19 Apr 14
Quake hits near St. Kitts; no damage reported
A magnitude-5.0 earthquake has struck northeast of the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, but there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck Saturday afternoon about 48 miles (77 kilometers) north-northeast of St. Kitts. It was also felt in Anguilla and the French Caribbean island of St. Barts.
Remote Alaska quake followed by aftershocks
A moderate earthquake was recorded Friday morning in Alaska above the Arctic Circle, and was followed by an aftershock almost as powerful.
Philippines rocked by 20 earthquakes in two days
Manila: A total of 20 earthquakes, including three powerful ones, rocked different parts of the Philippines from April 17 to 18, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) told Gulf News on Saturday.
NEWS: Oklahoma Earthquakes
PERRY, Oklahoma -
The United States Geological Survey reported a 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Perry Saturday morning.
The quake shook Noble county residents around 4:43 a.m. Saturday. The USGS said the earthquake was located one mile southeast of Perry, 14 miles northwest of Stillwater. The depth was recorded over two miles deep.
Japan Begins First Military Expansion In More Than 40 Years
Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan.
The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim.
5 Hrs Ago / Global Apple Inadvertently Intensifies the Search for Loch Ness Monster
The image, taken by an Apple map satellite, depicts a shadowy form of around 100 feet in length with something akin to flippers in the water of the Loch Ness.
US government delays Keystone XL pipeline decision
The US state department has given federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before it determines whether to issue a permit.
The delay suggests the decision whether to approve the pipeline could come after November's midterm elections.
The 875-mile (1,408km) pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the US state of Nebraska.
The Occult Meaning of Lady Gaga’s Video “G.U.Y.”
While one could argue that Gaga playing the role of a fallen angel might not inherently imply that she’s referring to Lucifer, a look at the symbolism later in the video strongly points towards it. Indeed, much of the video plays on the esoteric associations between Lucifer, Venus and Ishtar.
6.9 earthquake shakes PNG island
A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island but there is no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists say.
Western lawmakers strategize on taking control of federal lands
Officials from nine Western states met in Salt Lake City on Friday to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management.
The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart said it was in the works before this month's standoff.
Pentagon weighs deploying troops to Poland as militants snub Ukraine pact
The Pentagon is exploring options for deploying U.S. troops to Poland to expand NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe because of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, as pro-Russian militants defiantly refused Friday to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva.
EU Focuses Pressure on Israel to Make Concessions, Restart Talks
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel to reverse recent announcements regarding construction in Judea and Samaria in order to advance peace talks.
Ashton said she viewed with "great concern" an Israeli decision to declare an area near the Gush Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem as state land and the recognition of Jewish rights to the disputed Peace House in the Judean city of Hevron, a statement from her office said Friday.
Deadly attack on South Sudan base may be considered a 'war crime'
The United Nations Security Council said the attack which killed at least 58 people on a UN base in South Sudan where thousands of civilians were sheltering may 'constitute a war crime'.
Obama signs into law 'terrorist' UN envoy visa ban
President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that would bar entry to any UN ambassador whom the US says has engaged in "terrorist activity".
The law came as a response to Iran's pick of a UN envoy linked to the student militants who overran the US embassy in Tehran in 1979.
Blast kills suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen
An air strike killed at least 13 suspected al-Qaeda militants in central Yemen on Saturday, security officials said.
The strike in the province of al-Bayda targeted vehicles the insurgents were travelling in at the time.
Some reports say three civilians in another car were also killed.
Syria conflict: French journalists freed
Four French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year have been freed, President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.
In a statement, Mr Hollande said he had "learned with great relief this morning of the liberation of the four French journalists"
Ukraine crisis: Kiev calls Easter truce in east
Ukraine's foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter.
Andriy Deshchytsia told the BBC the security services would resume military action if the separatists continued to occupy government offices.
Nobody’s Sure How or Why an American Plane Ended Up in Iran
On Tuesday, a New York Times reporter in Tehran spotted an American plane at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, an extremely unique sight given the harsh sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and other Western nations.
18 Apr 14
Los Angeles Earthquake Today 2014 Strikes Northeast of San Diego
Another Southern California earthquake today 2014 has just hit, this time southeast of Los Angeles and northeast of San Diego. The latest Los Angeles neighboring earthquake today April 18, 2014 started just after 1:19 pm local time. The quake was shallow. And it was not on the same epicenter as the La Habra quake reported earlier today.
Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake
A powerful earthquake has hit Mexico City, shaking buildings for at least 30 seconds and causing widespread panic.
The magnitude-7.2 quake was registered at a depth of 24km (15 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
Its epicentre was in the western state of Guerrero, near the seaside resort of Acapulco
Christian broadcaster Dobson wins temporary ObamaCare mandate injunction
Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance.
A federal judge in Denver issued the injunction Thursday.
Los Angeles Earthquake Today 2014 Strikes La Habra April 18
A Los Angeles earthquake today 2014 has just La Habra and Southern California again. The Los Angeles earthquake today April 18, 2014 began just after sunrise. Damage assessment is pending.
North Korea EMP attack could destroy U.S. -RIGHT NOW
North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the United States, as demonstrated by their successful launch and orbiting of a satellite on Dec. 12, the Washington Times reports. In fact, the Times report says, “North Korea is a mortal nuclear threat to the United States – right now.”
Obama Military Cuts Have Made U.S. Powerless In Russia-Ukraine Conflict
“Ten thousand American troops have moved west out of Europe,” said Mr. Coffey, an analyst at The Heritage Foundation. “Ten thousand British soldiers have moved west out of Germany, while thousands of Russian soldiers have moved west to the Ukraine.”
Ebola virus circulating in Guinea is new strain
The virus that has caused a deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea is a new strain that emerged locally, possibly transmitted by fruit bats, virologists have said.
The outbreak is the first to be recorded in west Africa, but researchers said the virus causing it did not come from other countries where Ebola already circulates.
Tokyo area hit by magnitude 4.7 earthquake
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 4.7 shook eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Friday morning, but there was no threat of a tsunami and no immediate reports of damage, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Quake hits southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck an area near Shanbeh town of Bushehr province in Southern Iran on Thursday.
USGS: Magnitude 2.7 earthquake near Ina, IL
According to the report, the earthquake hit about 9 miles east-southeast of Ina, Ill. and 17 miles south-southeast of Mount Vernon, Ill.
Strong earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands; no tsunami warning
No tsunami warnings were generated after a strong earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands Thursday evening.
The 6.0-magnitude quake was recorded at 6:13 p.m. Hawaii time 76 miles west-southwest of Lata, Solomon Islands at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
US freeing Iran funds as Tehran cuts uranium stockpile
The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme.
It said $450m (£270m) would be made available in light of a report by the world's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.
On Thursday the agency said Iran had neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile.