22 Oct 14
North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle
North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record.
Syria's Assad taking advantage of US strikes on IS to launch fierce assault on rebels
Syrian President Bashar Assad is seizing an opportunity presented by the US-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government.
Jordan to Israel: You are inciting a religious conflict over Temple Mount
Jordan is warning that an Israeli plan to allow Jewish prayer at the sensitive Temple Mount area could have disastrous consequences for the region.
Poll: Drop in faith in government on Ebola
Americans have become less confident in recent weeks in the federal government’s ability to fight Ebola in the United States, according to a new poll.
At Least 11 Banks To Fail European Stress Tests: Report
The results of the stress tests on 130 banks by the European Central Bank are due to be unveiled on Sunday.
Three banks in Greece, three Italian lenders and two Austrian ones are among those that preliminary data showed had failed the tests, Efe said.
Brand-new call: No marriage licenses for anyone
Idaho state Sen. Steve Vick says one U.S. city’s efforts to force a Christian wedding chapel to perform homosexual marriages in his state is a blatant violation of the Constitution, and he is seriously considering legislation to get the state government out of marriage entirely because he fears churches will be the next target in the aggressive homosexual agenda.
Saudis sound alarm on Obama 'caving' to Iran
The document,was presented by the Saudis this week to all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an umbrella made up of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf, except for Iraq. The council consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
LOTS OF SOLAR FLARES
During the past 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has unleashed seven M-class solar flares. The most powerful of the bunch (Oct 22nd at 0159 UT) was an M9-class eruption that almost crossed the threshold into X-territory. In addition, the explosion might have hurled a CME into space.
Cerro Negro de Mayasquer volcano (Colombia): magnitude 5.8 earthquake, alert level raised
Orange alert has been declared for the volcanic complex at the Colombia-Ecuador border, after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred under the volcano last Monday.
This earthquake, located at shallow 10 km depth southwest of the Chiles cone, seems to be directly linked to the ongoing crisis at the volcano.
Airstrikes "have failed to reduce imminent threat" to US of little known al-Qaeda off-shoot
The "imminent threat" posed by an al-Qaeda off-shoot in Syria has not been diminished by an American bombing campaign, according to the former head of US counterterrorism.
...Reports suggested it was developing clothing laced with undetectable explosives as a way of smuggling bombs on to aircraft.
It is thought to comprise senior al-Qaeda figures, veterans of the war in Afghanistan
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
Russia has begun a large-scale militarization of the Arctic Ocean region, with a military command structure planned by 2017.
It comes after recent discoveries of oil and natural gas reserves under the ocean floor, and the possibility a potential Northern Sea Route -- an alternative to the Suez Canal -- could soon be established as global climate change causes melting of Arctic ice.
Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled sweeping new security laws branded as repressive by critics, saying those in possession of banned objects at protests would face up to four years in jail.
The changes were first announced last week by the Islamic-rooted government following deadly protests in Istanbul and the Kurdish-majority southeast over Turkey's Syria policy.
South Korea takes down 'Christmas tree' border tower
South Korea has taken down a tower at its border with North Korea which has in the past been decorated as a Christmas tree by Christian groups.
The 60ft (18m) tower has previously been covered in colourful lights at Christmas and topped with a cross.
The North, which is officially atheist, saw this as religious and political propaganda and threatened to shell it.
Ebola: US restricts airport arrivals from West Africa
New US rules requiring air passengers from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola to travel via one of five airports are coming into effect.
Travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea must now arrive at O'Hare in Chicago, JFK, Newark, Washington's Dulles or Atlanta, where they will undergo enhanced screening.
The World Health Organisation is due to convene an emergency meeting later.
Still no Russia gas deal as Europe heads into winter
With temperatures already near freezing in eastern Europe, Ukraine will hold elections on Sunday (26 October) amid uncertainty on Russian gas supplies.
The situation arises after EU, Russian, and Ukrainian negotiators failed to reach a deal in Brussels on Tuesday.
They will meet again on 29 October, but big gaps remain between Kiev and Moscow.
Israel mulling request to replace UN peacekeepers who fled Syria border with drones
The UN is considering replacing its peacekeepers who fled the Golan Heights in recent months with drones, Lebanon's Al-Manar reported Tuesday.
According to the report, Argentina's envoy to the UN made the suggestion to Israel and Syria. Damascus reportedly accepted the request, but Israel has been slow to make a decision on the matter.
Australian teenage jihadist Abdullah Elmir vows Isis will fight 'until black flag is on the top of Buckingham Palace'
A 17-year-old Australian boy has appeared in an Isis propaganda video, where he warns the UK and US that militants will keep fighting until “the black flag” is flying over Buckingham Palace.
The video is believed to show Abdullah Elmir, who went missing from his home in Sydney at the end of June after telling his family he was going fishing.
Canadian soldiers were run down by 'radicalized' man, officials say
The man suspected of crashing his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one and injuring the other, was being actively investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and had had his passport taken away, officials said Tuesday.
National police in Quebec identified the suspect, who died in a confrontation with police shortly after, as 25-year-old Martin Couture-Roulea.
Palestinians attack new E.Jerusalem settler homes
Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighbourhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers, police said Tuesday.
North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle
North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, the White house said on Tuesday.
Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels
Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government.
NASA unveils fascinating images of Mars-buzzing comet
NASA just released an image that shows four vague blobs of light. Normally, such an image wouldn't create much excitement, but this particular image is pretty special. Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring buzzed Mars over the weekend, putting NASA's three Mars orbiter spacecraft on high alert.
The biggest sunspot of the current solar cycle is turning toward Earth. A few days ago, AR2192 unleashed an X1-class solar flare. Since then the sunspot has almost doubled in size and developed an increasingly unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field. It would seem to be just a matter of time before another strong explosion occurs.
Detroit officials bristle at UN visit, scolding over water shut-offs
Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a “human rights” violation.
21 Oct 14
Brutal female police enforce ISIS sharia vision on women of caliphate
Known as the Al-Khansa brigade, the group consists of about 60 armed women between the ages of 18 and 24 who patrol the Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold. Their job, which they are said to perform with cruel relish, is to arrest and beat women who commit such transgressions as allowing ankles or wrists to show or being seen without a male chaperone.
Vladimir Putin Wanted To Invade Ukraine And Divide It With Poland, Official Claims
Vladimir Putin reportedly tried to hatch a plan to invade Ukraine and divide the country with Poland, a top Polish official claims. Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s parliamentary speaker, said the Russian president made the proposal during Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s visit to Moscow in 2008.
Michele Bachmann threatened by Islamic State, assigned security detail
Michele Bachmann was assigned a security detail by Capitol Police after an Islamic State online threat to her safety recently emerged, according to Politico.
Iran president pledges support for Iraq
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will stand by its neighbor Iraq in its fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group.
Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols
The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected.
Mike Huckabee Asks Pastors Across the US to Send Sermons, Bibles to Houston Mayor
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said pastors from across the United States should send "thousands and thousands" of Bibles and sermons to the Houston mayor who demanded pastors turn over their sermons to the government due to their objection to an LGBT discrimination city ordinance.