23 Sep 14
French man Herve Gourdel abducted by Algeria militants
A French man has been kidnapped in Algeria by a militant group linked to Islamic State (IS), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has confirmed.
Islamic State calls for attacking civilians
Fighters of the Islamic State militant group are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition seeking to destroy it, the group’s spokesman said in a new audio recording in which he called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.
Australia seeks broad new security powers following anti-terror raid
Australia's government will seek broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the attorney general said on Monday, on the heels of sweeping counter-terrorism raids last week involving hundreds of police.
U.S. Airstrikes Against ISIS Expand to Syria
The Pentagon confirmed this evening that the United States has begun airstrikes against ISIS within Syria, opening up a second front in the U.S.-led offensive against the Islamic State.
3 Missing Afghan Soldiers Found At Canadian Border
Three Afghan soldiers who went missing from a Cape Cod military base over the weekend were found today near the US-Canada border, a United States defense official told ABC News.
Islamic State attack on Iraqi base leaves hundreds missing, shows army weaknesses
The army base in Iraq’s western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived.
22 Sep 14
Catholic Cardinal McCarrick Embraces Islam
“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.”
NASA says Maven spacecraft enters orbit around Mars
NASA said late Sunday that the robotic explorer had fired its brakes and slipped into orbit, successfully completing the first part of its $671 million mission.
Russia to fully renew nuclear forces by 2020 – official
"The formation of the technical basis for strategic nuclear forces is going at a faster rate, and in fact, we will renew not 70 percent of the SNF, but 100 percent," Rogozin told Rossiya TV channel.
US admits there is a much scarier terrorist group than ISIS
Very little information is being released at the moment by anyone within American intelligence circles, but the group calling itself Khorasan is said by officials to have concrete plans for striking targets in the United States and Europe as a chosen modus operandi – more so than the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS.
Obama Declines Invitation to Attend Memorial Dedication for Disabled Veterans
Obama declined the invitation, making him the first president in recent history not to formally accept a new national memorial. Organizers of the event were caught off guard when informed by the White House of the president’s decision this week and are hoping to receive an explanation from the White House as to why Obama will not be attending the ceremony..The 5th of October falls on a Sunday - which is typically a day this president likes to golf.
Sierra Leone Ends Ebola Lockdown, Expects Rise in Cases
Officials in Sierra Leone said the number of reported Ebola cases and deaths there are expected to rise, as the country ends a three-day lockdown aimed at stopping the worst-ever outbreak of the disease.
Are Jews losing their story?
What I'm referring to instead are the fascinating stories of the "in-between" period — the 18 centuries of Diaspora history between the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 and the beginning of the Holocaust. When's the last time we heard any of those stories?
Seriously, where did those 1,869 years go? How did they become the big, black hole of mainstream Jewish learning?
Alaska Physician Shuts Down Practice, Citing Obamacare
“It is an unsustainable system,” Dr. Wennen wrote to his customers in a letter obtained by The Daily Caller. “I am personally writing off upwards of three quarters of a million dollars annually in free/uncompensated care.”
“My reasons for closing down the office are simply economic,” Wennen wrote. “The governmental agencies that are supplying ‘medical insurance’ to the elderly, the disadvantaged, the indigent and the sick, injured, or disabled have placed an unrealistically low value of worth on physician’s services.”
Is ISIS Trying to Assassinate Pope Francis?
"What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear – they want to kill the pope. The threats against the Pope are credible," Al Sadr said. "I believe they could try to kill him during one of his overseas trips or even in Rome.
Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants
Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the armor of God".
Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear program
Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.
Egyptian Frogmen Captured U.S. Battleship Commander in 2013
Egyptian frogmen, under the
command of the hero, Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish – Until now, nobody knows
what this man did! They dove under the American battleships, and when they
surfaced, they captured the captain of one of the U.S. battleships.
At that moment, a great Egyptian general, whose name I will not mention, but who is a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, called Obama and said: "We do not seek an escalation, but if you want one – you got it." The general conveyed Al-Sisi's message: "The Sixth Fleet must leave Egyptian
territorial waters immediately, or else we will tell the whole world what we
CO-ROTATING INTERACTION REGION
NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Sept. 23-24 when a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. CIRs are transition zones between fast- and slow-moving solar wind streams.
Magnitude 2.5 quake hits Monroe CountyKNOXVILLE, Tenn.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurred in Monroe County Saturday night.
According to WATE-TV (http://bit.ly/XUf8SA), the quake happened about three miles northeast of Sweetwater around 8 p.m.
Stable Activity at Eruption Site after Big Quake
A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Bárðarbunga caldera at noon yesterday, which is one of the biggest quakes to have hit the area since increased seismic activity was first recorded there on August 16.
Turkey clamps down on Syria border after Kurdish unrest
Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after about 130,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country over the weekend.
On Sunday Turkish security forces clashed with Kurds protesting in solidarity with the refugees. Some protesters were reportedly trying to go to Syria to fight Islamic State (IS).
Most refugees are from Kobane, a town threatened by the advancing militants.
Tony Abbott: 'Security may come before some freedoms'
Australian PM Tony Abbott says certain freedoms may have to be forfeited in the name of security, after major anti-terror raids last week.
His government would seek broad powers to fight the rising threat of militant Islamists, he told parliament.
New laws would criminalise travel to conflict areas declared off limits.
Mexico's Sonora state reports new mine spill
The Mexican authorities have issued a new alert about a toxic spill into a river from a copper mine run by the mining giant Grupo Mexico.
Officials in the northern state of Sonora asked people not to use water from the Bacanuchi river after an orange stain appeared in it.
On 7 August gallons of sulphuric acid poured into the river.
Europe needs new stimulus to ward off crisis, US treasury warns
European governments need to "boost demand" in order to reduce unemployment and avoid deflation, the US Treasury secretary has told the G20 group.
Speaking after the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Australia on Sunday (21 September), Treasury secretary Jack Lew said that there was "an intensified call for boosting domestic demand in Europe".
'The Syrian war is not our conflict, but we are preparing for day this changes'
The Syrian war that has been raging since 2011 is “not ours, but we are preparing ourselves for the day the situation will change,” a senior IDF officer, based on the Golan Heights, said on Sunday.
Israel can deploy major firepower to the area, including air force and artillery, if needed “within minutes,” the source – from the 210th territorial Habashan Division – said.
Islamic State takes aim at Egypt through Sinai terror group
Islamic State called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and continue beheadings, an announcement likely to deepen concerns over ties between the militant groups.
"Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure," IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in a statement released online.
Panetta says US paying the price for not arming Syrian rebels
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Sunday that he believes the Islamic State terror group was able to flourish in part because the U.S. entered the conflict in Syria too late, saying the Obama administration should have armed the country’s moderate rebels earlier.
Yemen government signs peace agreement with Shiite rebels
Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.
World leaders to gather at U.N. in shadow of Islamic State, Ebola crises
World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.