13 Aug 14
Magnitude-5.1 quake rattles Ecuadorian capital
The powerful quake caused landslides in a number of sandpits and hills in the area, which sent up a dust cloud that was easily observed from the capital.
EU countries give France green light to arm Iraqi Kurds
EU countries have moved a step closer to sending arms to Iraqi Kurds to help them fight the Islamic State (IS).
Ambassadors at a meeting of the bloc’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels on Tuesday (12 August) agreed that individual member states are free to send weapons, but stopped short of launching an EU-level effort to support the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga.
5.4-magnitude earthquake rattles Guam, Rota
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake's center was located 23 miles southwest of Rota at a depth of 62 miles.
Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized
An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.
Ogallala Aquifer's dramatic drying sows deep concerns for High Plains agriculture
The Ogallala Aquifer across the region has dropped about 325 billion gallons every year for at least the past four decades.
To put that number into perspective, the roughly 1-foot annual drop in the aquifer is more than enough to supply all of Lubbock’s municipal water needs for 25 years.
In North Korea, a church renovated, missionaries jailed
Tucked between trees and paddy fields in a quiet suburb in the west of Pyongyang, Chilgol Church is one of four state-operated churches in the capital of a country that espouses freedom of religion but effectively bans it.
U.S. sends 130 more troops to Iraq
Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.
Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team
Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.
Clock ticks down to end of Gaza truce deadline AFP
Clooney's fiancee opts not to join UN Gaza probe team AFP
Palestinians say UN probe will prove Israel war crimes AFP
Israel Ready To Continue Gaza War After Tunnels Razed: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Huffington Post
Israel has the right to defend itself. What about the Palestinians? The Week (RSS)
Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.
12 Aug 14
Lake Mead's 14-Year Drought Drops Water Levels To Historic Lows
Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.
Physicists create water tractor beam
The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered they can control water flow patterns with simple wave generators, enabling them to move floating objects at will.
"We have figured out a way of creating waves that can force a floating object to move against the direction of the wave," said Dr Horst Punzmann, from the Research School of Physics and Engineering, who led the project.
"No one could have guessed this result," he said.
Democrats paying their minority staffers around 3/5th of White staffers’ salaries.
African-American staffers on Democratic campaigns were paid 70 cents for each dollar their white counterparts made. For Hispanic staffers in Democratic campaigns, the figure was 68 cents on the dollar.
The One Question About Ebola That Nobody Can Seem To Answer
How in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus? That is the one question about Ebola that nobody can seem to answer. The World Health Organization is reporting this as a fact, but no explanation is given as to why this is happening.
We are just assured that Ebola “is not airborne” and that getting infected “requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person”.
'Dead End' in Cairo Ceasefire Talks
Israel Hayom cited “an official diplomatic source” as saying the talks had reached “a dead end” and the gaps were too wide. His remarks came as the Egyptian-mediated talks entered their second day and a 72-hour truce held on the ground, bringing relief to millions on both sides of the Gaza border. The truce ends Wednesday at midnight.
Spanish Priest With Ebola Dies; West Africa Death Toll Passes 1,000
Pajares died Tuesday at Carlos III Hospital, the hospital and his order said. The hospital would not confirm that he had been treated with the drug, but his order said earlier that he would be.
He is one of only three Ebola patients thought to have received the experimental drug. The others are two Americans evacuated to Atlanta.
Swarm Of 7 Earthquakes Hit Hollister Area In 2-Hour Period
A swarm of seven small earthquakes hit Central California Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Service.
UN puts new momentum behind its radical green agenda for 'climate change'
The United Nations is putting new momentum behind the radical green effort to reduce global carbon emissions and drastically reshape the world’s economy
Putin threatens to break Ukraine's blockade of Donetsk as rebels vow 'another Stalingrad'
As Kiev tightened the vise on the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, surrounding the eastern city and cutting off supply routes and all roads in, the Kremlin floated plans to send a "humanitarian" convoy through to help embattled pro-Russian insurgents.
Islamic State Funds Caliphate With Mosul Dam as Terror Spreads
Islamic State militants who last week captured the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, had one demand for workers: Keep it going.
...Islamic State’s rampage through northern Iraq has inspired terror as stories spread of beheadings and crucifixions. At the same time, its fighters are capturing the strategic assets needed to fund the Islamic caliphate...and strengthen its grip on the territory already captured.
Glass doors vandalized at House of Israel
Glass doors were shattered by rocks at a cottage that showcases Israeli history and culture in San Diego, a regional director for the Anti-Defamation League said Sunday.
The damage was first discovered Saturday morning at the House of Israel in Balboa Park, according to Tammy Gillies of the Anti-Defamation League. She said there was no message left behind and nothing else to indicate the reasoning behind the actions.
Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO
Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says.
The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths - over 1,000 people have died in west Africa..
The statement was made after its medical experts met in Switzerland on Monday to discuss the issue.
Colombia drought triggers clashes in La Guajira province
Nine people have been injured in clashes between police and residents of Colombia's northern La Guajira province demanding more government support for the impoverished region.
La Guajira is currently suffering from a drought and locals say the authorities have not done enough to mitigate its effects on the population.
Riot police were deployed to clear roadblocks and remove burning cars.
Iran slams Egypt for stalling to green light aid shipment
Iran blamed Egypt for stalling to grant permission for the delivery of supplies to the Gaza Strip, Iranian state-run Press TV reported on Tuesday.
Iranian official Hossein Amir-Abdollahian charged Egyptian officials of refusing to approve Tehran's request to transfer, via Egypt, a shipment of what the Islamic Republic said was medical and humanitarian aid for Palestinians injured in Israeli strikes.
Hamas official: This is second and final cease-fire with Israel
A senior Hamas official said on Tuesday that his group was locked in "difficult" talks in Egyptian-mediated efforts in Cairo to forge a lasting cease-fire in Gaza with Israel.
"We are facing difficult negotiations. The first truce passed without notable achievements. This is the second and final cease-fire," Palestinian news agency Ma'an quoted Mousa Abu Marzouk as saying in light of the three-day halt in fighting that started Sunday.
Iraq crisis: My night on the mountain of hell with dying Yazidi refugees
The lights of their towns, controlled by jihadists, twinkle beneath them in the moonlight. The people of the mountain can see their towns and villages, and the headlights of the jihadi patrols snaking through the streets they have abandoned, and know they cannot return.
Ferguson, Missouri Has Turned Into A 'War Zone' As Riots Over Police Shooting Take Hold Of The Town
A St. Louis suburb has turned into a "war zone" amid riots over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Police are reportedly firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who are gathered outside, according to local media reports.
Nigeria confirms new Ebola case in Lagos: minister
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday branded a Liberian-American a "madman" for bringing Ebola into Nigeria, as the country announced its 10th confirmed case of the deadly virus.
Obama says Iraq took 'promising step' nominating new PM
US President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq's prime minister-designate is a "promising step forward".
He acknowledged that Iraq had been through "difficult days", and urged its political leaders to work together.
Earlier on Monday, Iraq's president asked Mr Abadi to form a new government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.
U.S. can keep court orders, phone cos secret in NSA spy case
The U.S. government need not turn over a secret surveillance court's orders or the names of phone companies helping it collect call records, because it might reveal methods needed to protect national security, a federal judge decided on Monday.
Russia Mounts Aid Convoy to Ukraine Despite NATO Warnings
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that, in conjunction with the Red Cross and with approval of the Ukrainian government, Russia is sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine, despite warnings from NATO that humanitarian help could act as a pretext for invasion.
Eight Chinese quarantined as panic grips Ebola-hit west Africa
Eight Chinese medical workers have been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone, as health experts grappled with ethical questions over the use of experimental drugs to combat the killer Ebola virus.