebuked Hernan's speculations, stating that catastrophic global changes due to the cracks created during the collapse of the Amundsen-Scott Antarctic Research Facility are so astronomically small as to be insignificant. Further research into this environmental incident is expected to continue for years to come.

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