News for February 15, 2005
U.S. Withdraws Ambassador From Syria - The United States has recalled its ambassador to Syria amid rising tensions over the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Lebanon. Before departing, U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey delivered a stern note, called a demarche in diplomatic parlance, to the Syrian government, said an official who discussed the situation only on grounds of anonymity. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, announcing the move, said it reflected the Bush administration's "profound outrage" over Hariri's assassination.
Iran Has Begun Mining Uranium Ore for New Facility - Iran has neared completion of a uranium production facility that could be used for the assembly of nuclear weapons. Iranian officials said they were in the last stage of completing a uranium ore concentrate production plant. They said the facility, located near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, would begin operations by 2006.
Iran Starts Production of Torpedoes - Iran Saturday launched a production line of torpedoes in order to promote its defense capability at sea, the United States has recently escalated its threats on Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
ACLU Fulfilling Communist Agenda - Every day, the headlines scream with some new threat from the American Civil Liberties Union. I believe it's important to look behind the curtain and discover the origins of groups and organizations to better understand their activities.
30,000 Rally Against Gaza Withdrawal Plan - Officials concerned Sharon strategy could spark Israeli civil war. With more than 30,000 Israelis rallying here yesterday in an outpouring of solidarity for the 8,000 Jews who live in the Gush Katif area, a Gaza settlement block slated for evacuation this summer by the Israeli government, some officials fear the growing tensions could lead to major clashes once the withdrawal plan is implemented.
Israel fears Jewish terror - Israel’s security minister has recommended the arrest of a prominent Jewish extremist and warned of many more possible detentions amid a stream of threats against Ariel Sharon and his ministers by opponents of the government's plan to remove settlers from the Gaza Strip.
Mob Blames Syria for Hariri Assassination - An angry mob attacked Syrian workers in southern Lebanon Tuesday and another group threw stones and set fires outside a Syrian government office in Beirut, blaming Damascus for the bomb that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Christian College Eliminates Tuition Kavita Kumar / Aimee Herd reporting (Feb 15, 2005) Students at St. Louis Christian College received one very big Valentine from the college's administration as the decision was announced yesterday that each one would receive free tuition starting this Fall.
Possible Cure for Deafness Found Roger Highfield / Aimee Herd reporting (Feb 14, 2005) A team of American scientists may have found a possible cure for a common cause of deafness. The technique uses the transplant of a specific gene that promotes the growth of 'hair' cells in the inner ear which convert vibrations to electrical signals in the brain. People are normally born with 50,000 of these cells but age and other factors can bring about their deterioration, causing hearing loss.
Baby Boy Survives Three Attempts to Abort His Life Lois Rogers, Sarah Kate Templeton / Aimee Herd reporting (Feb 14, 2005) - Though the clinic told a 24 year-old U.K. woman that her ultrasound revealed her baby was dead, when she felt him move on her way home, she decided to give him life after 3 attempts had failed to abort him. Later that afternoon the boy was born alive in a hospital at 24 weeks. Now, as the "Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology" documents, he is two years old and healthy, and the first long-term abortion survivor to have been born that prematurely.
Sanhedrin Discusses Temple Mount Location Arutz Sheva staff - Aimee Herd reporting (Feb 11, 2005) - Judaism's top legal assembly, the newly re-established Sanhedrin, heard expert testimony this week on just where the exact location lies of the Temple Mount. There has never been any archaeological dig to determine its whereabouts, and some of the area has been compromised by efforts on the part of some to destroy evidence of the Temple's location. Two main opinions arose from the meeting that the Mount is located on the current spot that is the Muslim "Dome of the Rock," or that it is found just North of it.
Mystery of a Moving Cross Carol Martin / Aimee Herd reporting (Feb 8, 2005) -Something extraordinary took place on Monday, January 24th of this year. On a day described as having 'no wind,' a 120 foot steel cross, a landmark at the International Bridge into Canada in Ontario, began to sway back and forth only from about the cross arms up, nearly a foot in each direction. It continued this unexplainable behavior as students from a nearby school, their principal and eventually a math teacher looked on, perplexed.
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