Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016

Mexico governor floats idea of medical opium growing to reduce drug violence
A senior Mexican official has said legalizing cultivation of opium poppies for medicinal purposes might help reduce violence in one of the regions most affected by brutal drug gangs that have ravaged the country for years. Hector Astudillo, governor of Guerrero, one of the most violent states in Mexico, told Milenio television it was worth at least exploring the possibility of allowing cultivation.  
Royal Navy to hold 'Robot Wars' exercise featuring drones and unmanned underwater vehicles off the Scottish coast
Britain's Royal Navy will hold its first ever 'robot wars' this autumn, it has emerged. The 'large-scale' demonstration, dubbed 'Unmanned Warrior 2016', will take place off the west coast of Scotland in October. It will feature the latest autonomous system technologies, including vehicles and sensors that operate in the air, on the surface and underwater.  
Dog owners warned about new tick disease
Dog owners in the UK are being warned about an outbreak of an animal disease that is carried by ticks. It is the first time that experts have established an outbreak of babesiosis in the country. In Essex, one dog has died and three others are still seriously ill after contracting the disease.  
'Artificial earthquake' detected in North Korea
A small artificial earthquake has been detected in North Korea, according to South Korean officials who say it was probably due to "blasting work". Meteorological officials registered the 2.2 magnitude quake at 1230 local time (0330 GMT) around 34km (21 miles) south-east of the capital, Pyongyang.  
US accuses Israel of expropriating 2,342 dunams in the Jordan Valley
The United States on Tuesday accused Israel of “expropriating land” in the Jordan Valley after it reclassified as state land 2,342 dunams (578 acres) near the Palestinian city of Jericho. The property in Area C of the West Bank is located within the boundaries of the Megilot Regional Council and borders both sides of Route 1 as it heads down to the Dead Sea.  
'PA will never allow IDF to conduct hot pursuits after terrorists into Area A of West Bank'
The Palestinian Authority has not agreed - and won't in the future - to allow the IDF to conduct 'hot pursuits' (after terrorists) into Area A in the West Bank, the Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported Wednesday. Quoting an unnamed senior PA security official, the paper said that the PA has been seeking to regain full control over Area A according to a defined and short timetable.  
Senior IS commander dies of wounds from US strike in Syria
Omar al-Shishani, a top Islamic State commander who was a magnet for fighters from the former Soviet Union, has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday.  
Bus blast kills 15 government employees in northwest Pakistan
At least fifteen people were killed when a bomb exploded on a bus carrying government employees in the volatile northwest Pakistani frontier city of Peshawar on Wednesday, officials said.  
German FM: Refugees Who Come Must Reject Anti-Semitism
Germany's foreign minister says refugees who find shelter in his country must reject anti-Semitism. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Tuesday that whoever comes to Germany has to accept that "anti-Semitism is against our constitution, against our civilization — against everything we believe in and everything we have learned."  
North Korea sentences US tourist to 15 years in prison
North Korea's highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. He allegedly attempted to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel at the request of an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church.  
Brussels raid: High alert after Paris-linked raid
Brussels remains on high alert as a major police operation continues following a raid linked to November's Islamist attacks in Paris. Up to two suspects are thought to be on the run after police raided a flat in the suburb of Forest.  
Ryan confronts budget meltdown
The House Republican budget is in trouble. Speaker Paul Ryan’s Republican leadership team knows it. Most members of the House are acutely aware of it. And most of them even realize how bad it will look. The same party that dreamed up “No Budget, No Pay” to shame Democrats for skipping their fiscal blueprint might now take a pass on its own.  
N Korea will soon test nuclear warheads, Kim Jong-un says
Kim Jong-un has said North Korea will soon conduct tests of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. He said the tests would "enhance the reliance" of the North's nuclear attack capability, state media reported.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

Sanhedrin Performs Rare Biblical Commandment Not Seen For 2,000 Years
Last Thursday, a Biblical commandment that hasn’t been seen in 2,000 years was fulfilled. In the Cardo neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem, two witnesses stood before the Sanhedrin and gave testimony that established the beginning of the new month.  
NHS to harvest babies' organs:
'Ghoulish' proposal gives mothers pregnant with a damaged foetus an agonising choice - abort the dying child or give birth so body parts can be used for transplants.  
Tennessee House Passes Measure Opposing Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision reports that the measure says that the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges wrongly usurped power from the states in making a federal law which some states were not in favor of.  
‘Underground Iron Dome’ Locates, Collapses Hamas Tunnels — But How?
Yardena Schwartz, writing last week for Foreign Policy, used the headline “Israel Is Building a Secret Tunnel-Destroying Weapon,” and reported that “As Hamas expands its tunnel network in Gaza, Israel, and the United States are collaborating on a clandestine project to thwart the Islamist group’s subterranean advantage.”  
How the ‘Obama Doctrine’ Ended US-Dominated Order in the Middle East
The major imperatives of the Obama doctrine have created a vacuum in the Middle East, which was immediately filled by Russia and Iran, Indyk states in his article for Defense One, the US defense and national security website.  
Oil prices fall as clouds gather over supply picture
Oil prices fell for a second day on Tuesday, as concerns took hold that a six-week rally may have run its course after OPEC doused hopes for a speedy erosion of an overhang of unwanted crude.  
'Unprecedented' UN global data gathering to add huge amounts of information for governments to collect
Six months after giving birth to a cluster of nebulous Sustainable Development Goals that aim to dramatically change the economic, social and environmental course of the planet, the United Nations is working on a drastic renovation of global data gathering to measure progress against its sweeping international agenda.  
Climate change deal: 'Zero carbon' laws promised by government
Climate laws will be tightened to cut carbon emissions effectively to zero, the government has said. Under current law, emissions must be cut by 80% by 2050 - but ministers have said this does not go far enough. Following the climate deal in Paris, it is clear the UK must not increase CO2 at all because the warming threat is so severe, they added.  
Syria conflict: First Russian planes leave after Putin surprise move
Russian forces have started leaving Syria after Monday's surprise withdrawal announcement by President Vladimir Putin. Russian defence ministry video showed the first group of aircraft taking off from Hmeimim air base in Syria on Tuesday morning and later in flight. But Russia will continue air strikes, and keep several hundred personnel and air defence systems, officials said.  
Strong Earthquake M5.6 – 63km NNE of Al Hoceima, Morocco Today
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 has been recorded near Al Hoceima, Morocco on 15 March 2016 04:40:40.  
N Korea will soon test nuclear warheads, Kim Jong-un says
Kim Jong-un has said North Korea will soon conduct tests of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. He said the tests would "enhance the reliance" of the North's nuclear attack capability, state media reported. The North has issued a series of increasingly bellicose threats in the wake of sanctions imposed after nuclear and missile tests earlier this year.  
Analysis: Putin's power move in Syria puts Russia on par with US
...Just as he surprised the world...when he decided to send his military to intervene in the Syrian civil war, he similarly amazed observers on Monday when he announced plans to gradually withdraw his forces from there. ...Russian intervention places Moscow on an equal superpower plane with the United States, whose policies in...the Middle losing all credibility and support amongst its friends.  
Putin announces Russia will pull most of its military from Syria
President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that Russia would begin withdrawing the “main part” of its military from Syria, a surprise potential end to a six-month intervention that bolstered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and dealt a grave blow to Syrian rebels.  
N. Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an imminent nuclear warhead explosion test and multiple ballistic missile launches, escalating Pyongyang's face-off with the international community just days after being slapped with tough UN sanctions.  
Israel approves tough law to keep out Palestinian workers
The Israeli parliament on Monday evening approved a tough new law to keep out Palestinian workers, as part of measures to quell a five-month wave of violence.  
Politics Hillary’s vow to kill coal miners’ jobs finishes a vast Democratic betrayal
Here’s a novelty: Hillary Clinton told the truth. Oops! “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton said Sunday night while boasting about her clean-energy program — and with a big smile on her face.  
Former apartheid state can attest that Israel is not one
With “Israeli Apartheid Week” a fixture on many Western college campuses, students can participate in an annual celebration of the lie that Israel practices apartheid. And the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement — a notorious effort to single out Israel among all the world’s nations, including many who do not remotely resemble Israel’s vibrant democracy and do not accord Arab citizens the rights that Israel does — is unfortunately, too, a fixture on many campuses.  

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

Earthquakes rock New Zealand’s South Island
NEW Zealand’s South Island has been struck by three widely felt earthquakes and a series of aftershocks. The strongest, which hit late on Monday night, was a magnitude-five tremor, and was also felt in the lower North Island.  
Earthquake Alert: Hihifo, Tonga Hit By M5.2 Earthquake
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.2 has been recorded near Hihifo, Tonga on 14 March 2016 15:39:29. The earthquake epicenter was located at precisely 111km E of Hihifo, Tonga and at a depth of approximately 10 km.  
Boeing unveils game-changing autonomous submarine
When you hear the name "Boeing," chances are you think of aircraft. The fact is, however, the company has also been developing underwater vehicles since the 1960s. Its latest such creation, the Echo Voyager, is designed to operate autonomously for months at a time.  
0.4% of Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. Since ISIL Attacks in Paris Are Christian
Out of 776 Syrian refugees admitted into the United States since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) carried out terrorist attacks in Paris last November, three are Christians – 0.4 percent of the total.  
Days After $500,000 US Contribution, U.N. Green Climate Fund Increases Staff by 150%
The U.N. Green Climate Fund’s governing board has approved a proposal to hike the number of permanent staff at the body’s secretariat by 150 percent by the end of next year – from the current 56 positions to 140.  
Teacher punished for complaints about lack of school discipline
“Since we now have no backup, no functional location to send kids who won’t quit gaming, setting up fights, selling drugs, whoring trains, or cyber bullying, we’re screwed, just design our own classroom rules,” Olson wrote.  
Richard Dawkins: The state needs to ‘protect’ children from religion…and their parents
The government needs to protect children from the religious views of their own parents, according to popular atheist writer Richard Dawkins. His speaking partner went further, comparing parents instilling their religious views in their children could be compared to denying them medical treatment.  
Analysis: US Sold Iraq Hellfire Missiles Found on Passenger Flight to Portland
On Saturday, bomb-sniffing dogs identified in two wooden coffins, shipped from Lebanon and bound for Portland, two guided, armor-piercing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles with explosive warheads. The missiles, designed to be fired from helicopters, were manufactured by Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrup Grumman, each weighs about 100 pounds and costs about $110,000.  
US stages 15 strikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State in Iraq and Syria with 15 strikes on Sunday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on its latest round of daily attacks on the militant group.  
Miami Muslim leader posts Holocaust denial, support for KKK
A local Muslim leader in Miami, Florida, has been exposed for posting virulently anti-Semitic material online, including Holocaust-denial and support for the KKK. Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, the Director of the Miami, Florida-based American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), posted his rantings on his Facebook page, which were then picked up by Frontpage Magazine.  
Boston Catholic Memorial parents blame Jews for starting slurs
The Boston Catholic Memorial high school, whose students chanted “You killed Jesus” during a playoff basketball game against largely-Jewish Newton North High School...  
Should peace efforts be based on Muhammad's Islam or Adnan Oktar's?
Fantasy Islam: A game in which an audience of non-Muslims wish with all their hearts that Islam was a “Religion of Peace,” and a Muslim strives to fulfill that wish by presenting a personal version of Islam that has little foundation in Islamic Doctrine.  
161 chemical weapons reportedly used during Syrian conflict
Since the start of the five-year conflict, chemical weapons have been used at least 161 times in Syria, according to the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS) report released Monday. According the report, 133 other chemical attacks were also reported in Syria during the period, however, they have not been fully substantiated.  
Election setback a 'wake-up call' for Merkel, media and politicians say
Critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal refugee policies called on her to change course after voters in three regional elections punished her conservatives and flocked to a new anti-immigration party that wants German borders closed.  
Maryland police officer slain in ambush, two suspects arrested
A gunman opened fire on a police station in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., on Sunday, killing one officer in what authorities called an unprovoked attack before the assailant and a second suspect were arrested.  
Earthquakes rock Alaska
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has rocked south-central Alaska and was felt in the state's largest city, Anchorage.  
Minor natural earthquake hits North Korea
S.Korean officials stress that quake not man-made, happened further south of usual test site  
‘You Killed Jesus!’: Catholic Students Taunt Opponents with Anti-Jewish Chants
Catholic Memorial School and Newton North High School played a basketball game Friday nigh...but it seems the game was anything but sportsmanlike. ...Catholic Memorial...reportedly shouted anti-semitic epithets at their opponents. “You killed Jesus!” shouted about 50 to 75 Catholic Memorial students, according to the Boston Globe. “Sausage fest!” others were heard chanting.  
Mosquitoes' rapid spread poses threat beyond Zika
As the world focuses on Zika's rapid advance in the Americas, experts warn the virus that originated in Africa is just one of a growing number of continent-jumping diseases carried by mosquitoes threatening swathes of humanity. The battle against the insects on the streets of Brazil is the latest in an ancient war between humankind and the Culicidae, or mosquito, family which the pests frequently win.  
Brazil protesters call for President Rousseff to resign
Huge crowds have taken to the streets across Brazil calling for President Dilma Rousseff to resign. Opponents blame Ms Rousseff for a severe recession and a corruption scandal also engulfing her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. She has said she has no intention of resigning but her opponents hope a large turnout on the streets will lead to her impeachment.  
Ankara bombing: Turkey strikes against Kurdish rebel PKK
Turkey has begun security operations against Kurdish rebels in the country's south-east and in Iraq. The moves come as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a crackdown on terror after Sunday's attack in Ankara that killed at least 36 people. A suspected bomber, who also died in the blast, was a female member of the PKK, sources said.  
Egyptian minister sacked for pledge to jail Prophet Muhammad
Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind has been sacked after boasting that he would jail Islam's Prophet Muhammad himself if the prophet broke the law. Mr Zind made the remark in a televised interview on Friday. He immediately said "God forgive me" and apologised the following day. He was sacked by the Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail.  
Ivory Coast: 16 dead in Grand Bassam beach resort attack
Militants have killed at least 16 people in a gun attack on a beach resort in southern Ivory Coast. The attackers fired on beach-goers in Grand Bassam, about 40km (25 miles) from the commercial capital Abidjan. The resort is popular with both locals and foreigners. Four of the dead were Westerners, including a French and a German national, officials say.  
Fighting between ISIS, Al Qaeda in Yemen's Aden kills 22
Yemeni security officials say fighting between local affiliates of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group has flared in the port city of Aden, killing 22 people at a time when government forces are battling both groups.  
Big protests across Brazil put more pressure on president
Mammoth demonstrations across Brazil are putting even more pressure on embattled President Dilma Rousseff as she heads into a tough week for her attempt to survive impeachment proceedings in Congress.  
German voters' crushing verdict on open-door migration: Angela Merkel is punished in crucial state elections as far-Right party wins big vote with
German voters turned to the far right in droves yesterday in a damning verdict on Angela Merkel’s open door border policy. In regional elections she was humiliated by the anti-immigrant AfD – Alternative for Germany – party.  
Second car bomb in a month kills 34 in Turkish capital, Ankara
A car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125 in the second such attack in the administrative heart of the city in under a month.  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March 13, 2016

Charting the Unknown: LHC Researchers Predict New Era in Physics
Scientists working with the data obtained during Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments have made an interesting and potentially groundbreaking discovery.  
North Korea's Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday. Kim has called for his military to be prepared to mount pre-emptive attacks against the United States and South Korea  
Doomsday Weapon: Russia’s New Missile Shocks and Dazzles US, China
When asked whether the new Russian ICBM had caught the Americans flatfooted, the expert said that not only the Americans were clueless but that the Chinese too now had something to worry about. “Russia is 100-percent safe now, unlike everybody else,” he emphasized.   
Mass Exorcism Needed: Mexico Swept by Wave of Satanic Killings
Mexico is being swept by a wave of satanic ritual killings with exorcists saying there is an unprecedented demand for their services. Father José Antonio Fortea, a leading Mexican exorcist, who once ordered the mass exorcism of the whole country, has warned of an increase in satanic ritual killings.  
Rise of the Machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts
A Google computer's stunning 3-0 victory in a Man-vs-Machine face-off over the ultimate board game highlights the need to keep Artificial Intelligence under human control, experts said Saturday. The partly self-taught AlphaGo programme's defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol showed AI was progressing faster than widely thought...a highly symbolic moment in humanity's quest to create smart machines.  
Venezuela opposition launches protests to oust Maduro
Venezuela's opposition has held a day of protests to launch a new campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Crowds marched in Caracas and other cities to express their anger at the country's economic crisis and called on the president to stand down. Mr Maduro led a protest in the capital against the renewal of US sanctions on top Venezuelan officials.  
North Korea submarine 'missing' as US-South Korea drills continue
A North Korean submarine is missing and presumed sunk, according to reports in the US media. The vessel was operating off the North Korean coast for several days when it disappeared, a paper with close links to the US military says. The accident comes at a time of heightened tension in the region as South Korea and the US continue their largest-ever military exercise.  
Netanyahu warns Hamas after weekend of rocket fire from Gaza
Israel will not allow Palestinians in Gaza to launch rockets into Israel and Hamas must prevent such incidents from occurring, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet on Sunday. He spoke after a violent weekend in which Hamas fired four rockets into southern Israel that landed in open areas without causing injury.  
Egyptian minister under attack following remark about the Prophet Muhammad
Egyptian Justice Minister Ahmad Zind has been a target for mockery and heavy criticism by Egyptians in the past few days following a controversial comment he made about Prophet Muhammad in a recent television interview. In an interview with El Balad TV on Friday, Zind said in answer to a question on whether he intends to imprison journalists who criticize him: "I would imprison anyone, even if it is the Prophet."  
Obama is setting us up for another housing crash
We learned nothing from the last financial crisis. The housing market is set to collapse, again, and a key culprit, again, is artificial demand created by government policies. For starters, mortgage-software firm Ellie Mae reports that the average FICO credit score of an approved home loan plunged to 719 in January (the latest month for which data is available) from 731 a year earlier, and well below 2011’s peak of 750. It’s a dangerous sign lenders are loosening underwriting standards. Lower FICO scores correlate with higher risk of loan default.  
Auschwitz survivor is world's oldest man, Guinness World Records says
A 112 year-old Israeli man, who is an Auschwitz survivor, has become the world's oldest living man, the Guinness World Records organization said Friday. Israel Kristal, who is 112 years and 178 days as of Friday, received his Guinness World Records' certificate at his home in Haifa.  
ISIS uses birth control to maintain sexual slaves
Locked inside a room where the only furniture was a bed, the 16-year-old learned to fear the sunset, because nightfall started the countdown to her next rape.  
Syria war at fragile point of possible peace
After five years of bloodshed — after a quarter of a million deaths, and the flight of millions of refugees — Syria has arrived at a critical juncture: A diplomatic framework is in place to end the carnage, a two-week-old partial cease-fire is holding, and peace talks are set to resume in coming days.  
Merkel crosses fingers before German 'Super Sunday' regional polls
Germans vote in three regional state elections on Sunday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives at risk of setbacks that would weaken her just as she tries to push through a deal to resolve Europe's migrant crisis.  
Israel wants Iran to be punished for missile tests
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israeli diplomats to demand that world powers punish Iran for its recent ballistic missile launches, his office said on Saturday.  
Gaza Hamas leaders in Egypt seeking to mend rift
A delegation of Hamas leaders from the Gaza Strip entered neighbouring Egypt Saturday, seeking to patch up relations which soured with the 2013 overthrow of Islamist Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.