19 Oct 14
Nicaragua rains: Downpours leave 22 dead
Twenty-two people have died in Nicaragua during several days of heavy rains.
Nine of them were killed in the capital Managua when a wall collapsed during a torrential downpour.
In other areas of the city, emergency crews evacuated families from areas at risk from mudslides.
Seeking the annihilation of a UN member: Initiators and accomplices
The announcement by Sweden’s new prime minister that his government plans to extend recognition to a “Palestinian” state raises major questions in both international and United Nations law.
...By stamping Israel as an apartheid state akin to South Africa, Israel could be prevented from successfully defending itself.
Sweden Appoints First Muslim Minister
Aida Hadzialic, a 27-year-old Bosnian Muslim immigrant, was elected as the new Swedish minister of education, the youngest person ever to serve as a minister in Sweden.
Mortar Shells Fired From Kobani Land Turkish Soil
At least seven mortar shells landed in Turkey's southern Sanliurfa province Saturday during an intense battle between two militant groups in the Syrian town of Kobani.
According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent near the Turkish-Syrian border, the shells landed inside the Turkish territory when the battle for Kobani waged on between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or the PYD, and the ISIS.
Chinese coastguard vessels patrol disputed waters
China has sent coastguard vessels to disputed waters in the East China Sea after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angered Beijing by sending a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead from Japan's wars.
Slumping price of oil has Iran worried about paying its bills
Iranian officials are expressing new worry over the global oil price slump, which is threatening the country’s budget and could undermine its strategy in international nuclear negotiations.
Bermuda clears trees, power lines hit by Gonzalo
Crews cleared away downed trees and power lines Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours but caused no deaths or serious injuries.
Pennsylvania ambush suspect spotted carrying gun, police say
The survivalist charged with murdering a Pennsylvania trooper and wounding another was spotted near his old high school carrying a rifle and with mud smeared on his face, police said on Saturday, five weeks after a manhunt for the suspect began.
Amid Frequent Earthquakes, USGS Installs 4 Seismographs Around Cushing
Cushing is the 'Pipeline Crossroads of the World.' “It's kind of the Grand Central station of the big oil,” . But more recently, Cushing has been making headlines for its earthquakes. “This is a potential catastrophe,”. Jackman says the small town can store up to 46 million barrels of crude oil. There were ten earthquakes in Cushing last week, the two largest at 4.0 and 4.3 magnitude. And the U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.3 was centered directly under a Cushing tank farm and across the street from the Cushing Municipal Airport.
18 Oct 14
Obama to Admit Non-Citizens for Ebola Treatment
the Obama administration is formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.
Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a 'Ghost Town
The Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have been moved from the building, but patients are still steering clear of the once-bustling hospital.
Global agenda: It keeps getting worse, again
financial and market developments in recent days and weeks, to ignore what has happened and is happening. IKGW is back.
WHO 'Officially Declares Ebola Outbreak in Senegal OVER
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the Ebola outbreak in Senegal done. Their decision comes after the organization released a statement saying that there are no new cases in Senegal since the first case in the country was diagnosed August 29.
Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality
...Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail...for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future...“Some in the media ridicule that threat...“The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now.”
Moody's downgrades Russia to Baa2
Moody's Investors Service cut Russia's sovereign debt rating to 'Baa2' from 'Baa1', becoming the second ratings agency to cut the country's ratings this year, after S&P initiated a downgrade in April.
..."The military confrontation in Ukraine and escalating sanctions against Russia are likely to have an increasingly negative macroeconomic impact on Russia's investment climate," the ratings agency said on Friday.
Iraq crisis: Wave of attacks in Baghdad leave 40 dead
More than 40 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of attacks in mainly Shia areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.
In the deadliest incident, two car bombs exploded simultaneously in the western district of Dawlai, killing 14.
No-one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of previous operations by Islamic State.
Catholic Synod: Cardinal 'demoted' by Pope Francis
A leading American cardinal has told BuzzFeed that he is to be demoted from his position running the Catholic Church justice system.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is a staunch critic of Pope Francis' moves to soften the Church's stance on homosexuality.
He said that he was to be moved to the far less senior post of patron of the sovereign military order of Malta.
Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group
With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country's border with Syria.
A BEHEMOTH SUNSPOT EMERGES
A large and active sunspot is rotating over the sun's southeastern limb on Oct. 17th. The sunspot's primary dark core could swallow our entire planet with room to spare. Now that the sunspot has revealed itself, X-flares may be in the offing.
Philippine militants release two German hostages: military
Two Germans held hostage by Islamic militants on remote southern Philippine islands for six months were released on Friday, the Philippine military said.
Stefan Okonek, who is in his 70s, and his partner Henrike Dielen, in her 50s, were released on Jolo island, armed forces chief General Gregorio Catapang told AFP.
Russia, Ukraine, EU Leaders End Summit With No Breakthrough
A high-stakes meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia ended Friday with few outward signs of progress in ending a months-long pro-Russian separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
Hurricane Gonzalo scores direct hit on Bermuda
Hurricane Gonzalo slammed directly into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity there as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rains and howling winds.
Nigeria says reaches deal with Boko Haram to free abducted girls
Nigeria said on Friday it had agreed a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram and reached a deal for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group six months ago.
Giant Sphinx from 'Ten Commandments' Film Unearthed 91 Years Later
Hidden for more than 90 years beneath the rolling sand dunes of Guadalupe, California, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 blockbuster movie "The Ten Commandments" has been rediscovered and is now above ground.
Rev. Billy Graham: ‘America is Just as Wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah Ever Were’
Reverend Billy Graham, arguably the most well-known and respected evangelical preacher of the last 50 years, said in a recently published commentary that America was “founded by men who believed in prayer” and that prayer can turn “the tide of history,” adding that while “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah” and deserves “the judgment of God,” this judgment can be lessened through prayer.
White House: ISIS fighters in Syrian town creating ‘target-rich environment’ for US
"That has created a rather target-rich environment around Kobani for American and coalition air strikes that when they see clusters of fighters or they see depots of material or supplies that are critical to the success of those fighters, it's easier to take them out," Earnest said.
17 Oct 14
Earnest: "Likely" That Additional Healthcare Workers At Dallas Hospital Will Get Ebola
What we do anticipate is certainly possible maybe even likely is that some additional cases of Ebola will occur. It is possible, again, maybe even likely that there will be additional healthcare workers from this hospital in Dallas who treated Mr. Duncan who may contract -- may have contracted the virus.
Hurricane Gonzalo sets its sights on Bermuda, gusts top 130 mph
The eye of the powerful Category 3 storm with its 130 mph winds and higher gusts is expected to pass near the British territory Friday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
"Bermuda we are prepared," said island Premier Michael Dunkley. "Well rehearsed plans for most contingencies are enacted, and as we hope for the best, we are prepared for the worst."
Polar vortex could return to parts of US this winter, according to forecasters
The polar vortex that brought even the Niagara Falls to a halt in the US last winter could make a return in the coming months.
Forecasters at AccuWeather.com predicted another harsh season for north-eastern states with more ice, snow and arctic winds causing below-freezing temperatures.
Flight MH17: Dutch Prime Minister Demands 'Maximum Cooperation’ From Vladimir Putin
The investigation into the MH17 disaster and the recovery of the bodies from the crash site has been moving at a slow pace due to the ongoing conflict between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists. The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 298 people on board, mostly Dutch nationals, when it crashed on July 17. It is believed to have been brought down by a surface-to-air missile fired by pro-Moscow rebels with access to Russian arms and ammunition.