26 Aug 14
ISIS Ethnic Cleansing: 670 Prisoners Murdered In Shia Prison Massacre, UN Reports
An estimated 670 inmates from Badush prison in the city of Mosul were reportedly murdered by ISIS militants on June 10, 2014, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement on Monday. The mass murder was cited by the accounts of some 20 survivors and 16 witnesses.
Report: Hamas, Islamic Jihad accept Egyptian ceasefire draft
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal and are awaiting Israel's answer, Hamas official in Cairo, Mousa Abu Marzou told pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat on Tuesday.
MINOR STORM WARNING
NOAA forecasters estimate a 15%-20% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Aug. 26-27 in response to an incoming CME.
Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga hit by 5.7 earthquake
The country's Met Office said despite the shock - the fourth magnitude five quake in 48 hours - there is still no sign of a volcanic eruption.
Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter
The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.
Alarm grows as Ebola outbreak spurs more flight cancellations, border closures
Brussels Airlines was forced to halt flights to the affected region after Senegal’s refusal over the weekend to allow the Belgium-based carrier to touch down in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, for crew changes. Senegal was sending a clear signal that it wanted nothing to do with flights going to Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, where the outbreak rages on.
Expert urges California nuclear plant closure over earthquake threat
A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
Captured Russian troops 'in Ukraine by accident'
A group of Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine had crossed the border "by accident", Russian military sources are quoted as saying.
Ukraine said 10 paratroopers had been captured and has released video interviews of some of the men. One is quoted as saying "this is not our war".
The incident comes ahead of a key meeting between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents.
Saudi court jails 17 for up to 33 years on terrorism charges
The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced on Monday 17 members of a terrorist group to jail terms ranging from nine to 33 years, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
They were convicted of embracing a deviant ideology, contacting and sheltering members of Al-Qaeda network, funding terrorist activities, illegal possession of weapons, undermining national security and forging ID documents.
Libya crisis: US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes
The US was "caught off guard" by air strikes against Islamist militia in Libya, a senior official has told the BBC.
The attacks on militia positions around Tripoli airport were reportedly carried out by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from bases in Egypt.
Egypt has denied any involvement and the UAE has not commented.
Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko and Putin set for Minsk talks
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is due to take part in talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a summit in Minsk, capital of Belarus.
The meeting comes amid rising tension between the two countries over Ukraine's military campaign against pro-Russian separatists.
Fort Lee shooter turns gun on self, but reasons behind rage unclear
A shooter stormed a building at Fort Lee outside Petersburg, Va., barricading herself in an office before shooting herself in the head Monday morning. The unidentified shooter has been taken to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Her condition is unknown at this time.
Napa Valley quake could help forecast 'big one' – 5 seconds early
The earthquake that jolted California's Napa Valley in the predawn hours Sunday has left the city of Napa with a large cleanup job – and scientists with increasing confidence in an earthquake early warning system that they say could help save lives when the "big one" comes
Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies
A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating.
25 Aug 14
Bashar al-Assad: Obama’s new ally
Early in the Obama administration, the ever sagacious Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to Syrian President Bahar al-Assad as a “reformer” before demanding his ouster. Now it seems that Obama has made the decision that the United States must cooperate with Syria in order to suppress ISIS/ISIL.
UPDATE 1-Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province
Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.
Hurricane Marie Intensifies In Pacific, Dangerous Forecast
Forecasts warn that the storm will create rough seas and likely dangerous beach conditions throughout Baja and Southern California. This includes large swells and rip currents along with rough surf and some coastal flooding as a result.
Northern California braces for aftershocks after magnitude 6.0 earthquake
Aftershocks were expected to continue for several weeks, though State Geologist John Parrish told the Associated Press that they would decrease in magnitude and it was unlikely that there would be a large follow-up earthquake. Still, he warned people to be careful because buildings that were damaged by the quake were now more susceptible to collapse from aftershocks.
Putin’s Pride – Danger for the World
Vladimir Putin is proudly boasting of his nation's "offensive and defensive" weaponry which is so advanced that "other armies in the world" do not yet have their equal"...
Palestinian source: Hamas prepared to accept ceasefire
A senior Palestinian source told AFP that all the factions – including Hamas – were prepared to accept the Egyptian ceasefire proposal that was reported earlier on Monday,
Anti-Semitic expression in France no longer in hiding, says Jewish communal leader
Haters are not afraid of the police or prison; "the jihadism we’re seeing today is modern-day Nazism"
California wine country rocked by 6.0 quake, dozens hurt
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring more than 100 people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.
Syria says ready to cooperate in anti-terror fight
The Syrian government is ready to cooperate with international and regional efforts to fight terror but efforts must be coordinated with it, the Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday. Asked if Syria was ready to cooperate with the United States and Britain, he said: "They are welcome."
Report: Suspect in Foley beheading was once rapper known as 'L Jinny'
'The Independent' reports that Abdel Majed Bary had a rising music career in the UK; his father is a suspected lieutenant of Bin Laden and is in US custody.
Wildfire threatens 500 northern California homes
A fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville forced the evacuation of about 150 homes and is threatening about 500 additional residences, authorities said Monday.
The fire about 2 miles west of Weaverville was also threatening about 20 businesses and facilities, including the town airport and high school...
Iran says it downed Israeli drone over nuclear site
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country.
"A spy drone of the Zionist regime (Israel) was brought down by a missile... This stealth drone was trying to approach the Natanz nuclear zone," the corps said in a statement on its official website sepahnews.com.
Ukraine crisis: Russia 'to send new aid convoy'
Russia plans to send another humanitarian convoy into eastern Ukraine "in the next few days", Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
Mr Lavrov said the humanitarian situation there was "deteriorating".
Ukraine did not authorise the first convoy, which returned to Russia at the weekend, fearing it carried military equipment for pro-Russia separatists.
Boko Haram declares 'Islamic state' in northern Nigeria
Militant group Boko Haram has said it has set up an Islamic state in the towns and villages it has seized in north-eastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was speaking in a video released to congratulate his fighters for seizing the town of Gwoza earlier this month.
It is not clear if Mr Shekau has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.
California begins clear-up after San Francisco Bay quake
Workers are assessing damage and have begun to clear up after a 6.0 magnitude quake in California's San Francisco Bay area, the strongest there in 25 years.
No-one has been killed but scores of people sought medical care after Sunday's quake, which struck four miles from the town of American Canyon.
The quake started fires, cracked roads, caused gas and water leaks and left dozens of buildings uninhabitable.
Comment: Jihadi cancer thrives in London
To British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond: I read what you wrote when you learned that “Jihadist John,” who decapitated American journalist James Foley, is London-born Majd Abed el-Bary, a British citizen.
According to you, Mr. Foreign Secretary, “sooner or later they will try to attack us on our own land” and you accused that same jihadist of “an utter betrayal of everything the British people stand for.”