23 Apr 14
Israel's Air Force Chief Warns of 'Sudden' War
Israel could be in for a surprise war, Israel's air force chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel warned.
Eshel's comments come as tensions are increasing along the Israeli-Syrian border.
Eshel says the threat of a sudden war erupting on multiple fronts is much more relevant today.
Missouri executes inmate convicted of killing farming couple in 1993
Missouri has executed an inmate convicted of murder in the 1993 deaths of a farming couple.
Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell says William Rousan was declared dead at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday. He was put to death by lethal injection at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.
South Korea: North Korea could launch nuclear missile tests 'at any moment'
North Korea could be preparing for its fourth nuclear test in seven years, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Defence.
A spokesman from South Korea’s Ministry of Defence said that the country’s intelligence agencies have detected a lot of activity in the Punggye-ri area of the country, the place where North Korea’s nuclear test site is situated.
Yemen identifying 'militants' killed in air strikes
Yemeni officials are working to identify some of the dozens of suspected militants killed in a series of air strikes in recent days.
DNA tests are being carried out to establish whether two senior figures in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - its leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi and bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri - are among them.
Russia risks further US sanctions over Ukraine, says Kerry
The US Secretary of State has warned of further sanctions on Russia if it does not de-escalate tensions in Ukraine.
In a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, John Kerry expressed "deep concern over the lack of positive Russian steps".
Russia blames Kiev's leaders for the collapse of last week's Geneva accord.
'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter
The U.N. says hundreds of civilians were killed in the massacre last week in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan's oil-producing Unity state, a tragic reflection of longstanding ethnic hostilities in the world's newest country.
22 Apr 14
Calls to Fire Internal Security Minister Over Temple Mount Riots
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Feiglin branded the string of riots over the Pesach (Passover) holiday as a "Hamas takeover on the Temple Mount."
He described how "Hamas flags were flown on the Mount", as Islamists succeeded repeatedly in blocking Jews and tourist groups from visiting the holy site, and said the "sheer helplessness of the Israeli Police" marked a security failure so severe that it was impossible to overlook.
Islamists Threaten to Assassinate French President
An Al Qaeda linked group has called to assassinate French president Francois Hollande, according to terrorism monitoring group SITE, as revenge for France's interventions in Africa.
Did 8.2 Chile quake create big global temblors? .
Some of the best minds in earthquake science have been counting quakes and analyzing seismic waves to see if the largest in a string of recent quakes — the magnitude-8.2 tremor in Chile on April 1 — might have triggered others far, far away.
Why Chris Christie Will Never Be President of the United States
Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor since 2010, has qualities and achievements that appeal to mainstream conservatives, from his direct style to his impressive budget cutting. As a result, he has won support to run as a Republican candidate for president of the United States.
IRS revokes conservative group’s tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements
The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.
Parents Thought They Were Meeting With the School Principal to Complain About State Testing — Instead, They Were Greeted by a Cop
Two Georgia parents who are refusing to allow their children to participate in the state’s standardized tests were confronted by a police officer and told they were trespassing on school grounds when they attempted to meet with administrators and express their opposition to the exams last week.
Max Tegmark: It’s goodbye to the universe – hello to the multiverse
The trouble is, the more we drill down into the subatomic world, the more complexity we find. The bedrock of reality seems as elusive as ever. Perhaps, says a leading theoretical physicist, we do not live in a world of particles and forces at all – but of pure mathematics.
Russia is on God's side - Pat Buchanan
Analyzing Vladimir Putin’s speech on the day when Russia reunited with Crimea, Pat Buchanan made a conclusion that "Russia is on God's side. The West is Gomorrah." Pat Buchanan, Former Assistant to the President for Communications gave his assessment of the Putin’s actions
Obama Calls for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History
In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office.
Under Obama’s proposal, taxes would rise from 17.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024.
South Korea: 'Increased activity in N. Korea nuclear site'
South Korea said Tuesday that it identified an increased activity in North Korea nuclear test site and warned that it could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test.
Ukraine crisis: Biden says Russia must 'start acting'
US Vice-President Joe Biden has said Russia must "stop talking and start acting" to defuse the Ukraine crisis.
He was speaking during a joint press conference in Kiev with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Mr Biden warned Russia that further "provocative behaviour" would lead to "greater isolation" and urged Moscow to end its alleged support for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine.
Embryos created that were clones of 2 men
Scientists have replicated one of the most significant accomplishments in stem cell research by creating human embryos that were clones of two men.
The lab-engineered embryos were harvested within days and used to create lines of infinitely reproducing embryonic stem cells, which are capable of growing into any type of human tissue
Ed Davey: Russia holding world to ransom over energy
Energy ministers from leading nations hope to reduce the influence President Putin holds over the West by reducing their reliance on gas from Russia, The Times reported.
Time for an EU energy union, says Polish PM
The European Union must create an energy union to secure its supply and reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said.
Tusk's energy blueprint, set out in an article in the Financial Times on Tuesday (22 April), would establish a single European body that would buy gas for the whole 28-nation bloc.
Jordan summons Israeli envoy in Amman after Temple Mount clashes
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry asked Israeli Ambassador Daniel Nevo on Monday to convey...
Following clashes at the contested holy site this week, Amman told the Israeli ambassador that “assaulting Muslim worshipers and allowing [in] Jewish extremists” must stop and that Jordan holds Israel, as the “occupying power,” responsible for the security of the mosque and the Muslim worshipers there.
If talks fail, Abbas said to be weighing dissolution of Oslo, PA
Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly threatened to dissolve the PA and disband Palestinian security forces operating in the West Bank if peace negotiations with Israel fail, a move which would create huge security and diplomatic problems for Israel.
Palestinians deny considering dismantling PA if talks fail
Palestinians officials on Tuesday played down reported threats to dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which is Israel’s interlocutor, if US-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked.
Psychological testing ordered for NBC News star
officials at NBC have ordered psychological research of “Meet the Press” host David Gregory and his family, in a desperate attempt to make the newsman more likable, as the show’s ratings have plunged off a cliff, sounding alarm bells among top network brass.
Saudi Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS virus
Saudi Arabia confirmed 20 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)on Saturday and Sunday, adding up to 49 infections in six days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure.
Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks Ilocos Sur
Manila, Philippines—A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Ilocos Sur Tuesday dawn, the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
21 Apr 14
Federal Arrogance Fuels The New Sagebrush Rebellion
This is not new. It is merely a continuation of the Sagebrush Rebellion that began under the regime of the odious James Earl Carter.
As in so many other cases, the root cause of the problem is a federal government that is imperious, overbearing, and has ceased to remember that it exists as a servant of the people, not as their master or jailer.
Spike in Earthquakes? An 'Illusion' Raises New Questions
Lay's own research has found that over the last decade the number of major quakes, those measuring 8.0 or bigger, is nearly triple the rate for the 1900s, but whether that's just a random cluster or a sign of dynamic triggering is unclear.
North Korea criticises Obama's 'dangerous' Asia tour
North Korea warned Monday that an upcoming Asian tour by US President Barack Obama could escalate military tensions, as South Korean media cited intelligence reports of increased activity at the North's main nuclear test site.
Obama's April 23-29 tour includes visits to Japan and South Korea, the two main US military allies in Asia and key partners in the effort to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.
Ukraine’s Jewish residents look for a refuge in Israel
Concerns have been raised after a leaflet reminiscent of Nazi Germany was distributed in Donetsk demanding that Jews over 16 should register with the authorities.
It has since been branded a fake by the pro-Moscow separatists it claims to represent – but with tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, many are increasingly worried about their safety.