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28 Aug 14

Fighting in Syria spawns separate civil war in global jihadist movement
Syria’s bloody civil war has spawned a separate rift with ramifications well beyond the region known as the Levant -- a battle for the very soul of the global jihad movement.  

Would it kill you to hire more black cops? (Yes)
In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery, and aggravated assault will be. Violent crime increased by a minimum of 3.3 percent every year after affirmative action policies went into effect — and the spike in crime was highest in black neighborhoods.  

Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets
A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent.  

Guatemala Earthquake Today 2014:
USGS indicates to news that a 5.2 magnitude Guatemala earthquake today started just 2:27 am local time. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that the Guatemala earthquake started only forty-one miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the vicinity.  

High-Tech Sleuthing Cracks Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks
Jagged plates of thin ice, resembling panels of broken glass, bulldoze the rocks across the flooded playa, the scientists reveal today (Aug. 27) in the journal PLOS One. Driven by gentle winds, the rocks seem to hydroplane atop the fluffy, wet mud.  

Sinai group says it beheaded 4 Egyptian 'Mossad agents'
A Sinai-based militant group said on Thursday it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters. Four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula earlier this month, security sources said - the first time that any decapitations had been made public in Egypt.  

Reports: Syrian Rebels Capture UN Personnel on Golan
Syrian rebels have reportedly taken UN personnel prisoner after they took over the area near the Kuneitra border crossing on the Golan Heights. The UN personnel were stationed on the Syrian side of the border.  

US Territory Bars Retired Air Force Major From Voting Because He’s White
Retired Air Force Major Dave Davis is suing Guam, a U.S. territory, for barring him from voting because of his race.  

PA to Demand 'Israeli Withdrawal Timetable' at UN
Sha'ath said that the PA expected the Security Council to comply with its demands; if it does not do so, the Authority will seek help from the International Court of Justice in The Hague. There, the PA will demand that Israeli officials be charged as “war criminals” for the damage caused to Gaza, as the IDF responded to incessant rocket attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilian population centers.  

NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of M-class flares and a 5% chance of X-flares on Aug. 28th. The likely source is sunspot AR2146, which has a 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for strong eruptions.  

World 'has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this'
Dr Tom Frieden said: "There is need for urgent action. The world has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this..... I wish I didn't have to say this, but it is going to get worse, before it gets better." (video)  

WHO: Over 20,000 could be infected with Ebola
They said the actual number of cases in four West African nations could already be two to four times higher than the reported 3,069, as they issued a strategic plan to combat the outbreak.  

NATO Not Looking for War With Russia - CSIS
“We are not looking for war with Russia. We aim to prevent any kind of unusual, unconventional approaches that might come after NATO territory or NATO stability,” International Security Director at CSIS Katherine Hicks said during a Wednesday press briefing on the upcoming NATO summit.  

The Drums of War Beat For ISIS but is Obama Ready?
The Islamic State isn’t going to go away and the atrocities it will commit under the banner of a twisted political and religious philosophy will only increase in frequency and horror if ISIS is allowed to continue its course without the intervention of U.S. Forces. Secretary Of Defense Leon Panetta Hosts Ceremony At Vietnam Veterans MemorialThis is a reality that President Obama has been reluctant to fully recognize.  

Erdogan to be sworn in as Turkey's new president
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking the oath of office as Turkey's first popularly elected president, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years. Taking over Erdogan's post of prime minister is Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a long standing ally who is expected to do little to challenge the Turkish number one.  

DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when.  

Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets
A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent. ...“Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem”...calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues.  

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation...the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution.  

Two experts warn correction could total 60%
...A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline...When this happens, he said, markets will face a "period of extreme turmoil." This crash will be precipitated, he said, by a disillusionment with the Federal Reserve's "confidence game," which will then see inflation rise, and the Fed scramble to raise rates. At that point, Tice added, "the Fed starts to lose control."  

Mouse memories 'flipped' from fearful to cheerful
By artificially activating circuits in the brain, scientists have turned negative memories into positive ones. They gave mice bad memories of a place, then made them good - or vice versa - without ever returning to that place. Neurons storing the "place" memory were re-activated in a different emotional context, modifying the association.  

Syria conflict: IS 'executes dozens of soldiers'
Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) appear to have executed "dozens" of Syrian army soldiers, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the soldiers were captured while attempting to flee to Hama province after IS stormed the Tabqa airbase. Twitter accounts belonging to jihadists had boasted about 200 deaths, it added.  

Ebola vaccine to be trialled on UK volunteers
A trial vaccine against Ebola could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK in September, according to an international health consortium. The trial will start as soon as ethical approval is granted, experts at the Wellcome Trust say. If the vaccine works well the study will extend to The Gambia and Mali.  

Nato chief unveils new plan for eastern Europe
A summit in Minsk on Tuesday (26 August) failed to produce a breakthrough on the Ukraine conflict, while Nato announced a bold new plan for eastern Europe. The event saw the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, which have formed a Customs Union, meet with the president of Ukraine and three EU commissioners, before the Ukrainian and Russian chiefs broke off for two-hour long talks.  

Report: Netanyahu and Abbas met secretly in Jordan prior to Gaza cease-fire
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly in Amman prior to the announcement Tuesday of the cease-fire which ended 50 days of fighting between Israel and armed factions in Gaza... The paper quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the meeting...took place a few days before the cease-fire.  

China criticises Japan after Shinzo Abe honours war criminals as martyrs
China has urged Japan to “make a clean break with militarism” and build trust with its neighbours after it emerged that the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, had honoured more than 1,000 convicted war criminals as “martyrs” who laid the foundations for modern Japan.  

Hundreds Of Westerners Have Joined ISIS
In the aftermath of the sadistic murder of American journalist James Foley by a suspected London-born ISIS recruit, increasing attention is being paid to the radicalization of Muslims from the West who are joining the conflict in Iraq and Syria.  

Gaza conflict: Israeli PM Netanyahu says war was 'victory'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the seven-week conflict in Gaza ended in "victory". The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit hard and got none of its demands," Mr Netanyahu said. Hamas has also claimed the truce represents a victory for Gaza and held a large rally to celebrate it.  

Ukraine crisis: Russia pressed over fresh fighting
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from Russia's President Vladimir Putin amid reports that Russian troops have launched an incursion into south-east Ukraine. Ukraine said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting separatist attacks. The US State Department said it suspected a Russian-directed counter-offensive was under way.  

Ebola outbreak: 'It's even worse than I'd feared'
"It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. "Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country.  

Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble
Aug. 27 will officially go down as a red letter day in the history of reserve currencies and dollar hegemony in how oil and gas are purchased throughout the world. In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products.  

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