26 Sep 16
Japan Scrambles Jets After China Makes Show of Force in Key Strait
Japan scrambled jets Sunday after a fleet of Chinese aircraft flew into a strategically important strait near disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Japan sent out the jets after eight of the Chinese planes crossed back and forth over waters between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako-jima island near Taiwan, the Defense Ministry in Tokyo said in a statement. Two of the planes may have been fighter jets, the ministry said.
Boko Haram leader mocks Nigerian army, parents of missing girls
Boko Haram's embattled leader, Abubakar Shekau, appears in a new video to deny reports of his death and to taunt the parents of the nearly 300 school girls the group kidnapped from their boarding school in 2014.
Jordanian writer who shared cartoon mocking ISIS killed outside courthouse
A prominent Jordanian writer facing charges for sharing a "blasphemous" anti-ISIS cartoon that outraged Muslim groups was fatally shot in Amman on Sunday, state news agency Petra reported.
Aid delivered to four besieged towns in Syria: ICRC
Seventy trucks of humanitarian aid were delivered on Sunday to four besieged towns in Syria for the first time in almost six months, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
Squeezing North Korea: old friends take steps to isolate regime
From kicking out North Korean workers and ending visa-free travel for its citizens, to stripping flags of convenience from its ships, Cold War-era allies from Poland to Mongolia are taking measures to squeeze the isolated country.
Trump to Netanyahu: I will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's united capital
In meeting the Republican presidential nominee, Netanyahu thanked him for his continued support for Israel, his commitment to continued pressuring of Iran and for his opposition to efforts at the United Nations to impose terms of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
25 Sep 16
After prepping Trump for debate, Giuliani says US should abandon two-state solution
"You can make peace between the two of them, but you can't treat them the same."
said Giuliani, condemning moral equivalence between the two parties. The US, he said, should "reject the whole notion of a two-state solution in Israel."
6.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Fiji
An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale shook the Fiji archipelago on Sunday. The local authorities did not report any loss of life or significant damage to property, EFE news reported.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of the tremor, at a depth of 594 km, was located 100 km north of Ndoi island.
Ted Cruz’s Turnaround Support for Trump
In his announcement, Cruz cited two reasons for deciding to support his former nemesis: His promise at the convention to support the party’s candidate, and a victory by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton being “wholly unacceptable”. “When a man’s ways please Hashem, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7
Three Abrahamic Faiths Come Together for Communal Prayer in Shadow of Mt. Zion
In the shadow of Mt. Zion, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders and worshipers this month came together in a unique communal house of prayer, called Amen, for eight days. The singular event required over a year of planning, but in the end, eight religious figures – including an imam from the al Aqsa mosque – created a gathering which defied history, prejudice, and intolerance in the city holy to all three Abrahamic faiths.
Delegation of Jordanian generals visit Israel
A delegation of 12 Jordanian soldiers—all loyal to King Abdullah—recently concluded a secret, three-day visit to Israel, during which it toured the country and met with high ranking Israeli officials and senior IDF officers.
The delgation—which requested that the visit be kept low profile—attended an international conference...on military forces in the region preserving the environment and natural resources.
Mexico: Thousands protest against same-sex marriage proposal
Thousands of people in Mexico City have protested against a government proposal to legalise same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional families.
Organisers said they were not opposed to gay or lesbian rights, but wanted to defend family values and the institution of marriage.
The demonstrators called for a meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Swiss vote in referendum on new surveillance law
Swiss voters have voted in a referendum whether to back new surveillance powers for the country's intelligence agencies.
The new law would allow the authorities to tap phones, snoop on email and deploy hidden cameras and bugs.
It would help Switzerland catch up with other countries, supporters say.
China's colossal radio telescope begins testing
The world's largest radio telescope, which has been built in China, is beginning an intensive testing phase.
Chinese scientists report that the giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640ft) across, is complete and has received its first signals from space.
It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational.
Netanyahu to ask Clinton, Trump to oppose one-sided resolutions against Israel
If the US presidential candidates don’t come to Jerusalem during the heat of the campaign, Jerusalem will come to them.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet separately in New York on Sunday with both Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Christian writer who 'insulted Islam' murdered in Jordan
A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, state news agency Petra said.
It said the gunman was arrested at the scene.
Pentagon Demands No-Fly Zone For Russia Over Syria
Pentagon officials have called for a ‘no-fly’ zone in Syria – except that it would only apply to Russian and Syrian aircraft.
Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee following the recent humanitarian atrocities by airstrikes that occurred in Syria over the past week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford have proposed that a no-fly zone be enforced, with the exception of American aircraft.
US Air Force set to replace intercontinental nuke arsenal
Hidden underground in steel-and-concrete silos across rural America, more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles point to the skies, poised for launch -- and ready to obliterate cities across the world.
Stabbing attack foiled near Hebron, terrorist shot
A Palestinian terrorist attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at a hitchhiking post at the Elias Junction, near Hebron, Friday.
Security forces stationed at the checkpoint subdued the terrorist and prevented any harm to the Israeli civilians in the area. The terrorist was shot in the leg. No Israelis were injured in the incident.
Episcopal Church Decline Continues With Loss of Over 37,000 Members in 2015
The Episcopal Church continued its long trend of decline in 2015, with recently released statistics showing the Mainline denomination losing more than 37,000 members last year.
In statistics released earlier this week by the Episcopal Church Office of Research, in 2015 the Church had approximately 1.77 million members in its domestic dioceses, down from about 1.81 million members in 2014.
Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal
President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.
The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
China, Cuba agree to deepen ties during PM Li's Havana visit
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during a two-day trip to Havana, and the two leaders oversaw the signing of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in various sectors, Cuban state media reported.
California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove – or not post in the first place – an actor’s age or birthday upon request.
Netanyahu to meet Clinton and Trump during U.S. visit: sources
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently visiting the United States, will separately meet U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday, campaign sources and Israeli officials said.
24 Sep 16
Ancient Rare Text Reveals Purity of Biblical Tradition Through Miracle of Technology
Studies based on historical handwriting placed it at either the first or second century CE. When the researchers read the digitally enhanced text, they discovered that all of the words and paragraph breaks were absolutely identical to the Torah text still used today. “This is quite amazing for us. In 2,000 years, this text has not changed,” Emmanuel Tov, a participant in the study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told the Times of Israel,
Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump
In a change of stance, Texas Senator who challenged Trump for the Republican nomination endorses him for the presidency.
Responding to aliens is a really, really bad idea - Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking has advised us earthlings to be extremely wary about answering any signals from aliens when they eventually come calling.
Strong 6.4 earthquake hits eastern Japan: USGS
The shallow 6.4 magnitude quake hit at 09:14 AM (0544 IST), about 150 kilometres east-southeast of Katsuura city, the US Geological Survey said.
There was no threat of a tsunami, added the Japan Meteorological Agency, which measured it at a slightly higher 6.5 magnitude.
Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattles southern Philippines: USGS
A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippines today but there was no threat of a tsunami or any casualties reported, seismologists and disaster officials said.
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits Romania, no injuries
BUCHAREST: A 5.3 magnitude quake shook Romania early Saturday and was felt in neighbouring Bulgaria and Moldova, the country's seismological institute said, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.