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Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Lead Ground Operation in Yemen, Officials Say

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Lead Ground Operation in Yemen, Officials Say

Originally posted on TIME:

(SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt) — Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes to weaken them.

Three senior officials tell The Associated Press that forces would enter by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from the Red Sea and Arabian Sea. They said Thursday that other nations will also be involved.

They would not specify troop numbers or say when the operation would start, only that it would be after airstrikes weaken the rebels and allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

They say the offensive aims to push the rebels into negotiations on power sharing. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 

Mystery of Germanwings Plane Crash Deepens as Focus on Co-Pilot Intensifies

Mystery of Germanwings Plane Crash Deepens as Focus on Co-Pilot Intensifies

Originally posted on TIME:

Correction appended, March 26, 2015

The motives of the young co-pilot who officials believe slammed the Germanwings plane into a French mountainside on Tuesday remain a mystery more than two days later.

German authorities searched the Dusseldorf home of Andreas Lubitz on Thursday, looking for clues as to why he might have piloted the aircraft into French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Five investigators went “through the apartment, looking for clues as to what the co-pilot’s motivation might have been,” the city’s police spokesman Markuz Diesczery said in televised comments, “if he did indeed bring the plane down.” Authorities were also seen removing bags from a residence believed to belong to his parents in Montabaur.

Earlier in the day, the French prosecutor investigating the deadly crash stunned relatives, officials and much of Europe, by telling reporters in an extraordinarily candid and chilling briefing that Lubitz apparently locked…

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 

Why We May Never Be Certain the Germanwings Crash Was Deliberate

Why We May Never Be Certain the Germanwings Crash Was Deliberate

Originally posted on TIME:

As investigators continue to search for clues about the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, a new theory has emerged: a French prosecutor said on Thursday that the flight’s co-pilot brought the plane down on purpose.

Black box recordings suggest that when the pilot left the cockpit, the co-pilot locked the door and deliberately flew the plane into the mountain, not responding to the pilot’s pounding on the door or, in fact, saying a single word during the descent.

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The shocking revelation may remind observers of another crash, when on Oct. 31, 1999, Egyptair Flight 990 went down on its way from New York City to Cairo. When the black box from that flight was retrieved, this, as per TIME’s recounting, was what was heard:

The cockpit door opens, then closes. Silence. After four or five minutes, a calm voice utters three words in Arabic. “Tawakalt ala Allah”: “I…

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 

This Is the Biggest Problem With the New MacBook

This Is the Biggest Problem With the New MacBook

Originally posted on TIME:

Apple’s latest MacBook sports a shockingly thin frame, improved battery life and a more responsive keyboard. But it also offers just one input-output port — a feature Apple is touting as a step forward, but is likely to cause plenty of headaches for users.

The new 12-inch MacBook uses a new port called USB-C to handle many different functions, such as transferring data between devices, outputting the MacBook’s display and charging the computer. USB-C offeres faster transfer speeds than USB 3.0, and the plugs can be oriented up or down and still work properly when plugged in. The port itself is about the size of a mini-USB port.

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That means all those regular USB-compatible hard drives, cameras and other gadgets you have won’t be able to plug into the new MacBook without an adapter. Apple is selling a USB-C-to-USB adapter for $19, and right now there are few alternative…

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 

Egyptian Woman Who Lived as a Man to Find Work Honored with Motherhood Award

Egyptian Woman Who Lived as a Man to Find Work Honored with Motherhood Award

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An Egyptian woman who was forced to live as a man in order to support her daughter was recently awarded the country’s highest award for motherhood.

Sisa Abu Daooh has been dressing as a man for 42 years in order to find work after her husband died. “I worked in Aswan wearing pants and a galabeya,” she told the New York Times. “If I hadn’t, no one would have let me work.”

Daooh was forced to dress as a man not as an expression of gender identity, but because otherwise she would have been unable to find work. In the early 1970s, when her husband’s death left Daooh and her daughter destitute, it was extremely difficult for women to find paid work. For seven years, she worked as a manual laborer making less than a dollar a day before finding less physically demanding work. She now works as…

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 

Morality vs. Religion

Originally posted on The World According to Xenocrates:

“Morality and religion exist as mutually exclusive concepts as one does not automatically predicate the other.”

Xenocrates

Taking an oath on the Bible is something of a conflict of interest – considering what’s written in it.

When asked about why religion is necessary, one of the common answers most people will probably tell you (even if they aren’t believers) is that religion provides a framework for moral behaviour. So allow me to permanently fix that problem by blowing this fatuous assumption out of the water once and for all.

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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in General News

 

Sunday Morning Church Massacre: 14 Christians Murdered and 75 Injured by Islamic Terrorist Church Bombings in Lahore,Pakistan

Originally posted on sharia unveiled:

Lahore Pakistan Church Bombings 1

Photo courtesy of: The Express Tribune Pakistan and AFP

..And the Muslim Slaughter of Christians Continues for 1,400 Years and Counting…

by, Rana Tanveer & Tahir Khan | The Express Tribune Pakistan

LAHORE: Fourteen people were killed [murdered] and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

Up to 4,000 Christians later took to the streets of Lahore, many armed with clubs as they smashed vehicles and attacked a city bus station in a rare show of anger.

The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city’s Youhanabad neighborhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.

Video courtesy of: RuptlyTV

Doctor Mohammad Saeed Sohbin, medical superintendent of the nearby General Hospital, told AFP: “We have received 14 dead bodies and 70 injured,”…

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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in General News

 
 
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