09 Apr 15
'Summary killings' of Ukraine soldiers in east - Amnesty
Amnesty International has said it has evidence pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine summarily killed four Ukrainian soldiers in their captivity.
Witnesses...one government soldier was shot at point-blank range by a separatist commander.
...videos of three others shown alive in captivity, then dead in a morgue with bullet wounds to their heads and upper bodies.
Obama calls for end to 'gay conversion therapies'
US President Barack Obama has condemned psychiatric therapies designed to "repair" gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
Mr Obama's statement was in response to an online petition calling for a ban on conversion therapies. It gained over 120,000 signatures in three months.
The petition was inspired by Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender youth who committed suicide in December.
Iran will sign nuclear deal only if all sanctions lifted, Rouhani says
Iran will only agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers if all sanctions imposed on the country over its disputed nuclear work are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Thursday.
"We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day ... We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks," Rouhani said.
IsraAID seeks to help Kenya deal with grief management after mass killing
Following the horrific massacre by the radical Muslim terror group al-Shabab from Somalia which killed over 150 Christian students in Kenya, the Israeli relief group IsraAID is helping Kenyan government officials deal with the tragedy.
... “IsraAIDs focus would be to provide post trauma training and treatment to help the affected community and service providers cope with their grief.”
Canada launches its first anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria
Canada conducted its first air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Wednesday, expanding its role in the U.S. coalition against the militant group in Syria.
Le Pen seeks to prevent father’s run for office as family rift runs deeper
A bitter family feud between National Front leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie deepened on Wednesday as she accused the 86-year-old founder of the far-right party of sabotaging its efforts to move into the political mainstream.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, who last week defended a past comment that Nazi gas chambers were a "detail of history", was quoted on Tuesday as calling France's Spanish-born Prime Minister Manuel Valls "the immigrant" and defending Philippe Petain, leader of the war-time government that cooperated with Nazi Germany.
Obama Gives Despicable Response to Netanyahu’s Clarion Call for Iran to Recognize Israel
If this “deal” with Iran is so good, then why aren’t we operating from a moral high ground against the world’s number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism?
ISIS releases more than 200 Yazidis, Kurdish officials say
ISIS on Wednesday released more than 200 Yazidis, a minority group whose members were killed, captured and displaced when the Islamist terror organization overtook their towns in northern Iraq last summer, officials said.
Tsarnaev guilty of Boston bombings. Where does trial go from here?
The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday did what it was expected to do, returning guilty verdicts on all 30 counts. Defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is now eligible to be sentenced to death in the second phase of the trial, which could begin next week and last until June.
U.S. senator seeks to remove key provision from Iran nuclear bill
A Democratic U.S. senator on Wednesday offered an amendment to a an Iran nuclear bill that would remove the measure's tie to Iranian-sponsored terrorism, a change that could attract more support for the legislation from his party.
08 Apr 15
Boston Bomber Guilty on All Counts, Faces Death
The 12-person jury took 12 hours to find the 21-year-old guilty on 30 counts related to the attacks, the murder of a police officer, a car jacking and shootout while on the run. The Muslim immigrant of Chechen descent, who took U.S. citizenship in 2012, now faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole when he is sentenced by the same jury after a later second phase of the trial.
NASA scientist predicts alien life will be discovered in the near future
"I'm gonna say I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond earth within a decade and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan said during a panel event Tuesday.
Russians Hack Obama White House Computer Network In ‘Spear Phishing’ Attack
Washington, DC - Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
A faint CME hurled directly toward Earth by sunspot AR2320 is expected to hit our planet's magnetic field on April 9th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms when the CME arrives.
Hillary's home server a 'spy magnet' for U.S. enemies
members of the U.S. intelligence community said Hillary Clinton’s private, home-based email server was a major security flaw and America, going forward, ought to assume enemies of the state all had access to it.
Obama Caught Telling Truth, State Department Tries to Fix It
The State Department faced a crisis when Obama accidentally told the truth, and to correct it, Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the President’s words got “a little mixed up”, and he was referring to a “hypothetical” case of what would happen without a deal.
Mexican cartel kills police in worst attack on law enforcement in years
The perpetrators of the assault are believed to be the "Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel," who waited for the police convoy in a makeshift bivouac...
Earthquakes rock Papua
The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency recorded two earthquakes in Papua on Wednesday morning, with no reports yet of casualties or material losses caused by twin quakes.
Kansas becomes first state to ban second-term abortion procedure
Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.
Texas judge refuses to lift block on Obama immigration plan
A federal judge in Texas has refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, court documents show.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to remove a ban on the plan he issued in February.
Mapped: What the world's religious landscape will look like in 2050
Islam is the world's fastest growing religion but despite the increasing numbers, Christians will still outnumber Muslims in 2050, a new report has found.
Religion, despite its decline in the West as the map above shows, is proliferating across the world - by 2050, Muslims will make up 10 per cent of Europe's population. By 2100, Muslims will outnumber Christians globally, Pew believe.
Court mulls revealing secret government plan to cut cell phone service
A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during "critical emergencies."
The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.
Explosion at Power Plant Responsible for D.C. Area Outages
Problems at a Maryland electrical station caused widespread power outages across the nation’s capital Tuesday, affecting the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites.
Many of the outages were brief, but some were longer and forced evacuations.
Taiwan rations water amid drought
Taiwan has begun rationing water supplies to more than one million households as it tackles the island's worst drought in years.
Water supplies will be cut off entirely for two days each week, on a rotating basis, in several northern cities.
The shortage is due to reduced rainfall, leaving water levels in reservoirs far below capacity.
Poll: A third of US Republicans support Iran nuclear deal
Thirty-one percent of US Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party's lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.
Another 30 percent of Republicans oppose the pact, while 40 percent are not sure...
Terror in West Bank: Two IDF soldiers stabbed by Palestinian
Two Israeli soldiers were stabbed and injured by a Palestinian knife-wielding attacker on Route 60 in Samaria on Wednesday morning.
One is in serious condition and the second sustained light injuries.
The terrorist has been shot dead by security forces.
Why Dangerous Sinkholes Keep Appearing Along the Dead Sea
For millennia, the salty, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea have drawn visitors and health pilgrims to its shores. But in recent years, gaping chasms have been opening up without warning along its banks, posing a threat to such visitors and tourism in general.
Liberty Counsel Defends Marriage in Nebraska
St. Louis, MO - “Plaintiffs have not provided sufficient reasons for dismantling the granite foundation of marriage and replacing it with the shifting sand of an undefined union of people…based upon an emotional bond,” Liberty Counsel told the federal appeals court in an amicus brief yesterday.
World Prepares for Russian Aggression
In 2008, Russia gained control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia from neighboring Georgia, and then last month, on the anniversary of occupying Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a 25 year Treaty of Alliance and Integration, solidifying control over South Ossetia.
Waiting for a Leader to Emerge
Deep into a second term, Barack Obama is determined to double down on his failed agenda. Virtually everything he says is designed to mislead, undercut, and harm the fabric of our nation. The public is slowly coming to realize the reality behind his rhetoric, and is not liking what they see. They are tired of being lied to, and they want the truth. A turn in public mood is at hand. They are awaiting a leader to emerge whom they can believe in.