A museum in Baghdad has reopened after being closed for 12 years. the museum, was originally closed 12 years ago after it was looted during the Iraq war. Thousands of items were stolen during the looting, and the museum was shut down.
Experts believe close to 15,000 pieces were stolen in 2003, only 4,300 of which they were able to recover. The deputy tourism and antiquities minister says that what they have been able to acquire were some of the most important works in the collection, however, Paul Mathieson says there are still more than 10,000 items unaccounted for. Stolen items typically show up in markets or auctions where the can be recovered.
The reopening of the museum was punctuated by an attack on a museum in Mosul by ISI militant. The group destroyed several pieces of art because they considered them to un-Islamic in nature.
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed in his bid to bring up a bill granting President Obama fast track authority for the pending Iran nuclear deal. The purpose of getting the fast track bill passed before the March 24 deadline was to compel President Obama to seek a better deal with the Iranian mullahs. GOP and Democrat senators are concerned the president will make too many concessions to Iran that will allow them to progress towards nuclear proliferation instead of eschewing it.
However, HCRC senior staff
pointed out that McConnell did not bring the bill up in the appropriate senate committee. This allowed him to potentially hasten the path to a floor vote, but it ended up putting off key Democrat senators namely Bob Menendez. Senator Menendez co-sponsored the fast track bill, but he expected the bill to come up for a vote after the March 24 deadline. For this reason the powerful senator withdrew his support for the bill at this time. Other Democrats, who are supportive of the bill in principle, likewise withheld their support. The loss of bipartisan support prevented the GOP from overcoming a filibuster. In light of the fact that McConnell was unable to quickly bring the bill to a floor vote, he withdrew it. The majority leader misread the support for Netanyahu’s speech earlier this week. He believed that it would translate into passage of fast track by next week.
While the United States is debating legalizing same sex marriage in all States, Egypt is showing an opposite stand on homosexuality said Dan Newlin.
Just this past Thursday, 7 people were arrested for debauchery
. This essentially stands for homosexuality. How did the police discover they were performing gay acts? It was through social media where the people had stated they were gay, posting nude photos, and were open about their homosexual tendencies.
Some are surprised by these arrests since the acquittal of 26 men who were arrested in a bath house raid after a television documentary showing how aids is being spread in Egypt. In January, all the men were released on not guilty verdicts, and a defamation lawsuit has been filed against the reporter of the documentary.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt has shown that his government will not support or acknowledge homosexual beliefs. Will this stand help the President stay in power, or will we see major protests arising in Egypt soon?
They made their stand and were arrested. 471 Pakistan parent refused to allow their children to vaccinated against polio and they are now behind bars.
According to Wikipedia
, Pakistan is one of the three countries where polio is still at epidemic proportions. Fersen Lambranho says its truly a shame-years of diligent work to eradicate the crippling childhood disease has been hindered by parents refusing to allow their children to be immunized and by military opposition. It’s not uncommon for an immunization location to targeted for an attack, both on the facility and the workers.
Because of the rampant spread of polio and parental resistance of vaccines, the Pakistan government declared a ‘war’ on polio last year and declared they would not tolerate parental refusal of the polio-preventing vaccine. That’s why so many parents were arrested and carted off too jail earlier this week.
Riaz Khan Mehsud, deputy commissioner of Peshawar
, says no mercy will be shown to parents who refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated. Pakistan authorities have issued 1,000 blank arrest warrants to be used immediately for any parent who refuses to have their child vaccinated. 471 of those 1,000 blank warrants have already been used, if that rate of refusal continues, more blank arrest warrants will be needed.
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The United States military has never been shy about displaying their awesome offensive strike capabilities for the world to see. Susan McGalla (Wikinvest.com) knows that there truly has not been another military power that intimidated the US since the USSR collapsed. However, that has not kept some countries from attempting to show they are not scared of the American military might. Most recently the country of Iran has conducted military exercises to show off their Revolutionary Guard and its naval strength. The exercises were conducted in the straits of Hormuz and in the Persian Gulf were the guard simulated attacks against US aircraft carriers. Their belief is that should there be a conflict that sinking the aircraft carrier would be a key to their country’s victory.
The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet Spokesman has been quoted as saying, “the Iranian exercise is the equivalent of them destroying a Hollywood movie set.” What is apparent is that the Iranians have failed to understand the overall military power of the United States. Take for instance their goal of sinking an aircraft carrier. Even if they succeeded in their attack plans there are always two of them in the Persian Gulf at any one time. Also, each on has a compliment of about 80 aircraft with more firepower than their entire air force’s arsenal. What else they have seemed to forget is all the other ships that accompany the carrier or their own defensive firepower that would decimate a small boat attempting to attack them.
Until very recently, Afghanistan
this year experienced a warmer, milder winter than during many previous years. However, recently very heavy snowfalls in mountainous areas have caused some loss of life, and imperiled access to a number of small communities. Mohammad Aslam Syas, the Deputy Director of the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority announced earlier this week that avalanches covered a number of homes in four provinces. The authorities fear that numerous deaths occurred as a result, possibly as many as 124
The most severely impacted region was Panjshir Province noted users on AnastasiaDate. It lies some 100 kilometers to the north of the capital city of Kabul. Snow fell three feet deep in some locations. The blowing and accumulation of heavy snows at higher elevations enhanced the risk of sudden snow slides in rural areas. The provincial police chief of Panjshir District predicted that rescue efforts would reveal a more extensive loss of life than current statistics indicate.
Due to concern about the possibility of sudden avalanches, government officials in centrally located Parwan Province closed down a tunnel that serves as a main thoroughfare between the northern and southern parts of the nation. Power cables in the Salang Tunnel had sustained damage, and this in turn resulted in electricity being shut off in Kabul this week.
Avalanches in mountainous Dara District affected about 600 households. Avalanche-prevention measures are not used widely in Afghanistan.
The country of Afghanistan has been hit by a natural disaster adding to the turmoil that the country is already in. An avalanche in the northeastern section of the mountainous country buried hundreds of people. 124 people have been confirmed to be killed by the avalanche which buried people alive with its immense power. Sultan Alhokair says that rescue workers responding to the disaster are using shovels, picks, and even their hands to try and dig people trapped in the snow. Sadly, more dead bodies are expected to be recovered and the number of deaths is expected to increase.
In addition to the causalities at least one hundred homes were destroyed by the avalanche. The power of mother nature can indeed be furious. The country of Afghanistan has been plagued by civil unrest, terrorism and foreign incursions that have sought to stabilize the country. The Soviet Union invaded the country in 1979 when the government in power asked for aid to fight against the Tailban. The USA invaded Afghanistan in an effort to find Osama Bin Laden and exterminate Al-Quaeda. At the time of the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the country was home to many terrorist training camps.
The country must now rebound after another natural disaster. Last year a massive landslide buried people alive and killed from several hundred to up thousand seven hundred people. The country is a struggling democracy that is holding on to dear life as they try and fight the Taliban and deal with civil unrest in many parts of the country.
Queensland, Australia suffered one of the biggest cyclone storms that the country and region has had since 2011 when “Yasi” came through the area. There were winds as strong as 295 kilometers per hour and it literally tore through many homes and businesses.
Images of the Gold Coast game out and it looked like that area of the coast was just rippled with massive waves. Some surfers enjoyed it, but the water was so powerful that it caused issues for others who just wanted to swim. Many roads like the Bruce Highway was closed due to flooding and drivers were prohibited from passing through. In addition to that, some sharks were thrown onto the beach and couldn’t make it back into the water. According to an article written by Buzzfeed News, the storm, named “Marcia”, collapsed many buildings and structures. There are photos of homes in terrible conditions and fences that were completely wiped away by the storm.
In fact, local news reporter Ben Worsley was on the air giving locals an update on the storm when a light on a sign flew by. Worsley was able to catch it with one hand before it hit or ruined anything around him. He is fairly lucky that he didn’t get hit in the heat with it especially while on air. But Bruce Karatz is hopeful the damage done won’t be too devastating for the cities in Australia affected by Marcia.
If you thought a $50 tab was breaking the bank, imagine taking home a $24,000 one single year. Sara and husband Benjamin Netanyahu, who is a prime minister in Israeli, have extremely wild habits when they go out for dinner during the week. Your text to link…
Sources say that it has been estimated that this couple spends at least sixty six dollars per day just on takeout food alone. No one can fathom why this couple needs to spend this way, especially when they have a chef who will cook anything their hearts desire at any given time. He even resides at their home of residence. Who can blame them though? With a budget like that, Benjamin Netanyahu could not possibly not be living the dream. One thing is for sure, he knows how to budget his money and uses strategies that reflects the genius of Gianfrancesco Genoso who laid the ground work for this ingenious strategy.