16 Apr 14
Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves
The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor on Saturday, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho's most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983.
Ukraine troops blocked in Kramatorsk as tension rises
Ukrainian troops have entered the eastern town of Kramatorsk a day after an operation began to recapture areas seized by anti-government separatists.
However, they were blocked by civilians and it is unclear whether they have any control of the town.
In the regional capital, Donetsk, pro-Russian gunmen took control of the mayor's office.
EU parliament gives final nod to banking union
MEPs on Tuesday (15 April) overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new authority and fund for failing banks – a missing element to the so-called banking union aimed at minimising the public cost of future financial crises.
...One key concession won...during final negotiations was a speedier mutualisation of the fund, which will comprise of domestic bank levies paid into "national compartments".
Temple Mount riot in Jerusalem: Hundreds of Palestinians clash with police
Hundreds of Palestinians threw stones and lit fire crackers at police upon opening the main entrance to the Temple Mount Wednesday morning.
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the violence began as officers stationed at Mughrabi Gate unlocked the passageway at approximately 7:45 a.m.
Westboro Baptist Church to picket funeral of Kansas Jewish center shooting victims
The Westboro Baptist Church...announced Wednesday that it would picket the funeral of two of the three victims of Sunday’s shooting attack at a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park.
The church, which is considered “homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group” by the Anti-Defamation League, is infamous for picketing the funerals of American servicemen killed in Afganistan and Iraq and for its vocal anti-homosexual position.
15 Apr 14
Scarcely 24 hours ago, sunspot AR2036 didn't exist. Now it is three times as wide as the planet Earth.
Dick Morris: Bill Clinton 'Hated' Janet Reno, and Waco Made It Worse
Dick Morris says one of the main reasons the Bureau of Land Management released the livestock was to avoid a repeat of armed confrontations that ended in civilian fatalities such as those in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 and in Waco, Texas, in 1993.
"You simply cannot have any reason for the federal government to start firing on its people, and you add 200 armed people, including snipers, surrounding that property to round up 2,000 head of cattle,"
NSA Exploited Heartbleed Bug For YEARS, Leaving Consumers Vulnerable To Attack
Top computer and internet experts say that NSA spying breaks the functionality of our computers and of the Internet. It reduces functionality and reduces security by – for example – creating backdoors that malicious hackers can get through.
Remember, American and British spy agencies have intentionally weakened security for many decades. And it’s getting worse and worse. For example, they plan to use automated programs to infect millions of computers.
FBI to have 52 million photos in its NGI face recognition database by next year
New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.
G20 gives US an ultimatum on IMF reform: But is it a bluff?
The G20′s frustration centres on US failure to ratify the IMF quota and governance reforms agreed by the G20 in 2010. While countries representing nearly 80% of IMF votes have approved the reforms, the required threshold is 85%. The US has a veto with its 16.75% shareholding and the US Congress continues to block the reforms.
Sheriff: Feds strategize for 'raid' on ranch
The executive director of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association says his sources inside the federal government warn that Washington’s weekend retreat in a dispute over grazing land in Nevada was only a move to distract attention and diffuse tensions, because a raid on the family’s ranch still is planned.
Obama to Putin: Press pro-Russia forces to disarm
US President Barack Obama urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine amid escalating tensions.
GOP Strategist Accuses Pelosi of Starting 'Ugly Race War'
Nancy Pelosi has been accused by a leading black Republican strategist of attempting to start "an ugly race war" in Congress.
Time to forsake peace efforts, New York Times says
An editorial in Tuesday’s New York Times called on the US government to abandon its mediation efforts between Israelis and Palestinians and focus on “other major international challenges,” asserting that no amount of American pushing and shoving could succeed when the two sides were reluctant to make peace themselves.
At issue: Can you be detained for what you might say?
Upon his arrival at the Regina International Airport last Thursday, LaBarbera was detained by customs officials, all of his possessions were searched, and he was placed in custody for three hours before he was finally released. The hearing officer stated there were no grounds for deportation and that LaBarbera hadn't violated the nation's hate speech laws.
Brian Rushfeldt, executive director of Canada Family Action, tells OneNewsNow he was "quite appalled" by how Canadian authorities handled the incident.
Hillary Clinton ‘All But Erased’ from Benghazi
Hillary Clinton has been “all but erased” from reports and documents of what happened in Benghazi, with multiple inquiries into her role in the incident hitting dead ends, according to the Washington Times.
Russia Tests Multi-Warhead ICBM
Russia’s military carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday amid growing tensions with the United States over the crisis in Ukraine.
The SS-27 Mod 2 road-mobile ICBM was launched around 2:40 a.m. EST from Russia’s Plesetsk launch facility, located about 500 miles north of Moscow.
Obama Chooses Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop To Close White House Easter Prayer Breakfast
In an amazing slap in the face to bible believing Christians all across the nation, Barack Hussein Obama chose the first openly-gay Episcopal bishop to lead the closing prayer at his 5th Annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.
A NEW MOON NAMED 'PEGGY'
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has photographed a small icy object forming at the edge of Saturn's rings.
Blood moon: Sky gazers mesmerized as red hue lights up night sky
The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.
In North and South America, where the blood moon was most prominent, observers pointed at the spectacle with binoculars, telescopes and cellphones.
(Video as well!)
Turkey 'aided Islamist fighters' in attack on Syrian town
Turkey facilitated an attack carried out by Islamist fighters against the Armenian town of Kasab inside Syria, eyewitnesses have told the Telegraph.
In an operation that was months in the planning, Turkish authorities gave rebel groups the mandate they needed to attack, allowing them access through a heavily militarised Turkish border post, whose location was strategically vital to the success of the assault.
Greece Earthquake Today 2014 Strikes South of Athens
Officials tell news that a 5.0 magnitude Greece earthquake today started just after 10:41 pm local time. The quake was shallow. USGS indicates to news that the quake was only ten miles below sea level. As a result the quake could be felt north on land.
Phivolcs: Surigao del Sur rocked by 4.8-magnitude quake
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake jolted parts of Surigao del Sur before noon Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Tuesday.
Sheriff: Feds strategize for 'raid' on ranch
...sources inside the federal government warn that Washington’s weekend retreat in a dispute over grazing land in Nevada was only a move to distract attention and diffuse tensions, because a raid on the family’s ranch still is planned.
...Reid on Monday...“It’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.”
Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya attack
The Jordanian ambassador to Libya has been kidnapped in the capital Tripoli, in an attack that left his driver wounded, officials say.
Libya's foreign ministry confirmed Fawaz al-Itan's kidnapping to the BBC, adding that his driver was in hospital.
The Jordanian prime minister said that the envoy's release was being negotiated.
Russia military spending on the up, as US and EU cut costs
Russia spends more on arms compared to its GDP than the US and European countries, according to fresh figures released Monday (14 April) by Sipri, a military spending research group.
The US remains the world's top military spender in gross terms (€460bn), but its spending decreased by over 7 percent compared to the previous year, mainly because of the withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms
Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.
Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world.
Russian fighter jet buzzed US destroyer: Pentagon
A Russian fighter jet made several passes at low altitude near a US destroyer cruising in international waters in the Black Sea at the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, branding it “provocative and unprofessional.”
Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital
Seventy-one people died in a bomb blast in a packed bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday — the deadliest attack yet to strike the city — with the president blaming the explosion on Boko Haram Islamists.
Syrian army seizes ancient Christian town near Lebanon border
Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, on Monday, military sources and state television said, further squeezing rebels' supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon.