29 Apr 16
Pelosi unveils Democrats' 4-point plan for 'gay' agenda
What are Democrats to do when they can’t make same-sex marriage the law of the land in America by going through the legislative process? Count on the U.S. courts and president to do it for them, of course.
Over 1 Million Vow to Boycott Target Over Transgender Bathroom Policy
Over 1 million people have signed a pledge to boycott Target after the retailer announced last week that its stores will allow customers who are men according to their birth sex to go into women's bathrooms and dressing rooms.
Earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hits Lima
An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Cañete in the region of Lima last night, according to the Geophysical Institute of Lima (IGP).
The quake was registered at 11:04 p.m. with an epicenter located 46 kilometers west of San Vicente de Cañete.
Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Hits Off Coast Of Vanuatu: USGS
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
There was no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Iran asks U.N. chief to intervene with U.S. after court ruling
Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon...to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote to Ban...to use his "good offices...to induce the U.S....to adhere to its international obligations."
PLO Chairman Erekat calls on Israel to cease Area A operations
Israel rejected the Palestinian Authority's request to stop all military operations in Area A as part of a possible solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict PLO Chairman Saeb Erekat claimed on Thursday.
The statement was made a few hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reported that he rejected the French peace initiative.
Russian Warplane Flies Within 50 Feet of U.S. Spy Plane in Asia
A Russian MiG-31 jet flew within 50 feet of a U.S. surveillance aircraft in Northeast Asia last week...
“On April 21, a U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol reconnaissance aircraft flying a routine mission in international airspace was intercepted by a MiG-31 Russian jet in the vicinity of the Kamchatka Peninsula,” Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the Pacific Command, told the Washington Free Beacon.
US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers
The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that would allow law enforcement to remotely search computers located anywhere in the US.
Previously, magistrate judges could order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, often limited to a few counties.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the change was necessary to modernise the law for the digital age.
US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy'
The US will no longer subsidise the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, a senior state department official has told the BBC.
The decision means that Pakistan will have to pay more than $700m (£480m) - two-and-a-half times the original cost - if it wishes to buy the aircraft.
It comes after Congress refused to approve funding for the deal.
The Backlash to Will Ferrell’s Planned ‘Reagan’ Film
News broke Wednesday about a planned movie starring Will Ferrell as the late President Ronald Reagan. Simply titled Reagan, Variety reported, “the story begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.”
California Lawmakers Reject John Wayne Day
California lawmakers have defeated a resolution intended to honor John Wayne after opponents challenged what they say are racist statements by the late actor.
Obama Admits Couldn't "Convince Americans Of Recovery", Bashes 'The Big Short'
Despite his proclamation that he "saved the world from a Great Depression," the fact is that Obama will be the first President ever to not see a single year of 3% GDP growth - but only cynical fiction-peddlers would mention facts at a time like this.
U.S. military softens claims on drop in Islamic State's foreign fighters
The U.S. military on Thursday retreated from a top general's claim this week that the number of foreign fighters joining Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has plummeted by as much as 90 percent.
China says it will not permit war in the Korean Peninsula. Why now?
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that his country will "absolutely not permit war or chaos" to break out on the Korean peninsula.
Addressing a group of Asian foreign ministers, the comments were made in the context of a wider exploration of China's foreign policy. President Xi also expressed commitment to "comprehensively and fully" implement sanctions targeting North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, as mandated by the United Nations.
Google CEO Pichai Sees the End of Computers as Physical Devices
Forget personal computer doldrums and waning smartphone demand. Google thinks computers will one day cease being physical devices.
“Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to fade away,” Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai wrote Thursday in a letter to shareholders of parent Alphabet Inc. “Over time, the computer itself -- whatever its form factor -- will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day.”
28 Apr 16
Franklin Graham Voices Support for Target Boycott
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham has announced that he stands in solidarity with those who are boycotting Target over the retail store’s new restroom policy, which allows transgender people to use the restroom of their choosing. The Christian Post reports the the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associated wrote that he supported the Target boycott in a Facebook post.
China passes law imposing security controls on foreign NGOs
A Chinese government offensive against civil society that campaigners describe as the worst in nearly three decades has intensified with Beijing’s approval on Thursday of a controversial new law that gives security forces control over foreign NGOs operating in the country.
EPA Continues To Implement Global Warming Plan Supreme Court Said It Couldn’t
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials are moving ahead with a key part of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay against the agency’s global warming plan in February.
Situation in Aleppo "catastrophic", aid lifeline in jeopardy
The situation in Aleppo is "catastrophic" after deadly overnight air strikes on a hospital, and the aid lifeline that delivers supplies to millions of Syrians risks being broken, the United Nations said on Thursday.
SOLAR SECTOR BOUNDARY CROSSING
On April 29th or 30th, Earth will cross a fold in the heliospheric current sheet--a vast wavy structure in interplanetary space separating regions of opposite magnetic polarity. This is called a "solar sector boundary crossing," and it could trigger geomagnetic activity around Earth's poles.
Wealthy, educated voters fuel Trump's East Coast sweep
His sweep of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island on Tuesday included wins in some of the richest and best-educated counties in the country - like Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Newport County, Rhode Island - and added to victories in his more traditional strongholds of white working-class neighborhoods.
Sweden faces summer of migrant crime as tensions boil over, police chief warns
A SUMMER of “chaos” is expected to hit Sweden because of “Moroccan youths” carrying out crime, according to a police officer.
Eastern Taiwan rattled with 26 earthquakes in one night
A total of 26 earthquakes were recorded between 11:17 p.m. Wednesday and 8:00 a.m., Thursday, with one main earthquake each occurring near the border of Yilan and Hualien Counties and in Hualien's Hsiulin and Fuli Townships, according to the bureau. The rest were aftershocks.
4.7 earthquake hits Fiordland
A strong 4.7 magnitude earthquake has rocked Fiordland tonight.
GNS says the quake struck at 9.44pm 30km northeast of Milford Sound at a depth of 15km.
Huge tremors as earthquake hits southwest FRANCE
RESIDENTS have woken up to an earthquake after strong tremors rocked an area in southwest France. A quake registering 5.2 on the Richter scale struck the southwest of France near the towns of La Rochelle and Rochefort in the region of Charente-Maritime.
Witnesses have described feeling two strong tremors lasting several seconds.
Buildings, including industrial sites and schools in La Rochelle, have been evacuated.
Syria conflict: MSF says deadly air strike hit Aleppo hospital
At least 14 patients and three doctors have been killed in an air strike on a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) says.
Among those killed in the MSF-supported al-Quds hospital was one of the city's last paediatricians, MSF said.
Local sources have blamed the Syrian government or Russian war planes, but there has been no official comment.
Bursa: 'Suicide bomber' hits western Turkey
A suicide bomber has struck in the western Turkish city of Bursa, injuring 13 people, officials say.
The attack took place near the city's 14th Century Grand Mosque, a symbol of the city, reports said.
The governor of Bursa said the attacker was a suspected female suicide bomber.
North Korea second mid-range missile test fails, says South
North Korea has test fired a mid-range ballistic missile which crashed a few seconds after launch, say South Korean military officials.
It is thought to be the second test of the North's new Musudan missile. An attempt earlier this month also failed.
The tests come amid a recent ramp-up in weapons activity as the country prepares for a rare party congress.
Senior Israeli official: Chemical weapons capability for ISIS is a red line
Israel will not refrain from taking action against Islamic State if the terror organization achieves an operational capability with chemical weapons...
"If we see Islamic State approach an experimental or operational capability with chemical weapons, Israel will not stand by and watch," the senior official said, adding "we will take appropriate action in order to thwart such activities."
This Is The End: Venezuela Runs Out Of Money To Print New Money
we joked that it is unclear just where the country will find all the paper banknotes it needs for all its new physical currency. After all, central-bank data shows Venezuela more than doubled the supply of 100-, 50- and 2-bolivar notes in 2015 as it doubled monetary liquidity including bank deposits. Supply has grown even as Venezuela has fewer U.S. dollars to support new bolivars, a result of falling oil prices.