20 Dec 14
Barack Obama on collision course with Republicans in Congress over Keystone pipeline
President Barack Obama has set himself on an immediate collision course with the new Republican-run Congress over calls for the construction of a contentious oil pipeline.
The incoming Republican leaders in the Senate plan to pass legislation authorising the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as they assume control in January, arguing that the project will help the economy and deliver jobs.
Fewer US-Born Americans Have Jobs Now Than In 2007
Fewer Americans born in the U.S. have jobs now than were employed to November 2007, despite a working-age population growth of 11 million.
The amazing drop in employment highlights President Barack Obama’s slow recovery from the deep 2008 shock, but also spotlights many companies’ growing reliance on foreign migrant labor.
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m over oil spill
The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon more than $850m (£544m) for a major oil spill during Israel's 2006 war with Hezbollah.
The UN has asked Israel to compensate Lebanon before but this is the first time a figure has been given.
The assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour by 170 votes to six, but its resolutions are not legally binding.
Belarus imposes duty on foreign currency purchases
Belarus's central bank has introduced a 30% duty on all purchases of foreign currency to try to protect its rouble.
Belarusian exporters will also be required to convert more of their overseas earnings into local currency.
The country is feeling the effects of the fall in the value of the Russian rouble, which reached new lows against the dollar this week.
US imposes new Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace talks
The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian-controlled Crimea as Ukraine announced the loss of five soldiers ahead of peace talks meant to end a war against Russian-backed insurgents.
Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack
President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.
Bobby Jindal Draws Criticism Over Prayer Event Participation
Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has stirred up a hornet's nest, simply by making plans to kneel and pray.
Jindal plans to be the headline speaker at a massive prayer rally scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Pete Maravich Center on the campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, but it's the sponsoring group of the rally that has everyone in a tizzy.
Thanks to PC western leaders, it’s Happy Hunting for the Terrorists
When terrorists look in the rear view mirror after their latest slaughterhouse jihad in any land, they clearly see the cowardice of all western leaders and plenty of opportunities in what millennials would call "wiggle room."
Nativity Scene will Remain in Franklin County, Indiana this Christmas
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.,—On the heels of their spirited hearing this morning before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, Thomas More Society has reached an agreement with the ACLU of Indiana that the Franklin County Nativity Scene will remain in place this Christmas. The agreement was reached on behalf of the two organizations’ respective clients-Franklin County and the Freedom from Religion .
Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza
JERUSALEM — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel
Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World
A median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of the pontiff. Only 11% see the pope unfavorably, and 28% give no rating. Francis’ strongest support comes from Europe, where a median of 84% offer a favorable rating. Latin America – the pope’s home region – also gives him high marks, with 72% saying they have a positive opinion.1
19 Dec 14
Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes France's Guadeloupe: USGS
It said the quake's epicenter was located three miles (4.8 km)northwest of Lamentin on Basse-Terre and was 69.5 miles (111 km)deep. It struck at 3:49 p.m. (1949 GMT)
Ebola: A wake-up call for leaders
Ebola has shaken and awakened decision-makers in a way that malaria, tuberculosis and other epidemic diseases that claim millions of lives in Africa each year have failed to do, with the possible exception of HIV/AIDS.
5.5-Magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's coast Friday evening at 5:49 p.m. local time. There were no reports of damage or injuries at sea or inland.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake depth was measured at 19.6 miles. The epicenter was approximately 40 miles south of Nemuro and 577 miles north-northeast of Tokyo.
For North Korea's cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids
The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.
‘Cursed by God’: Far-right activist claims Liverpool FC punished for backing gay rights
His other social media posts include criticism of the BBC for being “totally unpatriotic, anti-Christian & anti-white,” worshipping “sodomy & blackness” and pushing “pro-Moslem propaganda.”
US appeals court deems gun law unconstitutional
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun.
Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear
The mixture of blistering anti-Western rhetoric and constructive signals appeared to indicate that Putin is eager to negotiate a face-saving solution to the Ukrainian crisis, but has no intention of conceding defeat in his standoff with the West.
CHANCE OF MAGNETIC STORMS TODAY
A CME is heading in the general direction of Earth, and it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field later today.
Iraq: ISIS murdered 150 women and underage girls for refusing sex acts
According to the report,the women were buried in large mass graves after they were killed.
China arrests American Christian aid worker near North Korea border
China arrested on Friday a Korean American Christian aid worker who was being held near the country's border with North Korea, signalling a toughening crackdown on Christian activists in the sensitive region.
Magnitude 4.3 Earthquake Strikes Off NorCal Coast
An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck off the coast of Eureka, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s automated seismograph alert network.
There They Go Again
each year the national press corps begins running columns by “religion scholars” who wish you to know that Jesus Christ is a fictional character. Mind you, no newspaper of note in the world is brave enough to run a similar story about the Prophet Mohammed.
Mexico Earthquake 2014 Today
USGS indicates to news that a 4.8 magnitude Mexico earthquake today started just minutes ago, locally 4:12 pm. The quake was deep however. Reps tell news that the quake today started roughly fifty-two miles below sea level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region.
American troops battle ISIS for first time as they see off attempted attack by militants on Iraqi base
A number of militants have been killed in Islamic State's very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base.
The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based.
Yes, Virginia, there is a ‘War on Christmas’: Atheists unveil anti-Christmas TV specials
Conservatives have been mocked for insisting there’s an ongoing war on Christmas, but now it looks like they may have simply been ahead of their time.
American Atheists unveiled Wednesday the “War on Christmas” line-up on its television channel, AtheistTV, featuring “original programs proclaiming the truth about Christmas on December 24 and December 25...
Islamic State Penal Code Promises Crucifixion, Lashing for Unbelievers
The Islamic State (IS) has published it own penal code, which harshly penalizes actions such as sodomy and blasphemy with punishments including execution, crucifixion, lashing, and the severing of limbs, among other penalties.
IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) issued the detailed document as a “warning and a reminder to people living under its rule” that any behavior not in accordance with strict Islamic law will be cruelly punished...
Women could join British infantry by 2016
Women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016.
An Army review of the ban on women serving in close combat has concluded the change would not have an "adverse effect" on troop cohesion.
But more research is needed to assess the "physiological demands", a review for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
Merkel: EU strategy is to maintain Russia sanctions
Germany has warned the EU will not roll back Russia sanctions unless Vladimir Putin makes major concessions, in Europe’s first “strategic” talks on the crisis.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told press at an EU summit on Thursday (18 December) that each batch of sanctions was imposed for specific reasons and can be lifted only if the reasons are no longer there.
Breaking: Gaza rocket explodes in southern Israel, no injuries
A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory near the Eshkol Regional Council on Friday around noon, the IDF confirmed.
The 'red alert' rocket siren was sounded in southern Israeli communities in the area, and residents reported of hearing explosions.
No injuries or damage were reported.