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Aug 282014
 
Volcanic Eruption in Iceland

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOLUHRAUN, Iceland) — A volcanic eruption in northern Iceland began early Friday morning local time, prompting airspace closure of much of the area.

According to the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, the fissure from which the eruption occurred is about 300 meters long. There has not yet been any detection of volcanic ash, and the seismic data seems to indicate that the eruption is effusive, and not explosive.

Still, the Icelandic Air Traffic Control closed down airspace from the earth up to 18,000 feet within the area around the eruption site.

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Aug 282014
 
WHO Offers Update on Ebola Outbreak, Number of Suspected Cases Surpasses 3,000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) — The number of probable and confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa surpassed 3,000, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, with more than 1,550 at least suspected to have died of the disease.

The WHO updated its figures on the spread of Ebola, which looks at the number of probable and confirmed Ebola cases and deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Thus far, 1,752 confirmed cases and 897 confirmed deaths have been linked with Ebola. An additional 1,317 cases and 655 deaths are considered either “probable” or “suspected” to be related to the disease.

The largest part of the Ebola outbreak remains in Sierra Leone and Liberia, though cases have begun to spring up in Nigeria within the last two weeks.

More than 40 percent of the total number of Ebola cases have been identified in the last three weeks.

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Aug 282014
 
Five More Airstrikes Conducted by US Military in Iraq

Purestock/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) — The U.S. military conducted another series of airstrikes against targets related to militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Thursday, with five more strikes confirmed.

Fighter aircraft conducted the strikes near the Mosul Dam, destroying an ISIS Humvee, a tank, four armored vehicles, and a construction vehicle, and damaging a checkpoint. The aircraft all escaped the area safely.

The U.S. military has been undertaking the strikes with the intent of supporting Iraqi and Kurdish forces that are squaring off with ISIS forces, as well as to protect infrastructure and American interests in the area.

Since strikes began earlier this month, U.S. Central Command says that 106 airstrikes have been conducted across Iraq.

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Aug 282014
 
Canadian, Russian NATO Missions Troll Each Other on Twitter

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS, Belgium) — In case the actual war in Ukraine wasn’t enough, there’s also a Twitter battle raging between the Canadian and Russian missions to NATO.

It all started with the Canadian mission’s Twitter account, which on Wednesday tweeted a snarky map intended to “help” the Russian soldiers who ended up in Ukraine but reportedly claimed they didn’t know where they were going.

 

Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/RF3H4IXGSp

— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 27, 2014

Not to be outdone, the Russian mission quickly returned rhetorical fire, tweeting out its own map showing Crimea as part of Russia.

 

 

Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of #Europe @CanadaNATO pic.twitter.com/MjzRxpFFfN

— Russians at NATO (@natomission_ru) August 28, 2014

 

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Aug 282014
 
'Russian Invasion' of Ukraine Prompts Emergency Meeting of UN Security Council

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey on Thursday, citing the ongoing “Russian invasion,” prompting a United Nations Security Council meeting.

Heavy fighting was reported in the southeastern Ukrainian town of Novoazovsk Thursday as pro-Russian rebels allegedly opened up a new military front. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for the U.N. Security Council meeting, noting the “growing military threat from Russia,” and claiming that “Putin started a war in Europe.”

The U.N. Security Council expressed outrage at the latest actions by Russia. In a statement, the spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the international community “cannot allow the situation to escalate further, nor can a continuation be allowed of the violence and destruction that the conflict has wrought in eastern Ukraine.”

The U.S. ambassador for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe released a harsh statement on Thursday as well, calling the crisis “man-made” and blaming the Kremlin for showing “disregard for international law.”

Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, called the latest tensions a “military invasion” in a statement. Calling the latest actions anything else, they said, “is to inhabit President Putin’s Orwellian universe.”

“This is a moment to speak and act with clarity,” the senators said, “a sovereign nation in the heart of Europe is being invaded by its larger neighbor. This runs completely contrary to the civilized world that America and our partners have sought to build since World War II.”

Also on Thursday, President Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Ukraine. According to a readout of the call, the two agreed that Russia is to blame for the latest violence. They also agreed that the U.S. and the European Union must consider additional sanctions while working towards a diplomatic solution.

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