Taliban fighters are believed to have abducted more than 20 people connected to Afghanistan's parliamentary election, including two candidates, eight officials and a number of campaign workers, raising fears on the eve of an election that has emerged as a test of wills between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Also, a soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed Thursday, while three Taliban insurgents were killed in a multi-day Afghan and ISAF joint operation in Taliban birthplace Kandahar province.
Despite ongoing peace talks, Israeli-Palestinian violence continues as Israeli soldiers have shot dead a local commander of the armed wing of Hamas in the occupied West Bank in what appears to be an assassination.
The Iraqi city of Fallujah has declared three-day long mourning after a joint U.S.-Iraqi attack on the city killed at least 10 civilians and injured many others. That link is the Iraqi version of the story, here is Washington Post's version.
Israeli government gave the final approval to the deal to buy U.S.-made fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, the most advanced fighter jet made. The deal will be paid using U.S. military assistance, so technically, they're free for Israel.
Russia is to defy Israel and United States by supplying Syria with advanced anti-ship missiles despite fears that they could fall into the hands of Hezbollah.
An Al-Jazeera opinion piece on President Obama, entitled, "Obama Edges Toward the Dark Side" is very critical on the President, his policies, and his continuation of what Bush started.
The often discussed shadow rulers, the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission, are not too happy with the increased nationalism in Europe and how its slowing the path for a New World Order one world government.
Blackwater-linked entities provided "intelligence, training and security services" to a cache of major multinational firms, including: Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to reports.
This just in from unverifiable scare statistics, one in seven Americans lived last year in homes in which the income was below the poverty level, which is about $22,000 for a family of four. That is the largest number of people since the Census Bureau began tracking poverty 51 years ago. Another stat, one in three Americans did not have the financial ability to "make ends meet." This doesn't seem so bad in comparison to a story reporting that one in six Iraqis are orphans.
A brief but fierce storm barreled through New York City last night, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person. The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.
section of the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico has been clogged with thousands of dead fish in the wake of the BP Gulf spill. Yes, that is all dead fish.
Just found out that some piece of shit stole both of my fuggin bikes, so I am going to go drive around looking for them. I hope everyone has a good day, because mine is suggin.