27 Nov 14
Young sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un takes senior party post
The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party, state media reported on Thursday, consolidating a third generation of Kim family rule in the secretive state.
Protests ease as snow falls on Ferguson
Calm was prevailing Wednesday as protesters turned out in fewer numbers on a snowy third night of demonstrations over the police shooting of an unarmed black teen.
Nato commander warns Russia could control whole Black Sea
Nato's top military commander, Gen Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian "militarisation" of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea.
Speaking in Kiev, Gen Breedlove said Russian military assets being installed in Crimea would have an effect on "almost the entire Black Sea".
Egypt court sends 78 youths to jail for pro-Morsi protests
A court in Egypt has sentenced 78 youth to up to five years in prison for protesting with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The boys, from 13 to 17 years old, joined rallies calling for the return of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
Syria conflict: Raqqa air strikes death toll rises
Almost 100 people are now believed to have died in a series of government air strikes on the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa on Tuesday, activists say.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 52 civilians were killed.
One activist from Raqqa told the BBC the only hospital still functioning in the city was finding it difficult to cope with the dozens of wounded.
Europeans debate common stand on Palestine
Frustrated by deadlock in the Middle East peace process, a growing number of European leaders and lawmakers are calling for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.
OPEC heading for no output cut despite oil price plunge
OPEC Gulf oil producers will not propose an output cut on Thursday, reducing the likelihood of joint action by OPEC to prop up prices that have sunk by a third since June.
Two teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria
The teenage girls entered the busy marketplace separately Tuesday, their vests of explosives hidden beneath their full hijabs.
26 Nov 14
Indonesia, Japan and Offshore California: Earthquakes 20-26 November 2014
The week of the 20-26 November 2014 saw the United States Geological Survey’s real time earthquake map record over 1,600 earthquakes.
10 Signs That Russia Is Preparing To Fight (And Win) A Nuclear War With The United States
To the Russians, the United States is enemy number one these days and the Russians are feverishly preparing for a potential military showdown.
Evil spirit taking over Middle Eastern studies
The source of hostility toward Israel can be found in the American academia. If this is the education young students get, what will the lecturers of the next decade teach?
Law to Ban Islamist Gangs from Temple Mount
Aharonovich advances bill to blacklist Hamas-linked Islamist groups who harass Jews, attack police on Judaism's holiest site.
Abbas says he is ready to set up Palestinian State on '22 percent of land'
"the time has come to find the political will in order to work seriously for achieving the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the independence of the Palestinian state on the bases of 1967."
Pope: Don't shut door to dialogue with Islamic State
Pope Francis said on Tuesday that while it was "almost impossible" to have a dialogue with Islamic State insurgents, the door should not be shut.
Atlanta’s Fire Chief Suspended For Publicly Professing Christian Beliefs
Even in Atlanta you will be made to care. Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran, has been suspended for one month for writing a book in which he maintains orthodox Christian beliefs on sex and marriage.
5.8 magnitude quake hits China
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake today jolted China’s southwest Sichuan Province, three days after the mountainous region was devastated by a 6.3 magnitude quake.
E.P.A. to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Smog-Causing Ozone Emissions
The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a ...regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death.
The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country...would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes.
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone workers dump bodies in Kenema
Burial workers in the Sierra Leonean city of Kenema have dumped bodies in public in protest at non-payment of allowances for handling Ebola victims.
The workers, who went on strike over the issue, left 15 bodies abandoned at the city's main hospital.
One of the bodies was reportedly left by the hospital manager's office and two others by the hospital entrance.
Nigeria's Maiduguri city hit by deadly blasts
Suicide attacks by two female bombers at a crowded market in northern Nigeria's Maiduguri city have killed 78 people, medical officials say.
One teenage girl blew herself up first and as people gathered to help victims, the second girl detonated herself, witnesses say.
No group has said it carried out the attacks, but the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected.
This Monty Python Song Is Played at More British Funerals Than Any Religious Tune
Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph, the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python.
“Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the lighthearted take on death that closes out 1979’s The Life of Brian, took the number one spot, beating out traditional choices “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “Abide with Me.”
Russia Is Ready for Shooting War, Will Likely Win Looming Nuclear Showdown with U.S. – Report
Preparedness for a nuclear conflict could prove as the foremost tactical advantage of Russia over the United States, likely positioning Moscow to score a win in case a shooting World War III with Washington as nemesis erupts.
Russia Mistral: France halts delivery indefinitely
France has suspended "until further notice" the controversial delivery of a helicopter carrier to the Russian navy.
President Francois Hollande blamed continuing unrest in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is accused of backing separatists in their fight against the government in Kiev.
UK, US behind Regin malware, attacked European Union networks
Blame the British and American spy agencies for the latest state-sponsored malware attack, say reporters at The Intercept.
The publication, which in the wake of Glenn Greenwald's departure from The Guardian continued to publish documents leaked by Edward Snowden, said on Monday the recently discovered malware, known as Regin, was used against targets in the European Union.
Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers
Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.
Merkel hits diplomatic dead-end with Putin
After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed.
Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city
Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said.
The Islamic State Seeks the Battle of the Apocalypse
The gruesome video released by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) emphasizes that the beheading of Peter Kassig took place in the town of Dabiq, Syria. The town was chosen because of its significance in Islamic end-of-time prophecies about the time when the Mahdi and (the Islamic version of) Jesus will bring victory over those who oppose sharia.
25 Nov 14
Khameini: The West Will Never Bring Us to Our Knees
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatolla Ali Khameini was quoted in his official website that in the negotiations for a nuclear agreement the West would never be able to bring Iran to its knees,
Study: Half of Americans, Majority of White Evangelicals Believe Natural Disasters Are Rising Due to 'End Times' Not Climate Change
Especially white evangelical Protestants are more likely — 77 percent — to attribute the severity of recent natural disasters to the End Times than to climate change, added the poll on religion and the environment.
Mysterious malware performs 'stealthy surveillance'
A highly sophisticated piece of malware began quietly spying on governments and businesses in 2008, according to security specialist Symantec, which warns that the complex code was likely the handiwork of a nation state.