23 Aug 16
Tropical Storm Gaston to turn into hurricane by Wednesday
Tropical Storm Gaston, which formed Monday and is making its way through the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is expected to turn into a hurricane by Wednesday. The storm system is not yet expected to be a threat to land. Tropical Storm Gaston -- with maximum winds of 50 mph -- is moving west-northwest at a speed of 18 mph. The storm was about 550 miles west from the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands as of early Tuesday.
Nigerian army: Self-declared Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau 'fatally wounded'
The Nigerian Army said an airstrike carried out last week "fatally wounded" self-proclaimed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America
Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources.
EXCLUSIVE: Condi Rice Also Has No Recollection Of Hillary’s Email Convo With Colin Powell
Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice has no recollection of a conversation at a 2009 dinner party where Hillary Clinton reportedly claims that Gen. Colin Powell advised her to use a personal email account. Rice’s inability to recall the conversation makes her the second person to publicly undercut Clinton’s claim.
German right-wing leader backs citizens' right to arm themselves
The leader of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has spoken out in favor of people arming themselves with guns and self-defence devices following a series of violent attacks last month.
ISIS Executes Six Accused Spies by Boiling Men in Tar
The barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently executed six men accused of being spies by boiling them in tar, reports state. Iraqi News reported the information from a source residing in Nineveh, who stated that the men had been sentenced to death in a Sharia court for their alleged crimes.
Judge orders State Department to review 14,900 Clinton emails
The judge also scheduled a Sept. 23 hearing on when to release the emails, a deadline that raises the possibility some will become public before the Nov. 8 presidential election between Democrat Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump.
Huma Abedin, Hillary’s Bribe Broker
The trove of newly released emails obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch through the courts appear to show that Abedin served as a gatekeeper auctioning access to the would-be president in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. When individuals wanted to meet with Hillary, Abedin would say no, and introduce them to the foundation. After the so-called donation was received access to Clinton would be approved.
Germany may reintroduce conscription if defense of NATO borders needed – reports
The German government may revive nationwide conscription in times of crisis, such as situations in which the country needs to “defend NATO’s external borders,” according to local media citing a controversial paper drafted by the Interior Ministry.
Biblical Tent of Meeting May Have Been an Astonishing Six-Story Dome, Engineer Reveals
The Biblical Tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, may have been not a modest rectangular tent as scholars have believed for centuries, but an enormous circular structure six stories tall, proposes a Wisconsin engineer who has spent years studying the intricacies of the Biblical texts describing the desert structure.
National Insitutes of Health Wants Funds for Human-Animal Hybrids
The NIH, under the leadership of professing Christian Dr. Francis Collins, is proposing lifting a ban on taxpayer funding of experiments that splice human stem cells with animal embryos, creating human-animal chimeras.
Proponents, of course, downplay any ethical concerns related to creating new life forms using human genetic material — for either the humans or the animals involved.
No Scientific Evidence That People Are Born Gay or Transgender, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say
Distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland released a new 143-page report on Monday that argues that there is not enough definitive scientific evidence available to suggest that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals are born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity.
5.3 magnitude earthquake jolts Dhaka
Duty officer at Bangladesh Meteorological Department told the Dhaka Tribune that the earthquake originated 409km east of their office. According to the US Geological survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was located 40km North-East of Mawlaik, Myanmar.
North Korea lays new landmines near border truce village: report
North Korea has laid landmines in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas...as tension rose on the divided peninsula after the start of annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
North Korea, which conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and a string of rocket tests since then, regards the joint exercises as akin to war and has threatened to launch a military strike in retaliation.
The US Air Force reveals radical plan to 'bomb the sky' to improve radio reception
A fleet of tiny satellites could one day be used to detonate plasma bombs in Earth’s upper atmosphere to improve the range of radio communications.
The US Air Force has granted contracts to three research teams to develop the technology needed to do this, with hopes that CubeSats could carry massive amounts of ionized gas to the ionosphere to create radio-reflecting plasma.
China takes control of North Sea oil drilling
China has become the largest crude oil operator in the North Sea despite boasting that it uses deep-water oilrigs as strategic weapons.
The scale of Chinese growth in the region meant that Britain handed about £2 billion in tax breaks to one state-run oil company last year, analysis by The Times has shown.
Texas judge blocks Obama's transgender bathroom directive
A Texas judge has blocked an order by the US government that schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.
The temporary injunction signed by Judge Reed O'Connor follows a challenge to President Barack Obama's directive by 13 states and applies nationwide.
The injunction was passed the day before many students go back to school.
Turkey shells both IS and Kurdish positions in Syria
Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets across the border in northern Syria ahead of an expected ground attack on an IS-held town.
Some 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have also gathered in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, poised for an offensive to drive IS out of Jarablus.
Turkey has also shelled Syrian Kurdish forces nearby, apparently to deter them from taking Jarablus themselves.
Philippines war on drugs: '1,900 killed' amid crackdown
The head of the Philippines police has said more than 1,900 people have been killed during a crackdown on illegal drugs in the past seven weeks.
Ronald dela Rosa was speaking at a senate hearing into the sharp rise in deaths since Rodrigo Duterte became president.
He said police operations had killed about 750 people, but the other deaths were still being investigated.
Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria air strike 'kills commanders'
Nigeria's army says it has killed several commanders of the Islamist group Boko Haram in an air strike and seriously wounded its disputed leader.
An army spokesman told the BBC's Hausa service that Abubakar Shekau's shoulder was badly injured in the strike on Friday in north-eastern Borno state.
There has been no independent confirmation of the strike.
The comeback of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
It is clear that Iran’s former firebrand-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president from 2005-2013, is attempting a political comeback.
...An Iran poll survey suggests that the former president now trails incumbent Hassan Rouhani by just eight percentage points in a head-to-head match-up, compared with 27 points in May 2015.
Thailand bomb attacks the work of 'at least' 20 people: police
Thai police on Monday said at least 20 people were involved in carrying out a wave of deadly bombings in the country's south earlier this month.
Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An "Economic Shock"
In a Fed Staff working paper released over the weekend titled "Gauging the Ability of the FOMC to Respond to Future Recessions" and penned by deputy director of the division of research and statistics at the Fed, the author concludes that "simulations of the FRB/US model of a severe recession suggest that large-scale asset purchases and forward guidance about the future path of the federal funds rate should be able to provide enough additional accommodation to fully compensate for a more limited [ability] to cut short-term interest rates in most, but probably not all, circumstances."
Clinton’s pathetic ‘Colin Powell made me do it’ defense
The influence that Colin Powell has over Hillary Clinton is something to behold.
His word is her command. When he tells her to break the law and endanger the nation’s secrets, she doesn’t hesitate. She salutes smartly and does as she is told.
Moscow and Tehran: Russia done launching Syrian airstrikes from Iran
For now, Russia is done using an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes against targets in Syria, Russia's defense ministry and Iran's official state news agency reported Monday.
Elizabeth Smart: Pornography made my living hell worse
Elizabeth Ann Smart, who was kidnapped in 2002 from her home at age 14 and raped daily by her captor for nine months when authorities finally rescued her in 2003, is speaking out know about her horrifying experience and how pornography spurred her captor to rape her even more frequently and compelled him to force Smart to engage in the hardcore practices displayed in the pornography.
Iraq stops would-be child bomber for ISIS
Dramatic video has emerged of Iraqi police stripping an explosive belt from a child suspected in a suicide bombing attempt for ISIS.
The footage appears to show security personnel restrain a visibly upset boy while they carefully cut the belt from the youth's torso in Kirkuk. Once the belt has been removed, the boy is scooped up and taken away.
22 Aug 16
State: Nearly 15,000 New Clinton Emails Found in FBI Probe
The FBI has uncovered nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emailed documents sent directly to or from Hillary Clinton, the State Department said Monday.
The shocking admission to almost 50 percent more than the 30,000 work-related documents Clinton's lawyers turned over to the State Department in 2014 was tweeted out by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch....
Archaeologists unearth mysterious pyramid in Kazakhstan which pre-dates Giza’s
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have stumbled upon what they believe are the ruins of an ancient pyramid in Kazakhstan which would considerably pre-date some of Egypt’s iconic pyramids.
Volcano blows after multiple earthquakes sparking fear of monster deadly eruption
The increased seismic activity this weekend could mean it is bubbling up for a devastating "big one" eruption - the likes of which have not been seen since 2000 when 41,000 people had to evacuate.