20 Nov 14
Bill to have all Russians fingerprinted and DNA profiled submitted to parliament
MPs from the populist nationalist party LDPR have prepared and drafted a motion requiring universal fingerprinting and DNA profiling of all Russian citizens for reasons of security.
Internet giants gather for world conference
China's first World Internet Conference opened Wednesday in the ancient town of Wuzhen in Zhejiang Province, bringing together top Chinese Internet executives to discuss where the Internet is heading, how it shapes people's lives and how to better manage the Internet.
Senior diplomat: Ukraine peace outlook is bleak
Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group that includes senior representatives from Ukraine and Russia, said there was no alternative to peace accords signed in Minsk in September, no matter how dire the situation.
Second earthquake in 10 days hits near Malta
A minor earthquake has been registered to the west of Malta and Gozo yesterday just after 1pm. This was the second earthquake to hit in the vicinity of Malta, 10 days after one was registered in the channel between Malta and Sicily.
Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake near Salinas
This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.
Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization
The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday.
Tony Blinken, currently President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, said discussions would continue with Congress on updating the legal basis for the U.S. intervention.
CME IMPACT EXPECTED
A CME is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field today.
‘Open Rebellion’: Chaos if Republicans Don’t Withhold Funding for Obama Executive Amnesty
“If Obama announces executive amnesty and the House passes an omnibus with no language blocking it, there will be no Senate vote, because conservatives will burn down the Capitol,” the aide said. When asked to clarify if he was serious they’d burn the building to the ground—or if he was speaking metaphorically—the aide said “open rebellion.”
Earthquakes recorded in northwest Oklahoma
More earthquakes have been recorded in northwest Oklahoma.
Earthquake hits northern Japan, no tsunami warning issued
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit northern Japan on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said.
A tsunami warning was not issued after the quake, which struck off the cost of Fukushima prefecture, NHK said.
Rich countries to discuss Green Climate Fund in Berlin
Rich countries are set to meet in Berlin to pledge cash to smooth the way for a global climate change deal.
The Green Climate Fund is designed to help poor nations adapt to climate extremes like droughts and floods and to buy low-carbon energy sources.
Rich nations previously vowed that by 2020, developing countries would get $100bn (£64bn) a year from such a fund.
Northern US braced for more snowstorms after seven die
Another 3ft (1m) of snow is expected to hit parts of north-eastern US after a massive snowstorm left at least seven dead in New York state on Wednesday.
Weather-related deaths were also reported in New Hampshire and Michigan.
Parts of the city of Buffalo are already under 5ft of snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the snowstorm a "historic event".
Supra-national border guard system on EU radar
The European Commission is looking into long-term plans to create an entirely new EU border guard service with an independent command and control centre.
While details are scant, a EU source said setting up such a supra-national border agency that goes beyond the remit of the current EU border agency Frontex would be twenty years in the making.
IDF identifies four rocket launch tests from Gaza into sea in past 24 hours
The IDF said it identified on Thursday morning a rocket launch from the central Gaza Strip into the Mediterranean Sea. This was the fourth such launch from the coastal territory in the past day the IDF spokesperson said.
The army said that the launches suggest that "Gaza terrorists are experimenting in order to increase rocket launching capabilities."
Utah revives plan for executions by firing squad
Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs.
Egypt radio bans popular singer Hamza Namira for 'critical' songs
Egyptian state radio has banned the songs of popular singer Hamza Namira from its airwaves, officials say, because they criticise the authorities.
Human rights activists have denounced the move as part of a systematic campaign to stifle dissent.
New Kurdish offensive targets Islamic State
Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting the Islamic State in areas of Iraq that the extremist group captured in the summer.
Epic snowstorm on track to set a record in Buffalo
Buffalo's first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year's worth of snow — around 8 feet — in just three days.
More than 5 feet of snow was already on the ground Wednesday, and another round of lake-effect snow is forecast to bring an additional 3 feet of snow to the Buffalo area on Thursday and Friday. The average snowfall for an entire year: 93.6 inches, or close to 8 feet.
Indonesia, New Zealand and the US: Earthquakes 13-19 November 2014
For some reason — almost certainly nothing more sinister than statistical variation — the United States Geological Survey’s real time earthquake map showed an unusually high number of earthquakes in the week of 13-19 November 2014.
Ruble's Collapse Inflicts Sticker Shock on Ordinary Russians
While President Vladimir Putin boasts of how his government has been cautious about spending its foreign reserves to defend the ruble, the decision not to pursue a more active approach is adding to the inflation surge that's throttling the Russian economy.
Iran, US go face-to-face in crunch nuclear talks
Iran and the US held one-on-one talks Wednesday as a deadline loomed to reach a mammoth nuclear deal, seeking common ground on the two crucial remaining issues: uranium enrichment and sanctions relief.
19 Nov 14
Allah ‘The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful’ Praised on US House Floor, Reps Literally Bow to Muslim God
slam has overstepped its boundaries in a Christian nation of 73 percenters, and it’s getting progressively worse. Openly infiltrating our houses of government with blasphemous declarations to a false god, the particular people bowing their heads in reverence will disturb and anger you.
Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Tweets 9-Point Plan to Annihilate Israel
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has decided to quantify the supposedly logical reasons for destroying the Jewish nation. Long known for his anti-Israel rhetoric, Khamenei has issued what appears to be his most detailed tirade to date in a Twitter post titled "9 key questions about the elimination of Israel."
Video: White House asked if Obama thinks he's 'emperor'
ABC reporter Jonathan Karl recalled Obama’s argument that he doesn’t have legal authority to bypass Congress and declare amnesty through an executive order. On Feb. 14, 2013, Obama said, “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
Eric Holder Sides With Alleged Cop Killers, Again
Earlier this year when President Obama nominated cop killer advocate Debo Adegbile to head up the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder applauded the move. Because of Adegbile's voluntary work on behalf of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who brutally murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood back in 1981.
Remains of New York City woman to be tested for Ebola
The remains of a New York woman who recently returned from a trip to West Africa will be tested for Ebola after she died suddenly at a Brooklyn hair salon Tuesday afternoon.
Gun dealers report brisk sales ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision
Gun dealers in parts of the St. Louis suburbs have reported brisk sales, especially among first-time buyers, as local residents wait for a grand jury decision on whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown this past August.
Four Dead as Snow Buries Buffalo, Great Lakes
A large lake-effect snow band formed on Monday night over Lake Erie as cold arctic air began sweeping over the relatively warmer Great Lakes. The snow band took aim at southwestern New York and has yet to give up its position.
Violence in East Jerusalem; 'Intifada starts today,' Palestinian kids say
Over 120 children and youths rioted in East Jerusalem after Israel moves to demolish home of terrorist behind vehicular attack
Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka): several ash plumes up to 9 km altitude
A series of eruptions occurred during the past days from the volcano's growing lava dome.