11 Mar 14
EU's four top jobs up for grabs
In November, EU leaders will appoint a new president of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, when its five-year mandate ends, as well as a new chair of the bloc's political wing, the European Council. In addition, the 28 member states must replace Catherine Ashton at the European External Action Service, which was set up in 2009 to coordinate EU foreign policy and has become one of the bloc's most high profile roles. Here is what is at stake as well as the favourites to win the posts.
Taliban pledge violent campaign to disrupt Afghanistan election
THE Taliban has vowed to target Afghanistan's presidential election, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces before the April 5 vote to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.
Previous Afghan elections have been badly marred by violence, with at least 31 civilians and 26 soldiers and police killed on polling day alone in 2009 as the Islamist militants displayed their opposition to the US-backed polls.
FRIDAY IS PI DAY
This Friday, March 14th (3.14), is day. It's an occasion to celebrate one of the most compelling and mysterious constants of Nature. Pi appears in equations describing the orbits of planets, the colors of auroras, the structure of DNA. The value of is woven into the fabric of life, the universe and ... everything.
Ukraine crisis: I'm prepared to hit City to punish Putin, says David Cameron
Russians could be hit with asset freezes and travel bans "within days", Prime Minister says, even if it harms the City and British industries.
Quake rattles N. California
By late Monday morning, it already had produced 20 aftershocks of magnitude 3.5 or larger, and more were expected over the coming days, said Keith Knudsen, deputy director of the USGS’s Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, Calif. Knudsen said there was a 5 to 10 percent chance of a larger quake in the area in the next week.
Israel sees future drone threat from Lebanon, Gaza
Israel fears guerrillas in Lebanon and Gaza would deploy exploding drones against the Jewish state in a future war as well as their main rocket arsenals, the chief of Israeli air defense said on Monday.
"We will have to cope with dozens of pilotless aerial vehicles, in both the northern and southern fronts," Major-General Shachar Shohat, told a Tel Aviv security conference.
Yellowstone Supervolcano 2.5X Larger Than Previously Thought
The lead author of the study, Jamie Farrell, claims the quantity of lava in the supervolcano is enough to give rise to what would be among the top three eruptions over the past 2.1 million years.
Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker
Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea...
The United States, Great Britain and Russia agreed in a pact "to assure Ukraine's territorial integrity" in return for Ukraine giving up a nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union...
Sarah Palin at CPAC 2014: ‘The age of Obama is almost over… the end of an error.’
I do not like this, Uncle Sam
I do not like this health care scam
I do not like these dirty crooks
Or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals
I do not like their crony deals
I do not like this spyin’, man
I do not like “oh yes we can.”
Disney bets big on visitor-tracking technology
...Bracelets called MagicBands, which link electronically to an encrypted database of visitor information, serve as admission tickets, hotel keys, and credit or debit cards; a tap against a sensor pays for food or trinkets. The bands have radio frequency identification (RFID) chips -- which critics derisively call spychips because of their ability to monitor people and things.
BREAKING NEWS | ODNR halts shale drilling in Poland after earthquakes
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered Hilcorp to halt all operations in Poland Township after two earthquakes shook the area today.
The first occurred at 2:26 a.m. at 40.017 N, 80.537 W at a depth of 1.2 miles in Lowellville, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS initially recorded that quake at a magnitude of 2.8, but later updated it to a 3.0 magnitude.
Israel attacks 'hypocrisy' of international community on Iran
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the international community of "hypocrisy" over Iran.
Mr Netanyahu spoke as the Israeli military unveiled what it alleged was a cache of Syrian-made weapons being sent by Iran to militants in the Gaza Strip.
He criticised EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who visited Tehran at the weekend, for her "smiles and handshakes" with Iran's leaders.
South Sudan protest against UN over arms cache
More than 1,000 people have protested in South Sudan's capital, Juba, accusing the UN of arming rebels.
On Friday, the government said its troops had intercepted weapons in a UN convoy marked as carrying food.
The UN denied the arms were destined for rebels, but acknowledged it made a mistake transporting them by road.
Poland urges Germany to buy less Russian gas
Polish leader Donald Tusk has said Germany should reduce its gas dependence on Russia for the sake of EU foreign policy.
Speaking...in Siemirowice, on Poland’s Baltic Sea coast, he said: “In future, we will not be able to successfully resist against aggressive or expansionist steps by Russia if so many European countries will be dependent on [Russian] gas and will go even further down the road of dependence.”
Islamic Jihad says Israeli air strike kills 3 Gaza operatives
The Israel Air Force struck an Islamic Jihad cell in southern Gaza on Tuesday minutes after it was identified as being behind an attack on an IDF patrol on the Gaza-Israel border.
According to military sources, the terrorists fired a mortar shell at soldiers who were conducting routine security measures near the frontier.
Fatah refuses to recognize Jewish state
The Revolutionary Council of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday unanimously endorsed his rejection of demands to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, officials at the meeting told AFP.
Methodists drop church charges against minister who conducted gay wedding
The United Methodist Church announced Monday it is dropping its denominational case against a New York clergyman who officiated his son's same-sex wedding.
The Rev. Thomas Ogletree was charged by the church after presiding over the wedding of his son to another man on October 20, 2012, according to a statement from the New York Annual Conference (NYAC) of the United Methodist Church. The Methodist church says it welcomes members regardless of sexual orientation, but same-sex marriages cannot be performed in Methodist churches or by ordained ministers under church policy.
Stolen jet passport 'no terror link'
A man travelling on a stolen passport on a missing Malaysian jet was a young Iranian who is not believed to have terrorist links, Malaysian police say.
It is thought the 19-year-old was travelling to Germany where he was hoping to seek asylum, they say.
Venezuela Jews fearful in shadow of rebel riots
Government spokesmen describe the situation as “an uprising of fascists and terrorists against a democratically elected government.” The opposition describes local events as constituting “the violent and illegal suppression of legitimate protests against the dire situation in the country, against the lack of personal security and the failing economy.”
Amid all of this, members of Venezuela’s Jewish community, most of whom live in the capital, are trying to keep their heads above water.
Exclusive: Chinese raw materials also found on U.S. B-1 bomber, F-16 jets
After discovering China-made components in the F-35 fighter jet, a Pentagon investigation has uncovered Chinese materials in other major U.S. weaponry, including Boeing Co's B-1B bomber and certain Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighters, the U.S. Defense Department said.
Israel PM blasts world 'hypocrisy over Iran arms ship'
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the world of "hypocrisy" over Iran on Monday as he unveiled a shipment of arms allegedly dispatched to Gaza by Tehran.
Sharyl Attkisson quits CBS News, citing network’s liberal bias
It probably tells you everything you need to know about CBS News that it couldn’t figure out a way to keep one of its best investigative journalists on the payroll.
Sharyl Attkisson, who made a career of holding both sides of official Washington to account, announced with a five-word tweet that she and the network had parted ways: “I have resigned from CBS.”
10 Mar 14
Two earthquakes ripple through Valley Monday
Ohio - A 3.0 magnitude earthquake was strong enough to wake up some homeowners in Poland Township early Monday morning.
The USGS National Earthquake Information Center reports the first quake was recorded at 2:26 a.m. near the Carbon Limestown Landfill.
A second 2.6 magnitude tremor was felt by some shortly before 11:45 a.m. just yards away near Cowden Road.
Two Earthquakes Rattle Near Stillwater Monday Morning
STILLWATER, Oklahoma - Two earthquakes rattled residents near Stillwater, Oklahoma, Monday morning.
Earthquake in Mexico reaches magnitude 6.3
An earthquake with a magnitude 6.3 occurred in the ocean to the south of the Mexican coast today, the US Geological Survey reports.
Saudi princesses plead for freedom
A group of Saudi princesses has reportedly been held in captivity for the past 13 years in villas at the royal compound in Jeddah. Two of the princesses, daughters of King Abdullah, have appealed for help from the The Sunday Times in emails and phone calls from their guarded home, the British newspaper reported.
Talk of war dominates discussion in Kyiv’s Maidan
War was the last thing Ukrainian protesters had in mind 13 weeks ago when they launched the spiralling demonstrations that ultimately topped their government. But war — and the diminishing ways to avoid it — now dominates discussion on the Maidan, the central square in Kyiv that symbolizes Ukraine’s hoped-for fresh start.
Cyber Experts: Israel Under Attack
According to various cyber security experts Israel is about to face two organized, large scale cyber attacks in the following weeks, on March 10 and April 7. Experts explain the attacks are a part of the “hacktivists month.”
Magnitude 6.0 quake hits in Oaxaca, Mexico: USGS
A magnitude 6.0 quake hit in Oaxaca state in southwestern Mexico, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday.
The quake was centred 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, at a depth of 13.7 miles (22 km), the USGS said.
Is Another March 1993 Superstorm Coming Next Week?
A couple global models are showing another powerful nor’easter by next week, but is the pattern ripe for such an event similar to March 1993? A famous model called the EURO has been quite consistent in showing this. The EURO got the crown of the king of the weather models simply because of Hurricane Sandy, in-which it predicted 10 days in advance.