26 May 15
Iraq starts operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar
Iraqi government forces have formally launched an operation to drive Islamic State (IS) out of Anbar province.
The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation (al-Hashd al-Shaabi), a volunteer force comprising dozens of Shia militias.
The operation would see troops and militiamen move southwards from Salahuddin province and seek to cut off IS militants in Ramadi, he said.
Wolf volcano erupts on Galapagos island
A volcanic eruption on the Galapagos Islands has raised fears the ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution may be under threat.
On Monday, the Wolf volcano on Isabela Island erupted for the first time in 33 years, spewing fire, smoke and lava.
Experts say the eruption poses no risk to people living on the island.
Mexico and Texas hit by deadly storms
At least 13 people have been killed by a tornado that hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna.
Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the city, in Coahuila state, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas.
The US state has had big floods, with at least three dead and 12 missing.
India heatwave toll 'nears 800'
The death toll in the heatwave sweeping India has reached nearly 800 with temperatures nearing 50C (122F) in some areas.
Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 750 people have died since last week.
Reports say 24 people have died from the heat in West Bengal and Orissa.
Chinese navy to focus on 'open seas', paper says
China is to focus on projecting its military presence beyond its borders at sea, according to a strategy document.
The navy will shift its focus to "open seas protection", rather than "offshore waters defence" alone.
It will also speed up developing its cyber force to tackle "grave security threats", the State Council said.
Syrian state TV jammed, Damascus points fingers at foreign enemies
Syria's government-run satellite television channels were interrupted on Tuesday due to...interference by enemy countries...to "block out the voice of truth."
Syria TV...flickered on and off and then issued a news flash, before going totally dark, saying that signals were being interrupted. Its broadcasting was then switched to the frequency of another state-run channel, Syrian Drama TV.
China and Chile sign currency swap agreement
China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a currency swap deal on Monday seeking to deepen economic ties by boosting trade and investment.
Greece rules out capital controls if bailout talks fail
Greece's government on Monday ruled out restricting access to bank accounts and the free movement of money if there is no breakthrough soon in tortuous talks with bailout creditors and its dwindling cash reserves dry up.
The world is drowning in debt, warns Goldman Sachs
The world is sinking under too much debt and an ageing global population means countries' debt piles are in danger of growing out of control, the European chief executive of Goldman Sachs Asset Management has warned.
Twitter trend ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ has teens trying to summon demon
The latest topic to create some commotion on Twitter has teens trying to summon a demon named Charlie.
The Charlie Charlie Challenge surfaced Thursday on Twitter and has gone viral across social media platforms.
The challenge includes putting two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of a cross. The words “yes” and “no” are written in boxes outlined by the pencils. Then the participants say “Charlie, Charlie are you here?”
Russia, Iran talks on S-300 missiles end in 'success'
Moscow and Tehran have concluded talks on the delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran which should take place "quite" soon, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday.
"The negotiations on the subject have ended in success. I estimate that the S-300 delivery will take place in quite a short time," Amir-Abdollahian said in Moscow.
28 Shootings, 9 Fatal, Over Memorial Day Weekend In Baltimore
It’s been a violent weekend in Baltimore after a surge of shootings–some deadly across the city.
Amy Yensi has more.
Police say 28 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the record-breaking violence.
25 May 15
Earthquake count more than halfway to last year’s total
Oklahoma earthquake counts already are more than halfway to last year’s total, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
As of May 18, there were 336 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes recorded in central and north-central Oklahoma, according to USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Central & Eastern U.S. Coordinator Robert Williams.
Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Finally Here
This is a bigger breakthrough in the field of robotics and advanced prosthetics than it might appear. That a brain-controlled bionic leg would also promote muscle growth is stranger, and more exciting, than all of the superpowered cyborgs that science fiction has to offer.
FDA ticks off first drug to treat radiation sickness after nuclear disasters
A drug long-used to counter the negative effects of chemotherapy has won US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in treating the nasty effects of exposure to radiation following a nuclear disaster. Known commercially as Neupogen, the drug has been shown to work by shielding the body's white blood cells to heighten a patient's chances of survival.
At least three dead, 12 missing in US flooding
Washington - Rescuers searched Monday for at least 12 people missing in spectacular flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma that also left at least three dead. The raging waters destroyed hundreds of homes and sent cars floating down streets, rolling and bobbing like giant toys.
Obama and the Royals: Human Rights Aren’t a Concern, When Oil is at Stake
The oil-rich Arab guests hailed from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain. These sheikhdoms — historically carved out of the Arabian desert by the British Empire — are among the most wealthy and the most repressive regimes in the world.
Joe Biden Says Bible Believing Christians Violate LGBT Rights By Simply Existing
And this is why old-fashioned preaching will soon be classified as a “hate crime”. Because Liberals can’t stand it. Biden is also saying that the rights of the Christian are inferior to the rights of the LGBT individual.
Saudi Arabia Places Army on High Alert Near Yemen Border
Saudi Arabia's army formations at the border with Yemen have been placed on high alert, according to television channel Sky News Arabia. Artillery duels intensified at the Saudi-Yemeni border in recent days. Overnight, the Haradh border crossing between was destroyed by artillery fire.
Hamas Declares Jerusalem ‘Eternal Capital’ of Islamic World
Hamas has declared that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Islamic world,” the Saudi Arabia-backed Al-Resalah reported. It appears that Hamas is desperate for propaganda to shore up support from the poor Gaza Arabs who suffer under the regime.
The ATF Should Be Scrapped … Says Center For American Progress?
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, charged with enforcing the nation's gun laws and regulating the firearms industry, has been so hobbled by high-profile operational failures, internal dysfunction and external limits on its authority that the agency should be eliminated and merged into the FBI, a new report concludes.
Two tremors struck Nepal today amid rehabilitation attempts
Two tremors today struck Nepal, keeping people on the edge as the country struggled to rehabilitate millions of people affected by a devastating earthquake one month ago that killed nearly 9,000 people. A 5.0-magnitude tremor was felt at 3.23 a.m with epicentre at Gorkha district.
Another 4.1-magnitude earthquake hit western Nepal with epicentre at Dolakhan.
Church of England to consider 'transgender baptism' service
A "transgender baptism" service is to be considered by the Church of England for the first time. The idea is to bless into God's family the new identities of Christians who have undergone gender transition. The proposal was welcomed by the Church's most senior trans priest. Rev Rachel Mann, Rector of St Nicholas Burnage and a minor canon at Manchester Cathedral
Leading Islamic voice calls for reconquering Jerusalem
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his countrymen to refocus on the Ottoman goal of re-conquering Jerusalem for Islam and uniting Shia and Sunni tribes for that same mission.
In a speech that got almost no coverage in the Western media, Erdogan talked about invading and reconquering Jerusalem, according to an article in the Anadolu Agency of Turkey.
Quake Hits Tokyo Days After Japan OK's Third Nuclear Restart
An earthquake shook buildings and halted train lines in Tokyo early Monday, days after Japan's nuclear regulator green-lighted the restarting of atomic energy at a third plant.
The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, was centered in Ibaraki prefecture just northeast of the country's capital,
Blast in downtown Damascus kills Syria general: monitor
Beirut - A Syrian brigadier-general was killed in a blast that targeted his car in downtown Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. The Britain-based group said "a brigadier general and approximately six people with him were killed in an explosion in the Adawi neighbourhood in the centre of the capital."
Palestinian stabs two Israelis teens: police
Jerusalem - A Palestinian youth on Sunday stabbed and wounded two Israeli teenagers on their way to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during a Jewish festival, officials said.
New Orleans Cop Shot Dead in Cruiser
A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car this morning, city officials said.
The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim's car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting.
Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuations
Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.
Three nations altered temperature data, and you can probably guess why
Let’s review the logic we are asked to accept from the we-must-act-now-on-global-warming crowd. They tell us that the science is undeniable in showing global warming is both man-made and running wild, and that only liberal policy ideas like carbon taxes and controls on industry can solve the problem.