17 May 16
The ‘peace process’ did not fail — the Palestinian Authority did
After 20 years of generous support for the PA (the highest per capita funding ever given to a state or a population), the PA failed to construct the infrastructures required to establish a functional, sustainable state.
Carolyn Walker-Diallo, Muslim judge, sworn in on Koran in Brooklyn
A routine municipal ceremony has become seeped in controversy after a Brooklyn Civil Court judge was sworn in using a Koran.
‘State must be secular, single-religion states end badly’ – Pope Francis to French Catholic paper
Pope Francis believes that a healthy secularism paired with a strong law that grants above all a religious freedom is the key to a successful and peaceful state, while states tied to a single religion don’t have a future.
Texas to ignore Iran nuclear deal and maintain sanctions, Governor says
Texas will not lift its sanctions on Iran and will take no part in the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with the Islamic republic, which has made the world a “more dangerous and compromised” place, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Jewish media at a special meeting in New York on Monday afternoon.
5 earthquakes hit Aqaba today
Five earthquakes early Monday struck the port city of Aqaba, 330km south of the capital, but no damages or casualties were recorded. The strongest quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was registered at around 4:46am, preceded by four aftershocks, the Jordan Seismological Observatory (JSO) said.
Isil 'sets off earthquake by blowing up major gas field' in Syria
Islamic State jihadists were last night reported to have blown up a major gas field in eastern Syria, setting off a minor earthquake in nearby Palmyra.
The Syrian regime has been fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant north of Palmyra, since it retook the town with the help of Russian air strikes and Iranian-supplied militias in March.
Assad's forces have 'used sarin nerve gas' for the first time since Syria's notorious 2013 massacre
Syria’s regime has used sarin nerve gas for the first time since 2013, dropping bombs laden with the chemical agent on Isil fighters outside Damascus, according to a senior Israeli official.
This use of sarin would show that Bashar al-Assad has retained the ability to gas his enemies despite an agreement that supposedly disarmed Syria of its chemical arsenal.
Syria conflict: World powers seek to revive peace talks
World and regional powers have begun fresh talks aimed at putting the Syrian peace process back on track.
Germany's foreign minister told reporters in Vienna that the aim was to strengthen a fragile truce and boost humanitarian aid.
That would encourage the opposition to resume negotiations on a political settlement to end the war, he said.
Libya: US backs arming of government for IS fight
The US and other world powers have said they are ready to arm Libya's UN-backed unity government to help it fight the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group.
Speaking in Vienna, US Secretary of State John Kerry said world powers would back Libya in seeking exemption from a UN arms embargo.
He said IS was a "new threat" to Libya and it was "imperative" it was stopped.
France delays May Israeli-Palestinian parley to allow for US to attend
France on Tuesday agreed to delay the May 30th launch of its new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative until some time this summer to allow for the US to attend.
It had intended to hold a ministerial meeting at the end of the month with representatives from some 20 countries — not including the Israelis and Palestinians — to lay the groundwork for a larger international peace conference in the fall.
This April Was The Hottest on Record, NASA Says
It was the hottest April on record this year, according to NASA, and increasing temperature patterns show 2016 is on the way to becoming the hottest year in recorded history.
Iran cracks down on models posing without headscarves online
Iranian police have arrested eight people in a new crackdown targeting "un-Islamic acts" online such as female models posting images of themselves without their hair covered, state media reported Monday, part of a larger cultural struggle in the Islamic Republic over the country's future.
Changing superdelegate rules would still leave Sanders behind
Bernie Sanders, in response to Hillary Clinton's significant delegate lead, has called for wholesale changes to the Democratic Party's primary system, suggesting that is it both un-democratic and tilted in favor of the former secretary of state.
Sheriff Clarke: Calif. law is normalizing criminal behavior(video)
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke discusses how shoplifting law changes in California are causing a spike in crime.
China to buy $90 billion gold vault in London
The Chinese state-owned ICBC Standard Bank (IDCBF), the world's biggest bank by assets, has agreed to buy Barclays precious metals storage business, including its state-of-the-art storage facility in London.
The deal will boost China's access to London's gold market, and expand the country's role in the gold business.
A New Earthquake Swarm Is Rocking Oregon’s Mt. Hood
A FEW WEEKS back, we heard news of an small earthquake swarm underneath Mount St. Helens. Now, media-driven hyperbole aside, that swarm was business-as-usual for a Cascade volcano, where magma slowly rises back into the upper parts of the system. So, it should be no surprise when other volcanoes in the range show similar behavior.
16 May 16
Israel Hits Peak of Massive Record-Breaking Heat Wave
Brush fires rage through the country and hundreds suffer from heat-related maladies as a massive, record-breaking heat wave reaches its peak, with temperatures shooting up mercilessly from north to south.
ISIS Declares ‘State of Emergency in Raqqa’ But Reasons Are Unclear
“We have seen this declaration of emergency in Raqqa, we know this enemy feels threatened, as they should,” U.S.-led coalition spokesperson Col Steve Warren told CNN. “They see the Syrian Democratic Forces, along with the Syrian Arab Coalition, maneuver both to their east and to their west.
Italian MP on Muslim mayor of London: When will you blow up?
The head of the Five Star Movement (M5S) then added: "Now I want to see when he blows himself up in front of Westminster."
Ancient Biblical System of Code and Numerology Reveals Role of Trump, Clinton in Age of Redemption
It is also remarkable to note that Donald Trump (424) is the Gematria of “Messiah for the House of David” (משיח בן דוד). That is not to say that Donald Trump is the Messiah, but that his presidency will usher in the Messianic era.
Trump calls London Mayor Khan ‘ignorant’ & predicts poor relations with Cameron
“The world is blowing up and it’s not people from Sweden that’s doing the damage okay. So we have a real problem.”
Israel has no interest in multilateral peace talks, urges direct dialogue with Palestinians
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has poured cold water on the French peace initiative, saying that foreign power involvement would give Palestine an "escape hatch" to avoid recognizing Israel. The PM insists only direct talks will work.
ISIS covers fighters’ hefty bills in Turkish hospitals, leaked phone taps reveal
Islamic State terrorists wounded on the Syrian battlefield regularly travel to Turkey for complex and costly medical treatment, according to tapped phone calls apparently ignored by Ankara’s security forces, and handed to the media by opposition MP Erem Erdem.
Rare whale found on Australian beach believed to be evolutionary throwback
The beaked whale, found dead on Waitpinga beach in February, confounded examiners from the South Australian Museum who discovered two mysterious teeth previously unseen in that family of deep diving mammals.
Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Shakes French Colony of New Caledonia
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake occurred Monday off the coast of New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the Pacific Ocean, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
The Geophysical Institute of Israel said the tremors were slightly stronger than usual, but not serious
Tremors were felt in Israel in the early hours of Monday morning, after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck 25 kilometers northeast of Dhahab, Egypt some 100 kilometers northwest of Eilat in Israel, according the the US Geological Survey (USGS).
5 earthquakes hit Aqaba today
The strongest quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was registered at around 4:46am, preceded by four aftershocks, the Jordan Seismological Observatory (JSO) said.
The geology director at the Energy Ministry, Ali Sawarieh, told Petra that the JSO today recorded a "seismic storm" that began at dawn with a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that was centered at a depth of 13 kilometers and took place 66 kilometers south of Aqaba.
5.1 magnitude quake hits Egypt early on Monday, no casualties reported
The quake, which measured 5.1 on the Richter scale, was centered in the Gulf of Aqaba, according to Mohamed Abed Rabbo, a professor of Seismology at theNational Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG).
Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area
Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.
Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.
India to 'divert rivers' to tackle drought
India is set to divert water from its rivers to deal with a severe drought, a senior minister has told the BBC.
Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati said transferring water, including from major rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, to drought-prone areas is now her government's top priority.
At least 330 million people are affected by drought in India.