24 Aug 14
California Drought Leaves Homes Without Water
Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said.
The situation has become so dire that the Tulare County Office of Emergency Services had 12-gallon-per person rations of bottled water...
President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit
ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. President Carter will talk on the subject of his latest book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, at a luncheon Aug. 30.
Anti-Israel Protesters Defend Hitler, Police Eject Pro-Israel Man
Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters lined the streets of Westminster today in yet another show of 'solidarity' with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Breitbart London was present to document the scenes as demonstrators defended Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, wearing t-shirts with his face on them, and stated that there should be 'no two state solution' to the crisis in the Middle East.
Gaza conflict: Mahmoud Abbas urges fresh talks in Egypt
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on Israel and Hamas to attend fresh talks in Egypt.
The Egyptian foreign ministry said it was ready to mediate and called for an immediate ceasefire.
A previous Egyptian-brokered truce collapsed on Tuesday. Health officials said at least 10 Gazans were killed on Saturday, including two children.
Muslim Man Admits to Multiple Murders in WA, NJ in Taking ‘Vengeance’ on U.S.
A Muslim man has admitted to multiple murder charges committed in two states, of which he told investigators were committed as retribution against the United States for its military operations in the Middle East.
“My mission is vengeance for the lives, millions of lives [that] are lost every day,” Ali Muhamad Brown stated, according to reports.
Iceland volcano: Strong quakes around Bardarbunga
Two new earthquakes have shaken the Bardardunga volcano in Iceland, which is already under a "red alert" aviation warning because of fears an eruption.
They are the strongest earthquakes to hit the volcano since seismic activity began on Tuesday.
Authorities said there had not been a major eruption but have closed the airspace in the area as a precaution.
MINOR STORM WARNING
A CME is heading for Earth. The relatively slow-moving storm cloud left the sun on Aug. 22nd and looks like it will take 4 days to cross the sun-Earth divide.
Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone law makes hiding patients illegal
Sierra Leone's parliament has passed a new law making it a criminal offence to shelter Ebola patients.
Those caught face up to two years in prison, the justice minister said. The measure still needs to be approved by the president.
Earlier, Ivory Coast closed its land borders to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on to its territory.
British national contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone
A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease that has spread across the West African region since March, the Department of Health said on Saturday.
Fed in 'real debate' on rate hike in early to mid-2015
The U.S. Federal Reserve is focused on an initial interest rate hike between the first quarter and the middle of next year, with possible changes in its main policy statement as soon as next month, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Saturday.
Quake hits San Francisco Bay area, no immediate reports of major damage
An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude shook the San Francisco Bay Area early on Sunday, waking residents but not causing major damage, according to initial reports.
Erez Border Crossing with Gaza closes after mortar attack seriously injures two
Projectiles continued to rain down on Israel on Sunday from Gaza with a mortar shell seriously injuring two people at the Erez Border Crossing with Israel at around 1:00 p.m. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the two to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon...
Following the attack, the Defense Ministry decided to close down the crossing. The IDF struck a launcher used by Hamas to fire on the crossing.
Saudi Arabia to host Arab meeting on Syria, ISIS
Saudi Arabia is to host a meeting of foreign ministers from several Arab states to discuss the Syrian conflict and the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria jihadists, Egypt's foreign ministry announced Saturday.
It said Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia were to take part in Sunday's talks.
Texas police chief shot dead during traffic stop
The police chief of a small south Texas town was shot dead during a traffic stop on Saturday, a county sheriff said.
Michael Pimentel died of multiple gunshot wounds suffered in a confrontation with a motorist shortly before noon in Elmendorf, a rural community of about 1,500 people just southeast of San Antonio, said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
China executes eight for terrorist activities including Tiananmen attack
China has executed eight people for “terrorist attacks”, including three people it described as masterminding a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media has announced.
The official Xinhua news agency said the eight were involved in several cases connected to the north-western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing says separatist militants are behind a string of attacks that have rocked China in recent months.
Ukraine conflict: Army parade to mark independence
Ukraine is to mark its independence day with a military parade in Kiev as fighting continues in the east.
The parade will feature hundreds of marching servicemen and military hardware. Critics say that it is inappropriate when Ukraine is at war.
Libya crisis: Tensions rise as Tripoli airport changes hands
Libya's newly-elected parliament has condemned as terrorists the militia alliance which says it has captured Tripoli's international airport.
It said the alliance was now a legitimate target for the armed forces.
The alliance includes Islamists and fighters from the city of Misrata.
Pentagon struggles to defend 'militarization' of police forces
When local police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Mo., wearing camouflaged fatigues and riding atop turreted armored vehicles – pointing heavy weapons at their fellow US citizens who were angry at the shooting death of an African American teenager – many troops at the Pentagon shook their heads in a mixture of alarm and frustration.
Rocket fired from Lebanon hits northern Israel: army
A rocket fired from Lebanese territory hit northern Israel late Saturday, the army said on the 47th day of a war against the Islamist movement Hamas in and around Gaza.
US Geological Survey: 6.4 Earthquake in Chile
There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage from the strong quake that occurred at 22:32 GMT (7:32 p.m. EDT), but electricity and telephone service was interrupted in some areas. Three aftershocks were registered in the area shortly thereafter.
23 Aug 14
Mapped: 568 earthquakes in Iceland in a single day
For more than a week the earth has been rumbling beneath Iceland’s looming Bardarbunga volcano. The almost continuous small earthquakes led the government to activate its National Crisis Coordination Centre this week and block off access to the largely uninhabited region around the Bardarbunga caldera.
Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga eruption sparks red alert
Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely.
The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small eruption under an ice cap has begun at Bardarbunga.
The air space over the site has been closed, but all Icelandic airports currently remain open, authorities say.
In focus: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge of leprosy
HIGH IN THE hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country’s battle with the ancient disease is far from over.
...“Now cases are increasing… the complication rate is increasing,” she said, adding that the age range for the disease had also appeared to have widened, with one four-year-old treated this year.
Iraq conflict: UN warns of possible Amerli 'massacre'
The UN has called for action to prevent what it says may be a possible massacre in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli.
Special representative Nickolay Mladenov says he is "seriously alarmed" by reports regarding the conditions in which the town's residents live.
The town, under siege by Islamic State for two months, has no electricity or drinking water, and is running out of food and medical supplies.
IDF warns Gazans: Steer clear from terror sites
The IDF called on residents of Gaza to steer clear of areas used to wage attacks against Israel. The army distributed leaflets across the coastal territory and warned the population via recorded voice messages and text messages that it "will use force against any military or civilian facility used for terrorist activities."
What's Really Behind Russia's Massive Oil Deal With Iran?
What's the best way to upset the United States? Russia may have figured it out: Help Iran get around sanctions designed to stop it from developing its nuclear program. Is this political theater, or is there some meat to this off-again, on-again deal?
Voice, words may provide key clues about James Foley's killer
As UK investigators work to identify the Islamist militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley, the tiniest details in the videotape of the killing could provide the key clue.
Iraq’s Sunnis halt govt talks after 68 killed in gunmen attack on mosque
Gunmen opened fire inside a Sunni mosque in Iraq’s eastern Diyala Province, killing at least 68 people, Reuters said citing medical officials. As Shia militia were blamed for the incident, Sunni politicians withdrew from talks on forming a new government.
Russian convoy arrives in Ukraine amid shelling reports
NATO officials said on Friday that Moscow has sent Russian-manned artillery units into Ukraine in recent days and was using them to shell Ukrainian forces as part of a "major escalation" of Russian involvement in the disputed region.
Iran's Other Hostage: The Internet
For those who were hoping Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would nudge Iran into the modern age by ensuring greater civil liberties and improved relations with the West, July 22 was an unsettling day. That evening, plainclothes men with a signed arrest warrant barged into the Tehran apartment of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi. The men detained the couple and two other journalists.