21 Apr 15
Auschwitz Bookkeeper Stands Trial In Germany
A former bookkeeper at Auschwitz will stand trial in Germany today accused of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people.
Oskar Groening was 21 years old and by his own admission an enthusiastic Nazi when he was sent to work at Auschwitz in 1942.
Groening, now 93, was responsible for collecting deportees' belongings after they arrived at the Nazi concentration camp.
Europe grapples with deadly Mediterranean migration crisis
European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk everything on rickety, overloaded boats.
Michele Bachmann: The Rapture Is Coming And It's Obama's Fault
Michele Bachmann says the rapture is coming, thanks to President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran’s nuclear program and marriage equality.
In a radio interview last week, Bachmann, the former Minnesota Republican congresswoman, told "End Times" host Jan Markell, “We need to realize how close this clock is getting to the midnight hour.”
PayPal wants to implant passwords in your stomach and your brain
PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.
Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal’s global head of developer evangelism, claims that these devices could include brain implants, wafer-thin silicon chips that can be embedded into the skin, and ingestible devices with batteries that are powered by stomach acid.
Secretary Of State For Hire: Hillary Clinton Made Millions From Foreign Donors In Exchange For "Favors"
That the Clintons have made millions of dollars from speaking fees is no secret: just last summer it was revealed that the former president was paid $104.9 million for delivering 542 speeches around the world between January 2001 and January 2013, when Hillary left her job as secretary of state.
Greek banks ‘close to collapse’ as debt soars
Greek debt costs leapt yesterday as the French central bank warned that the banking sector in Athens is on the verge of collapse. The euro fell 0.6 per cent to $1.074 after International Monetary Fund and G20 meetings in Washington held out little progress on the prospect of Greece satisfying creditors to unlock €7.2 billion in financial aid by the end of the month.
20 Apr 15
World Finance Leaders See Threats Ahead for Global Economy
The finance ministers and central bank governors ended three days of meetings in Washington determined to work toward "a more robust, balanced and job-rich economy" while admitting there are risks in reaching that objective, the steering committee of the International Monetary Fund said in its communique.
Iranian Weapons Shipments, Navy Officials Say
WASHINGTON — U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels fighting in Yemen.
The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of Iranian ships may be headed toward Yemen to arm the Houthis.
European chief rabbis meet with Pope in wake of recent attacks on Jewish communities
After meeting Monday with the delegation of 10 rabbis representing the Conference of European Rabbis, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet privately with the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, who is a prominent promoter of interfaith ties.
Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 7:20 p.m. Monday, following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the same region earlier in the day, the Central Weather Bureau said.
Ethiopia: Site of the Ark of the Covenant?
Ethiopia is often overlooked as a top destination for spiritual pilgrimage. This is an unfortunate oversight.
The country is not just the cradle of civilization, it has played a significant role in the formation of many of the world's top religions. It is not only the location of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, it is currently believed by some to house the Ark of the Covenant.
‘This Is the New America’: Israeli Reporter Says ‘Jaws Dropped’ in Studio After Obama’s Russia Comment
“Obama is something else,” Caspit added. “He’s decided to take America out of the wars…” The station’s news anchor, Alon Ben David, chipped in, “He’s amazed that the Russians honored an agreement with him [for this long]? That’s what is astonishing.”
Responded Caspit, “This is the new America. We had better get used to it.”
FBI Director’s Controversial Comments About the Holocaust and Poland That Had This U.S. Ambassador Scrambling to Apologize
In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do. That’s what people do. And that should truly frighten us.
White House condemns ISIS video that purportedly shows killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
"We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens," National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. "That these terrorists killed these men solely because of their faith lays bare the terrorists' vicious, senseless brutality."
Iran Celebrates Army Day with Chants of “Death to Israel, America”
“Yesterday we saw the military parade in Tehran and Iran’s exhibition of weapons to the world. Every year the missiles are bigger and enhanced – in accuracy, strength and deadliness; however, one thing does not change. What does not change is the inscription ‘Death to Israel‘ on the missiles.”
1 dead in Taiwan from fire due to quake off south Japan
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake's epicenter was at a shallow point in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa, near the Yonaguni islands. It said no tsunami was detected.
Chinese stocks fall despite new stimulus measures
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) reduced the amount of money banks must set aside as reserves by one percentage point in a bid to spur more lending.
The announcement on Sunday came in the wake of data showing the country grew at its slowest pace in six years.
Iran's Zarif: It's time for US to choose between cooperation and confrontation
It is time for the US and its allies to choose between cooperation and confrontation, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in reference to current nuclear negotiations...
"We agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,"... and now the onus is on the US and its allies to follow suit.
Despite victory, Israeli leader struggling to form coalition
With a resounding election victory last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have an easy path toward quickly establishing a coalition government with his traditional nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
Egypt’s ex-president Mohamed Morsi faces possible death penalty
Egypt’s ex-president Mohamed Morsi faces being sentenced to death on Tuesday on charges of inciting the killing of protestors in the first verdict against him nearly two years after his fall from power.
He also faces the death penalty in two other trials, including one in which he is accused of spying for foreign powers, and escaping from prison during the 2011 anti-Mubarak revolt.
China's Xi Jinping set to unveil $46bn deal in Pakistan
China's President Xi Jinping is due in Pakistan, where he is expected to announce $46bn (£30.7bn) of investment.
The focus of the spending is on building a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), running from Gwadar in Pakistan's Balochistan province to China's western Xinjiang region.
Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video
A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
Australia brokers intel-sharing deal with Iran
Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday after a visit to Tehran.
Eurozone crisis: Grexit edges closer as markets brace for Athens default
Eurozone officials meet for further crunch talks on Greece this week amid warnings that time is running out for the country to avoid defaulting on its debts and being jettisoned from the single-currency bloc.
19 Apr 15
FBI admits forensic experts gave flawed evidence in death row convictions
the FBI admitted that nearly every forensic examiner in one of their elite units purposely gave flawed evidence.
Of the team’s 28 experts in the bureau’s Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit only two were found to have given truthful testimony.
Monster earthquake could hit Britain as new 'super deep' fault lines discovered
Britain could be headed for an earthquake strong enough to topple buildings as new "super deep" fault lines have been discovered under the Home Counties.
Hundreds missing after 'biggest human tragedy' in years
A boat believed to be crowded with 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya overnight, leaving at least 24 confirmed dead and sparking fears for what could become the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant sea disaster, Italy's Coast Guard and other officials said Sunday.
Wildfire near Southern California dam threatens 300 homes
An out-of-control wildfire that broke out in a forested basin near a Southern California dam triggered the evacuation of about 300 homes late Saturday, authorities said.
The fire, which was reported shortly after 6 p.m. in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin and spread to 300 acres by early Sunday.
Iran marks Army Day with cries of ‘Death to Israel, US’
Iran on Saturday marked Army Day with a military parade featuring new weapons systems, as well as...a massive banner reading “Death to Israel.”
A televised broadcast of the parade was punctuated by repeated cries of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
“If Israel makes a mistake,” the announcer on Iran television said...“those in Tel Aviv and Haifa will not sleep at night, not one person.”
Libya crisis: Obama appeals to Gulf states
President Obama has called on Gulf nations to use their influence on Libya's warring factions to help resolve the chaotic situation there.
He said those nations had been seen to "fan the flames of military conflict" in the North African country.
Libya has been in turmoil since the removal of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.