09 Feb 16
The Moscow-Jerusalem axis over Syria
Russia's offensive in Syria is paying big dividends, and not only for the coalition assembled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. As a consequence of understandings reached between Putin and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since the beginning of the Russian bombing campaign in September, Israel has become a silent if uneasy partner, along with Iran and Hezbollah, in the energised campaign to defeat the increasingly besieged opposition.
Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan
An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 shook eastern Taiwan at 8:47 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 11.5 kilometers southeast of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 10 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.
Democratizing Europe: Varoufakis launches new movement to save EU from ‘disintegration’
Democracy or disintegration are the EU’s only options, Greece’s ex-finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said before the official launch of a pan-European political movement he hopes will help tackle the nationalization of policies in the 28-member union.
NASA says there is no room for 'Jesus' anymore
“The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter.”
Does that sound kind of ridiculous? If so, just listen to the reasons behind the ban:
Israel locks down Palestinian village after settler stabbed
The Israeli army locked down a village in the occupied West Bank, the military said, as part of efforts to find the perpetrator who stabbed a Jewish man from a nearby settlement Tuesday.
$365,694,500,000: U.S. Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record in 2015
The merchandise trade deficit that the United States ran with China in 2015 hit a record high of $365,694,000,000, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Setting the News Agenda
Al Jazeera might want to change its motto from “Setting the news agenda” to “Setting the news agenda that protects Muhammad.” An Al Jazeera spokesman told Breitbart London on Monday that editing out criticism of Muhammad in a conversation about censorship was a pure coincidence.
Christians “Should be Eradicated”: Researchers Document Anti-Christian Agenda Among Powerful Elite
The researchers say that while Christianophobia — which the sociologists define as "unreasonable hatred or fear of Christians” — isn’t common among common people, it does characterize those in the upper echelons of American society. It’s intense, too. The book’s title was apparently inspired by elitist interviewees lamenting how there were “so few lions,” referencing the Roman Empire’s practice of throwing Christians into an arena to be slaughtered by the wild cats.
China's experimental fusion reactor maintains superheated hydrogen plasma for 102 seconds
Wendelstein 7-X made headlines last week after generating a quarter-of-a-second pulse of hydrogen plasma, and now scientists at China's Institute of Physical Science have flexed their fusion muscle to sustain the gas for an impressive 102 seconds.
More evidence emerges for 'transmissible Alzheimer's' theory
Autopsies reveal plaques in the brains of people who died after receiving grafts from cadavers.
Breaking: First-ever Malaria Parasite Found in Whitetail Deer
According to a press release from UVM, a malaria parasite called Plasmodium odocoilei was found in whitetail deer, and these were not isolated cases. Researchers believe the parasite is actually incredibly widespread and is estimated to be present in roughly 25 percent of all whitetail deer on the East Coast.
Lyme disease: CDC discovers new cause, new symptoms for life-threatening disease
“The new bacteria is related to a strain that has long been linked to the disease and was thought to be the only cause of lyme in the U.S. Researchers came across the new bacteria after lab tests from six people with suspected Lyme came back unusual. The bacteria was genetically distinct from the usual suspect.”
Dragon + Bear: China seeks Russia's help in mastering Arctic, sets sights on Antarctic
China wants to further explore the Antarctic and Arctic, according to the Chinese State Oceanic Administration. Deep-sea mining and deep-sea space stations are on the agenda, while Beijing wants to arrange a joint Arctic expedition with Russia.
MINOR CME IMPACT POSSIBLE TODAY
NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of minor geomagnetic storms today, Feb. 9th, when a CME could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magetic field.
5.7-magnitude earthquake felt in New Zealand capital
New Zealand's capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday (Feb 9), according to the country's earthquake monitoring service.
The quake's epicentre was 35km southeast of St Arnaud, a small town in the north of the country's South Island, at a depth of 62km, according to Geonet's website.
Report: Bloomberg confirms he is considering 2016 presidential run
Bloomberg, a billionaire media magnate who served three terms as New York mayor, said for the first time that he was seriously thinking about throwing his hat in the ring in an interview with the Financial Times published on its website Monday evening, hours before the first U.S. primary election in New Hampshire.
Arabs responsible for 59% of all murders in Israel
According to the statistics that the police have, 21 percent of the Israeli population is Arab, however their involvement in criminal activities stands at 59 percent, which is an unprecedented statistic," he said.
The Islamic Rape and Murder of Christian Boys
A group of Muslim men recently went into a Christian district in Pakistan, abducted a 7-year-old boy, and took turns gang raping him before finally strangling him to death with a rope. Locals found the child’s body dumped in a field the next day:
Massive earthquake hits near Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit near the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville early on Tuesday morning. The undersea quake struck at 3.19am local time (5.19am NZ time), at a depth of 30.6 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.
Zika prompts urgent debate about abortion in Latin America
Across Latin America, calls to loosen some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world in the face of the Zika virus outbreak are gaining momentum but encountering strong and entrenched opposition.
In El Salvador, where abortions are banned under any circumstance, the health minister has argued for a revision of the law because of the dangers the virus poses to fetal development.
Americans are ‘being betrayed by their own president’
The Obama administration is ordering Border Patrol agents to release illegal immigrants without making them appear in court or keeping track of their whereabouts, and it’s also dramatically rolling back aerial surveillance along the southern border, leading a senior congressman to suggest the public is unaware it is being “betrayed” by its commander in chief.
More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says
NEW YORK — More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.
Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death
WASHINGTON -- The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death, the Justice Department said Monday.
Russians Arrest 7 in Alleged ISIS-Related Terror Plot
Russian security services have arrested seven people accused of plotting terror attacks on behalf of the Islamic State in major Russian cities, the country’s FSB intelligence agency said today.
The arrests were made in the city of Ekaterinburg, located in the Urals region on the edge of Siberia, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation said in a written statement.
Zika Virus Outbreak Prompts CDC to Activate Highest Emergency Ops Level
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Level 1, the agency's highest level, due to the risk of Zika virus transmission in the U.S., officials said today. The Level 1 activation is "reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an accelerated preparedness to bring together experts to focus intently and work efficiently in anticipation of local Zika virus transmission by mosquitoes," the agency said in a statement.
Suspected Bomb Hand-Off Caught on Camera Before Ill-Fated Flight
Authorities in Somalia have released video footage from inside Mogadishu’s airport that they say shows a laptop packed with explosives being handed to a passenger before the mid-air explosion that forced a Daallo Airlines flight to make an emergency landing last week.
Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.
ISIS: The Latest Phase of the Jihad
The best way to understand the Islamic State (ISIS) is to see it as the next phase of al-Qaeda. All Sunni Islamic jihadi groups—Boko Haram, ISIS, Taliban, al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, even Hamas—share the same motivations based on a literal and orthodox reading of Islamic history and doctrine: resurrecting a caliphate (which existed in various forms from 632 to 1924) that implements and spreads the totality of sharia, or Islamic law.
Liberty Counsel Moves to Dismiss a Suit to Silence Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselor
Washington, DC - Liberty Counsel filed a motion over the weekend to dismiss a legal complaint from Two Rivers Public Charter School against veteran pro-life advocate Larry Cirignano for his peaceful, lawful, constitutionally protected speech for unborn children.
Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border
The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.