100 Beheadings, 6 Months: Why the Saudi Kingdom Is on an Execution Spree

The Saudi government executed its 99th and 100th convicts of the year on Monday. A dubious local court system already had convicted a Syrian with trafficking drugs and a Saudi of stabbing a fellow citizen. Wearing black bags over their heads, the convicts were publicly executed—each beheading delivered with the single swing of a long sword. Such executions have long ... Read More »

Woman’s Face Will Be On $10 Bill in 2020, Treasury Says

Will it be Susan B. Anthony or Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt or Rosa Parks? Or another important woman from American history? These will be among the names the nation ponders after the Obama administration’s announcement late Wednesday that a woman will be featured on the $10 bill, the first time in well over a century that a female portrait will ... Read More »

These Are Documents Clinton’s State Dept. Didn’t Want You To Read

State Department officials cut out embarrassing passages of a report before publishing it during Hillary Clinton’s last days as secretary of state. Earlier drafts of the final document reveal details about the “undue influence” that is mentioned only briefly in the published version released to the public the month Clinton left office, February of 2013. [SOURCE- “”] Read More »

Trade Debate: Congress, stand up and defend your territory

Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution couldn’t be clearer.  “The Congress shall have power…to regulate commerce with foreign nations.” The Obama administration is attempting to seize that power from Congress.  Some lawmakers are willingly playing along because “free trade” promises nations a future wealth and prosperity. The pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, which is also known ... Read More »

High stakes surveillance over the South China Sea

Hong Kong ,China’s foreign ministry says it will soon complete controversial land reclamation on some islands and reefs in disputed waters in the South China Sea. However, the ministry also said in a statement released Tuesday that it planned to build facilities on the artificial islands it has created and these would perform several tasks — including military defense. “According ... Read More »

Clothes to blame for slower sales growth in May despite rising food purchases

  British retail sales growth slowed sharply last month after strong growth in April, as shoppers bought fewer clothes, official data showed on Thursday. Retail sales volumes rose 0.2pc in May – broadly in line with economists’ expectations – to show 4.6pc growth on the year, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists had expected retail sales to be flat ... Read More »

Lloyds Bank chief tells rivals to stop treating customers badly

Britain’s banks should stop complaining about new regulations, Lloyds Banking Group’s chief executive has said, urging them instead to target the root cause of the red tape onslaught – bad treatment of customers. Chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said politicians and regulators will only stop piling pressure on banks when they have convinced watchdogs and customers that the sector is behaving ... Read More »

Iraqi joint force kill 3 ISIS elements, including bomber, in northern Salahuddin

Diyali – On Wednesday the security committee in Diyali Provincial Council announced the killing of 3 ISIS militants in the area of al-Fatha in northern Salahuddin. The president of the security committee, Sadek al-Husseini, stated in an interview for, “A joint security force backed by al-Hashed al-Sha’bi fighters from the clans of Diyali clashed with ISIS militants in the ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei show at Royal Academy to house heaviest sculpture

  Ai Weiwei in his studio in Caochangdi, Beijing, taken in April 2015 A monumental work by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will be the heaviest sculpture ever shown at the Royal Academy of Arts. The 90-tonne installation, entitled Straight, is made from steel rods from buildings damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. It forms part of a major retrospective ... Read More »

India ‘Hitchcock house’ becomes macabre Kolkata attraction

A house in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) has turned into a macabre local attraction after police found a man believed to have mental health problems living there with the corpses of his sister and two pet dogs. The police were alerted to the house when neighbours complained of thick smoke coming out of one of its ... Read More »