20 Oct 14
Confirmed: Israel to Supply Gas to Egypt in $4 Billion Deal
Seven-year gas contract to the tune of four billion dollars marks another sign of renewed cooperation between Cairo and Jerusalem.
Ebola crisis: the conspiracy theories
The outbreak began in September, when The Daily Observer, a Liberian newspaper, published an article alleging the virus was not what it seemed – a medical disaster – but rather a bio-weapon designed by the US military to depopulate the planet.
Hagel orders military medical team to train, get ready for quick response to more Ebola cases in US
The Defense Department said Sunday that it is preparing a quick-response medical team to help health-care professionals should the Ebola virus spread in the United States. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the training of the 30-member team and said the effort was in response to a Department of Health and Human Services request.
GROWING CHANCE OF FLARES
Big sunspot AR2192 has grown even bigger, spreading across 1/3rd more solar terrain today than it did yesterday. The chances of an explosion are growing along with the sunspot. On Oct. 20th, NOAA forecasters boosted the odds of an M-class flare to 60% and an X-flare to 20%.
US sends lethal aid to Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Kobani
The Pentagon has publicly acknowledged an air-drop of lethal aid to Kurdish rebels fighting the hardline Islamic State in the pivotal Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani.
Hamas admits rebuilding tunnel network in wake of Gaza conflict
Hamas' military wing...is openly stating that the group is rebuilding the network of tunnels used for terror attacks, which was largely demolished by the IDF during the summer's conflict in Gaza.
A reporter for the Gaza-based newspaper Al-Resalah visited a tunnel site...where he was shown the diggers hard at work repairing a tunnel bombed by IAF planes during Operation Protective Edge.
U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “Caliphate.”
The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians.
Islamic State: Turkey to let Iraq Kurds join Kobane fight
Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, its foreign minister says.
Mevlut Cavusoglu added that talks on the subject were continuing, but gave no further details.
Tens of thousands of people from Kobane have fled months of fighting between besieging IS forces and Syrian Kurd defenders.
9 Jewish families move into Jerusalem’s Arab Silwan neighborhood
In a move certain to court international condemnation, nine Jewish families on Sunday night relocated into the Arab neighborhood of Silwan, south of Jerusalem’s Old City, nearly doubling the total number of Jews living in the contested area.
Shortly after news of the controversial move was announced, President Reuven Rivlin criticized the development as surreptitious and potentially unsanctioned.
Houston's lesbian mayor turns tyrant
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson calls Christians to 'take the fight to the enemy'. Despite the all-out effort by the far left to portray the LGBT lifestyle as “normal,” there is growing evidence revealing the disturbing truth: Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder.”
Quake rattles Fiordland
The 134km-deep quake, situated 35km northwest of Te Anau, struck shortly after 7am on Monday.
North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border in latest clash
North and South Korea exchanged gunfire on Sunday when the North's soldiers approached the military border and did not retreat after the South fired warning shots, the South Korean Defence Ministry said.
Ebola crisis: Tests show Spanish nurse Teresa Romero no longer has the virus
Medical tests have shown that a Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus.
The special committee responsible for monitoring the virus in Spain said initial tests showed Teresa Romero had tested negative and she would be given another test soon to confirm the results.
World War 3: Vladimir Putin Threatens West with Russia’s 5,000 Nuclear Warheads
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has threatened the West with his country’s 5,000 nuclear warheads.
Putin has raised the specter of nuclear war for the third time in the past two months as he and Western countries such as the United States clash over the Ukraine conflict, which has been bringing to light other deep-seated animosity.
Stunning Scenes From California's Central Valley Drought
No matter what you have read or seen so far on California’s historic Central Valley drought, you probably haven’t been touched by it as much as you will be by the following video from the New Yorker.
Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search
The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area.
19 Oct 14
Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola outbreak
Thousands of children across West Africa have been left orphaned by the Ebola outbreak, with friends and neighbours too fearful of the disease to take them into their homes.
As the outbreak sweeps across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the children of many of the virus’s victims have been left destitute and alone.
Catholic synod: Gay rights groups 'disappointed'
Catholic gay rights groups say they are disappointed after bishops rejected proposals for wider acceptance of gay people, which had the Pope's backing.
The call to "accept and value" homosexuals was in a draft report, but failed to win the backing of two-thirds of the bishops at a synod in Rome.
The final report says only that anti-gay discrimination is "to be avoided".
Nicaragua rains: Downpours leave 22 dead
Twenty-two people have died in Nicaragua during several days of heavy rains.
Nine of them were killed in the capital Managua when a wall collapsed during a torrential downpour.
In other areas of the city, emergency crews evacuated families from areas at risk from mudslides.
Seeking the annihilation of a UN member: Initiators and accomplices
The announcement by Sweden’s new prime minister that his government plans to extend recognition to a “Palestinian” state raises major questions in both international and United Nations law.
...By stamping Israel as an apartheid state akin to South Africa, Israel could be prevented from successfully defending itself.
Sweden Appoints First Muslim Minister
Aida Hadzialic, a 27-year-old Bosnian Muslim immigrant, was elected as the new Swedish minister of education, the youngest person ever to serve as a minister in Sweden.
Mortar Shells Fired From Kobani Land Turkish Soil
At least seven mortar shells landed in Turkey's southern Sanliurfa province Saturday during an intense battle between two militant groups in the Syrian town of Kobani.
According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent near the Turkish-Syrian border, the shells landed inside the Turkish territory when the battle for Kobani waged on between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or the PYD, and the ISIS.
Chinese coastguard vessels patrol disputed waters
China has sent coastguard vessels to disputed waters in the East China Sea after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angered Beijing by sending a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead from Japan's wars.
Slumping price of oil has Iran worried about paying its bills
Iranian officials are expressing new worry over the global oil price slump, which is threatening the country’s budget and could undermine its strategy in international nuclear negotiations.
Bermuda clears trees, power lines hit by Gonzalo
Crews cleared away downed trees and power lines Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours but caused no deaths or serious injuries.
Pennsylvania ambush suspect spotted carrying gun, police say
The survivalist charged with murdering a Pennsylvania trooper and wounding another was spotted near his old high school carrying a rifle and with mud smeared on his face, police said on Saturday, five weeks after a manhunt for the suspect began.
Amid Frequent Earthquakes, USGS Installs 4 Seismographs Around Cushing
Cushing is the 'Pipeline Crossroads of the World.' “It's kind of the Grand Central station of the big oil,” . But more recently, Cushing has been making headlines for its earthquakes. “This is a potential catastrophe,”. Jackman says the small town can store up to 46 million barrels of crude oil. There were ten earthquakes in Cushing last week, the two largest at 4.0 and 4.3 magnitude. And the U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.3 was centered directly under a Cushing tank farm and across the street from the Cushing Municipal Airport.
18 Oct 14
Obama to Admit Non-Citizens for Ebola Treatment
the Obama administration is formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.
Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a 'Ghost Town
The Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have been moved from the building, but patients are still steering clear of the once-bustling hospital.
Global agenda: It keeps getting worse, again
financial and market developments in recent days and weeks, to ignore what has happened and is happening. IKGW is back.