27 Jan 15
Argentine president plans to dissolve spy agency after prosecutor's death
President Cristina Fernandez plans to disband Argentina's intelligence agency amid suspicions that rogue agents were behind the mysterious death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.
Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle
Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over.
Iran Nuclear Deal Prospects Fade as Israel Digs In Against Terms
The odds of reaching a deal to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons that could pass muster in Tehran, Jerusalem and the U.S. Congress are growing longer.
Enormous Hope, Unchanging Vice
If one man stands clearly apart from the entire western world, alone in his unwillingness to utter the simple phrase “radical Islamic extremism”, why on earth should Americans expect this same man to utter the simple phrase “personal responsibility” when facing racial issues; those not exclusively in our black communities, but within all American communities?
Meteorologist: 2010s officially the snowiest decade in the east coast in the NOAA record – surpassing the 1960s
The monster blizzard of 2015 will be adding to what is already the snowiest decade on the East Coast. “Assuming this storm gets ranked by NOAA as one of the high impact (population affected by snowstorm) snowstorms (likely since the November storm was), we will have had 14 major impact storms this decade (only half over) beating out the 10 in the 1960s and 2000s,” Joseph D’Aleo, CCM (Certified Consulting Meteorologist), told Climate Depot on Monday.
Obama’s National Field Director Running Anti-Netanyahu Election Campaign
Obama’s people are running a direct anti-Netanyahu election campaign in Israel.
26 Jan 15
ISIS-Linked Cyber Warfare Strikes Malaysia Airlines
It is not clear why Malaysia Airlines was targeted by the group. However, dozens of Malaysian citizens have been recruited by ISIS in recent months. Authorities in the country said last week they detained 120 people suspected of being ISIS sympathizers, or planning to travel to Syria
Russian official warns sanctions of “brink of war”
The head of a leading Kremlin-owned bank warned on Friday that further banking sanctions would lead Russia and the U.S. to the “brink of war.”
Andrei Kostin, the head of VTB, reacted angrily when asked what the consequences would be if Russia were excluded from the Swift banking system, a secure means of moving money across borders.
Federal Judge Accuses DOJ Attorneys of Defrauding The Court, Threatening Witness in Case of ATF Whistleblower Jay Dobyns
“An ATF agent who testified in this case may have been threatened by another witness during the trial.” Justice Department attorneys ordered the agent not to report the threat to the court or he would face repercussions, Allegra said.
Russian security forces raid independent Crimean TV station
Russian security forces raided independent Crimean television station ATR on Monday, seizing equipment and telling employees they were looking for archival footage of an anti-Russia protest last year, station officials said.
QUIET WITH A CHANCE OF FLARES
Solar activity is low. However, sunspot AR2268 has an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that could explode and break the quiet. NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of M-class solar flares on Jan 26th.
Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Negros Occidental
-- A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit the province of Negros Occidental at 3:09 p.m. Monday, the state seismologists reported. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the tremor was located at 18 kilometers (km) northwest of Sipalay, Negros Occidental.
Greece delivers first tremors of potential earthquake
The Greek election result represents the first rumblings in 2015 of potential political and economic earthquakes on the European horizon. On the political front, the ballot highlights the growing strength of populist parties which was previewed in last May’s European Parliament elections.
In Mosul, Islamic State turns captured city into fortress
In a government building in Mosul, a handful of Iraqi contractors gathered to compete for a tender last month.
It was the kind of routine session that happens in cities everywhere -- except here the contract was for fortifications ordered by the new rulers in town, Islamic State.
One member of the radical Islamist group grabbed a map and explained to those present what was required.
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.
Iran vows to attack Israel from West Bank
Iran has threatened to attack Israel from the West Bank, in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria on Sunday that left 12 Iranian and Hezbollah operatives dead. The airstrike has been attributed to Israel and though Jerusalem has not officially confirmed it, anonymous government sources have admitted as much.
EU threatens more Russia sanctions after Mariupol attack
The EU has threatened to impose more sanctions on Russia following its new offensive in south-east Ukraine.
EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday (24 January) said “further escalation … would inevitably lead to a further grave deterioration of relations”.
Assad: Israeli strikes in Syria benefit al-Qaida
Syria President Bashar Assad has claimed Israel is perpetrating attacks in the war-torn country in order to bolster radical Islamist forces that seek to topple his regime.
Egypt: Protests marking uprising leave 18 dead
At least 18 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters across Egypt, officials said.
Three police cadets were among the dead, and dozens of protesters were also injured, the officials said.
Boko Haram attacks key Nigerian city of Maiduguri
Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram fighters have attacked the strategically important north-eastern city of Maiduguri, with dozens reported dead.
Earlier on Sunday they captured the north-eastern town of Monguno.
The BBC's Will Ross in Lagos says that with the insurgents gaining ground, Maiduguri is increasingly at risk.
Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'
Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.
Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity
Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election on Sunday.
Iran's foreign minister summoned to parliament over walk with Kerry
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to appear before parliament following controversy over a promenade with his American counterpart during intense nuclear negotiations in Geneva, state media reported on Sunday.
25 Jan 15
White House going nuclear on Netanyahu
Thou shall not cross Dear Leader. With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile.
New report on anti-Semitism finds France is most dangerous country for Jews
A report on anti-Semitism presented on Sunday to the government found that France was the most dangerous country for Jews in the world in 2014. During the past year, levels of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews in France reached new records...
USGS: 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Near Oklahoma State Line
The earthquake struck at approximately 3:36 a.m. Its epicenter was located five miles south of Caldwell, 31 miles west southwest of Arkansas City, and 32 miles west northwest of Ponca City, Oklahoma at a depth of about 2 and a half miles.
Report notes 400% rise in anti-Semitic incidents during Gaza war
The cabinet will discuss Sunday a report pointing to a worrying rise in worldwide anti-Semitism in 2014, including a sharp increase in attacks against Jews.
According to the report, there was a 400 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents during July and August 2014 - likely due to Operation Protective Edge - compared to the same time the previous year.
Video Appears to Show Decapitated Body of a Japanese Hostage of ISIS
Japan’s prime minister expressed outrage on Sunday at an image released Saturday that appeared to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by Islamic State militants, and President Obama condemned what he called a “brutal murder.”
The kidnappers had threatened to kill the men if a Friday deadline passed for a $200 million ransom from Japan.
Rockets kill 30 in Mariupol as rebels launch offensive
A series of rocket attacks has left 30 people dead and many more injured in the city of Mariupol in east Ukraine.
Ukraine blamed pro-Russia rebels, but the separatists said Ukrainian forces were behind the attacks.
East Ukraine's main rebel leader claimed he had begun an offensive against Mariupol, but later said he "will not storm the city".
Two US airliners searched at Atlanta after bomb threats
Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said the threats were received against Delta and Southwest flights coming from Portland and Milwaukee respectively.
He said both planes had landed safely and had been evacuated.
Two US fighter jets escorted the planes into the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The airport later said no bombs were found.