25 Nov 14
Riots erupt after grand jury clears policeman in Ferguson shooting
Police fired tear gas and protesters set businesses ablaze in Ferguson, Missouri, in racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in August.
Turkey's Erdogan: Women Not Equal to Men
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that women are not equal to men, saying Islam has defined a position for women: motherhood.
Speaking to a conference in Istanbul on women and justice, Mr. Erdogan said that it is against nature to put men and women on an equal footing.
Afghanistan: Fifty dead after suicide attack during volleyball match
At least fifty people are now known to have been killed instantly when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device during a popular volleyball game.
It is the deadliest attack in Afghanistan this year.
Ukrainians to Decide on Future NATO Membership in Eventual Vote
Ukraine will choose whether to join NATO in a referendum once the former Soviet republic moves from “empty declarations” and completes real policy changes needed for membership, President Petro Poroshenko said.
Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers
Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn't do.
A wrecking crew gutted her family's apartment in Jerusalem last week, tearing down inner walls and leaving behind a thick layer of debris.
Six years in, Obama gearing up to be a war president
Barack Obama's meteoric rise to the presidency probably wouldn't have been possible without his decision to stake out a strong position against the Iraq War while still an Illinois state senator in October 2002. In a speech in Chicago that month he warned of "a dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics."
Here's The Depressing Reason Why Iran May Have Rejected A Generous Nuclear Deal
The nuclear negotiations between Iran and a US-led group of countries over Tehran's nuclear program have once again fallen short.
On the one year anniversary after the signing of the landmark Joint Plan of Action in Geneva, diplomats from Iran and the PP5+1 — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany — announced that the negotiating period will be extended for another seven months after the parties failed to reach a final deal during a marathon session in Vienna.
24 Nov 14
Ancient Egyptian codex finally deciphered
A pair of Australian researchers, Malcolm Choat with Macquarie University and Iain Gardner with the University of Sydney, has after many decades of effort by others, succeeded in deciphering an ancient Egyptian codex. In meeting with members of the press, they revealed that the codex is actually a handbook of a practitioner of rituals and for that reason have published the converted text as "Egyptian Handbook of Ritual Power."
Magnitude 2.2 earthquake hits near New Madrid Monday morning
A magnitude 2.2 earthquake hit near New Madrid, Missouri early Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. Officials say it happened around 7:30 a.m.
Hagel Resigning as Defense Secretary
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.
Iran Nuclear Talks Extended 7 Months; $700 Million In Monthly Sanctions Lifted
In what is hardly a surprising outcome, the parties involved in the Iran nuclear talks have decided it best for all to extend (and pretend) the discussion for another 7 months:
Diplomatic teams will reconvene in December and the US State Department is proclaiming "good progress" in a brief statement. 7 more months of sanctions, a call with Putin today, and OPEC later in the week... one wonders if any of this will be relevant in 7 months. Additionally, it seems beggars can be choosers as P5+1 says Iran can get $700 million per month in frozen assets back...
Fogo volcano erupts after 20 years of sleep, evacuations in progress, Cape Verde Islands
Fogo, a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago located off the coast of West Aftica, started erupting around 11:00 UTC on Sunday, November 23, 2014, after almost 20 years of calm period. The eruption prompted nation's prime minister Jose Maria Neves to call for evacuations of Cha das Caldeiras on the slopes of the volcano.
Dems warn backers: Obama could go to prison!
A mass email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Sunday tried to drum up support by warning President Obama is in danger of impeachment, or even worse, jail time.
Graham critical of new GOP House report on Benghazi, calls findings 'garbage'
“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham, a Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Once Again, The Temple Mount is the Heart of the Matter
Not only the site of the site of the First and Second Temples, the Mount, Mount Moriah, is considered to be the site of where Abraham sacrificed Isaac, Jacob dreamed of the ladder ascending to heaven, and in some interpretations, the site of Gan Eden itself.
600 Face Rain, Cold, Security Hazards for Annual March Around Temple Mount
Despite the inclement weather, 600 Jews, comprised of young and old, men and women, showed up last night (Sunday) for the traditional march around the gates of the Temple Mount. Neither safety considerations, the Jerusalem cold nor the wet dampened spirits as the circuit was made, or stop the spontaneous outbreaks of singing and dancing.
Christians United for Israel Chairman John Hagee says Obama is anti-Semitic
During his speech, Hagee referred to Obama as “one of the most anti-Semitic presidents in the history of the United States of America,” due to his lack of support for the Holy Land in his foreign policy agenda. Hagee also mocked Obama for having previously called US-Israeli relations unbreakable, stating that: “He knows it’s unbreakable because he’s been trying to break it for the last five years.”
30,000 missing emails from IRS' Lerner recovered
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
3.3 earthquake rocks Dallas area
A magnitude-3.3 earthquake has shaken North Texas strong enough to draw reaction during a Dallas Stars hockey game.
U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars
The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.
The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
Exclusive: China ready to cut rates again on fears of deflation - sources
China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.
Friday's surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two years, reflects a change of course by Beijing and the central bank...
Relationship between Israel and Jordan grows warier amid tensions in Jerusalem
Jordan’s king and his people are bristling with anger over Israeli actions at a sacred site for Muslims in Jerusalem, threatening to turn a cold peace between Israel and Jordan into a deep freeze.
The rising animosity between Jordan and Israel...could undermine U.S.-led efforts to fight Islamist extremists. It also threatens a multibillion-dollar natural gas deal that is important to both countries.
Small quake shakes Dallas area, stirring fracking critics
A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas on Saturday night, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area's oil and gas fracking industry to generate seismic activity.
The magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck about 9:15 p.m. Central time on Saturday, said Dale Grant, an geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Flood of illegal immigrants to pour into NYC schools
New York has sent a warning to its schools: Expect more illegal immigrants.
The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come.
Nuclear talks to resume in December, no new sanctions relief for Iran
Iran and six world powers are expected to adjourn nuclear negotiations on Monday and reconvene next month after the latest round of talks failed to clinch a final deal, a source close to the talks said.
Details about the adjournment and resumption of negotiations were still being worked out, though the source said on condition of anonymity that Iran could not expect any new sanctions relief for the time being.
Egypt faces a new, harsher kind of repression
Nearly four years after ousting one dictator, Egyptians may be facing an even more oppressive regime.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief, is bringing military-like precision to target dissent by tightening control of the media and issuing a decree that could further obstruct justice in the nation.
Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State
Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.
Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish
In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel's Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Hezbollah claims 'pinpoint' Iranian missiles added to its arsenal
The Lebanese Shiite militant group and close ally of Iran said it has received more advanced missiles, with greater range, as talks over Iran's nuclear program wind down in Vienna.
In interviews, Finland’s leaders see peril in standoff between Russia and the West
Washington Post London Bureau Chief Griff Witte sat down for separate interviews with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja in Helsinki. The following are excerpts from those interviews.