Coded WWII Message Found on Pigeon Remains; Philippine Quake; Poisoned Russian Agent

By: AP
By: AP

LONDON (AP) -- Experts say the skeletal remains of a pigeon discovered in the chimney of a house in southern England carried a mysterious, long-forgotten message from World War II.
Historians at Britain's Second World War-era code breaking headquarters say the bird was almost certainly returning from Nazi-occupied France during the June 1944 D-Day invasion.
Bletchley Park says that a radio blackout imposed on Allied forces at the time meant that messages about the progress of the invasion were dispatched by pigeon across the Channel.
What the message says remains unknown. It was coded, an unusual measure generally reserved for the most sensitive secrets.
Bletchley Park said Thursday that one of its curators is now trying to unravel the message using World War II logbooks.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- There are no reports of damage or injuries today after a strong earthquake that rattled a southern Philippine island.
The Mindanao quake was measured at magnitude 6.5 by Philippine authorities while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was a 6.4. No tsunami warning was issued.
A civil defense official says the quake was strong but deep underground.
Several aftershocks were recorded.
The Philippine archipelago is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. A magnitude-7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.

LONDON (AP) -- A British lawyer says previously unreleased details of the British investigation into the murder of ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may be made public during an inquest into his death.
This would include surveillance footage, medical records and transcripts of witness interviews -- offering a glimpse into the workings of a murder investigation that was full of international intrigue.
Litvinenko died in 2006 after ingesting polonium, a rare radioactive poison. The former Russian FSB agent blamed the Kremlin for his death, and the killing took relations between Moscow and London to a post-Cold War low.
Lawyer Hugh Davies spoke Friday at a preliminary hearing ahead of an inquest into Litvinenko's death. In Britain, inquests are held following unexplained or violent deaths. Litvinenko's is set to begin early in 2013.

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