Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to walk back his declaration no Palestinian state, would be established. Said he had not been trying to suppress votes of Arab citizens with Election Day warning they were bused to polling stations in “droves,”remarks that caused outrage around the world. Did not say he was ready to return to negotiations or present new ideas for achieving peace
The United States denied it was planning a “military invasion” on Venezuela and defended its “sovereign” right to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials. It also urged the Organization of American States (OAS) to “speak out” about about human rights “violations” in Venezuela.
German police launched massive crackdown on protests against austerity in Europe Wednesday. Between 10,000 and 20,000 people in Frankfurt participated in a demonstration that coincided with opening of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). Police responded with massive deployment of 8,000 officers, largest mobilization in the history of the Frankfurt security forces.
The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, flagship of the French navy, arrived in the Persian Gulf last month to provide additional air power to the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the militants who seized a third of Iraq and Syria. Only nation aside from U.S. to bring an aircraft carrier to the fight, under American operational control. Its fighters flying missions even before the carrier arrived.
China’s finance ministry: China welcomes Luxembourg’s application to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. South Korea leaning towards joining up. Foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea will meet in Seoul this weekend. Every shred of objective evidence suggests the dollar’s dominance is coming to an end.
Chief of Staff of Russian Presidential Administration Sergey Ivanov : "Relations between our two countries can be described as comprehensive partnership and genuine strategic interaction. It would be no exaggeration to say that currently the Russian-Chinese relations are as good as never before."
Israeli bulldozers and military vehicles have reportedly intruded into Palestinian border town of Rafah in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Witnesses said four bulldozers and Israeli military vehicles conducted an incursion into the southern town in Gaza, where Egyptian forces demolished over 1,000 homes earlier this week to create a so-called buffer zone.
Portland cops arrested a homeless woman for charging her phone on a public outlet, a Class C misdemeanor. According to the Electrical Research Institute, it costs about 25 cents a year to charge the average mobile phone. If the phone had gone from zero charge to full charge, the cost would have amounted to mere fractions of a penny.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): too late to negotiate with Iran on its nuclear program.
“I think it’s time to bomb Iran — anything that resembles a nuclear facility with centrifuges, It’s time to bomb, take out Iran’s nuclear capability.”
An Israeli surveillance aerostat, extensively used during the latest war in Gaza, approved for purchase by the US Army, can stay airborne for three days in any weather. Designed for surveillance over “fixed sites, such as military bases, temporary camps, strategic facilities and border crossing checkpoints.”
Wheat farmers in eight states have sued agrochemical giant Monsanto over the unexplained appearance of its genetically modified seeds in a field in Oregon. On Wednesday, the company announced it would settle seven of those suits, shelling out $350,000.
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will unveil a $1-billion relief plan, also crafted a $7.5-billion water bond that was approved by voters to bolster the state's water infrastructure. In 2014, Brown signed a $687.4-million drought package, which offered aid to communities facing acute water shortages, food and housing assistance to those harmed by the drought.
Katherine Paul, Associate Director of Organic Consumers Association (OCA), organization dedicated to protecting organic standards, censored from SXSW. OCA was asked to sit on the “Southbites: Feed Your Mind” debate in Austin, Texas. Their invitation revoked from orders of Cathleen Enright, executive Vice President of food & agriculture, for the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO).
NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate, a threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops raised in California.
Proposal considered by Food and Drug Administration would add a new line to labels on packaged products noting how many teaspoons of sugar had been added. Governor of Massachusetts implored the administration to rethink its proposal. Governor of Wisconsin protested too. So did government of Australia, which warned the move could violate international trade agreements.
Saint Mary’s Cathedral of the San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese used watering system to keep homeless from sleeping in the cathedral doorways, releases hundreds of gallons of water every night. System drenches homeless people, violates city building and safety codes. Will dismantle system after receiving formal notice of violation from the city.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory after a closely contested national election in Israel. According to unofficial figures released by the Israeli election committee, Netanyahu’s Likud Party won at least 29 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, putting it in a strong position to form a ruling coalition.
Farmers in California’s Central Valley, where much of the US’ food supply is born, have taken a huge hit because of the state’s ongoing record drought. And so, instead of planting crops this year, many have opted to sell their water rights. Farmer Lance Tennis: "We're going to make a lot more selling the water than planting the rice."
Some 350 people have been detained at the Blockupy protest in Frankfurt on the day the European Central Bank headquarters open in the city. 88 police have been injured in clashes. Tear gas was used against protesters, who pelted stones and torched cars.
The United States has urged countries to think twice before signing up to a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank, after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join.
Following McDonald’s’ announcement that it intends on removing certain antibiotics from chicken products, food providers feeling pressure to make similar shifts. Influenced by the fast food giant’s decision, Tyson, KFC, and even Costco are making moves to push antibiotics out of their food.
The finance ministries of France and Germany have confirmed they’ll join China’s new Asian Infrastructure. Britain last week became the first Western country to agree to become a founding member of the AIIB. The new bank is expected to challenge the Western dominance of the US-led World Bank and IMF in global infrastructure projects.
According to a documentary aired Sunday on Russian public television, featuring interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia prepared for nuclear war after last year’s pro-Western putsch on February 21-22 in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
While the default phone encryption offered by Apple (and at some point in the future by Google) still remains free of law enforcement/intelligence "Golden Backdoors," the agencies are one step closer to being legally permitted to hack nearly any computer in the world.
As Syriza faces the unenviable proposition of either completely giving up on its campaign promises or plunging the Greek economy and banking system into a drachma death spiral, it appears as though Athens is playing the one card it has left, which is threatening to effectively surrender itself to the Kremlin.
Agrochemical giant Monsanto has been sued by the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District for selling chemicals the multinational knew were harmful to the ecology, including that of the now heavily polluted San Diego Bay.
Increasingly worried that he could lose Tuesday’s elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel lashed out at the country’s Arab voters, expressing alarm that a large turnout by them could determine the outcome. Opponents accused him of baldfaced racism.
The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court. The leaf had field-tested negative three times, policy treats “lookalike” and “imitation” drugs the same as the real thing.
The proposed law to force intermediaries to 'detect, using automatic processing, suspicious flows of connection data'. Internet service providers as well as platforms like Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter would have to identify suspicious behavior, according to instructions they received, pass the results to investigators.
According to a new report, many health writers, bloggers, and spokespeople are being compensated in order to push toxic soda onto the public as a health drink.
Australia's Abbott government to sign on for negotiations to join China’s regional bank, "represents a colossal defeat for the Obama administration.
protesters carried half German, half Russian flags and held signs that read “Stop terror,” “Stop the new world order,” and “We want to live as free people in a free Germany,” reports German media, condemned what they referred to as Germany's interfering in Ukrainian domestic affairs with NATO.
Agenda would include "key issues of further strengthening of Russian-Kyrgyz cooperation, primarily in trade-and-investment, cultural-and-humanitarian areas, and the energy sector." Also planned to exchange views on cooperation in the context of Kyrgyzstan’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union.
Nearly 100,000 soldiers are taking part in massive 10-day military exercises across Venezuela, which were staged to counter an alleged US threat. It follows Washington’s decision to impose new sanctions against Venezuelan officials last week.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu :“There is a real danger of a leftwing government, even though most of the public doesn’t want Tzipi and Buji as prime minister and want to see me continue,” warned that the gap between Zionist Union and Likud votes will determine who forms the next government.
Obama claimed, “As long as you can go on into some neighborhoods, and it’s easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable,” Obama continued. “As long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety is recommending the addition of up to 4,000 cameras to be placed along the US-Mexico border, in an effort to curb the burgeoning human trafficking trade and other illicit activity.
At one quadrillion yen, the Japanese debt level is so high that it now takes the government 43% of its central tax revenue just to pay interest this year. The percentage of tax revenue to service the debt has been rising for years and is absurdly unsustainable. Large Japanese businesses continue to hold Japanese government bonds as part of their obligation to make sure that government doesn’t look bad.
The three top US national security officials appeared together before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday to press the case for a broadly worded resolution authorizing the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk: his government intended to break up national energy company Naftogaz by yearend and exclude the country’s gas transportation system from state ownership, transferring some assets to "respected Europeans and Americans" for management.
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