02 Aug 14
David Cameron calls on Nato to rethink Russia relationship
Nato needs to rethink its long-term relationship with Russia, which views the alliance as "an adversary", Prime Minister David Cameron has warned.
He said there has to be a "robust presence" in eastern Europe because of Russia's "illegal" actions in Ukraine.
17 soldiers die fighting militants; blasts hit Baghdad
At least 17 Iraqi soldiers were killed in a fierce battle against militants south of Baghdad Friday while bombs in and around the capital left another 16 people dead.
Puerto Rico braces for rain from tropical storm
Tropical Storm Bertha spun toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic early Saturday after dumping heavy rain across the eastern Caribbean and causing several power outages in the region.
Ugandan Court Invalidates Anti-Gay Law
A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed.
The Constitutional Court declared the law illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.
U.N. Condemns Israel, U.S. for Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas
The United Nations slammed Israel for possibly committing war crimes in its fight against Hamas — and then backed that accusation by suggesting the Jewish nation ought to be sharing its Iron Dome defensive technology with the very terror group it’s fighting.
Why ISIS Blew Up Jonah’s Tomb, And Why It Might Backfire
Last week, members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the ruthless militant group currently marauding through Iraq, reportedly blew up the tomb of the Prophet Yunus. The burial site of Yunus, commonly known to many Christians as the biblical figure Jonah, was located in the modern-day city of Mosul (once the biblical city of Nineveh), and was seen by many archeologists and religious scholars as an ancient — and precious — religious artifact. Now, reports indicate, it is little more than rubble.
Latin America comes out in force against Israel
Latin America's leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel's Gaza offensive -- labelling the Jewish state "terrorist", recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians.
Yellowstone Volcano Eruption Effects: Entire World Would be at Risk if Supervolcano Erupts
The Yellowstone volcano is an increasing source of interest, being perceived as one of the volcanoes most likely to erupt in the United States and the subject of a number of articles, videos, and blog posts.
People have been sharing advice on how to survive if the volcano does end up erupting anytime soon. Now it’s worth looking at the potential effects of an eruption.
01 Aug 14
Tropical Storm Bertha approaching the Caribbean
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean.
CDC chief: Ebola 'could arrive in the U.S.'
Virus 'definitely not under control' as agency issues alert. He said the CDC, consequently, has issued a nationwide health alert to health-care providers in the U.S., with instructions to isolate anyone suspected of being infected.
Court releases 'Fast and Furious' info withheld by Obama
A federal court has ruled that the Obama Department of Justice must turn over to the non-profit watchdog group Judicial Watch an index of materials related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal that were withheld by the White House under executive privilege claims.
Key to aging immune system: Discovery of DNA replication problem
"We have found the cellular mechanism responsible for the inability of blood-forming cells to maintain blood production over time in an old organism, and have identified molecular defects that could be restored for rejuvenation therapies,"
MINOR STORM WARMING
A CME is heading for Earth. The cloud was hurled into space on July 30th when a magnetic filament on the sun erupted, and it appears to be on course to sideswipe Earth's magnetic field. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Aug. 2nd when the CME arrives.
A Thank You Letter From Hamas to the Media
Dear Members of the Mainstream Media,
You've been awesome! Everyone knows that we start unwinnable wars with Israel because the real victory happens when you predictably side with us each time. And you've been so supportive of our strategy that we really want to acknowledge your helpfulness. In particular, we thank you for:
Gallup: 'God Gap' Persists; Very Religious Are Mostly Republican; Non-Religious Are Mostly Democrat
The so-called "God Gap" between Republicans and Democrats continues to play an important role in partisan differences, according to a new Gallup poll. Among very religious Americans, about half, 49 percent, identify as Republican or are likely to vote Republican. Among nonreligious Americans, also about half, 52 percent, identify as Democrats or are likely to vote for Democrats.
Rosetta the comet hunter arrives at its target
The space probe has spent a decade flying around the planets, gaining enough speed and the right trajectory to rendezvous perfectly with the icy mass of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This week it moves into position, and becomes the first man-made object ever to fly alongside a comet as it speeds towards the Sun, grabbing some stunning photographs and revealing science data in the process.
Quake of 5.5 magnitude strikes near Algerian capital-USGS
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck 9 miles (14 km) southeast of the Algerian capital Algiers on Friday, the United States Geological Survey said.
Rouhani: ‘This Festering Zionist Tumor Has Opened Once Again’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.”
Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appears to be adopting a violent tone similar to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has advocated for the complete destruction of Israel in recent days.
Russia enacts 'draconian' law for bloggers and online media
A new law imposing restrictions on users of social media has come into effect in Russia.
It means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with the mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, and conform to the regulations that govern the country's larger media outlets.
Internet companies will also be required to allow Russian authorities access to users' information.
Fighting in Gaza continues as truce collapses
The 72-hour cease-fire brokered by the United States and the United Nations ended just hours after it went into effect, as fighting resumed on both sides Friday morning.
Code Red sirens rang out in southern Israel around 10 a.m., just as Palestinian media reports of Israeli artillery fire began to surface.
Ebola crisis: Infected aid worker heads to US
A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.
The unnamed patient will be flown to the US in the next few days for treatment at a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital, medics said.
The worst outbreak in history has swept through the region, killing 729 people.
Israeli Iron Dome firms 'infiltrated by Chinese hackers'
The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole several secret military documents from two government-owned Israeli companies that developed the Iron Dome missile defence system.
Gaza 72-hour humanitarian truce by Israel and Hamas begins
Israel and Hamas have begun an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
The truce came into effect at 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo.
Israel says it will continue to destroy tunnels built by Hamas into Israel.
Gaza's Next Disaster: No Cement for Rebuilding
For years before the latest hostilities, Hamas, the Palestinian political organization, complained that Israeli restrictions on cement imports into Gaza were preventing the population from constructing homes, schools, and hospitals. As it turns out, a large share of the cement that did reach Gaza went into building underground lairs and attack tunnels for fighters from Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) estimate that each of the three dozen underground passages that troops have found so far required 350 truckloads of building supplies.
China confirms new generation long range missiles
China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday.
31 Jul 14
Peru Earthquake Today 2014: Terremoto Strikes West of Bolivia
A 5.0 magnitude Peru earthquake today 2014 has just struck the country. The Peru earthquake today July 31, 2014 began moment ago, west of Bolivia. Damage assessment is pending.
Quake hits Andaman Sea, tsunami ruled out
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the Andaman Sea today but the Met department ruled out tsunami.
Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’
The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group’s website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking: Doesn’t that matter to you?
Troops told to refrain from eating, drinking in front of Muslims
Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.
That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.
Congressman Massie: There Will Be ‘Anger, Frustration and Embarrassment’ When Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report Come Out
Massie said at a press conference earlier this month that when he read the redacted pages of the report, titled “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001,” he had to stop “every couple pages” to try to rearrange his “understanding of history.”
“It challenges you to rethink everything,” he said. “if we’re going to use 9/11 as a motivation to get involved in these civil wars in the Middle East,” the American public and the lawmakers in Washington “need to read these pages and understand what truly caused 9/11 and who our friends are and who our enemies are.”