22 Dec 14
'Nations talk, but cities act' on green policies
The European Union recently agreed to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030, a target its leaders hailed as ambitious.
But individual cities are going much further.
By the time the EU has reached its climate target, Copenhagen, as one of the most green conscious EU capitals, hopes to have put worrying about carbon emissions behind it.
Hamas conducts rocket tests in Gaza, drawing the attention of the Israeli military
The IDF said it detected rocket experiments in the Gaza Strip on Monday. During the experiments, Hamas fired rockets from Gaza towards the Mediterranean Sea.
Hamas fires rockets into the sea every few days, as part of its weapons program. The launches are used by Hamas arms designers to experiment with various projectile models.
Ya'alon: Herzog and Livni would turn West Bank into 'Hamastan'
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday blasted opposition leader Isaac Herzog and former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, saying the West Bank would have turned into a "Hamastan" if the two had been running Israel over the last few years.
Syria says Israeli drone downed in Quneitra
Syria said on Sunday that an Israeli drone had been brought down in the province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
State media said the drone was flying above the village of Hadar when it was downed. It was not immediately clear whether it had been shot down or had crashed.
New York gunman told public 'watch what I'm going to do'
The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, had a history of violence and mental instability.
North Korea: 1.2 Million Troops, Nukes and a 3,000-Strong Cyber-Elite
North Korea’s alleged ability to hack into Sony Pictures Entertainment is extending Kim Jong Un’sreach far beyond the range of his missiles. While North Korea has kept Western defense officials guessing for years about a nuclear program that it may or may not ever use, the regime’s ability to wage cyber war adds a new dimension to its standing abroad.
A fragile calm on Gaza and Lebanon borders
Op-ed: Beyond the obvious need for intelligence surveillance of Hamas and Hezbollah, there are other things Israel can do on both fronts before finding itself in the circle of fire again.
20 jihadists killed in failed east Syria airport attack
At least 20 Islamist State (IS) group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said Sunday.
N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims
President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."
Obama, de Blasio blasted over NYPD cop slayings President, mayor criticized for 'antipolice' rhetoric
Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly placed the blame on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for fanning the flames of antipolice anger during the protests earlier this month.
Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol
The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Capitol rules require that displays have to be taken down each night.
21 Dec 14
Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel
Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation.
Five earthquakes off B.C. coast since Saturday afternoon
Five earthquakes have been detected off the B.C. coast, between Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, since Saturday afternoon.
All five quakes have measured at least 4.0 magnitude. Four of the five have been at a depth of 10 km or so, the exception being at 22 kilometres below the Earth's surface.
Moderate earthquake in Guwahati
A moderate earthquake of magnitude 5 on the Richter Scale shook Guwahati and its neighbouring areas this morning, a Met office report said here.
Strong earthquake hits Indonesia; no tsunami expected
The magnitude-6.6 quake was centred 157 kilometres (98 miles) west of the town of Tobelo, which is on the island of Halmahera, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake had a depth of 55 kilometres (34 miles).
Hawkish Russian Emissary to Visit Cuba’s Leaders
Just days after President Obama announced a historic thaw in relations ...one of Russia’s most hawkish emissaries was set to arrive in Havana on Friday to meet with Cuba’s leadership.
The emissary, Dmitri O. Rogozin, the outspoken deputy prime minister...had already panned the United States’ supposed change of heart toward Cuba as just a calculated change in tactics.
Iran has know-how to build nukes, senior cleric claims
A leading Iranian cleric claimed that Iran has the technical knowledge to develop a nuclear weapon, but that it chooses not to because it is religiously forbidden.
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told Iranian military personnel that the Islamic republic had the means to enrich uranium to levels needed for nuclear weapons, the Guardian reported, citing an official Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp website.
Elevating US-Israel alliance, Obama hails his role
Israel is now officially a strategic partner of the United States, a classification held by no other nation, according to a bill signed into law by US President Barack Obama on Friday.
The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 took more than a year to draft in Congress, and became an omnibus bill for the US-Israel relationship, reinforcing cooperation across industries with a focus on defense.
Netanyahu: We will not ignore even one rocket from Gaza
Israel's safety is the number one priority, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday, regarding a rocket from Gaza that landed in Israel on Friday and an IAF attack on a Hamas cement factory on Saturday in response.
Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam
Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said.
Castro Thanks the U.S. in a Speech but Reaffirms Communist Rule in Cuba
President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba.
Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO
The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
French police kill 'Allahu Akbar' attacker
French police shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked three officers in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great").
Four Guantanamo inmates sent home to Afghanistan
Four Afghan prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were repatriated after a review of their cases.
Eight Afghans are believed to be among the 132 detainees remaining at the US prison in Cuba.
2 NYPD officers shot, killed in ambush on cop car
Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday in Brooklyn as they sat in their squad car by a gunman who reportedly threatened to shoot police hours earlier on Instagram.
The gunman, a 28-year-old with a criminal record who police believe may have been acting in revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, killed himself moments later in a subway station. The incident left the nation's largest police department stunned, and is sure to further inflame tensions between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who police had already said was unwelcome at police funerals because of his perceived support for anti-police protesters
Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over Crimea
Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that it was preparing to retaliate against fresh Western sanctions.
20 Dec 14
IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: report
The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said Saturday.
Big sunspot AR2242 erupted on Saturday, Dec. 20th @ 00:27 UT, producing an intense X1.8-class solar flare. Radio emissions from shock waves rippling through the sun's atmosphere suggest that a CME is en route. However, we are still waiting for data from SOHO coronagraphs to confirm the existence and trajectory of a massive storm cloud. If a CME is coming, it will probably take 2 to 3 days to reach Earth.
The reason oil could drop as low as $20 per barrel
Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility, the one most traders and analysts seem to expect, is that Saudi Arabia will re-establish OPEC’s monopoly power once it achieves the true geopolitical or economic objectives that spurred it to trigger the slump
New species found in the deepest trench on Earth
a new found species and is now the deepest recorded fish at 8,143 m. The fish has a novel body form that has not been seen before. It stunned scientists because in other trenches, there is only one fish species at this depth -- a snailfish; this fish is really different from any other deep-sea fish that scientists have ever seen.