23 Jul 16
4.3M earthquake hits south of Kona; NO tsunami expected
The Kona coast of Hawaii Island got a jolt Friday night. A 4.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:16 p.m. It occurred 3.3 miles northwest of Captain Cook, 6.5 miles south-southwest of Holualoa at a depth of 11.4 km (7.1 miles).
Earthquake Alert: King Salmon, Alaska Hit By M5.7 Earthquake
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has been recorded near King Salmon, Alaska on 23 July 2016 04:59:01. The earthquake epicenter was located at precisely 20km SSE of King Salmon, Alaska and at a depth of approximately 191.51 km. A provisional tsunami alert have been issued for the region following this earthquake.
Suicide bombers at Kabul demonstration kill at least 29
Suicide bombers hit a large demonstration by members of Afghanistan's Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 29 people and wounding 142, officials said.
Graphic television footage from the site of the blasts showed many dead bodies lying on the bloodied road, close to where thousands of Hazara had been demonstrating over the route of a planned multimillion dollar power line.
Chinese Scientists Plan First Human Test With Gene Editing Tool
Chinese scientists are embarking on...the first human trials with the Crispr gene editing tool...that might someday be a potent tool in developing therapies worldwide.
The group led by Lu You, an oncologist at the south-western Sichuan University West China Hospital, has recruited the first patient for a ten-people clinical trial, which will activate immune cells using Crispr and infuse them back into patients to fight lung cancer.
Syria war: Aleppo tunnel bomb 'kills 38 government troops'
Dozens of pro-government troops were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel underneath a building in the Syrian city of Aleppo, reports say.
A UK-based monitoring group said 38 troops died in the blast, which it said happened on Thursday.
The Thuwwar al-Sham rebel group posted a video online that appeared to show a building used by government troops being destroyed by a huge blast.
Turkey extends detention without charge to 30 days
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge to 30 days, an official statement says.
The statement also ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and more than 1,200 associations.
China floods: Dozens killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated
Floods in north and central China have killed at least 87 people, with scores missing and hundreds of thousands forced from homes, officials say.
Hebei and Henan provinces have been the worst hit by the flash floods and landslides.
Nearly 50,000 homes collapsed in Hebei, where 72 people were killed, while 18,000 houses were damaged in Henan.
Munich Jewish community leader: We will not be intimidated by terror
Muncich's Jewish community leader said it had "only been a matter of time," until terror struck Germany, following a gunman attack...killed nine and wounded at least ten others.
"I am appalled and stunned," said President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, Charlotte Knobloch. "My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the victims' families, and with the wounded and their families."
Vermont doctors push back against assisted-suicide requirement
Vermont doctors and health care professionals are pushing back against an interpretation of state law that they say requires them to help kill patients who wish to die.
Brazil holds terror suspects, seeks leads about possible Olympic threat
Brazil held 10 presumed Islamist militants in isolation cells at a maximum security jail on Friday as police combed their computers and mobile phones for information about possible threats to next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Police Give All-Clear In Munich Shooting; Say Suspect Dead
An 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald's Friday night, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself, the chief of police in the Bavarian capital said.
Hillary Clinton Selects Tim Kaine, a Popular Senator From a Swing State, as Running Mate
Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November.
Bodies of 14 executed in Libya's Benghazi received at hospital
A hospital in Libya's second city Benghazi said Friday it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy said was a "war crime".
The unidentified bodies were found Thursday and brought to the Benghazi Medical Centre by members of the Red Crescent, a doctor at the facility told AFP.
Two Middle East locations hit 129 degrees, hottest ever in Eastern Hemisphere, maybe the world
The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, surged Thursday to a blistering 129.2 degrees (54 Celsius). And on Friday in Basra, Iraq, the mercury soared to 129.0 degrees (53.9 Celsius). If confirmed, these incredible measurements would represent the two hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere, according to Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters and weather historian Christopher Burt, who broke the news.
22 Jul 16
Chinese scientists to pioneer first human CRISPR trial
A team led by Lu You, an oncologist at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital in Chengdu, plans to start testing such cells in people with lung cancer next month. The clinical trial received ethical approval from the hospital's review board on 6 July. “It’s an exciting step forward,” says Carl June, a clinical researcher in immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
James Dobson endorses Trump
Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk radio and an adviser to previous presidents, has announced his endorsement of Donald Trump for the office of president in 2016.
Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink'
A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a study has shown.
The term carbon sink refers to the ability of a natural zone to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.
In the first basin-wide study of the impacts of the 2010 drought, data showed trees' mortality rate went up while growth rates declined.
Brexit plunges UK economy to worst level since 2009, data suggests
Britain's decision to leave the EU has led to a "dramatic deterioration" in economic activity, not seen since the aftermath of the financial crisis.
Data from IHS Markit's Purchasing Manager's Index, or PMI, shows a fall to 47.7 in July, the lowest level since April in 2009. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.
Both manufacturing and service sectors saw a decline in output and orders.
British lawmaker accuses Israel of causing rise in jihadism
A British lawmaker who said Israel would eventually disappear accused the Jewish state of being a major cause in the rise of jihadism worldwide.
Following the statement Thursday by Jenny Tonge, a House of Lords member from the Liberal Democrat party, the Board of Deputies of British Jews called on the party’s head to fire her.
Erdogan vows Turkish military shake-up as emergency rule takes hold
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Thursday to restructure the military and give it "fresh blood" as emergency rule took hold across the NATO member country after last week's attempted coup.
Erdogan's comments...came as Turkey sought to assure its citizens and the outside world that the government was not turning its back on democracy and returning to the harsh repression of past regimes.
Israel, Palestinian Authority in African diplomatic battle
Israel is continuing to make inroads into Africa, as Chad – which has suddenly found itself on the front lines in the battle against Islamic extremists – is expected to be the next majority-Muslim African state to reestablish ties with Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Guinea and Israel announced the reestablishment of ties on Wednesday, and...Netanyahu...said that another African country would soon follow suit.
Former Imam in Eastern Uganda Loses Home, Family, Work after Turning to Christ
A 53-year-old man in eastern Uganda sits alone in a small shanty after losing his family, house and business because he left Islam for Christianity.
Study: Super-eruptions offer a year's warning before they blow
If planetary doom is to arrive by supervolcano, Earthlings will have about a year to consider their options. According to new research, super-eruptions offer a warning approximately one year before they blow up.
US Navy's newest $12.9bn supercarrier doesn't work
The most expensive warship ever built has been delayed from hitting the front line because it is reportedly not ready for battle.
The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford Navy supercarrier - the first of three in its class with a total cost of $43 billion - could potentially struggle with planes landing and taking off, moving military weapons and being able to successfully defend itself, a memo obtained by Bloomberg News reads.
The memo allegedly states 'poor or unknown reliability issues' were identified in a letter dated June 28.
Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride under police guard
Thousands of revellers attended Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade under heavy police protection on Thursday, a year after an ultra-Orthodox Jew killed a teenager at the march.
Marchers carried rainbow flags emblazoned with the Star of David and a group banged drums as they walked. Many laid flowers under a picture of Shira Banki, 16, who was killed at the march in July last year.
Girl, 13, Surrendered to Police After Shooting Elderly Couple Who Suspected Her of Shoplifting: Cops
A 13-year-old from Missouri surrendered to police Wednesday morning after an elderly couple in their 70s were shot and critically wounded at a beauty supply store following a suspected shoplifting.
Are Leftists Planning A Coup On 'President' Trump? "Voters Must Stop Him Before Military Has To"
How far will they go to destroy this country? Liberals and globalists are already plotting several moves ahead.
If Donald Trump beats Hillary, they are already contemplating a Plan B.
In a op-ed, L.A. Times. writer James Kirchick dangles the ambiguous but ominous threat, “If Trump wins, a coup isn’t impossible here in the U.S.”
BDS Pressure Sees Spanish City Lose Tel Aviv Flights
A Spanish city that symbolically backed a motion to boycott the state of Israel lost out on a direct flight route to Tel Aviv because of its position, local media reported on Thursday.
Magnitude 4.8 earthquake reported in Humboldt County
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck just miles from Eureka Thursday, causing alarm in the most densely populated part of Humboldt County.
The quake, which struck at 4:09 p.m. hit a little more than 10 miles inland from Humboldt Bay, and was felt in nearby Eureka and Arcata, both within 15 miles of the epicenter.
21 Jul 16
Wanted: 'Adventurous woman' to give birth to Neanderthal man - Harvard professor seeks mother for cloned cave baby
Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School believes he can reconstruct Neanderthal DNA and resurrect the species which became extinct 33,000 years ago. His scheme is reminiscent of Jurassic Park but, while in the film dinosaurs were created in a laboratory, Professor Church’s ambitious plan requires a human volunteer.