Thursday, June 30, 2011

Saudi Arabia to build Nuclear Weapons If Iran Does

A senior Saudi Arabian diplomat and member of the ruling royal family has raised the spectre of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran comes close to developing a nuclear weapon.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington, warned senior Nato military officials that the existence of such a device "would compel Saudi Arabia … to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences".

He did not state explicitly what these policies would be, but a senior official in Riyadh who is close to the prince said yesterday his message was clear.

"We cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and we don't. It's as simple as that," the official said. "If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us and we will have to follow suit."

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VA Bans Using Words “God,” “God Bless You” & “God Bless” at Funerals for Veterans

The VA in Houston has banned using offensive words like “God,” “God bless you” and“God bless” at the Houston National Cemetery.

Local veterans and volunteer groups accuse Department of Veterans Affairs officials of censoring religious speech — including the word “God” – at Houston National Cemetery.

In one example cited in documents filed this week in federal court, cemetery director Arleen Ocasio reportedly told volunteers with the National Memorial Ladies that they had to stop telling families “God bless you” at funerals and that they had to remove the words “God bless” from condolence cards.

“It’s just unfair that somebody would ask us to take God out of our vocabulary,” said Cheryl Whitfield, founder of Houston National Memorial Ladies.

“I could’ve kept my mouth shut and let things happen, but when it comes to standing up for your belief in God and giving comfort to the families, I don’t want to regret not saying anything,” Whitfield said. “We all had to stand up for what we believe in.”

The new allegations of “religious hostility” by VA and cemetery officials follow on the heels of a controversy over Pastor Scott Rainey’s prayer in Jesus’ name at a Memorial Day service in the cemetery.

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Iran Says The End of the World Has Arrived

New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear.

CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place -- and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.

While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.

'The Coming is Near'

The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Greece Approves Austerity Plan

Greece fended off a bankruptcy that would have roiled global markets and threatened the future of the euro when lawmakers on Wednesday backed controversial austerity measures in the face of violent protests.

Investors cheered the bill — which aims to cut spending and raise taxes by €28 billion ($40 billion) and raise €50 billion ($71 billion) in privatizations over five years — but, in Athens, the mood was dark.

In a haze of tear gas, protesters hurled anything they could find at riot police and tried to blockade the Parliament building.

A Greek default would threaten the viability of the euro, the EU's common currency, and send shock waves through global markets.

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Iran secretly tested nuclear-capable missiles

British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated Wednesday that "Iran has also been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in contravention of UN resolution 1929."

Hague was the first Western leader to confirm disclosures up to and including reports Tuesday on Iran's 10-day exercise.

Sources have revealed Iran's plan to launch a monkey into space – and therefore a 330-kilo payload - by the Kavoshgar-5 was evidence that it had developed a rocket capable of delivering a nuclear warhead at any point on the planet.

Hague also pointed out in a statement to parliament that Iran had announced plans to triple its capacity to produce 20 percent enriched uranium - "enrichment levels far greater than is needed for peaceful nuclear energy."

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Wildfire nears Los Alamos nuclear site

The wildfire that surrounds the nuclear lab in Los Alamos, N.M., has grown to at least 61,000 acres amid mounting concerns about what might be in the smoke that's visible from space.

Such fear has prompted fire crews to set their own fires along the perimeter of the lab. So far, the strategy is working. The first air samples show lots of smoke, but no signs of elevated radiation.

Some observers are worried not just about the barrels of nuclear waste stored at the lab, but also what's in the canyons that surround the sprawling complex. Nuclear tests were performed in the canyons dating back to the 1940s.

"The trees have grown up during that time frame and the soil could be contaminated," said Rita Bates of the New Mexico Environment Department. "If it gets heated and that stuff goes airborne, then we are concerned about that."

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Russia successfully tests ballistic missile fired from submarine

Russia has successfully test launched its new ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine, after several previous failed attempts.

Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday the latest underwater launch of the Bulava missile had met all parameters.

The missile was fired from Russia's northern White Sea and reached the Kura testing area on Kamchatka in the Pacific Ocean more than 3,400 miles distance.

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55-foot Sea Monster Washes up in China

A massive sea creature has washed up on a beach in Guangdong, China. So badly decayed it cannot be positively identified, the "sea monster" is 55 feet long and weights approximately 4.5 tons, according to The Sun.

Upon seeing a photo of the carcass, three marine biology experts — Scott Baker of Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute, Bill Perrin, senior scientist for marine mammals at the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Bob Brownell, senior scientist for international protected resources with the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration's Fisheries Service — all think it's a whale.

Based on its throat grooves, "[we agree] that it's a balaenopterid," Baker told Life's Little Mysteries. "Judging from the reported size of 55 ft., maybe a fin whale. From the photo, however, it does not really look to be 55 ft., and so might be a smaller balaenopterid, like one of the 'Bryde's' whales."

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Attack on luxury hotel in Kabul ends with death of 6 Taliban

Six Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Kabul's Hotel Inter-Continental in a brazen, carefully orchestrated operation that began Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday, ending with their deaths.

"All six attackers have been killed, and the situation is secure," Interior Minister Bismullah Khan said Wednesday morning, some seven hours after the attack began. By then, the hotel was ablaze.

Two police were wounded in the attack; the number of civilian casualties was not clear, he said.
Chief of Criminal Investigation Mohammad Zahir told CNN that at least eight civilians were killed and six were injured.

The Taliban fighters penetrated the hotel's typically heavy security in the attack, and one of them detonated an explosion on the second floor, said Erin Cunningham, a journalist for The Daily in Kabul.

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Hotel Attacked By Suicide Bombers in Afghanistan

In one of the most significant attacks in Afghanistan in the past few years, insurgents have hit a landmark Kabul hotel where Afghan officials had gathered for a conference with as many as 6 suicide bombers and gunmen, according to police.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Intercontinental Hotel, and the attack is still ongoing. At least four explosions have been heard and gunfire continues.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Russia to hold test launch of next generation N-missiles

Russia will hold a test launch of its next generation ballistic nuclear missiles for the naval submarines next week, according to a media report Sunday.

"The decision to hold a test launch of the Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile on June 28 was taken by the State Commission for Flight Testing on Saturday," RIA Novosti quoted a defence ministry source as saying.

The launch will take place from a standard carrier, the Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear submarine, in the Barents Sea.

The Bulava (Mace) missile carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

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Is the ‘Peace Process’ the Road to War?

Last week, President Shimon Peres warned that written peace agreement on Jerusalem will cause a “world war.” Now, leading Kadima Knesset Member and former IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz says conflict is the fate of a United Nations declaration recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a country.

In a speech at the Bedouin city of Hura in the northern Negev President Peres said that there is a de facto peace in Jerusalem, where “the entire prayers rise up together, and the government doesn’t intervene.

People are living and working peacefully… but if they try to put it into writing, a world war will break out.”

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Pat Robertson: God Will Destroy America Because of Gay Marriage

Pat Robertson reacts to the passage of marriage equality legislation in New York by warning that God is going to destroy America.

200 Methodist clergy in Illinois defy church on same-sex unions

More than 200 United Methodist clergy in Illinois have pledged to flout church policy and bless unions for same-sex couples, putting their jobs, homes and callings in jeopardy if couples take advantage of their offer.

Methodists in the Northern Illinois Conference also called on the global church to impose no more than a 24-hour suspension for clergy who defy the policy.

Elders, deacons and pastors took their stand after civil unions in Illinois became legal this month. But they said their determination to support same-sex unions has been fueled further by a church trial last week in which a jury found a Wisconsin pastor guilty of performing a holy union for a lesbian couple, suspending her for 20 days.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Iran to stage missile wargames from Monday

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are to launch military exercises on Monday with the firing of different range ballistic missiles, the state news agency IRNA reported.

The exercises, codenamed Great Prophet-6, are to start on Monday, said a Guards commander, General Ami Ali Hadjizadeh, quoted by IRNA, without specifying how long the manoeuvres will last.

"Short-, medium- and long-range missiles will be fired, especially the Khalij-Fars, Sejil, Fateh, Ghiam, and Shahab-1 and -2 missiles," he said.

The general, whose force carries out wargames each year in the Gulf region, said the latest exercises were "a message of peace and friendship to the countries of the area."
Yea, right... I believe that!

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Floodwaters surround nuke plant after breach

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the breach in the 2,000-foot inflatable berm around the Fort Calhoun station occurred around 1:25 a.m. local time.

More than 2 feet of water rushed in around containment buildings and electrical transformers at the 478-megawatt facility located 20 miles north of Omaha.

Reactor shutdown cooling and spent-fuel pool cooling were unaffected, the NRC said.

The plant, operated by the Omaha Public Power District, has been off line since April for refueling.

Crews activated emergency diesel generators after the breach, but restored normal electrical power by Sunday afternoon, the NRC said.

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25 killed in 3 bomb attacks in Nigeria

Suspected members of an Islamic sect bombed three beer gardens in northeastern Nigeria, killing 25 people and wounding 12 others on Sunday, authorities said.

Police blamed the attack on a group known locally as Boko Haram, which earlier this month carried out an attack on the nations police headquarters.

Authorities said two men riding on a back of motorcycles threw bombs at beer gardens, which are popular nightspots for locals.

Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language means "Western education is sacrilege," has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria.

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Hezbollah moves missiles from Syria to Lebanon, fearing fall of Assad regime

In recent weeks, Hezbollah has moved hundreds of missiles from storage sites in Syria to bases in eastern Lebanon, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday.

According to the report, Hezbollah moved the missiles due to the concern that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad will fall and that a new Syrian government will cut off ties with Hezbollah.

Hezbollah had been storing these missiles in depots in Syria. Some of the depots are secured by Hezbollah personnel while others are located on Syrian military bases.

According to the report, the movement of the missiles has been problematic, particularly due to concerns that Israel and other nations are monitoring the trucks with spy satellites.

"Hezbollah is afraid that Israel will bomb the convoys," the Le Figaro report said.

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Bill Schnoebelen - The Medical Conspiracy

Priest Bill Schnoebelen provides a very accurate description of the problem between health and religion. This is a very good 101 for you all.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

2 explosive devices found in Colorado mall store

Authorities say two explosive devices were found inside a store at the Colorado Mills Mall after an apparent break-in overnight.

Lakewood Police says the scene is secure now at the mall.

The FBI says police responded to a store alarm going off and found someone had broken into the Borders Bookstore. Officers found two suspicious devices at the scene and called the Jefferson County Bomb Squad.

There are no injuries and no threats were made to the Borders store or the mall according to the FBI.

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Libya says NATO strikes kill 15 civilians

NATO airstrikes hit a bakery and a restaurant in the Libyan city of al-Brega Saturday, killing 15 civilians, a Libyan government official told CNN.

NATO denied the claim and said it had struck key command-and-control centers. The alliance said there was "no indication of civilian casualties in connection with these strikes."

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces have occupied buildings in an abandoned area of al-Brega from where they are launching attacks on civilians, a NATO statement said. The alliance monitored the buildings and said it determined them to be clear military targets.
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Evacuation urged in Sawyer, North Dakota

People in the town of Sawyer, N.D., were requested to evacuate after water topped a protective dike, the National Weather Service said in a civil emergency message early Saturday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was rapidly constructing a temporary levee on the northwest side of the city in an attempt to prevent inundation.

"It's a constant battle in Sawyer and surrounding areas to stop the flooding," Corps of Engineers spokesperson Shannon Bauer told NBC News. "It's ongoing."

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Millions hit by flood havoc in China

Floods, triggered by days of torrential rain, continued to hit most parts of southern China on Sunday, affecting millions of people in China.

The rain-triggered floods that have swept south China since early this month have left 175 dead and 86 missing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

In Zhejiang, the province hardest hit by the continuous rain, 2.7 million residents in nine cities and 50 counties had been affected as of Sunday morning. Flash floods forced nearly 1,000 enterprises to suspend production. More than 400 roads were cut off and thousands of acres of crops were destroyed.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Gay marriage is now legal in New York

Striking what advocates believe is a historic victory for gay rights, the New York state senate Friday approved same-sex marriage, bringing New York a promised governor’s signature away from being the sixth and largest state to allow gays and lesbians to marry.

The 33-29 vote is an enormous victory for first-year Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who pledged during last fall’s campaign to push for gay marriage. It comes after an intense public and private lobbying campaign from a wide cast of politicians, celebrities and athletes, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former President Bill Clinton.

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Yemen Live: Forces Open Fire On "Tens Of Thousands"

Thousands of anti-government protesters attend Friday prayers during a demonstration in Sanaa on June 10, calling for an interim presidential council to prevent embattled president Ali Abdullah Saleh from returning to power.

Yemeni security forces have opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters at a funeral in southern Yemen, killing at least one demonstrator, the AP news agency reported.

A medical official also says six people were wounded in Friday's clashes between government forces backed by tanks and protesters in the southern port city of Aden.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

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Ahmadinejad: Iran Not Afraid to Build Nuclear Weapons

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that the Islamic Republic is not afraid of manufacturing nuclear weapons, but does not intend to do so.

"If we do want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody," Iran's state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Ahmadinejad's statements come on the same day that five Russian scientists involved in designing Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant were killed in a Russian plane crash.

The Tupolev-134 plane broke up and caught fire during an emergency landing outside the northern city of Petrozavodsk, Moscow-based International News Agency RIA Novosti reported.

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No Jews, no Bibles on flights to Saudi Arabia?

Delta Airlines, in its new alliance with Saudi Arabian Airlines, might wind up making a bargain shocking Jews and Christians -- no Jews, no Bibles on board to the desert kingdom.

Delta doesn't currently fly to Saudi Arabia but next year it will have a new code-sharing agreement with the Saudi airlines through the SkyTeam network. That means folks may be booking through Delta but still flying a Saudi airline.

According to Religion News Service:
Saudi Arabia bans anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport from entering the country, even in transit. Many Jews believe the kingdom has also withheld visas from travelers with Jewish-sounding names.

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Brazil gays celebrate first mass wedding

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The judge Siro Darlan began the wedding ceremony with a Biblical passage from St. Paul, calling him the greatest writer on love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

The 40 couples wed — in the first mass same-sex ceremony in Brazil, held in the state offices and organized by the government — applauded in the packed auditorium.

Brazil became the largest nation to legalize same-sex civil unions through a Supreme Court decision in early May.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tsunami Warning for Alaska Coast After 7.4 Earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.4 earthquake has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean off Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.

The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says a tsunami warning has been posted for certain coastal areas of Alaska. That warning covers an area from 80 miles (128 kilometers) northeast of Dutch Harbor to about 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Adak.

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Minot, North Dakota as flood outlook worsens

Federal officials on Thursday said they will have to release more water on the swollen Souris River, adding up to three feet to the expected peak of flooding at Minot, North Dakota, and possibly forcing more evacuations of residents.

Minot officials urged residents living outside required evacuation zones inside the river valley to move belongings to upper levels of their houses. To the northwest, Burlington made mandatory the evacuation of homes in flood-threatened areas.

"All residents outside the evacuation areas in the valley need to immediately begin the evacuation process," the city of Minot said in a statement.
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Israeli leaders test nuclear bunker in defence drill

Officials said it was the first time the security cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had tested the "National Management Centre" carved out beneath the government complex in Jerusalem over the past decade.

The bunker includes living quarters as well as command facilities. It can be accessed through the western foothills leading to the coastal metropolis of Tel Aviv.

"This is the proper place from which to run the State of Israel in wartime," Homefront Defence Minister Matan Vilnai told Army Radio in an interview.

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Hizbullah May Attack Israel to Take Spotlight off Syria

Lebanese terror organization and political force Hizbullah is preparing for a possible war with Israel as a means of shifting Western pressure away from the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, the Lebanon Daily Star reported Wednesday.

The report comes as IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz says he does not expect war in Israel's near future and IAF commander Major General Ido Nehoshtan says the region has entered 'a frantic arms race.'

Citing sources close to the radical Shiite terror organization, which has a powerful militia armed by Damascus and Iran, the Star said Hizbullah is watching the unrest in Syria with alarm and is determined to prevent Assad, their ally and protector, from being ousted from power.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Minot, North Dakota Flooding Entire Town

Residents still remaining in Minot, North Dakota rushed to pack up their belongings and leave town Wednesday as sirens wailed throughout the city, a warning of what is expected to be the worst flooding the city has seen in over 40 years.

The Souris River -- heavy with intense snowmelt and rain -- overtopped levees 5 hours ahead of an evacuation deadline, the AP reports. Those still remaining of the 11,000 in the Minot evacuation zone were prompted to leave their homes and head for higher ground immediately.

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Storms leave 430,000 without power in Chicago area

Commonwealth Edison expects to restore power to most of its customers by Thursday night, two days after a violent wave of storms that spawned at least two tornadoes and packed 80 mph winds.

189,000 customers remained without power, down from a peak of about 430,000. The majority of the outages were in the northern suburbs hardest hit by the storms, with about 137,000 customers without power.

About 34,000 customers were without electricity in the near western suburbs, 18,000 in the south suburbs and 1,700 in Chicago. Some 241,000 have had their electrical service restored, and the utility expects to have 90 percent of all customers' power restored by midnight Thursday, said ComEd spokeswoman Alicia Zatkowski.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Black hole shreds star, sparking gamma ray flash

A monster black hole shredded a Sun-like star, producing a strangely long-lasting flash of gamma rays that probably won't be seen again in a million years, astronomers reported on Thursday.

That is definitely not the norm for gamma ray bursts, energetic blasts that typically flare up and end in a matter of seconds or milliseconds, often the sign of the death throes of a collapsing star.

"This is truly different from any explosive event we have seen before," said Joshua Bloom of the University of California-Berkeley, a co-author of research on the blast published in the journal Science.

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Study Proves Jerusalem Belongs to Jews

A new study proves what Jews and Christian Zionists have known all along—and what radical Islam has disputed for ages—Jerusalem belongs to the Jews.

“The Jewish people are in Jerusalem, not as settlers or invaders, but as of right. These rights are clearly spelt out in international law and should be respected by the international community,” concludes a report from Dr. Jacques Gauthier, an international human rights lawyer from Toronto.

Gauthier has spent 25 years conducting research into the conflicting claims to Jerusalem under international law. Gauthier presented his findings on Jerusalem Day last week, speaking in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.

“For anyone who is interested in justice, these are issues which we have to study carefully,” he said. ”The rights vested in the Jewish people stand on very solid legal ground and are valid to this day.”

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Missouri River Flooding: Several Levees Fail

BIG LAKE, Mo. -- Several levees in northern Missouri are failing to hold back the surge of water being released from upstream dams.

Authorities said water began pouring over levees Saturday night in Holt and Atchison counties, flooding farmland and numerous homes and cabins. A hole in the side of a Holt County levee continued to grow Sunday, deluging the recreational area of Big Lake.

Presiding Holt County commissioner Mark Sitherwood says water is seeping underneath levees in numerous spots


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NATO air strikes killed nine civilians

NATO said Sunday it was investigating Libyan claims that nine civilians, two of them of toddlers, were killed in an alliance air raid and would be "very sorry" if that were the case.

"NATO is looking into this matter," said spokesman Wing Commander Mike Bracken. "NATO was operating in Tripoli last night, conducting air strikes against a legitimate military target."

In addition to the 9 killed, their was at least 18 wounded.

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Muslim Brotherhood Reveals Plans for Egypt: ‘A Nation of the True Islam’

It was to Cairo’s slum of Munib on a recent evening that the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s biggest Islamic group, brought its election campaign message: The country must turn to Islam to rebuild.

“Muslims around the world expect great things from you,” Essam el-Erian, deputy head of the Brotherhood’s new political party, told supporters crowded into a tent, with men across the aisle from women in headscarves or black veils. “We have to build a nation of freedom and equality, a nation of the true Islam.”

The scene, like many in Egypt now, was inconceivable before President Hosni Mubarak’s Feb. 11 ouster. Under Mubarak’s autocratic regime, the Brotherhood was banned. Tens of thousands of its members were arrested, many tortured, and its gatherings were held largely behind closed doors.

Now, with Mubarak gone, the Brotherhood is storming into the open, appealing to religious voters and trying to win over Egypt’s poor.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fukushima disaster worse than Chernobyl

"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president reports.

"Fukushima has three nuclear reactors exposed and four fuel cores exposed," he said, "You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled, and there is no means to cool them effectively."

Independent scientists have been monitoring the locations of radioactive "hot spots" around Japan, and their findings are disconcerting.

"We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl," said Gundersen. "The data I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometres being found 60 to 70 kilometres away from the reactor. You can't clean all this up. We still have radioactive wild boar in Germany, 30 years after Chernobyl."

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Friday, June 17, 2011

U.N. council passes gay rights resolution

The Obama Administration's State Department lobbied intensively for the resolution, and Nossel said the United States was pleased to see African leadership, from South Africa in particular, as well as strong support from South America, Colombia and Brazil.

In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

The resolution, introduced by South Africa, is the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.

It passed with 23 votes in favor, 19 opposed and three abstentions amid strong criticism of South Africa by some African nations.

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Syrian rebels call for new wave of protests in Arab capitals

The protests are planned for the first week of July in the hope of persuading Arab governments to turn against the regime, Wissam Tarif, a prominent activist said.

Meanwhile, refugees who have set up camps inside Syria near Turkey are forming "people's committees" and arming against further government retaliation.

The committees, each 10 men strong, will patrol the hills around the camps, looking out for army snipers and other troops.

The move represents the worst fear of the Syrian government, that opposition groups will be able to gain a foothold from which to operate inside the country.

More than three months of protests have shocked the Syrian regime, which until March thought it had escaped the "Arab spring".

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China and Russia Forming Closer Union

In a move that I have been expecting to see, It's happening now. China and Russia are building a close bond of trust with each other.

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Moscow, Russia, June 15, 2011 to deepen pragmatic cooperation between China and Russia. He will attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum during visit.

Hu said in a statement released upon his arrival at the airport that his visit intends to inject fresh impetus into the sustained, healthy and stable growth of the China-Russia strategic partnership of cooperation.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Al-Qaida website publishes hit list of Americans

An Al-Qaida website has posted a potential hit list of targets that include names and photos of several U.S. officials and business leaders, calling for terrorists to target these Americans in their own homes.

The FBI has sent out a new intelligence bulletin to law enforcement agencies, warning that this new web-based threat, while not a specific plot, is very detailed. The bulletin said the list includes leaders "in government, industry and media."

The FBI has notified those individuals who are named.

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North Korea 'may have developed nuclear warhead

North Korea may have developed a nuclear warhead small enough to be loaded onto a ballistic missile, the South Korean defence minister said yesterday, warning that risk of another “surprise provocation” by the Stalinist regime was now rising.

The South’s defence minister’s remarks come at a time of renewed tensions between the two Koreas. The regime of Kim Jong-il recently threatened military retaliation if Seoul did not punish troops who used pictures of the North Korean ruling dynasty for target practice.

The North is still believed to be trying to sell weapons. According to US officials quoted by The New York Times a Korean cargo ship believed to be carrying a consignment of weapons to Burma was intercepted by a US Navy destroyer patrolling south of Shanghai.

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Middle East Christians facing extremist atrocities

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that there are extreme forces at work that have turned the Arab Spring into a "very anxious time" for Christians.

Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that the vacuum left by the end of autocratic regimes was being filled by extremists.

He claimed there had been more killings of Christians and burnings of churches in Egypt than people were aware of.

Life was unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, and tensions in Syria were nearing breaking point, he added.

The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity and home to some of the world's most ancient Christian denominations.

There is no agreed figure for the number of Christians in the region, though some experts believe there are as many as 10 million.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New York Assembly approves same-sex marriage

New York's state Assembly Wednesday night approved a same-sex marriage bill, sending it to the Senate, where it faces a closer vote.

The Marriage Equality Act passed the Assembly 80-63.
It would grant same-sex couples equal rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex," according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

"This is an immense step toward achieving true equality for all here in New York," said Democratic Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, who argued that he and his partner should be allowed to marry.

Wednesday night's debate includes discussion of religious, traditions, customs and families.

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Peres: Changing Jerusalem's status would be catastrophic

President Shimon Peres, speaking during a visit to the Bedouin village of Hura, said on Tuesday that peace does exist in Jerusalem, but it could easily be destroyed.

"People live and work in peace," Peres said about the current state of Jerusalem, and any new agreement on the city's status would be explosive.

Peres added that the government should recognize the various Beduin villages in the Negev, and that the Beduin are an integral part of Israel's south.

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Moon to turn blood red with lunar eclipse

Sky watchers will be looking for a cloudless sky on Wednesday evening so they can get the best view of the longest total lunar eclipse since 2000.

The dramatic event will turn the moon blood red for 100 minutes during the period of totality.

NASA reports Europeans will miss the early stages of the eclipse 'because they occur before moonrise.'
The eclipse beings at 6.24pm (BST) and ends at midnight but sunset doesn't occur in the UK until 9.19pm.

People in the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia will be able to view the entire event.

However, those in the U.S will miss out as the eclipse will occur during daylight hours.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Court upholds gay judge's ruling on Proposition 8

A federal judge who ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage in California and later revealed that he is gay showed no evidence he was prejudiced in the case, according to a ruling Tuesday.

The judge, based in San Francisco, upheld former colleague's Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling on California's Proposition 8. Questions had been raised about Walker's ability to impartially decide the controversial question of same-sex marriage.

"It is not reasonable to presume that a judge is incapable of making an impartial decision about the constitutionality of a law, solely because, as a citizen, the judge could be affected by the proceedings," U.S. District Court Judge James Ware ruled. -- CNN

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Perfect Storm May Rock World Economy

A “perfect storm” of fiscal woe in the U.S., a slowdown in China, European debt restructuring and stagnation in Japan may converge on the global economy, New York University professor Nouriel Roubini said.

There’s a one-in-three chance the factors will combine to stunt growth from 2013, Roubini, who predicted the global financial crisis, said in a June 11 interview in Singapore. Other possible outcomes are “anemic but OK” global growth or an “optimistic” scenario in which the expansion improves.

“There are already elements of fragility,” he said. “Everybody’s kicking the can down the road of too much public and private debt. The can is becoming heavier and heavier, and bigger on debt, and all these problems may come to a head by 2013 at the latest.”

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Dead Sea threatened both by shrinking and flooding

The Dead Sea is dying, goes the conventional wisdom: The water level of the fabled salty lake is dropping nearly 4 feet (1.2 meters) a year. Less well known: Part of the lake is actually overflowing, threatening one of Israel's key tourism destinations.

Israel is feverishly campaigning to have the Dead Sea — the lowest point on earth and repository of precious minerals — named one of the natural wonders of the world.

Without intervention, "in five to 10 years, the water would flood the hotel lobbies, no question," said Alon Tal, one of the researchers the government has commissioned to find a solution.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

105 dead, 63 missing in China Floods

Rain-triggered flooding and landslides in south China have left 105 people dead and 63 more missing over the past 10 days, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.

Prior to the rain, the provinces of Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi -- located along the middle and lower parts of the Yangtze River basin -- were stricken by a prolonged drought.

The ministry along with the National Disaster Reduction Commission on Monday launched an emergency response in anticipation of more downpours in central and southern China over the next few days.

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Levee on Missouri River breaks

A 50-foot-wide breach occurred Monday in a levee on the Missouri River near the Iowa-Missouri border, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The National Weather Service said the flooding could affect Interstate 29 and the town of Hamburg, Iowa.
"The concern is that anybody, you know, near the river would see some floodwaters that could impact either their road or homes," said David Pearson with the National Weather Service in Omaha, Nebraska.

The "full breach" occurred in about five minutes, the Corps said in a statement. It said it is the fourth in the area and "is just south of the previous three partial breaches." The break was in Atchison County, Missouri, just south of Hamburg, it said.

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Syria Has 3 More Nuke Facilities

The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that Syria has three nuclear installations, in addition to one that was destroyed several years ago by an unknown party.

The London-based Arabic-language Al-Hayat newspaper on Sunday published communications between IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon which stated, among other things, that the UN agency had confirmed a report by a US agency that the facility destroyed in 2007 – allegedly by Israeli planes – was linked to three other sites in Syria.

The communications do not name those sites, but they do say that Syria is clearly in violation of IAEA regulations and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Old Navy selling 'gay' shirts - donates profits to activists

Old Navy is now selling "gay pride" T-shirts in support of President Obama's proclamation designating June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."

Old Navy's rainbow T-shirts are part of its "Love Proudly: Pride 2011" campaign. The shirts reportedly went on sale June 1 and will be available at select stores throughout the country. Old Navy is donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the "It Gets Better Project," a pro-LGBT campaign.

The T-shirt designs include a white shirt with "Love Proudly" written in the colors of the rainbow, and a black shirt with rainbow-colored stripes.

According to reports, the T-shirts are being sold at some Old Navy stores until the end of June or until supplies run out. Old Navy is already saying they may increase the number of stores next year.

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Midwesterners brace for new Missouri River flooding

For flood-weary residents and sandbag crews in the Midwest, Sunday was largely a day of rest.
Or, was it just the calm before the storm?

To be sure, there were some efforts up and down the Missouri River on Sunday to protect towns, homes and rail lines against the arrival of floodwaters.

But for the most part, the situation was quiet in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
"Waiting. Just waiting," said Terry Compton, who was working her shift at the local convenience store. She knows the water is coming. The only question was when.

Residents have been shoring up levees along the Missouri River from Montana through Missouri as federal officials widen flood gates to allow record, or near-record water releases to ease pressure on six major reservoirs swollen by heavy rains and melting snow.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Is a Cyberattack on the U.S. an Act of War?

The Pentagon is expected to announce a cyberstrategy this month that concludes a cyberattack on the U.S. can be an act of war, and while the damage from such an assault may warrant that position, hopefully this just amounts to loud barking given the perils involved.

The Wall Street Journal says the Pentagon's 30-page document (18 pages of which are classified) broaches the idea of the U.S. using military force to respond to a nation-backed cyberattack.

The gist: If an attack caused significant damage to our economy, infrastructure or people, the U.S. could respond with an equivalent amount of military force.

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Hamas Summer Camps Train Next Generation Terrorists

Hamas is reporting record turnouts for its summer camps for children in 2011.

The 'summer camps,' combining Islamic indoctrination, paramilitary training, and social activities are set to begin again this year as United Nation’s summer camps, considered competition by Hamas, are being openly denigrated by jihadists.

In 2010 Hamas ran camps for an estimated 100,000 campers, a number similar to 2009. The Islamic Jihad terror group ran 51 camps with 10,000 participating boys and girls.

In addition to indoctrination, Hamas terrorists give children paramilitary training. Banners are hung on the walls with slogans extolling jihad and 'death for the sake of Allah.'

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34 killed, 94 injured in twin blasts in Pakistan

At least 34 people were killed and 94 injured after twin explosions rocked a market in the Sadar area of Peshawar, Pakistan, authorities said early Sunday.

The first blast, relatively small, went off in the restroom of a restaurant in the crowded Khyber Super Market, according to Shafqat Malik, chief of bomb disposal in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

People gathered at the scene and many were casualties after a suicide bomber on a motorbike arrived at the restaurant minutes later and set off explosives, Malik told CNN.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Arizona wildfire expected to cross New Mexico border

Crews are intentionally setting fires near the Arizona and New Mexico border to control the expected spread of a massive blaze, officials said Friday.

"The fire is eventually going to get there and we want to have something to check it when it does," said Jim Whittington, spokesman for the Southwest Interagency Incident Management team. "It is likely we will pull fire across state line today."

Crews will largely focus on setting "burnout" fires in order to strategically control where the blaze goes, Whittington said. Such controlled fires remove the ground fuel in areas that feed the larger fire.

Weather conditions have helped firefighters contain the spread of the Arizona wildfire this week, but officials said factors Saturday will put conditions near critical.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

32 dead in Syria as helicopter gunships fire at protesters

Syrian helicopter gunships fired machine guns to disperse a large pro-democracy protest in the town of Maarat al-Numaan on Friday, witnesses said, a dangerous escalation of force at the end of a day in which 32 civilians were reported killed by Assad's forces across the country.

The gunship use was the first reported use of air power to quell protests in Syria's uprising.

Rights groups say over 1,100 civilians have been killed since March in the revolt to demand more political freedoms and an end to corruption and poverty.

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Police enter Temple Mount to stop riots

Police and Border Guard forces broke into the Temple Mount compound on Friday after stones were hurled at the end of Friday prayers. Officers dispersed the rioters using crowd dispersal means and isolated them. No injuries have been reported. Three worshippers were arrested.

Dozens of youths began to hurl stones at the Moroccans' Gate adjacent to the Western Wall as Friday prayers in the Old City drew to a close. Security forces were forced to enter the compound to put a stop to the violence.

Police arrested three worshippers, one of whom is suspected of hurling stones. The other two are suspected of inciting the violence. They were taken into questioning as the rest of the worshippers left the area. Jerusalem Police said that more arrests are expected over the weekend.

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Senate Bill Endangers Christian Broadcasters

The Senate Commerce Committee is planning an incentive auction bill markup this week on S.911.

The markup could pave the way for the Federal Communications Commission to pay broadcasters to make more room for wireless broadband by moving off some of their spectrum.

If the bill passes, it could have a dramatic impact on Christian television stations. That’s because the government is working to take airwaves away from low-power broadcasters—and Christian television stations typically fall into that category. If successful, the bill could squash channels like Daystar.

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Rare, Aggressive Fungus Strikes Joplin Tornado Victims

A Joplin doctor said Thursday his hospital treated five Joplin tornado victims for a rare, aggressive fungal infection sometimes found in survivors of other natural disasters.

Dr. Uwe Schmidt, an infectious disease specialist at Freeman Health System in Joplin, said three of those patients who contracted zygomycosis have since died, but he stopped short of blaming their deaths specifically on the infections.

“These people had multiple traumas, pneumonia, all kinds of problems,” Schmidt said. “It’s difficult to say how much the fungal infections contributed to their demise.”

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Suicide Bomber Kills Somalia's Interior Minister

Somalia's Minister of Interior and National Security, Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hasan Farah, has died after a suicide attack at his home.

The minister was rushed to Banadir hospital with serious injuries, but has since died following the explosion.

Militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab is claiming responsibility for the attack.

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Scientists warn of deadly shellfish in part of Alaska

Public health officials warned Alaskans to avoid eating shellfish they harvest from the southeastern tip of the state after high concentrations of a poison than can kill humans was found.

State officials said scientists monitoring algae blooms near Ketchikan discovered some of the world's highest-ever recorded levels of toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning -- a potentially fatal ailment that can paralyze vital organs.

The most poisonous shellfish discovered were baby mussels at a dock in Ketchikan with toxin levels of more than 30,000 micrograms per hundred grams of shellfish meat. This is well over the 80-microgram level considered toxic, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has warned.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bilderberg Conference Begins

Bilderberg Conference 2011 kicked off in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Thursday.

The elite are concerned that the American Congress may soon turn against the illegal and immoral invasion under humanitarian cover by NATO and the UN against the north African dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

In addition to worrying about Congress waking up to the Libyan scam, the global elite is also concerned about a diverse liberty movement that has grown exponentially with the help of an open and free internet.

In response, the pocketed pawns in Congress have introduced a raft of bills over the last few months designed to take down the internet and blunt its impact as a medium for alternative news and information.

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Full-Blown Return of Anti-Semitism in Europe

On April 19, the Corfu synagogue, in Greece, was burned. How many Jews live in Corfu today? One hundred and fifty. How many Jews live in Greece? Eight thousand, or about 0.8% of the population. For some, it seems these figures are still far too high. Two other synagogues were burned in Greece during the past year. Anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls are spreading all over the country.

What happened in Greece is happening everywhere across the European continent.

During the last decade, synagogues were vandalized or set on fire in Poland, Sweden, Hungary, France.

Anti-Semitic inscriptions are being drawn on building walls in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Rome. Jewish cemeteries are being ransacked. Jews are being attacked on the streets of most major cities on the continent. In the Netherlands, the police use "decoy Jews" in order to try arrest the perpetrators red-handed.

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China floods kill 52 people

Floods have killed 52 people and left 32 missing in China in the last 5 days, a senior official said Wednesday, warning of more heavy rains.

Heavy rains have inundated parts of 12 provinces in central and southern China and affected 4.81 million people so far since the flood season arrived.

In the worst-hit southwestern province of Guizhou, floods have killed 21 people and left 32 missing in the past few days, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Crews Race to Protect Arizona Towns

Springerville, Arizona -- Officials are hoping their efforts overnight will keep a mammoth forest fire from cresting a ridge and racing into two eastern Arizona towns, giving firefighters the upper hand on the 11th day of what has proved to be an overwhelming battle.

About half of the 4,000 residents who call Eagar home were forced to leave Tuesday afternoon as flames from the Wallow fire licked the ridges surrounding the area. Residents in the rest of Eagar and in neighboring Springerville grew worried as they awaited word of whether they will have to flee, too.

"Everybody that's here is suffering from anxiety from this," Apache County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Brannon Eagar told residents who gathered for a public meeting Tuesday night.

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Mid-East Prophecy Update

Could the Arab Spring, The Third Palestinian Intifada, Nakba, and Naksa be a fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?

Pastor J.D. looks at the prophetic implications of the current uprisings in the Middle East.

Yemen Leader Severely Burnt, Doubts about His Rule

President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen suffered injuries far more extensive than previously known in the attack on his presidential palace last week, with burns over 40 percent of his body, Yemeni officials and Western diplomats said Tuesday.

There have also been reports that a wooden shard sliced into his body and punctured a lung, said Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, the head of the Arabiya television network.

It was initially reported that Mr. Saleh, who was flown to Saudi Arabia on Saturday for treatment at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh, had suffered burns on his face, neck and arms in a blast at the palace mosque during Friday Prayer.

But his back was burned as well, according to the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, and the burns were severe enough to require strong sedation for the pain and months of treatment.

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Sun - Spectacular and Powerful Eruption

The sun unleashed a massive solar storm Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun's entire surface, NASA scientists say.

The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.

"The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before," Young said. "It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down."

Video: See the sun's June 7 solar flare and eruption

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Haiti flooding kills at least 23 people

Most of the deaths occurred in the capital Port-au-Prince after torrential rain swept away houses, and flooded roads.

Two children were buried alive when their home collapsed; two other people died in a tent city erected after last year's devastating earthquake.

Haitian officials fear other such camps could be swept away during the hurricane season.

Days of heavy rain swelled rivers and flooded camps built to house thousands of evacuees after the 2010 earthquake.

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Dozens of bodies found buried in East Texas

Liberty County sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a home in Hardin where a tipster told them 25 to 30 bodies are buried.

The house is located at near the intersection of County Roads 2048 and 2049.

The tipster said dozens of dismembered bodies are buried there, according to Cleveland Advocate Vanesa Brashier.

The bodies are those of children, according to preliminary reports, KPRC Local 2 said on its website.

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Update: Police dispatched cadaver dogs to a Texas farmhouse Tuesday after receiving a tip from a person claiming to be a psychic who said bodies were buried there, but the dogs found nothing suspicious, a local judge said.

I think what makes this report really flaky is that this whole event was from a 'Physic'. This part of the report was never released until hours after the fact. Signs of the times folks!

Scientists find new MRSA superbug in cows, humans

British scientists have found a new strain of the "superbug" MRSA in milk from cows and in swab samples from humans and say it cannot be detected with standard tests.

Researchers said the find was "worrying" but added it was unlikely that the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bug, which is resistant to some antibiotics, could cause infections by getting into the food chain via milk.

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Abbas sends aides for talks with U.S. officials

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent two aides to Washington to discuss U.S. efforts to revive stalled peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official said Monday.

Abbas envoys will emphasize the Palestinian readiness to deal positively with the French initiative.

Their visit coincides with the arrival of French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe to Washington...The plan envisions the 1967 lines as the borders between Israel and the future Palestinian state.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Fierce clashes in Yemen

The fiercest clashes since anti-government demonstrations began in Taiz four months ago erupted overnight Monday between anti-government gunmen and members of government security forces, witnesses said.

They cited heavy gunfire near the Republican Palace, which is less than two miles from the city's Freedom Square, where tens of thousands of anti-government protesters had taken to the streets.

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Japan says 3 nuclear reactors melt down after Earthquake

Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.

The nuclear group's new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The announcement will not change plans for how to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the agency said.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.

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Arizona wildfire: 184,000 acres ablaze

One of the biggest wildfires ever in Arizona grew even larger Sunday and authorities ordered more people in White Mountain communities to abandon their homes as the 287-square-mile blaze burned toward more buildings.

Fire officials said late Sunday night that the blaze expanded by several thousand acres during the day and had reached 184,000 acres, the third largest in the state's history.

The Apache County sheriff's office told an unknown number of people east of the town of Alpine along U.S. Highway 180 to get out as the forest fire crept closer.

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Vatican says Palestinian state should ‘soon’ live alongside Israel

Mahmoud Abbas was the planner of the Munich Massacre... He is now the 'Peace maker' for the Palestinian state. As for the Pope... I am working on a special report on his background proving him 'inept to lead'.
The Vatican says a Palestinian state must “soon” live side by side in peace and security with Israel.

The Vatican issued the statement Friday after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials.

During the meetings, the two sides discussed the need to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recognize the “legitimate” rights of Palestinians to a homeland. The Vatican said “that soon the state of Israel and the Palestinian state must live in security, at peace with their neighbors and within internationally recognized borders.” - Report
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US Muslims Celebrate in D.C.

US Muslims celebrated this week in Washington, D.C. the death of Ayatollah Khomeini at the anniversary of his passing in Washington DC. Several radical Muslims spoke out on the founder of the killer regime.

In this video report, you may want to move forward pass the first 15 seconds due to singing.

At 1:45 into the video, you will hear the young Muslim woman talk about 'Islamic Revolution' going on in the World today.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

5.5 aftershock rattles damaged Christchurch

A significant aftershock has rattled Christchurch Monday morning.

The magnitude 5.5 quake had a focal depth of 15km and was centred 20km southwest of Christchurch, near Rolleston.

Herald reporter Jarrod Booker described the aftershock, which struck at 9.09am, as a "heavy, violent" shake and said it lasted around 20 to 30 seconds.

Booker said the aftershock was reminiscent of the major earthquakes which hit the region in February and last September.

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Sucidide Bomber kills 24 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Pakistan's northwest on Sunday, killing 18 people, and another bomb in the volatile region left six others dead.

The attacks were the latest in a wave of bloodshed to hit Pakistan since the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

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Naksa Day: 4 dead, 12 hurt on Israel-Syria border

Syrian television on Sunday reported that four people were killed and 10 injured along the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights near Majdal Shams, reportedly from IDF fire. The IDF spokesperson said that the only information it had on deaths on the border were Syrian reports and therefore, it could not confirm the number of people killed or if there were any deaths.

After several hours of clashes, IDF began allowing Red Cross teams access to the Syrian border area in order to evacuate wounded protesters, Channel 10 reported.

Two armed men were identified near the border fence in Kunetra, on the Syrian side of the border, the IDF Spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday afternoon.

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Eleven mass graves unearthed in Mexico

Eleven mass graves have been found in the southern state of Coahuila, according to officials.

The Mexican army unearthed the graves in the village of Guerrero after an anonymous tip-off that led them to the area.

Friday's discovery comes as forensic experts continued to try and identify the remains of hundreds of people buried in mass graves in the north of the country.

The northern states are at the centre of a violent battle between rival drug gangs for control of lucrative smuggling routes to the United States.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Report: Eruption of Puyehue volcano in Chile

Chile reports 3,500 people have been ordered evacuated due to the immediate eruption of the Puyehue volcano.

A large plume of ash was 6 miles high into the air.

The government reported that it increased the alert level from 5 to 6, with a
large volcanic eruption.

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Top Jihadist leader killed, followers say

The man described by counterterrorism officials as al Qaeda's "military brain," Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a drone strike Friday night in Pakistan, a spokesman for his group, the jihadist Harakat-ul-Jihad-Islami, said.

Pakistani and U.S. officials, however, said they have not confirmed Kashmiri's death.
Kashmiri was killed, along with some aides, in a strike at 11:15 p.m., spokesman Abu Hanzla Kashar said.

"The oppressor U.S. is our only target and, God willing, we will take revenge on the U.S. soon with full force," he said.

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Al-Qaeda Video Instructs American Muslims to Arm Themselves

Signs of the Times: Updated Video.

California native Adam Gadahn, aka "American Al Qaeda," has put out a new video encouraging American Muslims to pick up weapons and engage in Jihad.

Fatah has never recognized Israel and will never do so

Fatah has never recognized Israel’s right to exist and will never do so, according to Azzam al-Ahmed, a member of the Fatah Central Committee who is closely associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Ahmed, who is also head of the Fatah negotiating team with Hamas, said PA security forces in the West Bank were arresting Hamas supporters to protect them from being targeted by the IDF.

Asked whether Fatah had spoken with Hamas about recognizing Israel, the senior Fatah official said, “Fatah has not recognized Israel. I challenge anyone who says that the case is otherwise, whether it’s Hamas or others.

Neither Fatah nor Hamas is required to recognize Israel. Only governments and states extend recognition. It was the Palestinian government that recognized Israel, just as the Israeli government recognized us.”

Ahmed said the PLO had recognized Israel with the signing of the Oslo Accords.

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Fed Flies Rainbow Flag to Support Gay Rights

It seems fitting then that the most destructive agency of any description conceived during peacetime in this nation should flaunt a symbol of social/personal profligacy, i.e. homosexuality. Abject license, permission and promotion of deviancy by this nation's leaders assures us that this nation is in its last phase of existence.

Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, is asking the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank to remove the rainbow flag flying below the American flag outside of the building, calling its presence “a serious deficiency of judgment by your organization, one not limited to social issues.”

In a letter to Richmond Fed President Jeffrey M. Lacker, Marshall says the homosexual behavior “celebrated” by the bank “undermines the American economy.”

Marshall wrote in the letter that homosexual behavior is a class six felony in Virginia. - Report

Friday, June 3, 2011

Yemen President Survives Palace Attact

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, has reportedly been injured in an attack on the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa.

Several were injured when opposition tribesmen's shells struck a mosque in the presidential palace compound where officials, including Saleh were praying on Friday, a government official told the Associated Press news agency. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

Abdul Mohd Iljindi, the deputy minister of information, said Saleh is in "good health" despite suffering minor injuries and is expected to recover soon.

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67 dead, many injured in Syria Protest

Syrian security forces killed 67 protesters in the city of Hama where tens of thousands unarmed citizens demonstrated against the autocratic regime of President Bashar Al Assad on Friday, the Syrian opposition told Al Arabiya.

“There are also scores of wounded and the death toll may rise,” Rami Abdul Rahman from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters.

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Obama and Israel

All of the turmoil of the last two weeks comes at the time when Israel is about to celebrate the 44th anniversary of her recapture of Jerusalem. This took place June 7, 1967. Understand that Jerusalem is the heart of the issue.

Let me give you the key to unraveling the end-time code God has given us. Remember three things: Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount, in that order. And Jesus returns to rule and reign out of Jerusalem.

Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post says, "Conceptually and substantively, Obama has abandoned the U.S. alliance with Israel." She boldly and appropriately clarifies that Obama has abandoned America more than Israel. She gets it.

Now that the most powerful man in the world has turned on the Jewish state and on God, perhaps that beleaguered nation will begin to turn her eyes to the One who formed a covenant with her millennia ago.

We know that in a future war known as the Gog-Magog invasion in Ezekiel 38-39, Israel will be forced to reach out to God for help. The passage indicates that there will be no earthly ally to help her. Zechariah 12 indicates she will be friendless as well. Right now Canada's Stephen Harper remains a friend, but few other prominent leaders will do that.

Don't ever get stressed about Israel's survival. Be justifiably concerned about America's. God will always watch over His covenant land and people. "He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps" (Psalm 121:4).

One hundred million Arabs have tried to annihilate her since 1948, and they have consistently struck out. But every American who is concerned about the security of the United States should be livid and should tremble for our nation.

- Jan Markell
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Israel Warns Syria, Lebanon Ahead Of 'Naksa Day'

Israel issued a harsh warning to Syria and Lebanon ahead of 'Naksa Day' - the 44th anniversary of the Six Day War. "We shall use all means to prevent an attack on our sovereignty. You will be held accountable," the message said.

Israel is raising its alert level ahead of Sunday's events, which may involve marches on Israel's borders similar to those held on 'Nakba Day.'

Israel has also informed the United Nations it will not tolerate any attack on its sovereignty.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

200 Buildings Destroyed in Massachusetts

At least 200 buildings were destroyed by tornadoes as they carved their deadly paths through Central and Western Massachusetts on Wednesday, hitting particularly hard in a group of eight or nine communities that included the city of Springfield, Governor Deval Patrick said this afternoon.

Patrick, who said the National Weather Service had confirmed that at least three tornadoes had touched down, said 35 buildings were destroyed in Springfield, 88 in West Springfield, and "77 and counting" in Monson.

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Superbug E. coli Outbreak Hits

The E. coli outbreak across Europe is a new form of the bacterium, researchers and public health experts believe.

It can cause the deadly complication - haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS) - affecting the blood and kidneys.

More than 1,500 people have been infected and 18 have died: 17 in Germany and one in Sweden.

Seven people in the UK have the infection, including three British nationals. They are all thought to have contracted it in Germany.

The World Health Organization said the variant had "never been seen in an outbreak situation before."

Scientists at the Beijing Genomics Institute in China are also reported as saying the new form was "highly infectious and toxic".

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Horror for US Economy as Data Falls off Cliff

The last month has been a horror show for the U.S. economy, with economic data falling off a cliff, according to Mike Riddell, a fund manager at M&G Investments in London.

"It seems that almost every bit of data about the health of the US economy has disappointed expectations recently," said Riddell, in a note sent to CNBC on Wednesday.

US house prices have fallen by more than 5 percent year on year, pending home sales have collapsed and existing home sales disappointed, the trend of improving jobless claims has arrested, first quarter GDP wasn’t revised upwards by the 0.4 percent forecast, durables goods orders shrank, manufacturing surveys from Philadelphia Fed, Richmond Fed and Chicago Fed were all very disappointing.



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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rare Eclipse Of The Midnight Sun

According to NASA, it's about to happen.

"It might sound like a contradiction to have a solar eclipse in the middle of the night, but this is what we will see in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland on June 1st," says Knut Joergen Roed Oedegaard, an astrophysicist at the Norwegian Centre for Science Education in Oslo.

At this time of year, he explains, the sun doesn't set in Arctic parts of the world, so a solar eclipse is theoretically possible at all hours of the day. When the clock strikes local midnight in northern Norway at the end of June 1st, about half of the lingering sun will be covered by the Moon.

"The eclipse can also be seen from Siberia, northern China, remote parts of Alaska and Canada, and Iceland," writes Fred Espenak of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where the eclipse circumstances were calculated. "Greatest eclipse occurs at 21:16 Universal Time on June 1st. At that time, an eclipse of magnitude 0.601 will be visible from the Arctic coast of western Siberia as the midnight sun skirts the northern horizon."

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'Many injuries' reported in Massachusetts tornadoes

At least two tornadoes struck Springfield, Massachusetts, and numerous other communities in the western part of the state Wednesday, leaving behind "many injuries" and extensive damage, the state's governor said.

As many as 19 communities around Springfield, about 90 miles west of Boston, reported tornado damage Wednesday evening, Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters. Patrick declared a state of emergency as the storm system that spawned those twisters moved east, with watches posted all the way to the Atlantic coast until late Wednesday.

"It's been particularly devastating in downtown Springfield," the governor said. He said a local official told him, "You have to see Monson to believe it."

Patrick said he has mobilized 1,000 National Guard troops to assist with cleanup and search-and-rescue operations.

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Iran cleric says Killing Israeli children Okay

A senior Iranian cleric, who is known as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor, urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.

Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah, considered one of the Islamic Republic's most radical clerics, issued a religious edict on his website whereby suicide attacks are not only legitimate but are a must for every Muslim, a special paper by the Middle East Media Research Institute shows.

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