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FEARS GROW OF EURO CRISIS : Prompts stockpiling of gold

EUROPE - Investors snapped up gold bars and coins at a rapid pace in the second quarter as turmoil in Greece threatened to push the country out of the eurozone. The World Gold Council (WGC) said demand in Europe for the precious metal rose sharply in the three months to June compared with the same quarter last year amid rapid buying of bullion, even as global demand fell by 12pc to a six-year low of 915 tonnes. The increase in Europe was led by Germany, where sales of bars and coins rose 24pc to 24.1 tonnes in the second quarter. Demand in Austria and Switzerland also rose sharply, according to the WGC's quarterly trends report. The report showed that demand for gold remained high among ce

RUSSIAN GLOBAL CYBER-WAR : Putin's hackers attack Pentagon

PENTAGON - Russian is the leading suspect following a sophisticated cyber-attack on an email network at the Pentagon . The attack in July affected 4,000 military & civilian personnel working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, & the network was shut down for two weeks. The existence of the attack, but not who was behind it , was first disclosed at the end of last month. It was a so-called spear-phishing attack in which people are tricked into opening bogus emails which then infect the network. US officials did not say whether the attack has been linked to individuals or the Russian government but said it was " sophisticated .” One official said: " It was a spear-phishing attack traced to tha

ROCKETS WILL RAIN ON ISRAEL : Obama threat if IranDeal reject'd

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran is rejected by Congress, the United States will be forced to attack Tehran, which will lead to Hezbollah retaliating with rockets on Tel Aviv. "Israel would bear the brunt of a US military strike," Obama told 22 American Jewish leaders during a meeting at the White House. The president asserted that if Congress vot es against the agreement, the Islamic Republic will back out of it and he will then face pressure from those who oppose the deal to militarily strike Tehran." It would be destructive both to the US & to Israel," Obama warned. " An American military

GOLIATH'S CITY DISCOVERED : Entrance Gate of ancient Gath found

ISRAEL - An archaeological expedition has discovered the fortifications and entrance gate of the biblical city of Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath & the largest city in the land during the 10th-9th century BCE, about the time of the "United Kingdom" of Israel & King Ahab of Israel. The excavations, conducted by a team from the Bar-Ilan University headed by Prof. Aren Maeir, are being conducted in the Tel Zafit National Park, located in the Judean Foothills, about halfway between Jerusalem & Ashkelon in central Israel. Prof. Maeir, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies & Archaeology, said that the city gate that was discovered is among the largest ever found in

IRAN MELTS IN EPIC HEAT-WAVE : Scorched by hottest ever temp's

MIDDLE EAST - Iran is buckling under the pressure of a massive heatwave passing across the Middle East, with temperatures soaring to nearly 70C. Scorching heat levels of 50C have already paralysed nearby Iraq, where officials were forced to call a four day public holiday because it was too hot to work. But the word " hot " has taken on an entirely new meaning in Iran's city of Bandar Mahshahr, where it was claimed that the city's heat index, or "feels-like temperature", was among the highest ever recorded. The heat index was recorded by a group of astonished weather experts who predict the country could be enduring some of the hottest urban temperatures ever endured by mankind. " That was

US AIR-FORCE IN SYRIAN SKIES : Mission to defend Syrian rebels

SYRIA - US jets will defend favoured rebels in Syria against attack by Assad regime jets, in an extension of their mission which entrenches America & its allies further in the civil war. The first “ authorised rebel ” fighters trained by the US army in Turkey crossed over into Syria last month - though a number of men from the brigade they joined were subsequently kidnapped by al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra. One reason the fighters are distrusted by the other rebels is that the United States, as well as bombing Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant (Isil) from the air, is also attacking elements within Jabhat al-Nusra, which has proved the most formidable opponent of the regime

MASSIVE METEORITE HITS IRAN : Sign of impending judgment ??

TEHRAN - Officials in Iran have confirmed that a meteor has hit somewhere in the northern part of the country on July 30, 2015. The event happened a day before a very large fireball streaked over the sky of Argentina. According to Mohammad Ali Ahani , director of Qazvin Crisis Management Staff, the meteor landed in Avaj, province of Qazvin. There are reports that some pieces of the rock have hit areas in Eshtahard, Alborz Province. Many Iranian news agencies speak of serious damage to Qazvin, which is located not too far from the state capital , Tehran. Injured or victims have not been confirmed, but such rumors are circulating on the Internet. Reports of damage come from multiple loca

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