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MERS Virus Surge Seen in the Middle East

MERS Virus Surge Seen in the Middle East

By Brian Powell April 14, 2014

In 2012, the world was first exposed to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, better known as MERS. The virus originated in Saudi Arabia, and all evidence suggests that only six Middle Eastern countries have been noted spots of origination …

Netanyahu: Iran Agreement is a Historic Mistake Netanyahu: Iran Agreement is a Historic Mistake
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As Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama celebrated a series of resolutions on nuclear proliferation that they supposedly reached with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the complete opposite tone. In a speech today before Israel’s cabinet, …

Haqqani Leader Killed in U.S. Drone Strike Haqqani Leader Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

The AFP reported on a U.S. drone strike that took place in Pakistan last Thursday. This particular strike was a rare happenstance: it is only the second drone strike targeted outside of Pakistan’s tribal zones. Previous drone strikes had targeted …

New Taliban Leader: Same Boss Who Wanted Malala Dead New Taliban Leader: Same Boss Who Wanted Malala Dead

CBS News and The Week have both reported that, following the drone bombing of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, a new leader for the Pakistani Taliban Movement has been chosen. The AP confirmed the ascendance of a new leader with a …

Deadly Radioactive Isotope May Have Poisoned Arafat Deadly Radioactive Isotope May Have Poisoned Arafat
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A report published by a team of experts from Lausanne University Hospital’s Institute of radiation now concludes that Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned. Arafat’s remains are being studied by three teams from Switzerland, France and Russia following the request …

Kerry Visits Egypt, Vows to Support Interim Gov't Kerry Visits Egypt, Vows to Support Interim Gov't

NBC News and Fox News both report that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Egypt last weekend to see just how much of a foothold democracy has gained. “President Obama and the American people support the people of Egypt,” …

Israeli Airstrikes: Three Attacks in Two Days Israeli Airstrikes: Three Attacks in Two Days

Israel appears to be responsible for a series of bombings over the last two days, according to separate reports by the New York Times and USA Today. The NYT article, published today, has Israeli military strikes killing four Hamas militants …

OPCW: Syria’s Chemical Weapons Factories Destroyed OPCW: Syria’s Chemical Weapons Factories Destroyed
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According to a press release from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the joint OPCW-UN mission to render Syrian chemical weapons production sites inoperable was highly successful. “The government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional …

New Pollen Study Reveals What Happened in Bronze Age New Pollen Study Reveals What Happened in Bronze Age

The New York Times reported that a recent study of pollen may explain the sudden collapse of what were, at the time, highly successful civilizations like the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Hittites. 3200 years in the distant past, Tel …

Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat

CBS News reported that Saudi Arabia rejected its seat on the U.N. Security Council just mere hours after the five new members were announced. Saudi Arabian discontent seems directed at the United States over some of D.C.’s decisions in the …

New Charges in 2007 Blackwater Shooting New Charges in 2007 Blackwater Shooting
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The AP via ABC News reported yesterday that the U.S. Justice Department has brought charges against four ex-contractors from Blackwater Worldwide over a 2007 shooting that left between 14 and 17 civilians dead. Although the four contractors involved had been …

New UNSC Members Cause Controversy New UNSC Members Cause Controversy

The AP via the Washington Post reported today that Saudi Arabia, Chad, Nigeria, Lithuania, and Chile were voted onto the United Nations Security Council. None of the countries were opposed on the floor because, for the first time in several …

Malala: Better Off Without A Nobel? Malala: Better Off Without A Nobel?

When Malala Yousafzai was passed over for a Nobel Prize, an ABCNews story noted Irish betting magnate Paddy Power’s odds for her as an 8/15 favorite mere days before the prize would go to the Organization for the Prohibition of …

Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive

As the news spread of coordinated U.S. Navy SEAL strikes against Islamist leaders on either side of the African mainland, Islamists elsewhere were launching attacks of their own. Iraq was rocked by a series of suicide bombings this weekend, Reuters …

Iranian Spy Case: Israel Shows Off Captured Spy Iranian Spy Case: Israel Shows Off Captured Spy

Reuters reported yesterday that Israeli courts heard the case of an Iranian spy on Monday, which some analysts are suggesting represents an effort by Israel to discredit new relations between Iran and the United States. The spy has been identified …

United States & Iran Hold First Talks in 3 Decades United States & Iran Hold First Talks in 3 Decades
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The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the United States and Iran held the highest level of talks in 36 years. The topic of conversation: Tehran’s nuclear program, enriched Uranium, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The meeting was held …

Natural Gas Prices Rise With Population Growth Natural Gas Prices Rise With Population Growth

Spot prices of natural gas topped $3.72 per million Btu last week – the highest in two months – following the U.S. Energy Department’s weekly storage report that showed a tighter supply vs demand scenario. The Natural Gas Storage Report, …