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by From the internet   
June 29th, 2014

Pope declares mobsters 'excommunicated'
Brushing aside worries about his health and safety, Pope Francis traveled to the heart of mob territory Saturday to comfort the family of a 3-year-old boy gunned down in a January shootout and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. "Those who go down the evil path, as the Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated," he warned.  

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 2 South Pacific quakes
There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after two strong earthquake struck between Samoa and Fiji Sunday morning, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The second quake happened at 7:15 a.m. Sunday in Hawaii.  

Battle between Utah's rural counties and BLM intensifies
"We have many examples of the abuse and this militarization of the government agencies is a real problem," said Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock, who also traveled to Washington, D.C. "If this guy does something that blows up, we are all going to be on the TV. It is a scary scenario, especially in rural Utah." The rising anxiety over "armed" federal regulatory agencies is not unique to Utah, with Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, highlighting incidences that have happened in Los Angeles and at a mining operation in Alaska.  

NASA successfully tests 'flying saucer' vehicle
After several weather delays, NASA successfully launched and recovered a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere Saturday to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.  

4.1 Richter quake inside Myanmar
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 struck inside Myanmar at 11.51am Sunday, according to the Meteorological Department. The epicentre of the quake was about 273km northeast of Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district and about 9km underground on the Myanmar-China border.  

Earthquake felt strongly in Denali, Interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS - An earthquake centered near the entrance of Denali National Park was felt widely throughout Interior Alaska. The quake was reported at 10:58 p.m. It had a magnitude of 4.61 and was located 11 miles east-northeast of Denali Park and 18 miles northeast of Cantwell at a depth of seven miles.  

Magnitude 7.1 quake hits near Visokoi Island, off South America
SINGAPORE - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit about 100 miles north-northwest of Visokoi Island in the South Sandwich Islands off South America, the US Geological Survey said.  

Earthquake strikes off Japanese island Iwo Jima
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, on Sunday, the Reuters news agency reports with reference to Japan’s seismological service.  

5.2 magnitude earthquake felt across Southern Arizona
It originated about 30 miles northwest of Lordsburg, N. M. Officials say that it was felt strongest in Greenlee and Cochise counties in Arizona.  

Isis crucifies nine people in Syrian villages
A man has survived being crucified by Isis in Syria, after the jihadists raided his village and nailed him to a cross for eight hours. The unnamed man from Al-Bab, near the border with Turkey, was crucified as a punishment, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. He managed to survive the ordeal.  

Study: All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants
According to a major new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal. ...CIS scholars...found that there were 127,000 fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.  

Oregon Celebrates Independence Day… With ‘No Refusal’ Blood Checkpoints
During Independence Day weekend, a time to celebrate US freedom and unalienable rights, Americans in Oregon will be subjected to a “blitz” of ‘no-refusal’ blood-draw checkpoints, as part of a disturbing trend that now extends nationwide. Local news station KVAL reports that State police are re-naming Fourth of July weekend “No Refusal Weekend”, as part of a crack down on drunk driving.  

North Korea 'test-fires short-range missiles'
North Korea has fired two missiles into the sea from its east coast, reports from South Korea say. A defence ministry spokesman in Seoul declined to give further details, but Yonhap news agency said they were Scuds with the range of 500km (310 miles). The apparent test comes just days after North Korea said it successfully fired new precision-guided missiles.  

Without allies against ISIS, US finds itself in the same camp as Iran, its sworn enemy
From the start of the so called Arab spring, America has time and time again initiated moves which set it at odds with its traditional allies in the Middle East, to the extent that today it can only watch impotently developments in the region. Iraq is a case in point. ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – is a jihadist terrorist organization that has already taken large areas in Syria and made significant gains in Iraq.  

Iraq 'receives Russian fighter jets' to fight rebels
Iraq says it has received the first batch of fighter jets it ordered from Russia to help it as it fights an offensive by Sunni rebels. Iraqi security officials said five second-hand Sukhoi attack aircraft would enter service within a few days, and that more were on their way.  

Pro-Russian rebels free 4 European observers
Pro-Russian insurgents yesterday (June 28) released a second team of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who had been held captive since the end of last month, the organization said.  

The surprising appeal of ISIS
In trying to explain ISIS’s rapid success, alarmed observers have pointed to the extreme tactics that drew condemnation even from Al Qaeda: mass executions, beheadings, and crucifixions. Some see local conspiracies, believing Arab governments allowed the group to grow in order to justify their own heavy-handed crackdowns.  

Benghazi Attack Suspect Arrives in U.S. to Face Justice
The legal case against the accused leader of the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, began with him being spirited into Washington in darkness for a hearing hastily arranged yesterday afternoon.  

Seoul: North Korea fires more short-range missiles
North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters Sunday, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles.  

Marijuana: Pot use declines worldwide, but not in the US
Marijuana legalization for recreational as well as medical purposes is growing in the US. A new UN report raises warning flags, especially for young or regular users.  

Libya needs two weeks to publish elections results
Libya will need around two weeks to count the votes of last week's parliamentary election and publish final results, the elections commission said on Saturday.  

Russia will not sit idly by as jihadists press Iraq assault
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in Damascus on Saturday that his country "will not remain passive" as jihadists push an offensive in Syria's neighbour Iraq.  

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