Sweden to call up reservists, citing ‘Russian threat’/Hawaii volcano lava ‘flowing towards highway’ and more signs of Jesus’ soon return

Hawaii volcano lava ‘flowing towards highway’

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is moving towards a highway in the Puna district of Big Island, according to local reports. Aerial footage released by the County of Hawaii shows the lava burning through grass and trees on Friday. However, officials say the lava does not pose any immediate threat to communities. More

Russia Warns China Has New Type 1130 CIWS, Can Destroy 90% Mach 4 Hypersonic Missiles

China has developed a new close-in weapon system, or CIWS, called Type 1130, which has the firing power of 10,000 rounds per minute, portal Want China Times said, citing Russia media sources. The particular CIWS model, recently spotted being installed on a PLA Type 054A frigate, can reportedly destroy 90 percent of hypersonic missiles even …

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US Threatens Russia with New Nuclear Missiles, Prepares New Sanctions for Putin

The rift between United States and Russia continues as the Pentagon threatens Russia with releasing nuclear missiles in lieu of the Moscow’s violation. According to the US, the country is prepared to redeploy nuclear weapons as a means to keep Russia at bay following its breach of two arms control treaties. Meanwhile, the US Congress …

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Saturday afternoon that funds the federal government through Wednesday night, easing growing concerns of a potential shutdown. The bill, which was passed by a voice vote, now goes to President Obama for his signature. The legislation buys lawmakers more time to comb through a separate $1.1 trillion long-term funding …

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Quietest 3 years for twisters on record

The U.S. experienced fewer tornadoes in the past three years than any similar span since accurate records began in the 1950s. Yet meteorologists aren’t sure exactly why. As this year comes to a close, about 150 fewer damaging tornadoes than average have hit the U.S., according to data from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Explanations …

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Traditional Christmas Tunes Were Just Given a Major ‘Progressive’ Makeover

YouTube star Jon Cozart released “Progressive Christmas Carols” on Thursday, a video that features him singing amended, politically themed versions of some of the holiday season’s biggest hits. From Santa making a list of “gluten-free foods” to a quip about Jesus supporting the NRA, the lyrics are sure to stir some debate. “Progressive Santa’s coming …

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Atheist Invokes Mother Earth, Zeus, Satan, Krishna During City Commission ‘Prayer’

An atheist recently led a Florida commission meeting in “prayer” to a variety of entities from across the spectrum of religions, invoking the names of Mother Earth, Allah, Zeus, Satan and Krishna in addition to Jesus. As Preston Smith stepped to the podium to deliver the invocation on Dec. 2, a number of commissioners stepped …

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When OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, imposed an oil embargo on the West for its support of Israel in the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, the French came out with a series of public service announcements on how to save oil. The 30-second ads gave consumers advice on various ways to economize gas and …

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US Congress moves to approve Russia sanctions, arms for Ukraine

American lawmakers defied President Barack Obama and approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia, prompting swift criticism from Moscow Friday over toughening the US response to a Kremlin-backed separatist insurgency in Ukraine. The legislation also authorizes — but does not legally require — Obama to provide lethal and non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, …

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U.S. seeks to defuse tensions over Israeli-Palestinian resolutions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday the United States was seeking to defuse tensions over proposed U.N. resolutions to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during talks in Europe next week. Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday and senior European officials to discuss possible resolutions, which would require …

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Oil plunges again, reaches recession-level depths

Another forecast of weak global demand, another nosedive for oil. A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession. Friday’s trigger was …

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Assertive Russia causes military rethink in Sweden

With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn. In one of Sweden’s most dramatic steps since the end of the Cold War, it has brought back the option of using reservists to boost …

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Canada’s currency at 54 mo low as oil prices collapse below $60

The Canadian dollar is taking spill with falling oil prices, and traded at a new low of 86.58 cents against the US dollar Friday. Canada has the world’s third largest proven oil reserves, and relies on oil and gas exports for 30 percent of GDP. The ‘Loonie’, as the currency is called in Canada, hit …

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