21 Sep 14
5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Registered in Western Greece
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the region of the town of Nafpaktos and it occurred at a depth of 20 kilometers, according to reports of the Focus news agency. Nafpaktos, which has a population of over 18 000, is situated on a bay on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth.
Senior Iranian official: Ready to work with US to fight IS, but wants nuclear flexibility
According to a recent interview, Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.
Israel, Hamas to resume indirect cease-fire talks in Cairo
Israel and Hamas will resume indirect negotiations in Cairo Tuesday discussing a long-term cease-fire following seven weeks of deadly Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported on Saturday.
An Israeli official told the Walla! news website that the Israeli and Palestinian delegations will resume indirect talks through Egyptian mediators, to discuss core topics on the agenda to reach a permanent truce between Israel and the Palestinian militant factions in the Gaza Strip, headed by Hamas.
Syria crisis: 66,000 flee Islamic State into Turkey
Some 66,000 refugees - mainly Syrian Kurds - have crossed into Turkey in 24 hours, officials say, as Islamic State militants advance in northern Syria.
Turkey opened its border on Friday to Syrians fleeing the Kurdish town of Kobane in fear of an IS attack.
Ukraine conflict: Ceasefire 'in name only' - Nato
A ceasefire in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian rebels exists "in name only", Nato's most senior military commander has warned.
General Philip Breedlove, the organisation's supreme allied commander in Europe, was speaking after a meeting of Nato military chiefs in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Boko Haram 'kill several' as they loot Nigeria market
Boko Haram gunmen stormed a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeastern state of Borno, killing several people and carting away food, witnesses said Saturday.
China Is Trying To Build A New World Order
The clue is in the name. The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) groups six countries--China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan--and aims to be the dominant security institution in its region; but its origin and purposes are largely Chinese.
Ebola Worst-Case Scenario Has More Than 500,000 Cases
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to hundreds of thousands more people by the end of January, according to an estimate under development by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that puts one worst-case scenario at 550,000 or more infections.
Earthquake rattles SC town; no report of damage
The U.S. Geological Survey reports a weak earthquake has shaken the Aiken area.
Magnitude 4.7 quake jolts North Cotabato
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake jolted North Cotabato early morning Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. According to its latest bulletin, the epicenter of the quake which struck at 7:09 a.m. was plotted 14 kilometers southeast of Kidapawan.
Earthquake hits southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Farshband in the southern province of Fars on Sept. 20.
The tremor occurred at 09:01 (GMT +4:30 hours), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, Iran's IRNA news agency reported.
Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits eastern Taiwan
Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) A magnitude 4.8 earthquake rocked eastern Taiwan at 5:14 a.m. Sunday, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The earthquake's epicenter was located at sea about 44.8 kilometers southwest of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 24.1 km, bureau officials said.
20 Sep 14
Report: Security upped at Vatican over attack fears
Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.
A foreign security service alerted Italy this week after intercepting a conversation between two Arab speakers which referred to "a demonstrative act, Wednesday, at the Vatican," Il Messaggero daily reported.
Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing ISIS advance
Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants... Kurtulmus said on Saturday.
Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish.
France: Israel-Palestinian solution to be presented to UNSC
A “solution to the conflict” between the Israelis and Palestinians will be put to the UN Security Council, French President Francois Hollande said yesterday after meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Paris.
"We will have a resolution, to be presented to the Security Council, that will say very clearly what we expect from the (peace) process and what the solution to the conflict must be," Hollande told reporters.
Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
The failed Scottish vote...stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union...
Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.
Six Russian fighter jets intercepted off Alaska
Six Russian fighter jets were intercepted by American and Canadian planes off the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, US defence officials have confirmed.
They entered what is known as the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), but did not enter US air space.
The planes, two of which were MiG 31 jets, left the area without incident.
ISIS fight requires 'genocidal' Israel leave 'Palestine', Iran says
Destroying the Islamic State will require Israel leaving Palestine, Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said on Friday.
Speaking before the United Nations Security Council at a meeting on the crisis in Iraq, Araghchi said that Israel's actions in Gaza can "only be called genocide," and said that such actions were a rallying cry for Islamic State.
Budget Chief: Denying Climate Change ‘Makes You a Member of the Flat Earth Society’
Shawn Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on Friday that if you don’t believe in climate change and support federal spending to fight it, you believe the earth is flat.
America’s Most Popular Pastor Doesn’t Know The Bible
Mega-church pastor Joel Osteen may lead the largest Protestant church in the United States, but a recent Facebook post shows he might need to go back to Sunday school.
Kerry Says Iran Has Role in Defeating Islamic State
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran has a role to play in an international coalition to take on Islamic State extremists.
“The coalition required to eliminate ISIL is not only, or even primarily, military in nature,” Kerry said yesterday at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq, referring to the group by an acronym for its former name. “It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort.”
Man barges into White House after jumping lawn fence
A man jumped the fence at the White House late Friday and made it through the North Portico doors into the building before he was captured, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN.
Exponential: Ebola Cases Now Double Every 3 Weeks; CDC Warns As Many As Half A Million May Be Infected Soon
Since the start of the outbreak, the Ebola virus has infected 5,357 people, killing 2,630, according to the WHO; and as The UN explains, the outbreak is the largest the world has ever seen with the number of cases is doubling every three weeks. The CDC, however, hot on the heels of the UN's proclamation that "the gravity and scale of the situation now require an unprecedented level of international action," has warned that unless government intervention is increased significantly, 550,000 people could be infected by the end of January. "Contained?"
Mexico struggles to return order to Los Cabos
Authorities struggled Friday to restore services and calm residents five days after Hurricane Odile knocked out power, water and phone service along the Baja Peninsula, sparking widespread looting in the resort area of Los Cabos.
Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Superpowers
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, the Incredible Hulk — all of these characters have at least one awesome trait in common: the ability to heal themselves. And now, the Pentagon wants to give ordinary people this superhuman capability.
Another Huge Middle Eastern Country With An Al Qaeda Franchise Is On The Verge Of Exploding
Over 120 people were reportedly killed during fighting in a Middle Eastern capital on Friday, but it wasn't Baghdad or Damascus. With a Shi'ite rebel movement marching on Sa'ana, Yemen now seems like it's primed to be the next country in the region to stare down the prospect of violent collapse.
From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant
As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.
19 Sep 14
No geomagnetic storm was in the forecast for Sept. 19th, but a storm occurred anyway. Sky watchers around the Arctic Circle saw the midnight sky turn green as magnetometers registered an unexpected G1-class disturbance between 0300 and 0600 UT.
Pope Francis on ISIS persecution of Christians: ‘We are in World War Three’
“Pope Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War Three,” said Ronald S. Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress.
Scientists Admit Defeat And Ask Pope Francis To Help Combat Global Warming
In what is being described as a ‘watershed moment’, a group of scientists have called on Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church to help combat global warming. It sounds a rather bizarre relationship doesn’t it? relying on politicians to combat global warming is not enough and that engaging faith leaders could be just the spark required to ignite billions of people around the world into changing aspects of their lifestyles to prevent... climate change.