03 Jan 16
Vatican accord with Palestine comes into effect
n agreement signed last year making the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday.
Iran predicts 'divine vengeance' after Saudis execute Shi'ite cleric
Shi'ite Muslim Iran's top leader predicted "divine vengeance" for Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. Strong rhetoric from Tehran was matched by Iran's Shi'ite allies across the region, with Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanese militia Hezbollah, describing the execution as "a message of blood". Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shi'ite cleric, called for angry protests.
Prophecy Unfolding In Front of Our Eyes with Return of Bnei Anousim to Jewish Fold
It would be surprising if such a miracle was not mentioned in the Bible, but in fact, it is explicitly described. The last two verses of Obadiah detail this event, explicitly naming Spanish and French Jews who will return to the nation and land of Israel:
Vatican accord with Palestine comes into effect
An agreement signed last year making the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday.
The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" last June when it called for moves to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backed a two-state solution.
As U.S. abortion case looms, both sides seek personal touch
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear its first abortion case in nearly a decade, both sides have been quietly gathering vivid personal accounts from women to supplement the dry legal arguments...
The case, which arises from a challenge to new Texas regulations covering clinics and physicians that perform abortions, could have broad political repercussions in a presidential election year.
Oregon: Armed protest at US wildlife building
Armed protesters have occupied a US government building in Oregon to support father and son ranchers who have been ordered to return to jail.
Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven, 46, were convicted of arson in 2012 but a court ruled their original sentences were too short.
They said they lit the fires to reduce the growth of invasive species and protect their land from wildfires.
Deadly IS attack on Iraq ex-US Camp Speicher base
At least 12 members of the Iraqi security forces have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on the former US base of Camp Speicher, outside Tikrit.
There were reports of about five bombers at the camp's western gates. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it carried out the attack.
Most of the dead were police recruits.
Death toll in Indian base attack rises to 6 troops, 4 gunmen
Officials say that the number of troops killed in an attack on an Indian air force base has risen to six after four soldiers succumbed to injuries sustained in the hourslong gunbattle near the border with Pakistan. Four suspected militants were also killed in the fighting.
Iranian Protesters Damage Saudi Embassy in Tehran After Execution
Protesters in Iran, angered by the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric, broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran early Sunday, setting fires and throwing papers from the roof, Iranian media reported.
China Lands Test Flight in Disputed Island Chain
China said it had landed a test flight on a newly completed airfield in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, a sign of its growing military capabilities in the region.
Police hunt for gunman after deadly Tel Aviv pub attack
Israeli security forces pressed a manhunt Saturday for the Arab Israeli suspected of killing two people and wounding seven others at a Tel Aviv pub, with the motive still unknown.
Drought-stricken California braces for El Niño
Four El Niño-fueled storms are bearing down on California. But the impact of the climate phenomenon is already being felt around the world.
The significant snow pack measured in California's Sierra Nevada this week is a welcome sign.
China to 'Gamify' Obedience to the Government
China has created a tool called "Sesame Credit" to track how closely each citizen follows the party line. "If you post pictures of Tiananmen Square or share a link about the recent stock market collapse, your Sesame Credit goes down," the video explains. "Share a link from the state-sponsored news agency about how good the economy is doing and your score goes up."
02 Jan 16
Turkish President outrageously cites ADOLF HITLER in example of an effective government
He said: “Yes. There is nothing to say that you can't have a presidential system in a unitary state.
"There are already some examples in the world today, and also some from the past.
“You see it when you look at Hitler's Germany.
Yes, it’s really 'volcano season,' say scientists
Think you’ve got enough to worry about with collapsing economy, terrorism, wars and rumors of wars? Think again.
Have you been paying attention to what appears to be an increase in volcanic activity across the planet?..the European Science Foundation concluded that large volcanic eruptions posed the greatest risk to human survival – greater, in fact, that an asteroid collision with earth
Defiant Iran pledges to ramp up missile program, in challenge for Obama
A series of Iranian officials vowed on Friday to expand Tehran's missile capabilities, a challenge to the United States which has threatened to impose new sanctions even as the vast bulk of its measures against Iran are due to be lifted under a nuclear deal.
4.5-Magnitude Quake Shakes Off Calif. Coast; No Tsunami Threat
A preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.5 quake struck at 9:11 p.m. Friday at a depth of about five miles. It was located about 40 miles southwest of Eureka and about 250 miles northwest of San Francisco. The National Tsunami Warning Center says there is no danger of tidal problems and officials in Humboldt County say there are no reports of damages or injuries.
6.4 magnitude earthquake hits northeastern China
The quake struck Linkou in Heilongjiang Province at 12:22 AM (local time) at a depth of 580 km, the China Earthquake Networks Centre said. No casualties were reported so far, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
5.8 magnitude earthquake hits parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad
Parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Islamabad were rattled on Saturday by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
Earthquake hits Northern New Jersey overnight
Northern New Jersey felt a rumble Saturday morning after it was hit with an earthquake.
Putin names United States among threats in new Russian security strategy
A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years.
The document, "About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation", was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve...
Gunmen attack India air force base near Pakistan border
Four gunmen have been killed in an overnight attack on an Indian air force base near Pakistani border, officials say.
Two soldiers at the Pathankot base were also killed in a gun battle lasting several hours.
Operations at the base are continuing, with some reports saying gunmen are holed up in the base.
Obama considers unilateral action on US gun violence
President Obama has said he wants to take unilateral action to tackle the problem of gun violence in the US.
In his first weekly address of 2016, Mr Obama said he would meet Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss possible actions.
He said he would seek to use his executive powers as president because the US Congress had failed to address the problem.
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric
Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said.
He was among 47 people put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences, it said in a statement.
...Shia-lead Iran said Saudi Arabia would pay a "high price" for the execution.
Israel strikes Hamas terror targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire
In response to Friday night's firing of rockets on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, the Israel Air Force attacked early on Saturday morning two military installations and two terrorist infrastructure targets belonging to Hamas in the coastal territory.
"The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for all terror activity that emanates from the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a statement.
Category 3 cyclone cutting a devastating path through the Pacific
TONGA has declared a pre-emptive state of emergency as severe tropical cyclone Ula batters the tiny Pacific kingdom and tracks towards Fiji, where many Australians are believed to be holidaying.
China restructures military as Xi eyes `strong Army`
Shanghai: China has unveiled changes to the structure of its military described by President Xi Jinping as "a major policy decision to realise the Chinese dream of a strong army", state media reported.
Obama plans curbs on guns
President Obama will press ahead with a set of executive actions on guns next week despite growing concerns in the United States over terrorism that have dampened some Americans’ enthusiasm for tighter firearms restrictions.
Crazed Oklahoma man freaks out town with tattooed swastika face and devil costume
Michael Carter, 26, was nabbed Wednesday after causing a ruckus at a Whataburger and later locking himself in a Kum & Go bathroom — but it was his fully tattooed face and a bizarre mask and devilish red costume that raised eyebrows, according to a report obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Gun Sales Surge In Switzerland As Army Chief Warns "Arm Yourselves"
It would appear the people of Switzerland have been listening to their military leaders. Having recently been warned by the Swiss army chief of growing social unrest, SwissInfo reports applications for gun permits in Switzerland increased by 20% between 2014 and 2015, according to a survey conducted in 12 cantons. But while the army proposes "arm yourselves," Swiss crime prevention officials warn against the false sense of security that guns bring.