21 Dec 14
Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam
Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said.
Castro Thanks the U.S. in a Speech but Reaffirms Communist Rule in Cuba
President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba.
Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO
The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
French police kill 'Allahu Akbar' attacker
French police shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked three officers in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great").
Four Guantanamo inmates sent home to Afghanistan
Four Afghan prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were repatriated after a review of their cases.
Eight Afghans are believed to be among the 132 detainees remaining at the US prison in Cuba.
2 NYPD officers shot, killed in ambush on cop car
Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday in Brooklyn as they sat in their squad car by a gunman who reportedly threatened to shoot police hours earlier on Instagram.
The gunman, a 28-year-old with a criminal record who police believe may have been acting in revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, killed himself moments later in a subway station. The incident left the nation's largest police department stunned, and is sure to further inflame tensions between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who police had already said was unwelcome at police funerals because of his perceived support for anti-police protesters
Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over Crimea
Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that it was preparing to retaliate against fresh Western sanctions.
20 Dec 14
IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: report
The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said Saturday.
Big sunspot AR2242 erupted on Saturday, Dec. 20th @ 00:27 UT, producing an intense X1.8-class solar flare. Radio emissions from shock waves rippling through the sun's atmosphere suggest that a CME is en route. However, we are still waiting for data from SOHO coronagraphs to confirm the existence and trajectory of a massive storm cloud. If a CME is coming, it will probably take 2 to 3 days to reach Earth.
The reason oil could drop as low as $20 per barrel
Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility, the one most traders and analysts seem to expect, is that Saudi Arabia will re-establish OPEC’s monopoly power once it achieves the true geopolitical or economic objectives that spurred it to trigger the slump
New species found in the deepest trench on Earth
a new found species and is now the deepest recorded fish at 8,143 m. The fish has a novel body form that has not been seen before. It stunned scientists because in other trenches, there is only one fish species at this depth -- a snailfish; this fish is really different from any other deep-sea fish that scientists have ever seen.
Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages
Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food.
Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Japan's Honshu island: USGS
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, shaking Fukushima where crippled nuclear power plants are located, but local media said there was no tsunami warning.
Barack Obama on collision course with Republicans in Congress over Keystone pipeline
President Barack Obama has set himself on an immediate collision course with the new Republican-run Congress over calls for the construction of a contentious oil pipeline.
The incoming Republican leaders in the Senate plan to pass legislation authorising the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as they assume control in January, arguing that the project will help the economy and deliver jobs.
Fewer US-Born Americans Have Jobs Now Than In 2007
Fewer Americans born in the U.S. have jobs now than were employed to November 2007, despite a working-age population growth of 11 million.
The amazing drop in employment highlights President Barack Obama’s slow recovery from the deep 2008 shock, but also spotlights many companies’ growing reliance on foreign migrant labor.
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m over oil spill
The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon more than $850m (£544m) for a major oil spill during Israel's 2006 war with Hezbollah.
The UN has asked Israel to compensate Lebanon before but this is the first time a figure has been given.
The assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour by 170 votes to six, but its resolutions are not legally binding.
Belarus imposes duty on foreign currency purchases
Belarus's central bank has introduced a 30% duty on all purchases of foreign currency to try to protect its rouble.
Belarusian exporters will also be required to convert more of their overseas earnings into local currency.
The country is feeling the effects of the fall in the value of the Russian rouble, which reached new lows against the dollar this week.
US imposes new Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace talks
The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian-controlled Crimea as Ukraine announced the loss of five soldiers ahead of peace talks meant to end a war against Russian-backed insurgents.
Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack
President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.
Bobby Jindal Draws Criticism Over Prayer Event Participation
Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has stirred up a hornet's nest, simply by making plans to kneel and pray.
Jindal plans to be the headline speaker at a massive prayer rally scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Pete Maravich Center on the campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, but it's the sponsoring group of the rally that has everyone in a tizzy.
Thanks to PC western leaders, it’s Happy Hunting for the Terrorists
When terrorists look in the rear view mirror after their latest slaughterhouse jihad in any land, they clearly see the cowardice of all western leaders and plenty of opportunities in what millennials would call "wiggle room."
Nativity Scene will Remain in Franklin County, Indiana this Christmas
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.,—On the heels of their spirited hearing this morning before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, Thomas More Society has reached an agreement with the ACLU of Indiana that the Franklin County Nativity Scene will remain in place this Christmas. The agreement was reached on behalf of the two organizations’ respective clients-Franklin County and the Freedom from Religion .
Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza
JERUSALEM — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel
Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World
A median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of the pontiff. Only 11% see the pope unfavorably, and 28% give no rating. Francis’ strongest support comes from Europe, where a median of 84% offer a favorable rating. Latin America – the pope’s home region – also gives him high marks, with 72% saying they have a positive opinion.1
19 Dec 14
Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes France's Guadeloupe: USGS
It said the quake's epicenter was located three miles (4.8 km)northwest of Lamentin on Basse-Terre and was 69.5 miles (111 km)deep. It struck at 3:49 p.m. (1949 GMT)
Ebola: A wake-up call for leaders
Ebola has shaken and awakened decision-makers in a way that malaria, tuberculosis and other epidemic diseases that claim millions of lives in Africa each year have failed to do, with the possible exception of HIV/AIDS.
5.5-Magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's coast Friday evening at 5:49 p.m. local time. There were no reports of damage or injuries at sea or inland.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake depth was measured at 19.6 miles. The epicenter was approximately 40 miles south of Nemuro and 577 miles north-northeast of Tokyo.
For North Korea's cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids
The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.
‘Cursed by God’: Far-right activist claims Liverpool FC punished for backing gay rights
His other social media posts include criticism of the BBC for being “totally unpatriotic, anti-Christian & anti-white,” worshipping “sodomy & blackness” and pushing “pro-Moslem propaganda.”
US appeals court deems gun law unconstitutional
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun.