27 Apr 16
Mini-quakes continue after Monday's Weaverville earthquake
USGS data from Earthquaketrack.com shows another small quake in Weaverville around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, as well as two more earlier that same morning. A geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden Co. confirms there have actually been about 11 earthquakes in the area over the past day or two.
Europe will 'soon have more Muslims than Christians'
Muslims will soon outnumber Christians in Europe, a Belgian minister has claimed.
Speaking at a hearing into the Brussels attacks, Koen Geens said the European Community may not realise it “but this is the reality”....Belgian deputy prime minister Jan Jambon warning against Europeans “making an enemy of Islam” describing it as “the worst thing we can do”.
Islamic State: Up to $800m of funds 'destroyed by strikes'
Up to $800m (£550m) in cash held by so-called Islamic State (IS) has been destroyed in air strikes, a US military official says.
Maj Gen Peter Gersten, who is based in Baghdad, said the US had repeatedly targeted stores of the group's funds.
The blow to the group's financing has contributed to a 90% jump in defections and a drop in new arrivals, he said.
Brazil swine flu: H1N1 vaccinations to begin as virus kills 230
The health ministry in Brazil says 230 people have been killed by swine flu this year - more than six times the number for the whole of 2015.
More than 70 deaths were registered in the last week alone, officials said.
A national campaign of free swine flu vaccinations begins on Saturday.
Venezuela introduces two-day week to deal with energy crisis
Venezuela's government has imposed a two-day working week for public sector workers as a temporary measure to help it overcome a serious energy crisis.
Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz announced that civil servants should turn up for work only on Mondays and Tuesdays until the crisis was over.
Venezuela is facing a major drought, which has dramatically reduced water levels at its main hydroelectric dam.
Eleven shot dead in Cape Verde, including two Spanish citizens
Eleven men were shot dead in Cape Verde on Tuesday, including eight soldiers, a local civilian and two Spanish citizens, the minister of Internal Administration for the archipelago off the African coast said in a statement.
Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins
Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.
As Old Friendships Cool, Netanyahu Looks East for Fresh Support
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach to Israel’s international relations is changing.
Criticized by U.S. and European leaders over his policies toward the Palestinians, the Israeli leader is cultivating allies in other parts of the world that share economic interests and enemies.
Turkey's Erdogan Chases Critics At Home And Abroad
Ebru Umar was sleeping in her summer residence on Turkey's Aegean coast when police arrived at her door and took her away for questioning about two of her tweets that were deemed offensive to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Billy Graham's Daughter: God Is Turning Away From America And Leaving Us To Our Sins
Commenting on the moral state of America and God's judgment on sinful nations, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of pastor Billy Graham, said America is imploding "morally and spiritually," that God is removing His "blessing and protection" from us, leaving us to our sins, and that this encroaching judgment is evident in the chaos of the political scene, the economy, and even the weather.
26 Apr 16
Beware state capitalism: it’s the enemy of real markets
“It’s not the real thing, it doesn’t work and it is a recipe for capital destruction” Saudi Aramco will continue to be controlled by, and managed exclusively in the interest of, the Saudi government. The Saudi proposal is another case of the unfortunate and confusing rise of state capitalism, a subset of corporatism.
Climate Models Fail Again, Didn’t Predict CO2 Would Green The Western US
Climate models have long predicted man-made global warming would cause the western U.S. to become more arid and brown, but that’s not what happened. A new study examining three decades worth of satellite data found the western U.S. — indeed, the world in general — is greening because of increased carbon dioxide emissions.
EXCLUSIVE: Kerry, Heinz Family Have Millions Invested In Offshore Tax Havens
Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz have invested millions of U.S. dollars through family trusts in at least 11 offshore tax havens, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The revelation comes on the heels of the release of the Panama Papers, a treasure trove of 11.5 million legal and financial records documenting how ...powerful people have used offshore bank accounts to conceal their wealth and avoid taxes.
We must protect Israel from its lying enemie
I first set eyes on two swamplands more than 70 years ago. Both would find a special place in my heart for years to come. One was Florida, the other Israel. Since then, I have spent my life working to improve and build them both.
Report: AmeriCorps Volunteers Escorted Women to Abortion Clinics
Several AmeriCorps volunteers recently helped young women get abortions, which is a "direct violation" of the federal funding rules that cover the group, The Hill reports.
EU FALLING APART: Former Italy PM warns bloc DISINTEGRATING which could spark WAR
“The EU is going through a crisis which leads me and others for the first time to consider whether we are not heading towards disintegration. “The EU has never been hit by such a high number of different crises of this gravity.
Military Buildup? Turkey Deploys Missile Systems on Border With Syria
The Turkish army has pulled additional forces to the border with Syria, placing several rocket launchers near the Turkish city of Kilis, local media reported.
Clashes break out on Temple Mount after Jews bow down
A protest erupted on Tuesday morning on the Temple Mount after several Jews visiting the site began prostrating themselves and began reciting Jewish prayers which are strictly forbidden under current agreements between Israel and the Waqf.
Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits
Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin's decision a year ago to press ahead with the stalled sale of the S-300 system was the first clear evidence of a growing partnership between Russia and Iran that has since turned the tide in Syria's civil war and is testing U.S. influence in the Middle East.
ISIS fighters in Sweden to attack ‘civilian targets’ in Stockholm - reports
Swedish security services are on high alert in connection with a potential terror threat, officials said. Reports in Swedish media say several Islamic State fighters have arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks on civilian targets in the capital Stockholm.
British MP called to ethnically cleanse Israeli Jews
UK Labour Party MP Naz Shah has declared that all Israeli Jews should be "relocated" to the United States. She even suggested that the British government could pay for the "transportation costs" of removing Jews from the Middle East.
Saudi general: 'If Netanyahu accepts the Arab Peace Initiative, we’ll open an embassy in Israel'
Anwar Eshki, a retired Major General in the Saudi army said in an interview with AL-Jazeera that he opposes arming the Palestinians, "like Iran does," because it will be counterproductive.
SOLAR SECTOR BOUNDARY CROSSING
On April 28th, probably late in the day, Earth will cross a fold in the heliospheric current sheet--a vast wavy structure in interplanetary space separating regions of opposite magnetic polarity. The crossing could trigger geomagnetic activity and auroras around Earth's poles
Blowing Dust Causes Pileup; I-10 Closed for 62 Miles in Arizona, New Mexico
Blowing dust in southeastern Arizona caused a pileup along Interstate 10 Monday afternoon, closing down a 62-mile stretch of the freeway , according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The westbound side of I-10 was closed off near San Simon, about 15 miles from the New Mexico state line after two tractor trailers collided.
California Firearm Owners Brace For ‘Gun-Megeddon’
The package of 10 gun control bills, which opponents are calling "Gun-Megeddon," has firearms owners fearful of losing their Second Amendment right to bear arms. "Gun-Megeddon is definitely coming to pass," said Craig DeLuz of the Firearms Policy Coalition.
White House says it will offer largest military package in US history
The United States plans to offer Israel the largest military assistance package in US history, according to an Obama administration official.
"We are prepared to sign an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Israel that would constitute the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history," a White House official told Reuters.
Iraq: Sadr supporters in mass protest for political reform
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, in protest at a months-long political crisis and lack of reform.
Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has asked his supporters to march towards the Green Zone, where the government is based.
He wants Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to press ahead with his plan to replace ministers appointed on the basis of political affiliation with technocrats.
Egypt Clamps Down on Protests Over Red Sea Islands
Authorities acted quickly to suppress demonstrations only days after the biggest protests in a year
Egyptian security forces quickly snuffed out a series of protests across Cairo against the government’s decision to transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
France wins $40 billion Australian submarine contract
Australia has awarded the A$50 billion ($40 billion) contract to build the country's new fleet of submarines to French naval contractor DCNS, sources said on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to Japan's nascent defense export industry.
Palestinian Authority backs convicted killer for Nobel Peace Prize
Palestinian leaders have offered up an unlikely candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize: A man serving five life sentences for murder.
Marwan Barghouti, who founded al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and is called “the Palestinian Mandela,” was convicted in 2004 of five counts of murder – including a 2002 attack at a Tel Aviv seafood market in which three civilians were killed. While in prison, he has toyed with running for president and polls suggest he would win if it were up to the voters.