05 May 16
Fort McMurray wildfire: state of emergency declared as 1,600 buildings engulfed in flames
Alberta firefighters said on Thursday morning that the blaze was yet to be contained, but praised the efforts of scores of volunteers who rushed to the city to provide fuel for those fleeing the devastation by car. More than 80,000 people have been forced to flee Fort McMurray, while fresh evacuation orders have been issued for other towns standing in the wildfire's path.
Islamic State militants seize gas field in eastern Syria
Islamic State militants on Thursday captured the main Shaer gas field in eastern Syria in the first gain for the ultra hardline jihadists in the Palmyra desert area since they lost the ancient city in March, rebel sources and a monitor said.
‘Islam does not belong in Germany’: 60% agree with AfD
Political rivals may brand the right-wing German party AfD xenophobic for claiming that there is “no place for Islam in Germany” in its political program, but 60 percent of the country's citizens agree with the idea, according to a new poll.
Kremlin to NATO: Resurgent Russia not a threat, but will defend its interests
"We have repeatedly said that a resurgent Russia is not a threat to anyone," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists.
"But at the same time Russia certainly cannot ignore any actions that may pose a direct or potential threat to its national interests and, traditionally, the Russian side will defend its interests if need be."
Gibraltar ON ALERT: Royal Navy 'OPENS FIRE' on Spanish ship 'harassing' submarine
It comes as tensions heighten around the UK-controlled peninsula after a series of aggressive acts by Spain.
A source said: “This is not only a very dangerous game for the Spanish to play but it is unbecoming of a NATO ally to treat the US Navy with such contempt.
Kerry Draws Red Line, Says Syria Better Start Removing Assad By Aug 1
John Kerry just gave Syria a hard deadline for starting the political transition to get rid of Syrian President Bashar Assad: Aug. 1. Kerry told reporters Tuesday if Syria doesn’t begin the process of removing Assad by Aug. 1, there will be serious consequences, The Associated Press reports.
Romanian Claims He Hacked Hillary’s Email Server;
The Romanian computer hacker known as Guccifer said he has hacked into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and that doing so “was easy.” he said Clinton’s claim that her server was safe is “a lie.”
IDF finds another Hamas attack tunnel
The IDF has found another Hamas attack tunnel inside the Gaza Strip that is burrowing towards Israel, it was cleared for publication on Thursday.
The new tunnel is 28 meters deep and it was found in southern Gaza not far from the tunnel found last month, which was the first to be found since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.
April Marks 12th Straight Month of Record Gun Sales
This April saw the most gun-related background checks of any April on record, making it the 12th month in a row to achieve a high water mark for gun sales.
The FBI ran 2,145,865 checks through the National Instant Background Check System last month, according to the agency’s records. That represents more than a 400,000 increase over the previous record set in April 2014.
Turkey PM 'to quit' in rift with President Erdogan
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will stand down at an extraordinary congress of his ruling AK party later this month, local media report.
Reports that the congress will be held on 22 May came after Mr Davutoglu met with the party's executive committee.
Speculation of his resignation has been rife since Mr Davutoglu met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe to print own version of US dollar
Zimbabwe is set to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease a cash shortage in the country.
Central bank governor John Mangudya said the cash, known as bond notes, will be backed by $200m (£140m) support from the Africa Export-Import Bank.
The specially-designed two, five, 10 and 20 dollar notes will have the same value as their US dollar equivalents.
Siren brings Israel to a halt as country marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
Israel commemorated the six million Jews who were murdered by Nazis in the Holocaust on Thursday with a two minute siren that brought the country to a halt at 10 a.m.
Events marking Holocaust Remembrance Day began on Wednesday evening at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Sexual predator jailed after claiming to be ‘transgender’ to assault women in shelter
A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed “indefinitely” last week after being declared by a judge a “dangerous offender.”
China Warns 'Will Respond To Trump Presidency'
Speaking through its mouthpiece Global Times, China has published its first reaction to "unpredictable" Trump's position as presumptive Republican nominee and their expectations of a Trump vs Clinton fight for The White House...
Russia Announces New Military Divisions to Counter NATO Deployments in Eastern Europe
Russia on Wednesday warned against NATO’s proposed military buildup in Poland and the Baltic region, saying it would retaliate by shoring up its western and southern flanks with three new divisions.
We must declare a gang-violence war
You would think that Knoxville gang members would be circumspect after the national attention paid to their brutal killing of Zaevion Dobson. But no, they shoot his cousin at a family park with seeming impunity. It's time to take the gloves off. As a civil society we cannot allow thugs to kill our children, terrorize our neighborhoods and show such blatant contempt for the law.
Epic wildfire threatens to engulf Canadian city as 88,000 flee
A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 people in the western Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said on Wednesday.
San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says
Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.
L.A. sees another sharp rise in homelessness and outdoor tents
homelessness increased in the last year in the city and county of Los Angeles, leaving nearly 47,000 people in the streets and shelters despite an intensive federal push that slashed the ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to figures released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
04 May 16
Getting a Head Start: Scientists to Attempt to Revive Dead Human's Brain
A biotech company in the United States has received ethical permission to carry out an experiment on 20 patients who were medically declared brain dead and are being kept from putrefying by life support equipment, goreadus.com reported.
Obama to name Stonewall 1st national monument for gay rights
New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal...Obama is preparing to approve.
Wildfire destroys homes in Canadian city; delays hit evacuation
An out-of-control wildfire destroyed much of one neighborhood in the remote Canadian city of Fort McMurray and badly damaged other areas, the local government said on Wednesday, hours after it ordered all 80,000 residents to leave in the biggest evacuation in the area's history.
Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US
The comments by Gen. Hossein Salami, carried on state television, follow a long history of both rhetoric and confrontation between Iran and the US over the narrow strait, through which nearly a third of all oil traded by sea passes.
Trump Urges Israel to Keep Building in Ancient Biblical Heartland
Donald Trump, who is all but guaranteed to nab the Republican presidential nomination, declared his support on Tuesday for Israeli construction in the Judea and Samaria regions. The view represents a sea change from the current administration...
Jordanian Parliament Boycotts Israeli Delegation: “We Don’t Recognize the Peace Treaty”
the Jordanian Parliament has refused to approve the attendance of an Israeli delegation at an international summit held in Jordan this week. Tarawneh added that the parliament called on the organizers of the summit to shun any Israeli representation at the event, Jordanian media reported.
Paris to host Saudi, Qatari, UAE, Turkey FMs to discuss Syria Monday
France will on Monday host talks with the Saudi, Qatari, Turkish and UAE foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Syria, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said...
Russia to form 3 new divisions to counter NATO buildup
Russia is to deploy two new divisions in the west and one in the south to counterbalance NATO's increased military presence near Russian borders, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced.
Likely cause for recent southeast US earthquakes: Underside of the North American Plate peeling off
scientists report in a new study a likely explanation for this unusual activity: pieces of the mantle under this region have been periodically breaking off and sinking down into the Earth. This thins and weakens the remaining plate, making it more prone to slipping that causes earthquakes. The study authors conclude this process is ongoing and likely to produce more earthquakes in the future.
Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray
The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray has been forced to evacuate because of a huge wildfire.
Some 80,000 people were told to leave as the blaze swept into the city, which is the gateway to the oil sands region.
Homes, petrol stations and a hotel are among the buildings destroyed in the city, in the province of Alberta.
Syria conflict: 'Dozens killed' in Aleppo battle
Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in fierce clashes between rebel groups and government forces in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo.
Rebels advanced into government-held western districts overnight but were pushed back by the morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The battle was the most intense in Aleppo for more than a year, it added.