29 Nov 14
Revealed: Vladimir Putin Plotting To Invade Europe – Report
Russian President Vladimir Putin has a concrete plan of invading Europe, taking it under his total rule. The covert plot was exposed by Germany's well-known newspaper, the BILD, citing credible sources from the intelligence community.
Jordanians Protest Against 'Dangerous' Jewish State Law
Hundreds of Jordanians joined a rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood to denounce Israeli plans to enshrine in law the country's status as the national Jewish homeland.
An estimated 1,500 protesters set off from the Husseini mosque in downtown Amman holding up signs saying "Al-Aqsa is in danger", according to AFP.
Netanyahu: We Can't Continue Governing Like This
“One cannot govern under the present situation”, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his associates in recent days, according to a report Friday on Channel 2 News.
Netanyahu, according to the report, has been holding talks with his aides in light of the ongoing tensions in the coalition. These conversations have highlighted Netanyahu’s frustration over the situation and particularly his mistrust of Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who heads the Yesh Atid party.
Nearly 40 per cent of Germans endorse Russia's annexation of Crimea
Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea has found supporters in an unlikely country: A November 23 opinion poll in Germany found that nearly 40 per cent of the country's population accept the move.
Pope supports strikes against Isil terrorists
Pope Francis condemned the "barbaric violence" perpetrated against Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq on the first day of his visit to Turkey, a country on the front-line of the war against Islamist extremism.
Nigeria unrest: President Jonathan condemns deadly mosque attack
Nigeria's president has pledged "to leave no stone unturned" in tracking down the perpetrators of a mosque attack that killed dozens of people.
Goodluck Jonathan urged the nation "to confront the common enemy" after the gun and bomb attack during Friday's prayers in the northern city of Kano.
Push for Palestinian statehood grows in Europe as France begins debate
As France’s National Assembly began debating a non-binding vote on recognizing a state of Palestine Friday, lawmakers joined three other democratic chambers and one European leader who have done the same in less than six weeks.
The Brown family’s pastor tries to make sense of the fire that gutted his church
Clutching hands, about 30 members of the Lee family stood over the Thanksgiving spread. Before they could eat, family tradition dictates, they had to go around the room saying what they were thankful for.
Will the US give the Dutch their gold back?
As the Dutch central bank looks to repatriate some of its gold reserves back from the New York Federal Reserve, Dennis Gartman, the editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter, has questioned what reputational damage this could cause for the U.S.
Cape Verde volcano threatens to destroy villages, as government meets with U.N. officials
Molten rock from a thundering volcano threatens to engulf several villages in Cape Verde – days after its initial eruption.
The active volcano, Pico do Fogo, is the archipelago’s highest peak on its most prominent island: Fogo, which means fire.
It burst open on November 23 for the first time since 1995 and has continued to erupt – prompting government officials to call for an emergency meeting with U.N. representatives and aid agencies, according to local reports.
28 Nov 14
Marijuana Figures Big In Ferguson Meltdown
CNN’s Don Lemon is under fire for making the elementary observation that some of the Ferguson protesters planning violence and mayhem were smoking pot. Linking dope to violence is taboo for most of the media.
Reporting from the scene, Lemon said, “Maybe a minute, two minutes ago we heard a gunshot and watched people scattering. And we’re watching people on the roofs of cars, on the tops of cars and … Obviously there’s a smell of marijuana here as well.”
Why Do British Royals Refuse To Visit Israel?
The bizarre story of the refusal of British royals to visit Israel, while they are constantly in the Arab world, continues.
I wrote about this phenomenon here, last February, when Prince Charles visited Saudi Arabia. As I noted then, the Queen has never set foot in Israel and Prince Charles set foot there briefly only once, for the Rabin funeral.
Islamic State spreading into northern Africa, alarming U.S.
In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.
Are we on the brink of creating artificial life?
With 100 billion neurons and 37 trillion cells, the human body is simply too complex to be artificially designed by modern computers.
But in the quest to create artificial life, what if we started a lot smaller? ...
The worm Caenorhabditis elegans has just 300 neurons and around 1,000 cells - and now a robot has been created that mimics the actions of this simple organism.
Gaza floods: UN declares state of emergency
The United Nations has declared a state of emergency in the Gaza Strip after two days of heavy rain led to severe flooding.
No casualties have been reported but hundreds of people have been evacuated and 63 schools are closed for the day in Gaza City.
More than 400,000 Palestinians have been displaced since the 50-day summer conflict with Israel ended in August.
Pope Francis in Turkey to boost faith ties
Pope Francis is in Turkey for what is described as a historic visit to promote religious dialogue.
At the start of his three-day trip he is holding talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The Pope is due to travel to Istanbul to meet the head of the Orthodox Christian Church.
This is only the fourth visit by a pope to Muslim-majority Turkey.
Brisbane storm: Huge clean-up in Queensland
A huge clean-up operation is under way in the Australian city of Brisbane after a severe storm swept across south-east Queensland.
The storm produced hailstones the size of golf balls, causing widespread damage.
Up to 90,000 homes were without power as winds gusting at 140km/h (85mph) brought down trees and power lines.
Mexican president Pena Nieto to overhaul police
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced plans to overhaul the country's municipal police forces after the disappearance of 43 students.
He plans to put all local police units under federal control.
The students, all trainee teachers, went missing in September after joining a protest in Iguala, Guerrero state.
France, Italy, Belgium to get extra three months on deficit and debt
The EU commission on Friday (28 November) is set to give France, Italy and Belgium three more months to implement deficit-and-debt cutting measures or face fines.
It is the first time the commission splits its verdict on national budgets into two parts: acknowledging that France, Italy and Belgium are in breach of the deficit-and-debt rules...but delaying a decision on the consequences until March.
Syria denies targeting civilians, tells US better to criticize ISIS
Syria rejected as "fabricated" US accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes and said Washington would do better to criticize hardline Islamic State insurgents...
The US State Department said on Wednesday it was "horrified" by Syrian government bombings in Raqqa province which it said had killed "dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas".
French FM: Paris will recognize Palestinian state if peace efforts fail
France said on Friday it was working with partners on a "final" diplomatic push to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, including by setting a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a UN-backed resolution.
"If this final effort to reach a negotiated solution fails, then France will have to do what it takes by recognizing without delay the Palestinian state," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told parliament.
Will OPEC bankrupt US shale producers?
he OPEC's contentious decision to keep its production target, leaving the market with a supply glut, could trigger a wave of debt defaults by U.S. shale oil producers, warn analysts.
The 12-member oil cartel on Thursday said it would stick to its output target of 30 million barrels a day, triggering a sharp decline in oil prices, with U.S. crude futures tumbling nearly $6 to $67.75 on Friday - the lowest since May 2010.
Israel slams Ankara: This is no way for a NATO state to act
Israeli officials used diplomatic language on Thursday when responding to revelations that the Hamas cell uncovered in the West Bank received orders and training from operatives in Turkey, but this belied anger that Hamas has apparently moved the center of its overseas operations from Syria to Turkey.
Japan’s Two-Year Note Yield Declines Below Zero for First Time
Japan’s two-year note yields dropped below zero for the first time as investors prepared for an auction of the securities today.
The Ministry of Finance is scheduled to sell 2.7 trillion yen ($23 billion) of debt maturing in December 2016. Two-year yields reached zero on Nov. 19 after the Bank of Japan decided last month to expand the annual pace of its bond buying to 80 trillion yen. Yields at a sale of three-month treasury bills fell below zero for the first time on Oct. 23.
Six killed in Kabul suicide attack on UK Embassy vehicle
Gunfire and explosions rocked Kabul as Taliban militants attacked a central district that houses several embassies and foreign compounds, hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British Embassy vehicle, killing six people.
Attacks across Kabul have increased in recent weeks as US-led Nato forces prepare to wrap up their 13-year combat mission against the Taliban insurgents at the end of this year.
Oil prices plummet as OPEC decides against output cut
Crude prices plunged Thursday after the powerful Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it wouldn't cut production levels to stem the collapse in oil prices that have fallen 40% since June.
"Panicking" Ukrainians Face Soaring Prices, Warn "Inflation Is War"
With Ukraine, according to President Poroshenko, on the verge of World War III, it appears the people of the divided nation face another all too familiar war... on their living standards. As Hyrvnia continues to collapse to record-er lows, Ukraine's Central Bank warns of further stress and FX (think US Dollar or EUR) demand because the "population is in panic."
ECB's Draghi: Euro monetary union 'incomplete'
European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains "incomplete" and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries' economic policies to avoid future crises.
27 Nov 14
Israel 'foils Hamas cell planning Jerusalem attacks'
Israel's internal security service says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem.
Shin Bet said it had arrested more than 30 militants who were trained abroad, and recovered weapons and explosives.
They planned to kidnap Israelis and their targets for attack included a football stadium in Jerusalem and the city's light rail system, it alleged.
Nearly 1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps
Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program.