27 Apr 15
PLO’s Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday to redefine relations with Israel
The PLO’s Central Council is due to meet Wednesday to redefine its relationship and its economic and security cooperation with Israel, the Palestinian chief negotiator said Sunday.
Senior Turkish judge: New constitution for Turkey 'an inevitable necessity'
Turkey needs a new constitution and all parties involved in drawing it up need to reconsider their demands and reach consensus, the newly-elected president of the constitutional court said on Monday.
Bush Bashes Obama: Naive on Iran, Losing to ISIS
In meeting with Jewish supporters, former president slams Obama for global 'retreat,' not knowing how to 'kill 'em' in war on terror. Former US President George W. Bush leveled rare words of sharp public criticism against his successor, ... Barack Obama.
"In order to be an effective president...when you say something you have to mean it,” Bush said. “You gotta kill 'em.”
If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon
"We're going bust." "No, you're not." "You're strangling us." "No we're not." "You owe us for World War Two." "We gave already."
The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors is turning into a vicious blame game as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy with no cash-for-reform agreement in sight.
Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: if Greece goes down, they don't want their fingerprints on the murder weapon.
Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear
Thousands of Nepalis began fleeing the capital Kathmandu on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks and looming shortages of food and water after an earthquake that killed more than 3,700 people.
VOLCANIC PLUME, COLORFUL SUNSETS
European MetOp satellites have been monitoring aerosols blasted into the atmosphere by Chile's Calbuco volcano on April 22nd. This 5-day movie shows a plume of sulfur dioxide spreading east from Chile to Brazil:
Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt
Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid...the proxy army could spark opposition infighting.
The U.S. plan to train and arm a force that is expected to eventually total more than 15,000 troops...is a major test of President Barack Obama's strategy of engaging local partners to combat extremists.
Chile's Calbuco volcano covers town of Ensenada in ash
People living in the vicinity of the Calbuco volcano in Chile are trying to save their homes and their livestock after tonnes of ash rained down following two volcanic eruptions.
The roofs of a number of homes and businesses collapsed under the weight of the ash and residents feared for their sheep and cows.
Soldiers have been deployed to help with the clean-up.
America's place in a multi-polar world
At a global conference a few years ago, former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers revealed that Americans would really prefer to be the G1.
Not the G7 grouping of the biggest economies, or even the G3, but the G1 - where America would be the sole decision-maker. It may not be too surprising since the US has been the sole economic superpower for most of the post-war period.
Major US military law experts: IDF ‘contentious’ targeting complies with int’l law
Two leading US experts on the law of armed conflict have concluded that IDF targeting complies with international law even where it was “contentious” and that IDF positions “on targeting largely track those of the US military.”
...the...conclusion of the report is to support the IDF’s approach almost across-the-board in the principles it brought to targeting during the war – principles at the core of the public debate over alleged war crimes.
Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa
Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized large tracts of the country.
Israel arrests Palestinian over Jerusalem car attack
Israeli police announced Sunday they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of deliberately ramming his car into three police officers in east Jerusalem following a day of clashes and deadly violence.
Israeli Airstrike Kills 4 Suspected Syrians Militants in Golan Heights
Israeli forces on Sunday killed four suspected militants whom it says were caught trying to plant a bomb in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Israeli military officials say they launched an airstrike on the militants near the town of Majdal Shams, close to the Israeli-Syrian border.
Capital Controls Arrive: Greece Begins Confiscating Deposits Of "Small Debtors"
If the “temporary” local government reserve sweep constitutes what we have branded “soft” capital controls, we now have the first evidence that the “hard” variety may have arrived because as Kathimerini reports, Greek debtors are having their deposits seized in lieu of payment.
Israel president marks Armenian massacre for first time
President Reuven Rivlin met Armenian community leaders Sunday on the centenary of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians, the first time an Israeli head of state has marked the killings.
26 Apr 15
More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,500 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets.
US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance
With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act...the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails.
...The Patriot Act expires on June 1, and Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow continued collection of call records of nearly every American.
FBI probes possible ISIS-inspired threat
The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist threat in the United States, law enforcement officials said Saturday.
The investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works, the officials said.
...It's not clear whether the threat is real or aspirational.
Did exaggerated records make global warming look worse? Scientists to investigate whether 'adjusted' temperatures skewed data
An international panel of scientists will today launch a major inquiry to discover whether official world temperature records have exaggerated the extent of global warming.
The panel, convened by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)...will focus on thousands of 'adjustments' that have been made to temperature records kept at individual weather stations around the world.
Baltimore Freddie Gray death protest turns violent
More than 1,000 protesters have marched in Baltimore over the death of a black man in police custody a week ago.
But after hours of peaceful demonstrations, some protesters smashed police windows and shop fronts. At least 12 people were arrested.
Freddie Gray was arrested by police on 12 April and then suffered spinal injuries leading to death a week later.
IDF search and rescue team, field hospital to depart for Nepal tonight
An IDF Home Front Command search and rescue team and a fully equipped field hospital will take off for Nepal on Sunday night, army officials have said.
Col. Yoram Laredo, commander of the Home Front Command's conscripted battalions, is heading the Israeli assistance team, and said some 260 personnel will board an air force cargo plane and an El Al Boeing 737 for a 12 hour journey to the earthquake-stricken country.
Tremors, aftershocks, strike India and Nepal sparking fears of further deterioration
A strong earthquake aftershock struck India and Nepal on Sunday, shaking buildings in New Delhi and triggering an avalanche in the Himalayas.
The United States Geological Survey said the tremor was 6.7 in magnitude, less than the 7.9 quake that struck the region on Saturday killing at least 1,900 people.
Obama Makes Fun Of Those Who, Somehow, Still Think He Is A Muslim
President Barack Obama poked fun at those who still suggest he is a Muslim during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday.
"Being president is never easy. I still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with Iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day," Obama said.
Islamic State suicide bombers kill Iraqi soldiers at Jordanian border
Suicide car bombings by Islamic State militants at an Iraq-Jordan border crossing left at least five Iraqi soldiers dead Saturday and crippled the movement of trucks between the two Middle East nations.
Nepal steps up rescue efforts as quake toll jumps to 1,800
Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.
People used their hands in many places to dig for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists trade accusations as Minsk deal frays
The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine traded accusations on Saturday, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in February may collapse, although monitors said the violations were still relatively limited.
Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say
Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.
Bombshell Interview: Obama’s Brother Says Barack Is ‘Cold And Ruthless…Dishonest And A Schemer’
In an interview conducted earlier this month, film maker Joel Gilbert, who produced the film “Dreams from My Real Father,” (which suggested that Obama’s Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, may be his real father) talks to President Obama’s brother Malik, who has some very strong views about his half-brother – including his own doubts as to Obama’s parentage.
Syrian Town Jisr Al-Shughour Seized By Rebels In Major Blow To Assad
Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province.
25 Apr 15
Earthquake in Nepal Kills Hundreds and Levels Buildings
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu. By midafternoon the United States Geological Survey had counted 12 aftershocks, one of which measured at a magnitude of 6.6.