21 Nov 14
Hayden: US Intelligence Probably Couldn't Detect Iran's Development Of A Nuclear Bomb
Former top George W. Bush administration official Gen. Michael Hayden said on Thursday that unless Iran provides the West with extensive access to its suspected nuclear facilities—a concession the Islamic regime has strenuously refused—U.S. intelligence agencies will be unable to detect its development of a bomb.
Russian bombers threaten Guam
Two Russian strategic bombers circled the U.S. island of Guam last week in what U.S. defense officials say is the latest in a series of nuclear provocations by Moscow.
U.S. Official: Washington Should Consider Lethal Aid To Kyiv
A senior aide to U.S. President Barack Obama has said that the United States should reconsider its policy of not providing lethal aid to Ukraine, which is grappling with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
Russia warns against US arms supply to Ukraine
Russia has expressed concern over a US official's suggestion that the US should provide arms to Ukrainian forces combating pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. According to The Guardian, Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow that the US official's sent a "very serious signal".
Moderate intensity earthquake hits Northeast India
Disaster management control rooms of Tripura and Mizoram governments said there was no report of casualties or damage to property.
Earthquake tremors felt in Islamabad, parts of K-P
The earthquake measured 5.2 on the richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter of the earthquake was the border area between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
6.9-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesian islands on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but no tsunami alert was issued.
The undersea quake, at 48 kilometres (30 miles) deep, struck in the Molucca Sea between Sulawesi and the Maluku chain of islands.
Obamacare Sign-Ups Were Inflated With Dental Plans
The Obama administration said it erroneously calculated the number of people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, incorrectly adding 380,000 dental subscribers to raise the total above 7 million.
The accurate number with full health-care plans is 6.7 million as of Oct. 15, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed today, saying the U.S. won’t include dental plans in future reports.
Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.
The Green Climate Fund was to have held at least $10bn by the end of 2014, so the pledge is just shy of the target.
The South Korea-based fund aims to help nations invest in clean energy and green technology.
Israel: 'Hamas plot to kill FM Lieberman foiled'
Four Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli security forces over an alleged plot to kill Israel's foreign minister with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).
Israel's Shin Bet security agency said the group planned to assassinate Avigdor Lieberman during the Israel-Gaza conflict of July and August.
It said the men belonged to Hamas, the group which runs Gaza. Hamas said it had "no information about this issue".
Almost 1,000 dead since east Ukraine truce - UN
An average of 13 people have been killed daily in eastern Ukraine since a 5 September ceasefire came into place, the UN human rights office says.
In the eight weeks since the truce came into force, the UN says 957 people have been killed, amid continuing violations on both sides.
A new report by the office describes a total breakdown of law and order in rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk.
Japan PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament for election
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved parliament, paving the way for a snap election.
Mr Abe is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an unpopular increase in sales tax.
But opinion polls conducted by local media indicate low support for the PM and that many people do not understand why he has called an election two years ahead of schedule.
Barack Obama enforces US immigration overhaul
Millions of immigrants living illegally in the US will be allowed to apply for work permits under a major shake-up unveiled by President Barack Obama.
They include immigrants living in the US for five years who have children staying legally in the US.
Up to five million are expected to benefit from a reform package forced through using executive orders, which allow Mr Obama to bypass Congress.
US announces release of 5 Guantanamo prisoners
The Obama administration has released five Guantanamo Bay prisoners after an administration task force determined they no longer posed a threat.
The Department of Defense announced Thursday that three of the men were sent to Georgia and two to Slovakia for resettlement. The Pentagon identified the three now former prisoners resettled in Georgia as Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, Salah Mohammed Salih Al-Dhabi and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani. The two sent to Slovakia were Hashim Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti and Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai.
Earthquakes on the rise; scientists warn of larger quake possibilities
With 4,600 quakes this year alone so far, it averages to 14 quakes a day.
"It's pretty remarkable how many significant earthquakes we've had," Holland said. While the state's biggest quake remains at a 5.6 that hit Prague back in 2011, large quakes are happening more often. Holland says the trend doesn't bode well for the state.
Iran nuclear talks: Kerry says talks focused on a deal
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that extending the deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme is not being discussed.
Negotiations in Vienna will instead focus on "driving towards" the outline of an agreement, he said.
US lawmakers warn Abbas: Curb incitement or risk American aid to PA
Congressional appropriators pen letter to Palestinian Authority president warning him that aid predicated on PA commitment to countering incitement of violence against Israelis.
Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar
The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in the country.
Senior Islamic State figure killed in Mosul: sources
An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday.
20 Nov 14
'The Muslims Don't Understand - We Don't Want Al-Aqsa'
Ramat Gan Chief Rabbi explains Al-Aqsa Mosque is outside the Temple boundaries, but Islam's focus on force prevents coexistence.
New ISIS Video Released Showing French Jihadists Burning Passports, Calling For Terror In France
A new video released by the Islamic State group shows four foreign fighters, purportedly from France, burning French passports and urging fellow citizens to inflict terror at home. Earlier in the week, France identified two of its citizens featured in a video showing the execution of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig and several Syrian soldiers.
Sheriffs against amnesty to march on Washington
The Dec. 10 rally in Washington, D.C., is being organized by two sheriffs from Massachusetts – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald. They have challenged America’s other sheriffs, asking for at least 200 of them to join in paying a visit to the Capitol to make a stand against amnesty and plead for Congress and the president to secure the border.
Futures drop as weak China, Europe data spurs growth worries
U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday as concerns over global growth reemerged after weak business data out of the euro zone and a loss of momentum in Chinese factories.
Bill to have all Russians fingerprinted and DNA profiled submitted to parliament
MPs from the populist nationalist party LDPR have prepared and drafted a motion requiring universal fingerprinting and DNA profiling of all Russian citizens for reasons of security.
Internet giants gather for world conference
China's first World Internet Conference opened Wednesday in the ancient town of Wuzhen in Zhejiang Province, bringing together top Chinese Internet executives to discuss where the Internet is heading, how it shapes people's lives and how to better manage the Internet.
Senior diplomat: Ukraine peace outlook is bleak
Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group that includes senior representatives from Ukraine and Russia, said there was no alternative to peace accords signed in Minsk in September, no matter how dire the situation.
Second earthquake in 10 days hits near Malta
A minor earthquake has been registered to the west of Malta and Gozo yesterday just after 1pm. This was the second earthquake to hit in the vicinity of Malta, 10 days after one was registered in the channel between Malta and Sicily.
Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake near Salinas
This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.
Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization
The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday.
Tony Blinken, currently President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, said discussions would continue with Congress on updating the legal basis for the U.S. intervention.
CME IMPACT EXPECTED
A CME is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field today.