26 Apr 16
EU FALLING APART: Former Italy PM warns bloc DISINTEGRATING which could spark WAR
“The EU is going through a crisis which leads me and others for the first time to consider whether we are not heading towards disintegration. “The EU has never been hit by such a high number of different crises of this gravity.
Military Buildup? Turkey Deploys Missile Systems on Border With Syria
The Turkish army has pulled additional forces to the border with Syria, placing several rocket launchers near the Turkish city of Kilis, local media reported.
Clashes break out on Temple Mount after Jews bow down
A protest erupted on Tuesday morning on the Temple Mount after several Jews visiting the site began prostrating themselves and began reciting Jewish prayers which are strictly forbidden under current agreements between Israel and the Waqf.
Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits
Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin's decision a year ago to press ahead with the stalled sale of the S-300 system was the first clear evidence of a growing partnership between Russia and Iran that has since turned the tide in Syria's civil war and is testing U.S. influence in the Middle East.
ISIS fighters in Sweden to attack ‘civilian targets’ in Stockholm - reports
Swedish security services are on high alert in connection with a potential terror threat, officials said. Reports in Swedish media say several Islamic State fighters have arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks on civilian targets in the capital Stockholm.
British MP called to ethnically cleanse Israeli Jews
UK Labour Party MP Naz Shah has declared that all Israeli Jews should be "relocated" to the United States. She even suggested that the British government could pay for the "transportation costs" of removing Jews from the Middle East.
Saudi general: 'If Netanyahu accepts the Arab Peace Initiative, we’ll open an embassy in Israel'
Anwar Eshki, a retired Major General in the Saudi army said in an interview with AL-Jazeera that he opposes arming the Palestinians, "like Iran does," because it will be counterproductive.
SOLAR SECTOR BOUNDARY CROSSING
On April 28th, probably late in the day, Earth will cross a fold in the heliospheric current sheet--a vast wavy structure in interplanetary space separating regions of opposite magnetic polarity. The crossing could trigger geomagnetic activity and auroras around Earth's poles
Blowing Dust Causes Pileup; I-10 Closed for 62 Miles in Arizona, New Mexico
Blowing dust in southeastern Arizona caused a pileup along Interstate 10 Monday afternoon, closing down a 62-mile stretch of the freeway , according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The westbound side of I-10 was closed off near San Simon, about 15 miles from the New Mexico state line after two tractor trailers collided.
California Firearm Owners Brace For ‘Gun-Megeddon’
The package of 10 gun control bills, which opponents are calling "Gun-Megeddon," has firearms owners fearful of losing their Second Amendment right to bear arms. "Gun-Megeddon is definitely coming to pass," said Craig DeLuz of the Firearms Policy Coalition.
White House says it will offer largest military package in US history
The United States plans to offer Israel the largest military assistance package in US history, according to an Obama administration official.
"We are prepared to sign an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Israel that would constitute the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history," a White House official told Reuters.
Iraq: Sadr supporters in mass protest for political reform
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, in protest at a months-long political crisis and lack of reform.
Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has asked his supporters to march towards the Green Zone, where the government is based.
He wants Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to press ahead with his plan to replace ministers appointed on the basis of political affiliation with technocrats.
Egypt Clamps Down on Protests Over Red Sea Islands
Authorities acted quickly to suppress demonstrations only days after the biggest protests in a year
Egyptian security forces quickly snuffed out a series of protests across Cairo against the government’s decision to transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
France wins $40 billion Australian submarine contract
Australia has awarded the A$50 billion ($40 billion) contract to build the country's new fleet of submarines to French naval contractor DCNS, sources said on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to Japan's nascent defense export industry.
Palestinian Authority backs convicted killer for Nobel Peace Prize
Palestinian leaders have offered up an unlikely candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize: A man serving five life sentences for murder.
Marwan Barghouti, who founded al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and is called “the Palestinian Mandela,” was convicted in 2004 of five counts of murder – including a 2002 attack at a Tel Aviv seafood market in which three civilians were killed. While in prison, he has toyed with running for president and polls suggest he would win if it were up to the voters.
Canadian executed by Islamic militants in Philippines: Trudeau
Islamic militants in the Philippines have executed a Canadian hostage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, after the Filipino authorities said they had found the head of a foreign man on a remote island.
Iran unveils new main battle tank made from US and Chinese designs from the 1960s
Earlier this month, Iran unveiled a new main battle tank, the Tiam, that appears to be a mashup of Chinese and US tanks from the 1960s, The Diplomat reports.
The tank appears to have the main hull and engine of the US' M47M Patton, a variation of the M47 Patton made in the early 1960s, and the turret of China's type 59/69 tank, first produced in 1958.
25 Apr 16
University backs down – removes Jesus dartboard
After an outcry was raised by students, potential students, alumni and the general public, Rutgers University has removed a “provocative and controversial” piece of artwork from the campus library.
The art piece, entitled “Vitruvian Man,” featured Jesus hanging from a dartboard rather than a cross. Instead of nails, red darts were placed in his chest, hands and feet, with blood dripping from the stab wounds.
Small earthquake felt around Vienna
The earthquake measurement website EMSC confirmed an earthquake happened 18 kilometres south-west of Vienna at around 12.28pm. EMSC measured the magnitude around 4.4. Residents writing on social media confirmed feeling the earthquake, the centre of which was in Raum Alland in Lower Austria....
Solar Impulse 2 breaks records by reaching California
Last night, Solar Impulse 2 completed the Pacific Ocean crossing leg of its round-the-world flight. According to the Solar Impulse organization, the aircraft with founder and chairman Bertrand Piccard at the controls touched down in a night landing at Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California...
North Korea tests submarine-launched ballistic missile: Is that unusual?
In the latest development of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, it appears that the hermit kingdom fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) Saturday off its east coast.
UK city asks parents to let four-year-olds pick their own gender
Parents in Britain are outraged after their city council sent them letters asking them to support the “gender identity” of their children, some of whom are as young as four.
The devil comes to Oklahoma
Satanists rally around convicted sex offender for Black Mass this summer.A Satanic Black Mass is scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center this August, featuring a play called “The Consumption of Mary” – raising concerns among Catholics and Protestants who are petitioning Gov. Mary Fallin, Mayor Mick Cornett and the civic center to cancel the event.
‘Time for US-German leadership’? Obama, Merkel pushing EU into unpopular TTIP free trade deal
Obama wants to complete talks on a US-EU free trade deal before his term ends in January. However, while he enjoyed the warm support of German Chancellor Merkel in Hannover, public support for the highly secretive deal is waning. “I don’t anticipate that we will be able to complete ratification of a deal by the end of this year, but I do anticipate that we will have completed the agreement,”
Major Rabbi Predicts Christians Will Be Source of Torah in Coming Days of Messiah
On Wednesday afternoon, two of the greatest rabbis of the generation met and discussed how very close the Messiah is, and how Christians and Muslims have an important role to play in that process.Conversations between such great men have enormous significance.. Rabbi Kanievsky answered that the Messiah should be arriving in the very near future.
Mexico earthquake: Estimated 5.6 magnitude hits off coast of Chiapas state on Guatemala border
A 5.6 magnitude has struck 81km off the coast of the southern state of Chiapas in Mexico near the border with Guatemala.
It comes a week after another 6.2 magnitude quake was registered in the Pacific Ocean near the state.
CDC Official Warned Staff of Health, Safety Risks During Influx of Illegal Alien Minors
A government official warned employees deploying for the influx of illegal immigrant minors about health and safety risks because the new arrivals would have tuberculosis and some were young adults—not children—like the Obama administration proclaimed...“We might as well plan on many of the kids having TB,” states a June 26, 2014 guidance e-mail from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) environmental health scientist, Alaric C. Denton...
Egyptian President Sisi in warning over anti-government protests
Egypt's president has warned against what he called attempts to destabilise the state, ahead of planned anti-government protests.
In a televised address, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said "evil" forces were conspiring against the country but would not succeed.
A range of groups have called for demonstrations, including against the handing of two islands to Saudi Arabia.
Watch Live: Thousands attend priestly blessing ceremony at Western Wall
Thousands of people flocked to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City Monday for the traditional Birkat Kohanim ceremony, the priestly blessing, held annually on the intermediate days of Passover and Succot.
The custom sees hundreds of Cohens (priests), descended from the biblical figure of Aaron and the Israelite tribe of Levi, raise their hands within their prayer shawls and bless the masses.
Large majority of US Senate pushes Obama to boost Israel aid
More than four-fifths of the US Senate have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new defense aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.
Eighty-three of the 100 senators signed the letter, led by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Coons.