News for January 28, 2005

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Russia and Syria Sign Major Weapons Deal - Russia and Syria this week signed a major weapons agreement in addition to the energy and trade deal the two countries reportedly reached Wednesday, prompting American and Israeli officials to privately voice concern over Russia's assistance to countries accused of aiding the insurgency in Iraq.

Another 5.6 Richter Earthquake in Tsunami Hit Nicobar Island – Something Strange Happening in the Tectonic Plates - The bizarre pattern of aftershocks ranging between 5.2 and 6.2 Richter continues in the Tsunami hit Nicobar island of India. According to PTI, another earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale hit India's Nicobar Islands today, the Hong Kong Observatory said The earthquake was recorded at 0536 GMT with its epicenter about 345 kilometers northeast of Banda Aceh in Indonesia's Aceh province.

Wild Weather Causes Havoc in BC - Vancouver — Ice jams, floods and mudslides caused by wacky weather in parts of British Columbia have forced up to 300 people from their homes and put hundreds of others on evacuation alert.

1-month Snowfall a 113-year High - The dazzling oceanside setting that makes Cape Cod a tourist destination contributed yesterday to another furious onslaught of snow that fell from Falmouth to Provincetown, as Massachusetts endured a winter storm that helped set a record for the highest monthly snowfall in 113 years -- and left everyone from public-works crews to shop owners and motorists frazzled and fatigued.

Iranian Source Reports Plot to Attack U.S. Nuke - Congress has been pressing the U.S. intelligence community to investigate claims by an Iranian defector that Teheran planned to crash an airliner into a nuclear reactor in the United States.

Huge Pacific Wave Damages Vessel Carrying Students on 'Semester at Sea' - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 50-foot Pacific wave temporarily disabled a "Semester at Sea" ship filled with hundreds of college students Wednesday, injuring two crew members as it broke windows and damaged the vessel's controls, the Coast Guard said.

Meteorite Hits Cambodia, Sparks Fires and Prayers - PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A 10 pound meteorite which landed in a former Khmer Rouge zone of northwest Cambodia started fires across rice fields and prayers from villagers who saw it as a divine omen of peace.

Seized Nicaraguan missiles raise alarm - Nicaraguan police, with U.S. assistance in a sting operation, thwarted black marketeers trying to sell SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles capable of downing commercial aircraft earlier this month, raising fears that some missiles already have been sold to terrorists, ...

N. Korea Has Bought Complete Nuclear Bomb - Report - North Korea appears to have bought a complete nuclear weapon from either Pakistan or a former Soviet Union state, a South Korean newspaper said on Thursday quoting a source in Washington.

Arabs Snub U.N. Holocaust Reception - Arab U.N. diplomats decided to visibly snub a reception at U.N. headquarters opening an exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

Archeologist unearths biblical controversy - Prof. Adams of Hamilton's McMaster University says, he and an international team of colleagues fit into place a significant piece of the puzzle of human history in the Middle East -- unearthing information that points to the existence of the Bible's vilified Kingdom of Edom at precisely the time the Bible says it existed, and contradicting widespread academic belief that it did not come into being until 200 years later. (Received from Breaking Christian News)