18 Apr 15
U.S. must return rare double eagle gold coins to family
The U.S. government must return 10 exceptionally rare gold coins worth millions of dollars each to a Pennsylvania family from which the purloined coins were seized a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
17 Apr 15
6.5-magnitude earthquake hits off Fiji:
The quake hit at a depth of 10km some 224km from Fiji at 1552 GMT (11.52pm Singapore time), the USGS said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Four Earthquakes Shake Near Logan County
Four earthquakes shook up residents in Logan County, beginning early Friday morning. The first, a 3.9 magnitude quake, struck at approximately 4:08 a.m. Its epicenter was located four miles west of Langston, six miles northeast of Guthrie, and 21 miles north northeast of Edmond at a depth of about two and a half miles.
UN peace envoy to Yemen quits as civil war escalates
The UN peace envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has resigned after losing support from Gulf countries for his mission in the conflict-riven country.
Mr Benomar, a veteran Moroccan diplomat, had recently irked Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations for his handling of so far unsuccessful peace talks between Iranian-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Western and Gulf Arab-backed Yemeni government.
SOLAR WIND SPARKS BRIGHT AURORAS
For the third day in a row, Earth is passing through a stream of high-speed solar wind. The sustained encounter has sparked some of the brightest auroras of the year around the Arctic Circle.
6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near Greek island
- A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near the Greek island of Crete late Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
Nigeria Hit With Mysterious Epidemic In Ondo State, More Deadly Than Ebola
A strange disease has ravaged a small community in western Nigeria, killing at least 14 people in the last 10 days. The symptoms are reportedly different than those of Ebola, which include diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Victims of the unknown epidemic complained of headaches and weight loss before losing their sight and succumbing to the illness, Punch Nigeria news reported Friday. God please, have mercy on us.”
Holocaust denial a growing trend in the Arab world
"The Arab world is filled with Holocaust denial which comes from the highest ranks," said Dr. Nesia Shemer of the Department of Middle East Studies. "In fact," added Prof. Dan Michman, head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, "The Arab world never had a Holocaust education system."
US Will Not Survive a Nuclear War Against Russia - Jean-Paul Baquiast
A nuclear strikes exchange between the United States and Russia will lead to the complete destruction of the United States, leaving Russia and China in a far better position, editor of the French portal Europesolidaire Jean-Paul Baquiast said.
Muslim migrants arrested for allegedly throwing Christians into sea after brawl
Italian police said Thursday that 15 African Muslim migrants have been arrested after witnesses said the refugees threw 12 Christians into the Mediterranean following a brawl.
TSA Officers Fired for Homosexual Plot to Sexually Molest Attractive Male Passengers
Two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees have been fired following allegations that they plotted to make provision for a male screener to pat down men that he found attractive and touch them in their private places.
‘Apocalyptic’ dust storm descends upon Belarus
Local meteorologists in the Eastern European region dubbed the ominous occurrence a “haboob” — which means “intense red dust storm” in Arabic.
US military instructors deployed to Ukraine to train local forces
The announcement came on US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt's twitter account. The diplomat posted pictures of the US paratroopers marching through the airport in the western Ukrainian city of Lvov.
Mexico's 'Volcano of Fire' in Colima spews colossal column of ash over neighbouring Ciudad Guzman
Mexico's Colima volcano has spewed a giant 3.5-kilometre-high column of ash that rained down on a nearby city, authorities say. The Jalisco state civil protection agency said a "moderate" quantity of ash fell on Ciudad Guzman, a town near the western state of Colima, where the volcano is located.
5.2 earthquake hits Trinidad
“We have been having several earthquakes in the region, with the most taking place in the Leeward Islands,” Lutchman said yesterday. In fact, following Wednesday’s earthquake, there were two earthquakes within hours of each other yesterday, one near Basseterre, St Kitts, and the other near Martinique.
Yemen crisis: Al-Qaeda seizes southern airport
Militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have seized an airport in southern Yemen, officials say.
Troops guarding the site in the major port city of Mukalla, Hadramawt province, have fled, they said.
AQAP has exploited the chaos gripping the country, overrunning Mukalla earlier this month and freeing inmates from a prison.
Tonnes of dead fish removed from Rio Olympic rowing venue
Brazilian workers have removed more than 33 tonnes of dead fish from the 2016 Olympic rowing and canoeing venue in Rio de Janeiro.
A team of more than 60 people have been working since last week to clear the remains from Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.
Scientists said the fish were starved of oxygen because of pollution.
Vatican ends crackdown on 'radical' US nuns
The Vatican has ended its controversial control of the main organisation representing US nuns.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious was under close supervision from Rome after being accused of undermining Catholic teaching.
The Vatican said the group's focus was now Christ and faithful teaching.
China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea island'
Satellite images show China is making progress on building an airstrip on a reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea, a report says.
The images, published by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, show construction work on reclaimed land on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands.
The landmass could accommodate a runway about 3,000m long, the report said.
Senior Hamas official calls to abduct Israelis
In commemoration of Prisoners Day, Palestinians rallied in the the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday. The day is marked in solidarity with Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.
"We tell the Zionist enemy: you are all a target for us and the resistance, we will fight you until we finally get rid of you and take as many captives as possible to free our heroes," said Khalil al-Haya, a senior Hamas official in the coastal enclave...
Arab world: Egypt’s dangerous stalemate
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is fighting for his country’s survival – and his own.
Islamic terrorism is not abating, hampering vital efforts to bring a better life to the people through a revitalized economy and political stability. Sisi knows he has to show results soon to prevent Egypt from slipping back into anarchy and chaos.
Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage
Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.
Iranian Ayatollah: Emancipate Islam's Holy Sites From Saudi Control, Hand Mecca To 'Men Of Piety'
Saudi Arabia and Iran’s increasingly bitter dispute about Islamic pilgrimages to Mecca escalated after a senior Iranian cleric publicly called Saudi custodianship of Islam’s two holiest sites as "servitude" and called for their "emancipation." Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, speaking to an Iranian seminary class, also denounced the Saudi government’s ongoing military campaign in Yemen, Iranian media reported Thursday.
Doug Hughes and his gyrocopter: under the radar to make a political point
It was no secret that Florida postal worker Doug Hughes intended to fly his gyrocopter through restricted airspace in Washington – a federal offense that can result in arrest or even being shot down by nearby fighter jets on alert or ground-based missiles.
Greece May Pay Wages And Pensions In IOUs
Assuming that a deal is not reached next week, there are a couple of routes that the Greek Government might take to avert disaster in the short term. First, it could issue IOUs to pay public sector workers and pensioners and free up money to repay its debts. But this could cause economic chaos if fears that the IOUs would never be paid sparked riots or public sector employees simply refused to work.
Russia blames U.S. for security crises and turmoil in Ukraine
Top Russian officials accused the United States on Thursday of seeking political and military dominance and sought to put blame on the West for international security crises, including the conflict in east Ukraine.
Assad's cousin has been arrested for reportedly 'conspiring against the regime'
One of Bashar al-Assad’s cousins has been arrested upon direct orders from the Syrian president amid reports he had been conspiring against the regime.
Corporate bankruptcies are on the rise in America
“Come down to Houston,” William Snyder, leader of the Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, told Reuters.
“You’ll see there is just a stream of consultants and bankruptcy attorneys running around this town,” he said.
But it’s not just in Houston or in the oil patch. It’s in retail, healthcare, mining, finance — bankruptcies are suddenly booming, after years of drought.
16 Apr 15
EU Parliament Recognizes Armenian Genocide
Following Pope Francis's lead, EU lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to recognize genocide in move likely to trigger Turkish anger.
Obama and Netanyahu in Public Diplomacy War
Despite wanting otherwise, President Obama will likely have to confer with Prime Minister Netanyahu on final Iran deal, says expert.