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Cash for queues: people paid to stand in line amid India’s bank note crisis

Outside the Churchgate branch of the Bank of India in south Mumbai, some of those queueing for cash have become familiar faces. Ever since the prime minister, Narendra Modi, unexpectedly withdrew high-value 500- and 1,000-rupee banknotes from circulation, wiping out 86% of India’s currency overnight, queueing for cash has become a national sport. But for […]

After Fidel Castro

THE statement was terse but its import was great. Late on the evening of November 25th in Havana, Cuba’s president, Raúl Castro, announced that his elder brother, Fidel, “commander-in-chief of the Cuban revolution”, had died at the age of 90. Cubans woke up to the prospect of life without the man who dominated them and […]

Fukushima reactor cooling system stops following quake & tsunami

The cooling system of the third reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has stopped circulating water following a powerful 7.3 offshore earthquake. TEPCO said it managed to restart the system some 90 minutes after the failure. LIVE UPDATES: 7.3 Fukushima quake & tsunami The cooling system servicing the Unit 3 spent fuel pool was […]

Fukushima: tsunami waves hit after 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

Japan has lifted all tsunami warnings issued after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the country’s east coast, as the risk of major damage appeared to pass. The quake, which struck east of Fukushima prefecture at about 6am on Tuesday, prompted urgent warnings for people to leave low-lying areas in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures as a […]

Fastest-Growing Churches Teach Literal Interpretation of the Bible, Study Finds

The Guardian reports that the study analyzed 2,225 churchgoers in Ontario, Canada, and held interviews with 29 clergy and 195 congregants, comparing the beliefs of those attending Mainline Protestant churches with growing attendances to those with declining numbers. Haskell affirmed that the growing churches “held more firmly to the traditional beliefs of Christianity and were more […]

‘We need to wait and see’

Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman reacted to criticism against him yesterday after he made statements that he was willing to freeze building outside of “settlement blocs” in Judea and Samaria as part of agreements with the incoming US administration. “We need to coordinate with the US to develop settlement,” Liberman said this morning, and attacked […]

Republican and Democratic legislators introduce joint anti-BDS bill to US Congress

US Representatives Republican Peter J. Roskam from Illinois and Democrat Juan Vargas from California introduced on Monday the Protecting Israel Against Economic Discrimination Act, a bill aiming to push back against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. The bipartisan bill combats attempts by intergovernmental bodies such as the United Nations to engage in “politically […]

Long-Distance Search Warrant Power Coming Dec. 1

Privacy advocates have little time for congressional intervention to stop an amended procedural rule that will allow federal judges to approve remote access to electronic devices. The U.S. Supreme Court approved revised Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41, set to take effect Dec. 1, will allow federal judges to issue warrants that cover districts other […]

New Zealand earthquake: Massive 5.8 and 6.3 magnitude aftershocks hits hours later

A major 5.8 magnitude aftershock has rocked New Zealand’s South Island, north of where two massive earthquakes measuring 6.3 and 7.8 struck less than 24 hours before. The recent ‘strong’ quake, which was 35km deep, hit the Kaikoura region at about 7.45 local time on Monday. An intense 6.3 magnitude aftershock centred in Cheviot, located […]

The Balfour Declaration: His Majesty’s gift was also a demand

Exactly 99 years ago, minus one day, Lord Arthur James Balfour, then Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom and previously its Prime Minister, gave what became known as the “Balfour Declaration.” In a concise letter to Lord Walter Rothschild intended for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, Lord Balfour expressed “His […]