25 Jul 16
Magnitude 6.2 Quake Strikes Chile
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck Chile's north-central region but authorities say no injuries or damage were reported and discounted the possibility of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 41 miles (66 kilometers) west-northwest of Diego de Almagro, Chile and struck Monday at 1:26 p.m. local time.
Tim LaHaye, ‘Left Behind’ Author, Dies at 90
Tim LaHaye, the prolific author behind the “Left Behind” series, has died at the age of 90.
The writer and Evangelical Christian minister died in his San Diego, California home on Monday, days after suffering a stroke.
2nd earthquake in 3 days rattles area of western NC
The quake on Saturday night happened just two days after 1.9 magnitude earthquake struck Thursday at Plumtree, N.C. in Avery County — about 60 miles west of the Saturday quake. The Saturday night quake was right along US 421 and was closest to Millers Creek, N.C. — which was 3 miles from the center.
'Like a freight train': California wildfire guts 18 homes
The fire that has destroyed at least 18 homes in northern Los Angeles County gained ferocious new power two days after it broke out, sending so much smoke in the air that planes making drops on it had to be grounded for part of the afternoon. "For this time of year, it's the most extreme fire behavior I've seen in my 32-year career," County fire Chief Daryl Osby said.
Tsunami fears for Australia as 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes southern ocean
AUSTRALIA has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake sparking fears for a massive tsunami.
Clinton VP tapped pro-terror Muslim leader for immigration seat
In 2007, then-Governor Kaine appointed Esam Omeish, a Libyan-born physician and then-president of the Muslim American Society, to Virginia’s Immigration Commission. This came despite Omeish’s history of ties and expressions of support for radical Islam and Jihadist terrorism.
MacLean: Democratic Disarray in Wake of Email Leak Couldn’t Come at Worse Time
The DNC email leak showed what Sanders complained about for months during the primary: clear favoritism for Clinton and outright disparagement and even conspiring against the insurgent Bernie Sanders campaign by party officials.
Burned body found at California ‘Sand Fire’ site as raging flames consume 20k acres
A charred corpse has been found in an area of Santa Clarita, California, under threat from wildfires that have consumed over 20,000 acres. Firefighters are struggling to contain the fire that has raged since Friday.
Butt out of South Sea dispute, China tells ‘shameful’ Japan
"Japan is not a party to the South China Sea issue, and considering its shameful history, it has no rights whatsoever to accuse China on the matter," the foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said in Beijing on Sunday.
Putin to Arab League Summit: ‘Status Quo on Palestine Unacceptable’
“We also intend to continue to provide all possible assistance in resolving the Palestinian problem acting through both the bilateral channels and within various multilateral formats,” Putin said, adding, “We believe the existing status quo is unacceptable and favor creating the conditions for the speedy re-launching of the negotiation process that will be aimed at creating an independent, viable and integral Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem peacefully coexisting with its neighbors.”
Blacks are now Democrats' happy house slaves, says author
Black Americans may have gained their freedom 151 years ago, but today they live under a different type of slavery, according to the founder of Americans for Israel. It’s a slavery arising from dependence on one political party for handouts.
After playing anti-Semitism card against Trump, Wasserman Schultz sunk by aides’ anti-Bernie emails
Just last week Debbie Wasserman Schultz was playing the anti-Semitism card against Donald Trump. But in a startling turnaround, on the eve of her own party’s convention, it’s the South Florida congresswoman who is out as chair of the Democratic National Committee — over a Jewish-related controversy of her own.
French PM: France will 'never deny' Jewish rights to Jerusalem
France will never deny the "existing, true" Jewish historical rights to Jerusalem, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged.
Valls made the statement in a letter penned to Shmuel Rabinovitch, the Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites of Israel.
U.S. praises confidence-building measures with Chinese military
The U.S. and Chinese militaries have reduced the risk of encounters between them having "unintended consequences", a top U.S. official said on Monday, while China reiterated it would not accept interference in the South China Sea.
There have been a series of incidents in recent years...where the United States has accused Chinese military ships and aircraft of coming dangerously close to U.S. forces.
Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack
A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany, the fourth violent assault on civilians in western Europe in 10 days...
The incident, however, may add to public unease surrounding Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy that has seen over a million migrants enter Germany over the past year...
Florida nightclub shooting: Two dead and 16 injured in Fort Myers
Two people have been killed and up to 16 more injured in a shooting at a nightclub in the Florida city of Fort Myers, police say.
The attack happened around 00:30 (04:30 GMT) on Monday at Club Blu, which was reportedly hosting a party for teenagers. Three people have been arrested.
Iraq: Car bomb near Khalis 'kills at least 17'
At least 17 people have been killed by a car bomb in the central Iraqi town of Khalis, officials say.
The explosion, about 49 miles (80km) north-east of the capital, Baghdad, was "very strong" a provincial official told a private TV station.
Hospital sources said the death toll was expected to rise, Reuters reports.
Saudi Arabia Official Makes Rare Trip to Jerusalem, Meets Israeli FM
Former Saudi General Dr. Anwar Eshki visited Israel last week, alongside a delegation of academics and businessmen, all of whom came with the intended goal to encourage further discussion of the Saudi-led 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
'Turkish Airlines fires personnel after failed coup'
Turkey's state-run Turkish Airlines fired more than 100 employees, including management and cabin crew, as part of a purge at state institutions to root out supporters of an abortive coup, Turkish media reported on Monday.
The dismissals at the national carrier occurred late on Sunday after it was determined the employees were linked to a religious movement President Tayyip Erdogan has said attempted to overthrow the government...
Palestinians call for UNSC action over new Israeli building plans in east Jerusalem
The Palestinian Authority has called on the United Nations Security Council to act against Israeli settlement building...in its Gilo neighborhood...
“This is yet another opportunity for the international community to show its real commitment for the two-state solution and to take all needed action in order to have Israel fully cease settlement construction in the occupied state of Palestine,” PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said.
Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown
Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported.
One dead, 12 injured in blast near Nuremberg, Germany
An explosion killed at least one person and injured 12 others near the German city of Nuremberg on Sunday and authorities said it was believed to be intentional.
A police spokesman said the person killed in the blast, a man with a backpack, was likely carrying an explosive device and acted alone.
(Video) Satanist opens city council meeting, and, well, just watch
David Suhor from the Satanic Temple delivered a unique invocation after several minutes of protester disruption at a Pensacola City Council meeting on July 14.
Obama's "Deeply Disappointed" Half-Brother Will Vote Trump Because "He Speaks From The Heart"
"Mr. Trump is providing something new and something fresh," explains Malik Obama - President Obama's half brother - while wearing his resplendent red 'Make America Great Again' cap. Describing his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration, The NY Post reports, has led him to recently switch allegiance to "the party of Lincoln."
On their convention's eve, Democrats bedeviled anew by email
On the heels of a tumultuous Republican convention, Hillary Clinton arrives in Philadelphia eager to show off a forward-looking Democratic Party united behind her steady leadership. To do that, she must overcome lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated rival Bernie Sanders and clean up a resurgent political mess of the party's own making.
Angela Merkel to face new backlash over open door immigration policy after new German attack by Syrian refugee
German media have been reporting that the motive for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear.
The attack comes just days after a young Afghan swung an axe at passengers on a train in Bavaria.
The 17-year-old, who a witness said shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Great) during the attack, severely wounded four Hong Kong residents on the train late on Monday, then injured a local woman after fleeing, before police shot him dead.
24 Jul 16
California wildfires: Hundreds flee homes near Los Angeles
Fast-moving wildfires have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles, California, the authorities say.
The fires had covered an area of 20,000 acres by Saturday evening, sending a pall of smoke across parts of Los Angeles County.
About 300 people have been evacuated near the city of Santa Clarita.
Saudi delegation to Israel: Ending Palestinian conflict critical for ties with Arab states
Israel can only normalize relations with its Arab neighbors if it resolves the conflict with the Palestinians, a visiting delegation from Saudi Arabia told parliamentarians on Friday.
“Without any advancements in the diplomatic process with the Palestinians there won’t be any advancements with Saudi Arabia or other Arab nations,” MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union) said as she relayed their message to the press.
The Flashpoint No One Is Talking About: The Black Sea
The recent decision of the international tribunal regarding China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, and the certainty of continued confrontation in the region, which I wrote about last week, brings to mind another strategic body of water in which tensions are high and great potential exists for military conflict, but to which very few are paying attention – the Black Sea.
Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS
Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.