Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pestilence

My Way News - Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
My Way News reports: "A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital, Antananarivo. The World Health Organization fears the plague outbreak may spread rapidly through Madagascar's largest and densely populated city [...] The plague is most famous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Plague infections still occur throughout the world, mainly in parts of Africa and Asia."

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Earthquake

My Way News - 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake
My Way News reports: "At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude from a preliminary 6.8 while the U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami."

My Way News - Strong quake in west China kills 4; 54 hurt
My Way News reports: "A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least four people and injured 54 others, including schoolchildren in a stampede, officials said Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the county of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's seismological agency put the magnitude at 6.3.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts
My Way News reports: "Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal."

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Security of Jerusalem - Holy Place

My Way News - Divided Jerusalem: Attacks put holy city on edge
My Way News reports: "Streets are subdued, marketplaces are quiet and people are on edge in Jewish areas of Jerusalem, where Arabs have been using meat cleavers, guns, screwdrivers and even their cars in deadly, small-scale attacks. The holy city - which Israel says must forever stay united - has rarely seemed more divided."

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Pestilence

My Way News - CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate
My Way News reports: "The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the number of people sickened by the Ebola virus could explode to as many as 1.4 million by mid-January without more help. Things have changed."

My Way News - Military scaling back treatment units in Liberia
My Way News reports: "A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. military is scaling back the size and number of Ebola treatment facilities it is building in Liberia. Army Col. Steve Warren said Wednesday that a total of 10 treatment facilities will be built; the Pentagon previously had planned to build as many as 17. Additionally, seven of the 10 will have 50 beds each rather than the 100 beds previously planned."

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

War - Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack
My Way News reports: "Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions after weeks of religious violence. The attack during morning prayers in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof was carried out by two Palestinian cousins wielding meat cleavers, knives and a handgun. [...] Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that runs the Gaza Strip, praised the attack. In Gaza, dozens celebrated in the streets, with some offering trays full of candy."

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Monday, November 17, 2014

War

My Way News - Europeans have prominent role in beheading video
My Way News reports: "A U.S.-led coalition is targeting the Islamic State group in airstrikes in northern Syria, supporting Western-backed Syrian rebels, Kurdish fighters and the Iraqi military. The U.S. said 31 airstrikes had been carried out from Nov. 14-17 against Islamic State group targets. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Islamic State group could grow worldwide if left unchecked. Already, he said, the IS has seized more land and resources 'than al-Qaida ever had on its best day of its existence.'"

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Temple Mount - Holy Place

My Way News - Israel lifts Muslim age limits for Jerusalem site
My Way News reports: "A Jerusalem holy site at the heart of recent tensions between Israelis and Palestinians was quiet on Friday, police said, after age restrictions for Muslim men who wanted to pray there were lifted for the first time in weeks, but minor clashes with Palestinian protesters continued in the West Bank. [...] The development came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan's King Abdullah II in an attempt to restore calm in the holy city that has seen months of tension and violent confrontations."

Comment: Here is a good example of Israel making a concession (yet again) to cool tensions and promote peace. Let's see if the Palestinians reciprocate with an equally meaningful gesture.

Earthquakes

My Way News - 7.3 quake hits Indonesia waters; tsunami possible
My Way News reports: "A 7.3-magnitude quake hit Indonesian waters Saturday morning and has the potential to generate tsunami waves along nearby coasts, a monitoring agency said. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit 154 kilometers (96 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles). There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage."

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Global Government

My Way News - G-20 summit opens in Australia; growth tops agenda
My Way News reports: "The leaders of the world's 20 largest economies are under pressure to take definitive action at this year's summit, rather than simply producing a set of vague, unmeasurable goals. The International Monetary Fund has warned about a "new mediocre" for the world economy, and the G-20 has vowed to focus on a plan to add $2 trillion to world GDP."

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Temple Mount - Holy Place

My Way News - US: Commitments made to reduce Jerusalem tensions:
My Way News reports: "Israel and Jordan have committed to a series of 'specific and practical' steps to reduce spiraling tensions over Jerusalem holy sites and the Palestinians have pledged to curb incitement and violence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. [...] Netanyahu has insisted that Israel has no plans to change the arrangements at the holy site, but his pledges have done little to bring calm."

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Temple Mount

My Way News - Hilltop compound lies at heart of Mideast tensions
My Way News reports: "The trapezoid-shaped compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, is at the heart of the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. It has been the site of recent unrest. [...] Jews believe the rock may be where the holiest part of the two ancient temples stood in biblical times — and where religious Jews pray that a third temple will one day be built."

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Pestilence

My Way News - WHO says more than 5,000 have now died of Ebola
My Way News reports: "More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic. This is the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded, with more than 14,000 people sickened, the vast majority in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone."

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Kings of the East

My Way News - China uses APEC to boost regional role
My Way News reports: "Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Asia-Pacific leaders Tuesday to strengthen trade ties at a summit Beijing is using to boost its role as a regional power with a flurry of trade and finance pacts. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Xi called for progress on a 'road map' toward closer economic integration among the group's 21 member economies. They include 40 percent of the world's population and 60 percent of global economic output."

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King of the North

My Way News - Amid currency gyrations, Russia floats ruble
My Way News reports: "Plagued by the Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis and by falling oil prices, Russia's economy is struggling and the ruble is taking a head-spinning drop, losing a third of its value since the beginning of the year and touching an all-time low last week. On Monday, the national central bank on Monday decided to freely float the currency and shield it more from speculators. [...] Some observers warn that a long-lasting erosion of purchasing power could fuel social unrest and say the country's financial stability is at risk."

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Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - US officials: More work needed on Iran nuke deal
My Way News reports: "Two days of tough talks to limit Iran's nuclear program failed Monday to make major headway toward a final deal —a foreboding sign for years of negotiations that are set to expire in less than two weeks."

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