Kristen Hall

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Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tensions soared following the kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.<p>The standoff has seen Saudi Arabia sever diplomatic ties with its …

Middle East

Oregon native tribe uneasy with armed standoff over land rights | Reuters

BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - When armed men first took over a U.S. government wildlife refuge in Oregon this weekend, the leader of the area’s Native American tribal council could relate to their land-right dispute - but disagreed with their gun-toting approach.<p>Charlotte Rodrique, the chairwoman of the …


North Korea Says It Successfully Conducted Hydrogen-Bomb Test

Hydrogen bomb is ‘self defensive’ step against U.S., North Korea says<p>SEOUL—North Korea said it successfully staged its first test of a more powerful form of nuclear weapon, expanding the U.S.’s foreign-policy challenges and highlighting the limits of China’s ability to rein in its volatile …

North Korea

President Obama to Take Gun Control Push to the Public

President Obama will take his new gun control push directly to the public Tuesday morning, announcing several executive orders that seek to expand background checks and close the so-called gun show loophole.<p>The moves mark an aggressive attempt by Obama in the final year of his presidency to make a …


Iran is about to start selling oil that may cost just $1 a barrel

Citi, at the time, expected oil to go back up to $63 a barrel in 2015, after the price plummeted below $50.<p>Today, oil sits at $37 a barrel. Goldman Sachs recently agreed it could tumble as low as $20 a barrel, a level that would decimate the already heavily damaged economies of Saudi Arabia and …


Beijing's smog 'red alert' enters third day as toxic haze shrouds city

Factories ordered to cut back or suspend production as levels of harmful particles hit seven times their safe limits<p>Beijing has ordered 2,100 factories to suspend or reduce production as part of its “red alert” measures to deal with smog, the government has said, as the city remained shrouded under …


New $360 million Navy ship breaks down

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the Navy's newest ships had to be towed more than 40 miles to port after it broke down Friday less than a month after it was commissioned into service.<p>The littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee, which boasts a $360 million price tag, broke down Thursday evening, days after the ship's …


Anonymous asks the Web for help in its faltering fight with ISIS

A few weeks ago, Anonymous announced its ‘total war’ on the Islamic State. But its mission hasn’t been going particularly well.<p>When the group sent a list of alleged IS-affiliated accounts on Twitter to the social network they were so “wildly inaccurate” that Anonymous’ efforts in that area are …


Paris climate talks, day 10: What we’re reading

Christiana Figueres on what’s next after Paris, a backstage look at Bill Gates’ climate initiative, and the blame game revs up as negotiations reach …


British Jewish Students Attempt to Silence My Mention of Israel

I lived in the UK as Rabbi to the students of Oxford University for over eleven years. I participated in countless debates on Israel with some of the country's most rabid opponents. When I was back in England this week for a debate at the Oxford Union, the memory of my previous appearance at the …


Success Is at Your Fingertips if You Do These 9 Things |

Training the elite of the elite of our military, professional athletes, Olympians, executives, and celebrities, Tee Major knows success and is a force to be reckoned with. Having developed a nutrition and exercise program that has built strength and confidence all over the world, he has a following …

Clean Technology

Turkey won’t apologize to Russia over warplane downing

BRUSSELS Turkey won’t apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, the Turkish prime minister said Monday, stressing that the military was doing its job defending the country’s airspace.<p>Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey hopes Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions …


World leaders kick off climate talks in Paris: 'Our goal must be a transformation'

Declaring that the future of the planet is at stake, more than 150 world leaders assembled outside Paris on Monday to launch an ambitious attempt to confront climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.<p>After decades of difficult negotiations and an unsuccessful attempt to strike a deal six …

Why Throwing Yourself Into the Unknown Can Be the Best Thing You Can Do to Yourself

Most of us are scared of diving into the unknown, of uncertainty, of unfamiliarity, of not knowing what's going to happen. We are scared that things could go wrong, that things will be uncomfortable, and that things might not go as expected.<p>But throwing yourself into the unknown can be very …

Positive Thinking
U.S. Dept. of State

Obama: Islamic State must be destroyed

WASHINGTON — President Obama pledged Tuesday to step up assistance to France and other allies fighting the Islamic State, but stopped short of endorsing a French proposal for a new grand coalition that would include Russia.<p>"As Americans, we stand by our friends in good times and in bad," Obama told …

Middle East

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of 'serious consequences' | Reuters

ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin said the …

Middle East

Greece cleared by eurozone fund for €2bn bailout loan

Agreement comes in wake of yet more austerity measures – opposition to which has seen government’s majority in parliament drop to just three seats<p>Greece has been formally cleared to receive its next bailout loan, worth €2bn (£1.4bn), after it agreed to implement new austerity measures.<p>The eurozone …

European Union

Paris Attacks: At Least 2 Dead, 8 Arrested During Saint-Denis Raid

SAINT-DENIS, France — French police hunting the suspected ringleader behind the Paris massacre raided another terrorist cell Wednesday which was plotting a new strike — but the fate of the man being sought was unclear.<p>Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said at least two suspected terrorists — a man …

Salt Lake City

What should we make of 'By the Sea'?

It's all so beautiful.<p><i>By the Sea's</i> first frames focus on two of the most photogenic movie stars on the planet (married in real life, to boot), careening along a seaside road in Malta. The world, not to mention the box office, should be their oyster.<p>But upon viewing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's …

Box Office

Iraqi Kurds reach Sinjar road, cutting Islamic State supply line

Supported by U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Iraqi troops on Thursday seized part of a highway that is used as a vital supply line by the Islamic State group, a key initial step in a major offensive to retake the strategic town of Sinjar from the militants.<p>The town was overrun by the extremists as …