26 Apr 15
Obama Makes Fun Of Those Who, Somehow, Still Think He Is A Muslim
President Barack Obama poked fun at those who still suggest he is a Muslim during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday.
"Being president is never easy. I still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with Iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day," Obama said.
Islamic State suicide bombers kill Iraqi soldiers at Jordanian border
Suicide car bombings by Islamic State militants at an Iraq-Jordan border crossing left at least five Iraqi soldiers dead Saturday and crippled the movement of trucks between the two Middle East nations.
Nepal steps up rescue efforts as quake toll jumps to 1,800
Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.
People used their hands in many places to dig for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists trade accusations as Minsk deal frays
The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine traded accusations on Saturday, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in February may collapse, although monitors said the violations were still relatively limited.
Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say
Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.
Bombshell Interview: Obama’s Brother Says Barack Is ‘Cold And Ruthless…Dishonest And A Schemer’
In an interview conducted earlier this month, film maker Joel Gilbert, who produced the film “Dreams from My Real Father,” (which suggested that Obama’s Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, may be his real father) talks to President Obama’s brother Malik, who has some very strong views about his half-brother – including his own doubts as to Obama’s parentage.
Syrian Town Jisr Al-Shughour Seized By Rebels In Major Blow To Assad
Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province.
25 Apr 15
Earthquake in Nepal Kills Hundreds and Levels Buildings
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu. By midafternoon the United States Geological Survey had counted 12 aftershocks, one of which measured at a magnitude of 6.6.
Everest hit by avalanche after Nepal earthquake
A powerful earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, climbers said, raising fears for those on the world's highest peak a year after another avalanche caused the deadliest incident on the mountain.
An official from the Nepal tourist board confirmed that part of Everest base camp had been buried, and that eight people had been killed.
Syria conflict: Islamists 'capture Jisr al-Shughur'
Islamist rebels in Syria have taken over much of the key north-western town of Jisr al-Shughur, activists say.
It is the last major town under government control in Idlib province and correspondents say it could give them a route into the heartland of the ruling elite's power.
The Islamist forces, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, began the assault on Thursday.
Russia and Argentina agree framework energy deals
Russia and Argentina have signed a series of framework agreements on economic and energy co-operation following talks in Moscow.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Russian leader Vladimir Putin hailed their co-operation as a "comprehensive strategic partnership".
The agreements include Russian investment in a hydroelectric plant and a nuclear power plant in Argentina.
'IAF struck missile bases in Syria,' Al-Jazeera report says
Israel Air Force fighter jets struck Syrian military bases housing long-range missiles on Friday, the Qatari Al-Jazeera satellite television network said on Saturday.
According to the report, the bases, near the Syrian-Lebanese border, belong to Assad regime brigades that possess weapons such as Scud missiles. The attacks allegedly targeted multiple targets in the area.
Nevada's Lake Mead on track to reach record low water level amid drought
Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.
Putin Aims to Destabilize Ukraine, Former US Envoy Says
A former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says recent military moves by Russia show that President Vladimir Putin's "minimal goal is to destabilize the current government" in Ukraine.
John Herbst, who now directs the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank, said from Kyiv that Putin is seeking to ratchet up the pressure on Ukraine, "and in order to do that, he can’t simply sit behind the cease-fire line. He needs to move forward to cause additional instability in the country.”
U.S. may revamp overseas hostage-rescue program
The White House is considering revamping its overseas hostage-rescue program after CIA drone strikes that mistakenly killed an American and an Italian held captive by terrorists in Pakistan, the latest incident to reveal gaps in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.
Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian armed with knives
Israeli troops shot and killed a young Palestinian man wielding two knives on Saturday as they gave chase after he tried to attack the troops near a checkpoint in the Jerusalem area, police said.
The incident occurred at around midnight near the A-Zayyim checkpoint at the outskirts of East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians seek for a state.
Brian Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand
An NBC News internal investigation into Brian Williams has examined a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts, two people with knowledge of the investigation said.
Major Greek bank says to wipe debts of poorest clients
One of Greece's largest banks says it will wipe away the debts of clients who owe up to 20,000 euros ($21,600) in a one-off gesture to ease the burden on its crisis-hit customers.
40 Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at $18,112,975,000,000
According to the Daily Treasury Statement for Wednesday, April 22, which was published by the U.S. Treasury on Thursday, April 23, that portion of the federal debt that is subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed the day at $18,112,975,000,000—for the 40th day in a row.
24 Apr 15
6.1 earthquake hits north coast of B.C.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the north coast of British Columbia Friday morning.
3 Earthquakes Rattle Northern Idaho
Three Earthquakes were recorded near Sandpoint, ID Thursday night and early Friday Morning. The most recent was a magnitude 3.3 recorded at 1:28 AM Friday morning 8 miles East Southeast of Sandpoint, ID.
Researchers Discover New Tick-Borne Disease
Ticks can carry more than Lyme disease, as a newly published study reminds us. Researchers from China and the University of Maryland School of Medicine uncovered a previously unknown tick-borne illness after last spring examining 477 Chinese patients who had suffered tick bites.
Iranian Warships Halt near Yemen Port
Iranian warships neared the southern Yemen port of Aden Thursday despite the presence of several U.S. warships in the area as well. It is believed the Iranian vessels are carrying weapons to re-arm the Shiite Houthi rebels who have seized control over the port city and the nation’s capital, Sa’ana.
The Iranian vessels since have stopped approaching Aden, but reports that they have turned back have not been confirmed,.
Russia Backs Down and Says Iran Won’t Get S300 System in ‘Near Future’
Russia has backed down on delivering the advanced S-300 advanced anti-missile system to Iran in the “near future,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian media on Thursday Moscow announced two weeks ago that it was lifting the bean of selling Iran the S-300, causing “concern” in Washington and fierce anger in Jerusalem. Netanyahu told Russian president Vladimir Putin last week that Israel would bomb the S-300 systems if Iran were to ship them to Syria or the Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Poll Shows Most People Don’t Trust Clinton
A Quinnipiac University published on Thursday revealed that only 38 percent of the respondents trust Clinton, while a majority of 54 percent thinks she is not honest or trustworthy.
Dear Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome
The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old "prejudices" that should have long ago been "jettisoned," forcing it into "rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity," in the words of a recent writer in The New York Times.
Taliban launch spring offensive with rocket attack on US base
Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a US base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.
Evolutionary Embarrassment: Part of Famous ‘Ape-Man’ Skeleton Actually Came from Baboon
Last week, scientists announced that the famous skeleton includes at least one bone that likely came from a baboon. According to New Scientist, Gary Sawyer and Mike Smith at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, along with New York University’s Scott Williams, came to this conclusion after they analyzed the Lucy specimen and “noticed something odd.” “Mike pointed out that one of the [vertebra] fragments, which no one, including me, had really paid close attention to, looked fairly small to fit with the rest of Lucy’s vertebral column,” Williams said.
German parliament to label mass killing of Armenians as genocide
Germany's parliamentary speaker says the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago was genocide, saying Germany's own past makes it important to speak out.
Italian Police Foil Al Qaeda Attack on Vatican
Police raids in Italy may have been targeting 18 Al Qaeda-linked suspects who were planning an attack on the Vatican, a state prosecutor revealed Friday.
Chief Prosecutor Mauro Mura revealed to Reuters that the suspects had been planning a bomb attack at the Catholic spiritual center and that a suicide bomber had arrived in Rome.