21 Apr 15
Scientists still can't explain avian flu spread
The deadly flu virus that has wiped out nearly 5 percent of Minnesota’s turkey industry is a part of a global disease outbreak, but scientists still don’t understand it. After emerging in Asia, the avian flu spread to poultry farms in the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Germany. Its quick arrival in North America has alarmed scientists who are trying to unravel the mystery of how these deadly bugs have infected so many turkey farms in such a short period of time.
Rubio: ‘Sexual Preference Is Something That People Are Born With’
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he believes sexual preference is not a choice for most people, but he also believes gay marriage is not a constitutional right.
Assad: ISIS Was Created in Iraq, ‘Under the Supervision of the Americans
“ISIS was created in Iraq in 2006 under the supervision of the Americans,” he said, according to a transcript provided by the official SANA news agency. “I wasn’t controlling Iraq. The Americans controlled Iraq, and ISIS came from Iraq to Syria, because chaos is contagious.”
3 killed, 200,000 homes without power as ‘worst in decade’ storm rages in Australia
The gusts of wind averaged 100km/h and some 30cm of rain fell in some areas, many times more than usual. The average yearly amount of precipitation in the region is 5.5cm.
CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% to 65% chance of polar geomagnetic storms during the next 24 to 48 hours. A solar wind stream and a CME are expected to hit Earth's magnetic field in quick succession
ISIS Head Badly Injured in Iraq Attack
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was badly injured in an explosion today (Tuesday). The US-led international coalition has claimed credit for the attack.
US warship heads to Yemeni waters
The US Navy aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming towards Yemeni waters to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels.
The deployment comes after a UN Security Council resolution approved last week imposed an arms embargo on the leaders of the Iranian-backed Shia Houthi rebels.
Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim
Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies.
The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in the universe but scientists are baffled about what it is and why it is so barren.
In Historic Meeting with Rabbis, Pope Francis Decries Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe
In a historic encounter, Francis met in the Vatican with a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis, the first time a pope has ever met with the Conference.
The Pope underscored that all Christians “must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism, and in showing their solidarity with the Jewish people.”
Yemen crisis: Deadly air strike on Sanaa arms depot
At least 25 people were killed and 300 injured in Yemen's capital Sanaa after an air strike on a missile base caused a huge blast that flattened buildings.
Witnesses compared the blast, which sent a plume of smoke hundreds of metres into the sky, to an earthquake.
The explosion occurred in the Faj Attan area of the capital, near the presidential compound.
Venezuela 'receives $5bn in finance from China'
Venezuela has received $5bn (£3.4bn) in financing from China, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says.
The money was for "development", he said on Sunday, but gave no details.
The announcement comes three months after Mr Maduro travelled to China - a major investor in the region.
China's prestige projects around the world
China is investing $46bn in Pakistan, including an economic corridor linking its western Xinjiang province all the way to the south-west port of Gwadar on the Arabian sea. This is just the latest in a series of prestige projects that China has paid for or invested in around the world.
Auschwitz Bookkeeper Stands Trial In Germany
A former bookkeeper at Auschwitz will stand trial in Germany today accused of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people.
Oskar Groening was 21 years old and by his own admission an enthusiastic Nazi when he was sent to work at Auschwitz in 1942.
Groening, now 93, was responsible for collecting deportees' belongings after they arrived at the Nazi concentration camp.
Europe grapples with deadly Mediterranean migration crisis
European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk everything on rickety, overloaded boats.
Michele Bachmann: The Rapture Is Coming And It's Obama's Fault
Michele Bachmann says the rapture is coming, thanks to President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran’s nuclear program and marriage equality.
In a radio interview last week, Bachmann, the former Minnesota Republican congresswoman, told "End Times" host Jan Markell, “We need to realize how close this clock is getting to the midnight hour.”
PayPal wants to implant passwords in your stomach and your brain
PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.
Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal’s global head of developer evangelism, claims that these devices could include brain implants, wafer-thin silicon chips that can be embedded into the skin, and ingestible devices with batteries that are powered by stomach acid.
Secretary Of State For Hire: Hillary Clinton Made Millions From Foreign Donors In Exchange For "Favors"
That the Clintons have made millions of dollars from speaking fees is no secret: just last summer it was revealed that the former president was paid $104.9 million for delivering 542 speeches around the world between January 2001 and January 2013, when Hillary left her job as secretary of state.
Greek banks ‘close to collapse’ as debt soars
Greek debt costs leapt yesterday as the French central bank warned that the banking sector in Athens is on the verge of collapse. The euro fell 0.6 per cent to $1.074 after International Monetary Fund and G20 meetings in Washington held out little progress on the prospect of Greece satisfying creditors to unlock €7.2 billion in financial aid by the end of the month.
20 Apr 15
World Finance Leaders See Threats Ahead for Global Economy
The finance ministers and central bank governors ended three days of meetings in Washington determined to work toward "a more robust, balanced and job-rich economy" while admitting there are risks in reaching that objective, the steering committee of the International Monetary Fund said in its communique.
Iranian Weapons Shipments, Navy Officials Say
WASHINGTON — U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels fighting in Yemen.
The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of Iranian ships may be headed toward Yemen to arm the Houthis.
European chief rabbis meet with Pope in wake of recent attacks on Jewish communities
After meeting Monday with the delegation of 10 rabbis representing the Conference of European Rabbis, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet privately with the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, who is a prominent promoter of interfaith ties.
Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 7:20 p.m. Monday, following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the same region earlier in the day, the Central Weather Bureau said.
Ethiopia: Site of the Ark of the Covenant?
Ethiopia is often overlooked as a top destination for spiritual pilgrimage. This is an unfortunate oversight.
The country is not just the cradle of civilization, it has played a significant role in the formation of many of the world's top religions. It is not only the location of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, it is currently believed by some to house the Ark of the Covenant.
‘This Is the New America’: Israeli Reporter Says ‘Jaws Dropped’ in Studio After Obama’s Russia Comment
“Obama is something else,” Caspit added. “He’s decided to take America out of the wars…” The station’s news anchor, Alon Ben David, chipped in, “He’s amazed that the Russians honored an agreement with him [for this long]? That’s what is astonishing.”
Responded Caspit, “This is the new America. We had better get used to it.”
FBI Director’s Controversial Comments About the Holocaust and Poland That Had This U.S. Ambassador Scrambling to Apologize
In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do. That’s what people do. And that should truly frighten us.
White House condemns ISIS video that purportedly shows killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
"We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens," National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. "That these terrorists killed these men solely because of their faith lays bare the terrorists' vicious, senseless brutality."
Iran Celebrates Army Day with Chants of “Death to Israel, America”
“Yesterday we saw the military parade in Tehran and Iran’s exhibition of weapons to the world. Every year the missiles are bigger and enhanced – in accuracy, strength and deadliness; however, one thing does not change. What does not change is the inscription ‘Death to Israel‘ on the missiles.”
1 dead in Taiwan from fire due to quake off south Japan
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake's epicenter was at a shallow point in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa, near the Yonaguni islands. It said no tsunami was detected.
Chinese stocks fall despite new stimulus measures
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) reduced the amount of money banks must set aside as reserves by one percentage point in a bid to spur more lending.
The announcement on Sunday came in the wake of data showing the country grew at its slowest pace in six years.
Iran's Zarif: It's time for US to choose between cooperation and confrontation
It is time for the US and its allies to choose between cooperation and confrontation, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in reference to current nuclear negotiations...
"We agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,"... and now the onus is on the US and its allies to follow suit.