25 Sep 16
Delegation of Jordanian generals visit Israel
A delegation of 12 Jordanian soldiers—all loyal to King Abdullah—recently concluded a secret, three-day visit to Israel, during which it toured the country and met with high ranking Israeli officials and senior IDF officers.
The delgation—which requested that the visit be kept low profile—attended an international conference...on military forces in the region preserving the environment and natural resources.
Mexico: Thousands protest against same-sex marriage proposal
Thousands of people in Mexico City have protested against a government proposal to legalise same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional families.
Organisers said they were not opposed to gay or lesbian rights, but wanted to defend family values and the institution of marriage.
The demonstrators called for a meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Swiss vote in referendum on new surveillance law
Swiss voters have voted in a referendum whether to back new surveillance powers for the country's intelligence agencies.
The new law would allow the authorities to tap phones, snoop on email and deploy hidden cameras and bugs.
It would help Switzerland catch up with other countries, supporters say.
China's colossal radio telescope begins testing
The world's largest radio telescope, which has been built in China, is beginning an intensive testing phase.
Chinese scientists report that the giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640ft) across, is complete and has received its first signals from space.
It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational.
Netanyahu to ask Clinton, Trump to oppose one-sided resolutions against Israel
If the US presidential candidates don’t come to Jerusalem during the heat of the campaign, Jerusalem will come to them.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet separately in New York on Sunday with both Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Christian writer who 'insulted Islam' murdered in Jordan
A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, state news agency Petra said.
It said the gunman was arrested at the scene.
Pentagon Demands No-Fly Zone For Russia Over Syria
Pentagon officials have called for a ‘no-fly’ zone in Syria – except that it would only apply to Russian and Syrian aircraft.
Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee following the recent humanitarian atrocities by airstrikes that occurred in Syria over the past week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford have proposed that a no-fly zone be enforced, with the exception of American aircraft.
US Air Force set to replace intercontinental nuke arsenal
Hidden underground in steel-and-concrete silos across rural America, more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles point to the skies, poised for launch -- and ready to obliterate cities across the world.
Stabbing attack foiled near Hebron, terrorist shot
A Palestinian terrorist attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at a hitchhiking post at the Elias Junction, near Hebron, Friday.
Security forces stationed at the checkpoint subdued the terrorist and prevented any harm to the Israeli civilians in the area. The terrorist was shot in the leg. No Israelis were injured in the incident.
Episcopal Church Decline Continues With Loss of Over 37,000 Members in 2015
The Episcopal Church continued its long trend of decline in 2015, with recently released statistics showing the Mainline denomination losing more than 37,000 members last year.
In statistics released earlier this week by the Episcopal Church Office of Research, in 2015 the Church had approximately 1.77 million members in its domestic dioceses, down from about 1.81 million members in 2014.
Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal
President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.
The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
China, Cuba agree to deepen ties during PM Li's Havana visit
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during a two-day trip to Havana, and the two leaders oversaw the signing of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in various sectors, Cuban state media reported.
California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove – or not post in the first place – an actor’s age or birthday upon request.
Netanyahu to meet Clinton and Trump during U.S. visit: sources
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently visiting the United States, will separately meet U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday, campaign sources and Israeli officials said.
24 Sep 16
Ancient Rare Text Reveals Purity of Biblical Tradition Through Miracle of Technology
Studies based on historical handwriting placed it at either the first or second century CE. When the researchers read the digitally enhanced text, they discovered that all of the words and paragraph breaks were absolutely identical to the Torah text still used today. “This is quite amazing for us. In 2,000 years, this text has not changed,” Emmanuel Tov, a participant in the study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told the Times of Israel,
Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump
In a change of stance, Texas Senator who challenged Trump for the Republican nomination endorses him for the presidency.
Responding to aliens is a really, really bad idea - Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking has advised us earthlings to be extremely wary about answering any signals from aliens when they eventually come calling.
Strong 6.4 earthquake hits eastern Japan: USGS
The shallow 6.4 magnitude quake hit at 09:14 AM (0544 IST), about 150 kilometres east-southeast of Katsuura city, the US Geological Survey said.
There was no threat of a tsunami, added the Japan Meteorological Agency, which measured it at a slightly higher 6.5 magnitude.
Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattles southern Philippines: USGS
A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippines today but there was no threat of a tsunami or any casualties reported, seismologists and disaster officials said.
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits Romania, no injuries
BUCHAREST: A 5.3 magnitude quake shook Romania early Saturday and was felt in neighbouring Bulgaria and Moldova, the country's seismological institute said, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.
Winter 2016-17 Outlook: Post-El Niño Warmth Will Linger, But East Could Be Cold
Winter 2016-17 may be colder in the East, but leftover warmth from the recent El Niño may dominate elsewhere in the U.S., according to an outlook released Friday by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.
Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs
Confirming what many had suspected when viewing the sudden and intense collapse into anrchy that occurred in Charlotte this week, Todd Walther, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police told CNN's Erin Burnett:
"This is not Charlotte that's out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals."
Syria conflict: Air strikes leave Aleppo 'without water'
Intensified attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo have left nearly two million people without water, the UN says.
The UN children's agency says fierce strikes on Friday prevented repairs to a damaged pumping station supplying rebel-held districts of the city.
In retaliation, Unicef says, a nearby station pumping water to the rest of Aleppo has been switched off.
EU Commission refuses to revise Canada CETA trade deal
The European Commission has ruled that a controversial EU-Canada free trade deal - CETA - cannot be renegotiated, despite much opposition in Europe.
"CETA is done and we will not reopen it," said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.
Ms Malmstrom was speaking as EU trade ministers met in Slovakia to discuss CETA and a similar deal with the US, TTIP, which has also faced criticism.
Report: Netanyahu to meet Clinton, Trump Sunday
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican White House contender Donald Trump will each meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu separately over the weekend, CNN reported Friday.
The meetings are expected to take place Sunday in New York City, but It remains unclear what will be discussed during each respective encounter.
'Syrian Army forces pour into area near Israel border, prepare operation'
The Syrian army has sent additional forces to the city of Quneitra, on Syria's south west border, close to Israel's border...
A source reportedly told Fars, "A large contingent of the fourth mechanized divisions, comprised of recent graduates from the Syrian Arab Army's Special Forces schoo...have joined the 90th Brigade's headquarters in Golan Heights, where they will await orders to launch a large-scale offensive."
Most Dangerous Person On The Planet Today: Hillary Clinton
On Monday, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of giving “aid and comfort” to Islamic terrorists, and that terrorists use his rhetoric to recruit fighters.
On fighting terrorism, she chastised Trump “I Know How to Do This“.
“I’m the only candidate in this race who’s been part of the hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield. I have sat at that table in the Situation Room,” said Clinton.
Here’s my counterclaim: Hillary Clinton not only sponsors terrorism, she is a terrorist.
Politician witnesses ‘gang’ death before meeting on gang violence
A Brooklyn lawmaker was preparing for a community meeting on gang violence — but he wasn’t prepared for the real-life example just outside the window, including the sound of gunfire and a fleeing, bloodied victim.
UK 'did not vote for hard Brexit', George Osborne warns
Britain did not vote for 'hard Brexit' in the EU referendum and will have to compromise in exit talks, former Chancellor George Osborne has warned.
He said Leave campaigners were naive for thinking the UK could secure everything it wanted in negotiations.
Obama Vetoes Bill To Allow Sept. 11 Victims To Sue Saudi Government
President Obama made good today on earlier threats by vetoing legislation passed unanimously by the House and Senate. The rejected bill would waive sovereign immunity protections for Saudi Arabia and allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks or their relatives to sue the Saudi government for allegedly helping at least some of the 19 hijackers who carried out those attacks. Fifteen of the attackers were Saudi nationals.