03 Dec 13
American Jihadist in Syria: Entire World Will Be Muslim
"We are coming to kill all the infidels in the West and beyond to spread Allah's law (Sharia) and the book of Allah (Koran) and to raise them to the highest level," he continues.
Vatican, Oxford put ancient manuscripts online
The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works of their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books. Among the first up on the site Tuesday, http:/bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk, are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries and a beautiful 15th-century German bible, hand-colored and illustrated by woodcuts.
Is the Tithe for the believer today?
Should a believer give 10% of his or her income to the church, or to charity in general? I think it is a wonderful starting point. Or perhaps we should be more motivated to be like Zacchaeus, who gave half of his possessions. Whatever we give, our giving should not be under compulsion, "for God loves a cheerful giver." Our giving should be in response to the gratitude of our heart for the blessings we receive from God in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Hong Kong's first case of H7N9 bird flu virus confirmed
The deadly H7N9 bird flu virus has arrived in Hong Kong, it was confirmed last night. The city activated its flu contingency plan after an Indonesian domestic worker who recently travelled to Shenzhen was found to have contracted the deadly new strain, the first case in the city. The 36-year-old patient is in a critical condition in Queen Mary Hospital, Pok Fu Lam, with severe pneumonia and breathing with the help of an artificial lung.
UPS Spouses Lose Insurance Coverage Thanks To Obamacare
One of the busiest seasons of the year has begun for employees of United Parcel Service (UPS). And as the company’s employees scramble to deliver gifts to doorsteps throughout the Nation , 15,000 of them will do so with the new knowledge that Obamacare has taken away health insurance for their spouses. An internal UPS memo recently obtained by Kaiser Health International informs 15,000 non-union employees that their working spouses will no longer be covered by UPS insurance plans due to changes under Obamacare if their spouse is eligible for insurance offered by an employer.
3.9 magnitude quake strikes near Gilroy
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.9 quake was reported at 2:09 a.m. Monday four miles south of Gilroy in Santa Clara County.
A police dispatcher there says there were no reports of damage or injuries.
Israeli criticism of Iran deal ‘frustrating’ White House
The White House has been left “very frustrated” by the recent public criticism by Israeli officials of last week’s interim nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers, according to a Tuesday report that cited US officials close to the Obama administration.
Iran: Intel ties with Turkey have improved
Iran's ambassador to Ankara claims countries hold close intelligence ties. It is estimated Erdogan will visit Tehran next year, Rohani will come to Ankara in January. Turkey moves away from Israel and gets closer to Iran.
No security ever built into Obamacare site: Hacker
It could take a year to secure the risk of "high exposures" of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday.
"When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn't appear to have happened this time," said David Kennedy, a so-called "white hat" hacker who tests online security by breaching websites.
Supreme Court to admit Obama broke law?
“Obama’s recess appointments are unprecedented power grabs, which if left to stand will turn the constitutional separation of powers on its head,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.
“Unfortunately, these recess appointments are one of many examples of this president acting outside of his constitutional authority.
Muslim Brotherhood rejects Egypt's draft constitution
The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected Egypt's new draft constitution.
The group said "abusive coupists" were trying to "distort Egypt's legitimate constitution", adopted under ousted President Mohammed Morsi last year.
The draft, approved by a constituent assembly late on Sunday, preserves some of the military's wide-ranging powers and would allow a presidential election to be held before parliamentary polls.
Syria crisis: Deadly bomb blast in central Damascus
A bomb blast in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, has killed at least two people, according to reports.
Syrian state news agency Sana said a suicide bomber had blown himself up in al-Jisr al-Abyad district.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said two people had been killed in the attack. State media put the death toll higher.
Volcano Sends Pillar Of Fire 1,000m Into Sky
With a pillar of fire stretching up into the clouds, this spectacular image captures the moment a volcano erupted in remote Russia. The stream of lava rose up to a kilometer above the summit of Klyuchevskoy, one of the active volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in the east of the country.
UN starts drone surveillance in DR Congo
The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has started to deploy unarmed surveillance drones to monitor rebel activity along the forested borders with Rwanda and Uganda.
This is the first time any UN mission has deployed drones.
The first two were launched from the eastern city of Goma, which was last year briefly occupied by M23 rebels.
Huge power cut blacks out much of Venezuela
A massive power cut plunged the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, and other cities into darkness on Monday evening.
The Caracas metro ground to a halt and people had to be evacuated from shops and offices.
President Nicolas Maduro tweeted that the cut had been triggered in the same place as an outage in September, and suggested "sabotage" was responsible.
Kerry: With global anti-Semitism on the rise, Israel's voice must be heard everywhere
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday welcomed Israel’s inclusion into the United Nation’s Western Eastern and Others Group in Geneva, a move that grants it national rights at the UN’s Human Rights Council.
"At a time when the scourge of global anti-Semitism is on the rise, it is more important than ever for Israel to have a strong voice that can be heard everywhere," Kerry said.
US scientists: Small earthquake jostled SE Conn.
The U.S. Geological Survey says it recorded a 2.1 magnitude earthquake last Friday, explaining loud booms reported by several residents. The earthquake was recorded at 9:05 a.m. Friday and centered about 2 miles east of Conning Towers-Nautilus Park in Groton.
Jewish activists want to pray on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, raising alarm in Muslim world
A small but growing movement by Jewish activists demanding the right to pray at the site of their destroyed temple, in the heart of this disputed capital’s Old City, is creating a potentially explosive clash with the Muslim world, which considers the spot holy and bans Jews from public worship there.
Syria's Bashar Assad implicated in war crimes, U.N. rights chief says
Syrian President Bashar Assad is implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country's ongoing civil war, the United Nations' human rights chief said Monday.
A U.N. panel of experts, which has been investigating abuses in Syria, has gathered a "massive" amount of evidence indicating such crimes were committed, said Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.
Biden on delicate diplomacy mission after tension with China
How to reassure Japan and South Korea that the United States will stand behind them, without inflaming the Chinese?
That is the mission that stands before Vice President Joe Biden as he arrives in the region with a potential crisis developing over China’s designation of a large swath of the East China Sea as an air defense identification zone.
North Korean power behind the throne believed dismissed: Seoul lawmaker
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, considered the power behind the throne, is believed to have been dismissed from his posts, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, suggesting a huge upheaval in one of the world's most secretive states.
Piers Morgan: 'The Perfect Barack Obama, Who's a Perfect Physical Specimen'
CNN host wondered out loud on his show this evening whether the physically unfit Chris Christie could follow the "perfect physical specimen" Barack Obama into the White House.
After 12 Yrs of U.S. Occupation, Afghanistan Sets Record for Growing Opium
After 12 years of occupation by U.S. military forces, Afghanistan set a record for growing opium poppies in 2013, according to newly released data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
02 Dec 13
Study: Prayer Improves Self-Control
Previous studies have found that when people try hard to control their thoughts and emotions, the buildup of emotion can result in aggressive outbursts or in binge eating or drinking, the Daily Mail reported. But the new study by German psychologists at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim found that prayer reduces those chances.
KOBI: Earthquake Strikes Off Oregon Coast
It wasn’t very noticeable but a Magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck off about 133 miles southwest of Gold Beach Saturday evening.
The quake struck at a depth of 6.8 miles, so no tsunami warning was issued.
India's Mars mission enters second stage; outpaces space rival China
India's first mission to Mars left Earth's orbit early on Sunday, clearing a critical hurdle in its journey to the red planet and overtaking the efforts in space of rival Asian giant China.
Iran to reassert authority at OPEC after nuclear deal
Emboldened by its nuclear deal with the West, Iranian oil negotiators led again by industry veteran Zanganeh, will seek to reassert Tehran's authority in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at a Wednesday meeting.
Western sanctions imposed in 2012 on Iran for its nuclear program have cost it dearly, losing it billions of dollars in oil revenues and market share in OPEC - largely to its main regional political rival Saudi Arabia, and neighbor Iraq.
'Saudis, Israelis developing new ‘super Stuxnet’ against Iran nuclear program'
The source noted that one of the major methods discussed was “the production of a malware worse than…Stuxnet.”
CHANCE OF STORMS:
NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Dec. 2nd when a CME might deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
Radioactive Japanese wave nears U.S.
In the wake of the deadly tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 and severely damaged a nuclear reactor, Japanese officials say the levels of radiation are safe for everyone outside the reactor area itself. But as radioactive water from the plant nears the West Coast of North America — the water is expected to hit in 2014 — can we be sure it’s safe?