27 Jun 16
More Riots and Stone Throwing on the Temple Mount
Riots on the Temple Mount continued this morning with masked Islamic youths gathering stones inside the Al Aqsa Mosque, and then throwing them as well as launching fireworks directly at police located outside.
Brexit: Germany rules out informal negotiations
There can be no talks on Brexit before the UK formally begins the process to quit the EU, Germany's government says.
The UK would be given a "reasonable amount of time", but there must be no impasse, a spokesman said.
The leaders of Germany, France and Italy meet later in Berlin, with the speed of negotiations for Britain's exit high on the agenda.
Suicide bombers kill 5 in eastern Lebanon, near Syria border
A group of suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a Lebanese village near the border with Syria on Monday, killing five people and wounding at least 15, Lebanon’s state-run news agency said.
Does ‘Brexit’ Mean Security Woes Are Next?
The comment last spring was startling, coming as it did from NATO’s commander. “Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately weaponizing migration from Syria in an attempt to overwhelm European structures and break European resolve,” U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, since retired, said of Moscow’s Vladimir Putin and his long-time ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Herzog implies Israel should hold vote on two-state solution
In the same spirit of the 'Brexit' vote, opposition leader Isaac Herzog implied Sunday that the Israeli public vote on the prospect of a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
ISIS Video Threatens San Francisco, Shows Golden Gate and Skyscraper
A new video released by ISIS today that heavily praised Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen makes specific threats against San Francisco.
'Cost-Burdened-Renters' Surge To Historic Highs As Hillbama-nomics Fails For Low-Income Faithful
As we have discussed many times in the past, for the Average American, owning a home is increasingly unaffordable. This has led to a dramatic surge in rents, and ultimately to a significant squeeze on the cash flow of renters across the nation.
Pope: Gays and others marginalized deserve an apology
Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.
Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them.
26 Jun 16
Google Earth Shows Mystery in Antarctic
Google Earth spots something strange in Antarctic waters. Is it a monster? Algae? Or something even weirder? (Video)
5.0 quake hits Davao Oriental
A MAGNITUDE 5.0 earthquake hit Davao Oriental and its environs Saturday afternoon, June 25, with lower intensity felt as far as Davao City, Cotabato and Sarangani, the state volcanology reported.
6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Central Asian Kyrgyzstan
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on Sunday (Jun 26), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties after the earthquake hit at a depth of 18 kilometres (11 miles) just after 1115 GMT.
Pope to Peres: Let Us Raise Our Voices in Peace
Upon the ex-president’s arrival at the Vatican, Pope Francis embraced Peres and kissed his hand before telling him he was “excited and grateful” that Peres came such a far way to meet with him. “You and I see eye to eye on many things,” the Pope said to Peres.
Jesuit appointed head of US religious freedom commission
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has a new chairman, and for the first time, the position will be held by a Catholic priest.
Is Francis the last Pope? A rare interview with Archbishop Gänswein
“Indeed, when looking at the prophecy, and considering how there was always a sound reference to popes mentioned in its history – that gives me the shivers,” Archbishop Gänswein admitted.
Although Catholics aren't required to accept the prophecy, “speaking from historical experience, one has to say: Yes, it is a wake-up call.”
New details of Turkey reconciliation agreement revealed
Israeli and Turkish negotiation teams were set to meet Sunday in Rome, in order to finalize the two countries' reconciliation deal, six years after their relationship soured due to the Mavi Marmara incident.
Most of the deal's details have already been agreed upon, but a number of adjustments are expected to be made. The two sides are hoping to announce the conclusion of negotiations by day's end...
East Coast states want to tax drivers’ travel, not their gas
A group of East Coast states wants to help overhaul the way America pays for its decaying roads, and it’s starting with Monopoly money.
Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire are proposing pilots to figure out how they might charge motorists a fee for the miles they travel — rather than taxing their gas, as state and federal officials do today.
The sun goes blank again during the weakest solar cycle in more than a century
For the second time this month, the sun has gone completely blank. On June 4th, the sun went completely spotless for the first time since 2011 and that quiet spell lasted for about 4 days. Sunspot regions then reappeared for the next few weeks on a sporadic basis, but are once again completely missing from the surface of the sun. The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching...
Explosive new twist in Idaho sex assault case
The Obama-appointed U.S. attorney for Idaho has taken the highly unusual step of intervening in a local criminal case involving an alleged sexual assault by juvenile Muslim migrants and threatened the community and media with federal prosecution if they “spread false information or inflammatory statements about the perpetrators.”
West Virginia deadly floods: Obama declares major disaster
US President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the state of West Virginia, where the worst floods in more than a century have left at least 24 people dead.
Mr Obama ordered federal aid for three of the worst affected counties following a request by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Residents will now receive grants for temporary housing and repairs.
Iraq takes 'last IS bastion in Falluja'
The Iraqi army says it has seized the last strongholds of the Islamic State (IS) group in the city of Falluja.
The head of counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt Gen Abdul-Wahad al-Saadi, said his troops had entered the north-western Golan neighbourhood, the last area still under IS control.
He said the city, 50km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, was "fully liberated".
China warns Brexit will 'cast shadow' over global economy
China finance experts have warned that Britain's decision to leave the European Union will "cast a shadow over the global economy".
Finance minister Lou Jiwei said the "repercussions and fallout" will emerge over the next five to 10 years.
Huang Yiping, a member of China's central bank monetary policy committee, said the Brexit could mark a "reversal of globalisation".
Somalia: Deadly al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu hotel
An attack by the Islamist group al-Shabab in a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has left at least 14 dead, police say.
Security forces retook the Naso-Hablod hotel after gunmen stormed it and took hostages, officials said.
Those killed are reported to include security guards, civilians and some of the attackers.
Israel sets up 24-hour situation room to monitor Brexit effects
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Sunday said that the Finance Ministry had set up a 24-hour "situation room" to keep tabs on economic repercussions from the United Kingdom's Thursday vote to break from the European Union.
"We have a strong and stable economy that is prepared to deal with any scenario and challenge," Kahlon said...
Syrian or Russian air strikes kill dozens in eastern Syria: monitoring group
Air strikes carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes killed dozens of people in eastern Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.
It said the strikes hit the village of al-Quria in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor province, killing 47 people including 31 civilians.
Flower Mound man faces billions in fines for storing wood
Flower Mound resident Kirk Grady owned some Hunt County property with a woodpile for about three years before he sold it in 2002.
Hunt County now wants to collect as much as $2 billion from him in fines for improper waste disposal, he says. Hunt County sued Grady in Travis County last year, and Grady is fighting back with a federal lawsuit.
Boris Johnson Wins Key Support To Become PM As Labour Leader Foils Leadership Coup
While global financial markets, not to mention Europe's political elite, rushes to preempt the global political fallout from Brexit, the UK itself is undergoing a chaotic and very much ad hoc politcal transformation, one which has seen no precedent in UK history, in the short day since David Cameron announced his resignation while the Chancellor George Osborne appears to have vaporized, just days after spending every waking moment prognosticating about doom and gloom should the Leave camp win.
Italy to EU after Brexit: change or risk collapse
Italian ministers warned Saturday that the European Union must change direction or risk collapse after Britain's vote to leave the bloc.
"The unthinkable is happening," Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said. "A double reaction to Brexit is under way, one financial, one political. The financial one, at least until now, is limited. I am more worried about the political one.
List of Possible Zika Birth Defects Grows Longer
The full scope of Zika-related birth defects may extend far beyond abnormally small heads and brain damage. Research to be presented next week at a teratology conference in San Antonio, Texas, suggests that serious joint problems, seizures, vision impairment, trouble feeding and persistent crying can be added to the list of risks from Zika exposure in the womb.
Japan Could Go Nuclear 'Virtually Overnight' Joe Biden Tells Chinese President
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, never one for a loss of words, told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Japan has the capacity to acquire nuclear weapons “virtually overnight.”
25 Jun 16
Disgraced Homeland Security Adviser Mohamed Elibiary Scapegoats Egypt's Christians -- Again
...Elibiary has gone after Egypt's Coptic Christian community -- again -- after a prominent Coptic businessman expressed support for Donald Trump. Elibiary ominously warned in a tweet today that such support would be "not good 4 Copts in Egypt."