25 Jan 15
Libya's Ansar confirms chief's death
Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia has confirmed that its leader Mohammad al-Zahawi has died.
In a statement, the group said "we mourn the death of the emir", without giving further details.
California bars judges from belonging to Boy Scouts
California's Supreme Court voted to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.
The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges' affiliation with the organization.
Power breakdown plunges Pakistan into darkness
Pakistan was plunged into darkness after a breakdown of a key power transmission line in the southern part of the country early Sunday, another blinding reminder of the country's crippling energy crisis.
Greek leftists Syriza aim for historic election win
Greeks vote on Sunday in a historic election expected to bring in a government led by the leftwing Syriza party, which has promised to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis.
Japan condemns apparent Islamic State execution, demands hostage release
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the apparent killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous and impermissible," and again called for the release of a Japanese journalist being held by the group.
QE…D: Why Printing Money will end badly for the US
You may have heard the news, the European Central Bank have started up the printing press. They are soon to print upwards of €60 Billion a month. The crowds of economic pundits have collectively cheered. Europe stands to enjoy significant near term benefits, but at what cost?
Iran FM in rare Saudi visit after king's death
Iran's foreign minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a rare visit to the regional rival, bringing condolences after the death of King Abdullah, television pictures showed.
24 Jan 15
‘Worst-case scenario’: Yemen chaos, Saudi king’s death pose new challenges for US
The collapse of the Yemeni government, coupled with the death early Friday of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, have in an instant thrown the future of America’s fight against Islamist extremists in the volatile region into question -- while potentially giving Iran more sway.
En Route To Iowa, John Bolton Rips Obama, Takes Shots At Rand Paul
Bolton is considering his own bid, he says, and he’s been putting major work into fund-raising for a super PAC that, along with a traditional PAC, raised some $7.5 million in the 2014 cycle. But it’s clear he’s as concerned about the substance of the debate of the GOP primary as he is about ever someday becoming president.
MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’
An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited “cult” whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict their beliefs. “As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here.
Very high values of SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site, Iceland
It is an invisible gas with a sharp smell, a potent acid rain maker which damages forests and crops, changes the makeup of soil, and makes lakes and streams acidic and unsuitable for fish.
Merkel upstaged, more protests, currency wars
The World Economic Forum held in the Swiss ski resort of Davos has the official goal of "improving the state of the world."
Brazil's most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years
Brazil's Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country's three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930.
The states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais must save water, she said after an emergency meeting in the capital, Brasilia.
Ms Teixeira described the water crisis as "delicate" and "worrying".
Report: Iranian general was killed in Israeli strike because he didn't turn off his phone
An Iranian general killed in an alleged Israeli air strike last Sunday in Syria may have died because he did not turn off his cellphone.
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria reported on Saturday that a Hezbollah investigation into the strike found that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi kept his cellphone on in a sensitive area targeted by Israeli intelligence.
Jewish leaders wary of accelerating cycle of fear in Britain
“We spend a huge part of the synagogue’s budget on security. That’s ludicrous. We do what every Jewish organisation does. Nobody is going to be the one to say, ‘No, we shouldn’t do that’. I would love to be the rabbi who says I don’t want to spend money like that,” Berger says.
Greek elections: Party leaders make final calls for votes
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has made a final appeal to voters ahead of Sunday's general election, with his party battling the left-wing Syriza.
Mr Samaras said that despite years of austerity, the country was showing signs of recovery.
Meanwhile, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said his party would restore "dignity" to Greece.
Ukraine rebel Zakharchenko 'rejects truce talks'
The main pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine says his troops are on the offensive and he does not want truce talks with Kiev.
Alexander Zakharchenko said his forces would push the front line back to the borders of Donetsk region. They are in control of the city of Donetsk
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman promises continuity
Saudi Arabian King Salman has pledged continuity, hours after his accession to the throne following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.
The new king moved swiftly to appoint heirs and ministers, including one prince from the ruling dynasty's third generation.
The $9 Trillion US Dollar Carry Trade is Blowing Up
The US Dollar rally, combined with the ECB’s policies are at risk of blowing up a $9 trillion carry trade.
When the Fed cut interest rates to zero in 2008, it flooded the system with US Dollars. The US Dollar is the reserve currency of the world. NO matter what country you’re in (with few exceptions) you can borrow in US Dollars.
And if you can borrow in US Dollars at 0.25%... and put that money into anything yielding more… you could make a killing.
Argentina suspects rogue agents were behind death of prosecutor
Argentina suspects rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of a state prosecutor investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
23 Jan 15
‘There will be a price’: Obama team reportedly fuming over Netanyahu visit
The Obama administration reportedly is fuming over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to address Congress in March regarding the Iranian threat, with one unnamed official telling an Israeli newspaper he will pay “a price” for the snub.
Americans Offer to Take 100 Lashes Each for Saudi Blogger
A bipartisan, multi-religious group of Americans have offered to each take 100 lashes for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Saudi clerics. All those who volunteered are members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Iran Isn't Just Trying to Build a Nuclear Bomb
While Iran's march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran's march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.
Netanyahu ‘spat in our face,’ White House officials say
The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday...
Officials in Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.
Earthquake in Andaman Islands: Tremors felt
The tremors were felt at around 6:00 AM, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) release said in New Delhi.
"The epicentre of the quake was located at 12.9 degrees North on the latitude and 92.8 degrees East on the longitude," it said.
Small quake rattles Alabama for 3rd time since November
A small earthquake has rattled western Alabama for the third time in as many months.
Magnitude 6.9 quake hits off Vanuatu - USGS, no tsunami warning
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday.
Putin, Piketty and Draghi hit Davos in spirit only
Conversations are buzzing up and down the Promenade about rampant inequality, the European Central Bank’s plan to flood markets with money and Russia’s conflict with Ukraine. Notably missing from the Alpine retreat are the three people actually inspiring those debates.
U.S. pulls more staff from Yemen embassy amid deepening crisis
The United States has pulled more staff out of its embassy in Yemen...as Washington scrambled to cope with the collapse of a government that had been a key ally in the fight against al Qaeda.
The scaling down of its presence in Yemen is the first sign that...there will affect U.S operations in a country that President Barack Obama hailed...as a model for “successful” counter-terrorism partnerships.
Assisted suicide movement gaining traction across U.S.
The highly publicized physician-assisted suicide of 29-year-old brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard has given the ailing right-to-die movement a new lease on life.
A national campaign advocating state right-to-die legislation kicked off Wednesday in Sacramento with the introduction of the California End of Life Option Act...