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WRAPUP 1-Iran demands access to accused US plotter


* US lawmakers say plot was real, push for sanctionsTEHRAN, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Iran demanded consular access on Sunday to a man held in the United States over a suspected plot to kill the Saudi ambassador and vowed to respond robustly to any “inappropriate measure” by the West.Manssor Arbabsiar, who holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was arrested in September over the plot which Tehran called a fabricated “comedy show” but which U.S. lawmakers said was “very real” and showed the need for tougher sanctions on Iran.“Any inappropriate measure against Iran, whether political or security-related, will be strongly confronted by the Iranian nation,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, accusing Washington of inventing the plot to divert attention from the “Occupy Wall Street” protests.U.S. authorities announced the plot last Tuesday, saying Arbabsiar, a naturalised U.S. citizen, had paid a U.S. undercover agent posing as a Mexican drug cartel hit man to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir.Many experts, and some Washington officials, expressed doubts over the plot, which even the head of the FBI said sounded like a Hollywood script, but the heads of the intelligence committees in the U.S. Congress appeared on television on Sunday to say it should be taken seriously.Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said she was initially sceptical when first briefed about the plot in September but now believed “it’s very real”.“Our country should not be looking to go to war,” Feinstein told the “Fox News Sunday” programme. “We should be looking to stop bad behaviour, short of war."President Barack Obama said on Thursday that Iran – already at odds with Western governments over its nuclear programme – would face the toughest possible sanctions and the United States would not take any options off the table, the standard code to refer to possible military action.Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss charge d'affaires who represents U.S. interests in the country that broke ties with Washington shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution."There is no doubt regarding the baselessness of the U.S. allegations,” a ministry official told the Swiss representative, according to state broadcaster IRIB.“However, providing personal information about the accused and consular access to him is among the duties of the U.S. government. Any delay in that respect would be in contravention of international law and the U.S. government’s responsibilities,” the unidentified official said.Iran’s diplomatic interests in the Untied States are handled by an office in the Pakistani embassy.U.S. officials have mooted the possibility of upping sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran – a move which could make it harder for Tehran to receive payment for its oil exports, a vital source of hard currency.House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Washington should be pushing for tighter sanctions.“Put pressure on the Chinese and the Russians and say, listen, you’re either going to stand with the nation that is engaged in nation-state terrorism or you’re going to stand with the rest of the international community,” he told ABC’s “This Week”.


UPDATE 1-Iran: US plot allegations resemble Iraq WMD claims


* Obama pushing for more sanctions on IranBy Robin PomeroyTEHRAN, Oct 17 (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday U.S. allegations of an Iranian assassination plot resembled its claims of weapons of mass destruction that formed the basis for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and would prove to be equally untrue.Ahmadinejad said Washington had fabricated the plot of an Iranian seeking to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington in order to cause a rift between Tehran and Saudi Arabia and dominate the oil-rich Gulf.“In the past the U.S. administration claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They said it so strongly, they offered and presented documentations and everyone said ‘yes, we believe in you, we buy it’,” Ahmadinejad said in a live interview on Al Jazeera television.“Now is everyone asking them, were those claims true? Did they find any weapon of mass destruction in Iraq? They fabricated a bunch of papers. Is that a difficult thing to do?"The truth will be revealed ultimately and there will be no problem for us at that time,” Ahmadinejad said.U.S. President Barack Obama hopes the foiled alleged plot will lead to tighter sanctions against Iran – already under several rounds of U.N. measures over its nuclear programme – and repeated that all options are on the table to deal with the Islamic republic – a tacit threat of possible military action.When asked whether he thought Iran and the United States were on an inevitable “collision course” towards military conflict, Ahmadinejad replied: “I don’t think so."I think that there are some people in the U.S. administration who want this to happen but I think there are wise people in the U.S. administration who know they shouldn’t do such a thing."Nevertheless, the commander of the Iranian army ground forces said his troops were "fully prepared and ready to give a quick response to any aggression on Iran’s soil”.“Today America is too unsteady to even think about launching an attack on Iran,” Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told the semi-official Fars news agency.HEINOUSSaudi Arabia, Iran’s main rival in the Gulf and with close ties with Washington, requested the United Nations look into what it called the “heinous conspiracy” and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he had passed correspondence about the affair to the Security Council.Ahmadinejad called on Saudis not to fall for a U.S. strategy which he said aimed to divide and conquer the Gulf.“If the U.S. administration is under the impression that by doing this it can create conflict between us and Saudi Arabia then I have to say the U.S. administration is sorely mistaken."The U.S. administration is not interested in Iran or in Saudi Arabia. They see their interests in having a dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia – they want to dominate our region,” he said.Iran’s relations with Saudi Arabia have been strained by the events of the “Arab Spring” as each tries to assert its position in the region amid a welter of sectarian and geo-political rivalries.Even before the Arab uprisings began, a leaked U.S. cable published on WikiLeaks said Saudi King Abdullah had urged the United States to “cut off the head of the snake” by launching military strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme.The plot furore appears to have killed any chance of a rapid return to talks between Tehran and world powers concerned about its nuclear programme , but Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would examine the allegations.“We are prepared to examine any issue, even if fabricated, seriously and patiently, and we have called on America to submit to us any information in regard to this scenario,” he was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.


MUFON DEC 2015 STATS

December 2015 saw a total of 612 UFO sightings reported to MUFON from around the world. A breakdown by country is shown to the right. if you scroll down, reports by state, shape, and distance from the witness, are also shown.
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STATISTICS REPORT 

Sightings by Country

UNITED STATES - 496
CANADA - 31
UNITED KINGDOM - 19
INDIA - 6
BRAZIL - 6
AUSTRALIA - 6
GERMANY - 5
SOUTH AFRICA - 4
MALAYSIA - 3
FRANCE - 3
SWITZERLAND - 3
SPAIN - 3
MEXICO - 2
NEW ZEALAND - 2
URUGUAY - 2
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - 2
COSTA RICA - 1
FINLAND - 1
NETHERLANDS - 1
PUERTO RICO - 1
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 1
PERU - 1
EL SALVADOR - 1
LITHUANIA - 1
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF - 1
TURKEY - 1
DENMARK - 1
ARUBA - 1
PORTUGAL - 1
HAITI - 1
THAILAND - 1
VENEZUELA - 1
PHILIPPINES - 1
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA - 1
NORWAY - 1
TOTAL: 612
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Sightings by State

California - 90
Florida - 29
Texas - 28
Michigan - 25
New York - 20
Pennsylvania - 18
Tennessee - 18
Arizona - 15
Ohio - 14
New Jersey - 14
Missouri - 14
North Carolina - 14
Washington - 11
Colorado - 11
Nevada - 10
Wisconsin - 10
Minnesota - 9
South Carolina - 9
Kentucky - 9
Alabama - 8
Georgia - 8
Massachusetts - 8
Louisiana - 7
Montana - 7
Idaho - 7
Virginia - 7
Indiana - 7
Oklahoma - 6
Oregon - 6
New Mexico - 6
Utah - 5
West Virginia - 5
Connecticut - 5
Kansas - 5
Alaska - 4
Illinois - 4
Iowa - 4
Hawaii - 3
Maryland - 3
South Dakota - 3
Nebraska - 2
Arkansas - 2
North Dakota - 1
Maine - 1
Vermont - 1
New Hampshire - 1
Mississippi - 1
Wyoming - 1
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Reported Object Shape 


Sphere - 92
Circle - 71
Disc - 66
Triangle - 61
Other - 60
Star-like - 52
Unknown - 39
Fireball - 33
Cylinder - 19
Square/Rectangular - 18
N/A - 17
Oval - 14
Bullet/Missile - 11
Boomerang - 11
Cigar - 10
Diamond - 9
Blimp - 7
Flash - 7
Chevron - 6
Cone - 5
Egg - 5
Saturn-like - 4
Teardrop - 4
Cross - 3

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