27 May 15
Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Isla Vista
According to the USGS, the epicenter was 32 miles from Goleta, 33 miles from Santa Barbara and 37 miles from Carpinteria.
Scorcher in Israel, Stay indoors
The temperature in the Greater Tel Aviv area is expected to hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and a burning 111 degrees in Tiberias, Eilat and the Jordan Valley.
Egyptian Court: ‘We Can’t Label Israel as a ‘Terrorist State”
The Abdeen Court of Urgent Matters in Cairo, Egypt, stated on Monday that it has no legal authority to consider a lawsuit demanding the designation of Israel as a ‘terrorist state’ Egyptian media reported.
Obama’s Forthcoming Executive Action Could Impact Your Property
The Obama administration is expected to announce final details of “Waters of the United States” rule this week that could impact any property owner with water or a ditch that occasionally fills with water on their land...
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have sought to provide more clarity to what bodies of water are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act...
Islamic State launches wave of suicide attacks on Iraqi troops
Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland.
The attacks came just hours after the Iraqi government announced the start of a wide-scale operation to recapture areas under the control of the IS group in Anbar.
Charlie Charlie Challenge: Catholic priest 'issues urgent warning over dangers of demon summoning game'
A Catholic priest has apparently issued an urgent warning about the dangers of "summoning a demon" by performing the weird Charlie Charlie Challenge.
In an open letter to pupils at a well-known Catholic school, Father Stephen McCarthy appears to have told told pupils there was no way of knowing what would happen if they decided to invite a Mexican ghoul into their home.
The silent missile that can destroy enemy electronics with microwave PULSES: Air Force confirms terrifying new weapon
...For years, scientists have been attempting to create such a weapon as part of Champ, or the Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project.
Now, the US Air Force claims it has advanced the technology, and says it can deploy it using the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM).
US-China war 'inevitable' unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea
China’s armed forces are to extend their operations and its air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time, in a major shift in policy that will strengthen fears of accidental conflict.
A policy document by the state council, or cabinet, said China faced a “grave and complex array of security threats”, justifying the change.
Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30-French envoy
An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said on Tuesday.
Six major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement under which Iran would limit its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions that have crippled its economy.
Even in flood-prone Houston, 11 inches of rain catches many unprepared
...More than 11 inches of rain transformed their neighborhood and others in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, into a disaster zone. Those caught off-guard sheltered where they could overnight: in offices, the Galleria mall, an ice rink and even the Toyota Center, where about 1,000 Houston Rockets fans got stuck after Monday’s NBA playoff game. Highways were blocked. Public transportation shut down. Schools closed.
Gaza: Hamas killed and tortured, says Amnesty
Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip committed serious human rights abuses including abductions, torture and extra-judicial killings of Palestinian civilians in 2014, a report says.
Most of the victims were accused of collaborating with Israel, Amnesty International investigators report.
The report says no-one had been brought to account for the abuses, suggesting they were officially sanctioned.
No let-up in massive India heatwave
Heatwave conditions continue to sweep India where more than 1,100 people have died in the past week, officials say.
Although temperatures have marginally fallen in the worst-hit states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, they continue to hover around 45C (113F).
But clouds have formed over some parts of the two states and weather officials say pre-monsoon showers are likely to provide some relief in the coming days.
Egypt to Israel: Hold back your aggression
Egyptian officials demanded Wednesday that "Israel hold its aggression" and practice restraint toward the Gaza Strip.
The comments, told by a third-party diplomatic source to Palestinian Ma'an news, came only hours after Israel responded to a Gazan rocket that was fired into the heart of Israeli civilian areas.
Appeals court keeps Obama immigration program locked up
The Obama administration suffered another immigration setback Tuesday, as a divided federal appeals court declined to lift a injunction imposed by a Texas-based trial judge.
The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means President Barack Obama’s executive action deferring deportation of certain immigrants will remain locked up in court for the foreseeable future. It also could force officials to make some tough legal and political choices.
Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Israeli port Ashdod: police
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod on Tuesday but no casualties or damage were reported, police and the military said.
Palestinian militants in Gaza launched thousands of rockets and mortar bombs into Israel during a war last July and August in which Israeli shelling and air strikes battered the small, coastal Palestinian enclave. The region has been largely quiet since the August ceasefire.
China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters
China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and announced plans for the construction of two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions.
Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains
Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni Muslim population.
Taliban claim attack on Kabul guesthouse after overnight siege ends
The Taliban claimed responsibility for an overnight attack on a guesthouse in the diplomatic enclave of the Afghan capital that ended on Wednesday morning after a stand-off with Afghan government forces.
26 May 15
13 trillion electronvolts! Large Hadron Collider sets new record.
Scientists operating the world's biggest particle collider say they have set a new energy record ahead of the massive machine's full restart in June.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, says it succeeded late Wednesday in smashing together protons at 13 trillion electronvolts.
WASHED AWAY At least 9 dead in Texas, Okla. floods
Recovery teams were resuming the search early Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream. The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest, caused major flooding and spawned tornadoes and killed at least nine in Oklahoma and Texas.
Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions
Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea.
Germany sees progress on Greece, EU officials to confer on Thursday
A senior German official said on Tuesday there was no reason to believe Greece would be in default after a 300 million euro payment to the IMF falls due on June 5.
Westminster Abbey accused of 'denial of Christ's Lordship' in Muhammad prayer row
Westminster Abbey has been accused of "denial of the Lordship of Jesus Christ" after the prophet Muhammad was described as "the chosen one" in a prayer at a First World War service.
USGS: Magnitude 4.8 earthquake in Fox Islands region
The Alaska Earthquake Center says there were no reports of the quake being felt or causing damage. The Fox Islands are more than 950 miles southwest of Anchorage.
Russia launches massive air force exercise with 250 aircraft
The Russian military has launched a massive exercise involving 250 aircraft and other weapons.
The Defense Ministry said...the drills will involve air force and air defense units of the Central, Western and Southern Military Districts totaling 12,000 servicemen. Combat aircraft will deploy to temporary bases and air defense systems will be sent to the Ashuluk and Kapustin Yar shooting ranges in southern Russia...
HSBC fears world recession with no lifeboats left
The world economy is disturbingly close to stall speed. The United Nations has cut its global growth forecast for this year to 2.8pc, the latest of the multinational bodies to retreat.
We are not yet in the danger zone but this pace is only slightly above the 2.5pc rate that used to be regarded as a recession for the international system as a whole.
Texas and Oklahoma flooding: Three dead and several missing
At least five people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed in flash flooding in the southern US.
Two people were killed in weather-related accidents in Oklahoma and three lost their lives in San Marcos, Texas.
Some areas saw up to 10 inches (25cm) of rain over a 24-hour period, with more predicted across the region.
Iraq starts operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar
Iraqi government forces have formally launched an operation to drive Islamic State (IS) out of Anbar province.
The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation (al-Hashd al-Shaabi), a volunteer force comprising dozens of Shia militias.
The operation would see troops and militiamen move southwards from Salahuddin province and seek to cut off IS militants in Ramadi, he said.
Wolf volcano erupts on Galapagos island
A volcanic eruption on the Galapagos Islands has raised fears the ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution may be under threat.
On Monday, the Wolf volcano on Isabela Island erupted for the first time in 33 years, spewing fire, smoke and lava.
Experts say the eruption poses no risk to people living on the island.
Mexico and Texas hit by deadly storms
At least 13 people have been killed by a tornado that hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna.
Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the city, in Coahuila state, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas.
The US state has had big floods, with at least three dead and 12 missing.