01 Oct 16
Jordanians protest multi-billion dollar gas deal with Israel
Thousands of protesters staged a protest in Amman on Friday to demonstrate against a $10 billion gas deal between Jordan and Israel.
The deal will supply 1.6 trillion feet (tcf) of gas to Jordan's National Electric Power Company and marks a significant step forward in Israel's efforts to exploit its offshore gas reserves.
White House corrects Obama speech transcript listing Jerusalem in Israel
US President Barack Obama offered heartfelt condolences at the funeral of...Shimon Peres, on Friday...in a show of support.
But whether he was on Israeli ground to pay respects to one of the founding fathers of the Jewish state is a question that now risks eclipsing his gesture, after the White House issued an embarrassing correction on Friday night indicating that Jerusalem is, in fact, disputed territory.
WHO says 338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past week
Fighting in Syria's besieged eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people since Sept. 23, including 106 children, and 846 have been wounded, including 261 children, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
Hacked Audio of Clinton Fundraiser Raises More Suspicions of Russian Meddling
Another day on the campaign trail, another hack of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This time it’s an audio recording of the Democratic presidential candidate speaking to donors at a February fundraiser in northern Virginia, and the subject isn’t just the usual stuff of politics: It goes to the heart of American nuclear strategy.
Atlanta Church Opens Worship Service with Prince's 'Purple Rain'
With the understanding that it may be a “which came first, the chicken or the egg” type of thing, I’m less concerned about our culture’s slide into moral relativism than I am about the slide of many mainline evangelical churches into the sacrilegious. Every Sunday this slide seems to become steeper and faster as a variety of churches attempt to reinvent the definition of “Church.” Repackaging the gospel in ways that they believe will be more palatable for unbelievers, many congregations have traded their birthright as joint heirs with Christ for a pot of pop porridge.
This past Sunday, for example, and sadly, Buckhead Church in Atlanta opened their worship service with the praise band performing a rendition of “Purple Rain.”
Major Hurricane Matthew to lash Caribbean with flooding, damaging winds
Hurricane Matthew will threaten the central and northern Caribbean with flooding rain, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge early next week.
Matthew, currently a Category 4 (major) hurricane, will continue to move west-southwestward across the central Caribbean Sea before making an abrupt turn to the north this weekend.
The man who called Deutsche’s decline has some gloomy predictions on what’ll happen next
The strategist who predicted the capital concerns now enveloping Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBK-DE) has told CNBC what could happen next in a saga that has seen the bank's share price fall by over 50 percent this year.
30 Sep 16
UK bioethicists eye designer babies and CRISPR cows
In a preliminary 130-page report released on 30 September, the influential Nuffield Council on Bioethics in London announced that two applications of the technology demanded further attention: genome editing in human embryos and in livestock.
Jedi scientists freeze light in midair to bring quantum computers a step closer to reality
The researchers used a vaporized cloud of ultracold rubidium atoms to create a light trap, into which they shone infrared lasers. The light trap constantly emitted and re-captured the light.
...terrifying orgy trend where mystery HIV carriers are invited to take part in unprotected sex parties may be spreading across Europe
Psychiatrists and psychologists have branded the disturbing behaviour as a form of self harm or even suicide.
In the bizarre vernacular of circles where this is enjoyed "bugchasers" are the negative individuals.
"Gift-givers" are the HIV positive individuals who have unprotected sex with the aim of infecting the chasers.
Behaviour at so called circuit parties can demonstrate a reckless attitude towards STI infection rather than an active desire to contract the illness.
California warns of possible stronger quake after earthquake swarm in Salton Sea
The California Office of Emergency Services has issued an earthquake advisory for Southern California following a swarm of small quakes in the region earlier this week.
The advisory warned residents and officials in Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Imperial counties that there was a greater possibility of a major earthquake through Oct. 4
Swiss Muslims claim burka is NOT required under Islamic law as they WELCOME proposed ban
PROMINENT Muslims in Switzerland have welcomed a proposed burka ban in the country and said the full-faced veil is NOT required under Islamic law.
Iceland's Pirate Party poised for power on wave of public anger
Icelanders to vote in Oct. 29 parliamentary election; Pirate Party leads opinion polls, could form government, riding wave of public anger over perceived corruption; this would deal another blow to Europe mainstream politicians.
A Christian and a Muslim just produced a new version of the Quran — with a twist
A Christian and a Muslim have come together to produce a unique version of the Quran — a full-text English edition of the holy book, but with a twist.
“The Qur’an With References to the Bible” relies upon 7th century classical Arabic and comes complete with parallel verses from the Christian Bible.
Pope embarks on peace mission to Caucasus
Pope Francis set off Friday for Georgia and Azerbaijan on what Vatican officials billed as a mission to promote peace in a troubled part of the world, three months after he visited neighboring Armenia.
Popocatépetl spews volcanic ash up to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico
Volcanic ash produced by the eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano has reached 7.3 km (24 000 feet) above sea level at 14:37 UTC on September 29, 2016.
According to the Washington VAAC, ash cloud is moving to the west and northwest of the summit.
Hurricane Matthew grows to Category Two in Caribbean
Hurricane Matthew strengthened to a Category Two storm early Friday as it churned through the Caribbean near the island of Curacao, US weather forecasters said. The hurricane was packing winds near 100 miles per hour (155 kilometers per hour) with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center said. That makes it a Category Two storm on a scale of one to five, with five being the strongest.
Jewish leaders react to Rodrigo Duterte Holocaust remarks
Mr Duterte said he would kill as many addicts as Hitler did Jews in his crackdown on users and dealers.
"Hitler massacred three million Jews... there's three million drug addicts. I'd be happy to slaughter them," he said.
Middle East, Europe Will Be Swallowed in War of Gog and Magog, Warns Mystic Rabbi
Rabbi Ben Artzi, an Israeli rabbi who gained followers after rumors began to circulate of his prescient abilities in his youth, warned of the impending messianic war of Gog and Magog, which he said is a part of a spiritual process becoming clearly visible in the Middle East.
Earthquakes Rattle Two Caribbean Nations Four Times In One Month
Four earthquakes have rattle two Caribbean countries twice this month, according to The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies.
The UWI Seismic reports this month indicate that Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis have been rattled twice by earthquakes.
Facebook artificial intelligence chief developed SURVEILLANCE systems
Facebook’s artificial intelligence chief worked on the development of systems which could one day help computers automatically spy on humans, The Sun Online has learned.
Yann LeCun, leader of Mark Zuckerberg’s AI research division, contributed to academic papers exploring the creation of software which would serve as a “key component” in an automated surveillance network.
France 'conducts operations against IS'
France has begun air operations over Iraq from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, reports say.
A number of Rafale fighter planes took off from the carrier early on Friday, news agency AFP said.
The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, was sent to the region earlier in September.
US invests $50m in Niger drone base for counterterrorism
The US is investing at least $50m in a military air base in Niger that will be capable of deploying drones.
The US already has a presence in the capital Niamey, where it shares an airbase with France's anti-Islamist force, Operation Barkhane.
MQ-9 Reaper drones are stationed there.
NUKE FACE-OFF Pakistan threatens to DESTROY India with nuclear bomb as atomic enemies edge to the brink of war
PAKISTAN’S Defence Minister has threatened to “destroy” India – after India said on Thursday it had carried out “surgical strikes” on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir.
The strikes, which were a response to shots fired across the de facto border through the disputed Himalayan territory, could lead to a military escalation between the two nuclear-armed neighbours – risking a ceasefire agreed in 2003.
Putin and Assad Are Outdoing ISIS at Mass Murder
The all-out assault on Aleppo by Russian and Assad regime aircraft, targeting as it does aid convoys, hospitals, homes, market places, and mosques, seems to have mildly surprised and deeply upset senior American officials.
Risk of Zika-Related Birth Defects 'Very Disturbing,' Official Says
The risk posed by the Zika virus to developing fetuses is likely far greater than current estimates suggest, a top U.S. health official said Thursday.
Microcephaly, a rare birth defect in which babies develop abnormally small heads, is one of many Zika-associated problems increasingly being seen in children born to mothers infected during pregnancy with the Zika virus.
Christians Shouldn't Be Pacifists, Christian National Security Experts Claim; Unveil New Foreign Policy Declaration
Dozens of Christian scholars and theologians have signed a joint declaration on American foreign policy in a scholarly journal that outlines a thoughtful, distinctly Christian vision for engaging world affairs.
A Conspiracy Theory About Conspiracy Theories
One of the funny things about conspiracy theories, including false flag attacks, is how often they are proven to be true. You have to wonder how long the shame-inducing slam, “That’s a conspiracy theory,” will keep working.
The Run Begins: Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund Clients Withdraw Excess Cash
Deutsche Bank concerns just went to '11' as Bloomberg reports a number of funds that clear derivatives trades with Deutsche Bank AG have withdrawn some excess cash and positions held at the lender, a sign of counterparties’ mounting concerns about doing business with Europe’s largest investment bank.
29 Sep 16
Obama: Why I won't say 'Islamic terrorism'
President Barack Obama has taken a lot of criticism from political opponents over his rhetoric when it comes to terrorism. But on Wednesday at a CNN presidential town hall, he was asked to defend why he refuses to say "Islamic" terrorism to a Gold Star mother.