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1529 The Siege of Vienna begins when Suleiman I attacks the city.


The Siege of Vienna in 1529 was the first attempt by the Ottoman Empire, led by Suleiman the Magnificent, to capture the city of Vienna, Austria. The siege signalled the pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire's power, the maximum extent of Ottoman expansion in central Europe, and was the result of a long-lasting rivalry with European powers.Thereafter, 150 years of bitter military tension and reciprocal attacks ensued, culminating in the Battle of Vienna of 1683, which marked the start of the 15-year long Great Turkish War.

The inability of the Ottomans to capture Vienna in 1529 turned the tide against almost a century of conquest throughout eastern and central Europe, which had previously directly annexed Central Hungary and established a vassal state in Transylvania in the wake of the Battle of Mohács. According to Toynbee, "The failure of the first [siege of Vienna] brought to a standstill the tide of Ottoman conquest which had been flooding up the Danube Valley for a century past."

There is speculation by some historians that Suleiman's main objective in 1529 was actually to assert Ottoman control over the whole of Hungary, the western part of which (known as Royal Hungary) was under Habsburg control. The decision to attack Vienna after such a long interval in Suleiman's European campaign is viewed as an opportunistic manoeuvre after his decisive victory in Hungary. Other scholars theorize that the suppression of Hungary simply marked the prologue to a later, premeditated invasion of Europe.

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EU's Barroso warns against UK PM Cameron's plan to change bloc's migration rules

‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:28:22 PMGo to full article
European Commission President Barroso gestures during news conference at the Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy William James LONDON (Reuters) - Outgoing EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Sunday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against trying to rewrite the European Union's freedom of movement principle, saying it was essential to the bloc's internal market. Barroso's comments to the BBC will deal a blow to Cameron's efforts ahead of a 2015 national election to appease voters who worry Britain is suffering economically and culturally because immigration is too high. ...

Ukraine, Russia see imminent end to latest gas war

‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:26:09 PMGo to full article
A pressure gauge at a compressor station of Ukraine's Naftogaz national oil and gas company near the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on August 5, 2014Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine and Russia stood on the verge on Sunday of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months.

Hungary government to unveil 2015 draft budget on Monday: PM

‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:06:48 PMGo to full article
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban leaves a polling station after casting his vote during Hungary's municipal elections in BudapestBUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's government will submit its 2015 draft budget to parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. The indebted central European country has pledged to keep its budget deficit below 3 percent of economic output to avert a European Union fiscal monitoring procedure and the threat of losing access to billions of euros worth of development funds. Orban told a gathering of his ruling Fidesz party that two of the main goals of the budget would be to support job creation and streamline the public education sector. ...

Ukraine says Russia has agreed to supply gas

‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:15:25 PMGo to full article
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian president says his country has reached an agreement with Russia on supplies of natural gas for the winter.

EU to scale up Ebola response

‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:09 AMGo to full article
A Liberian health worker holds a baby infected with the Ebola virus on October 18, 2014 at an Ebola treatment centre in MonroviaParis (AFP) - European foreign ministers will meet on Monday under pressure to scale up their response to the Ebola epidemic after warnings it could become the "disaster of our generation".

Ebola is 'disaster of our generation' says aid agency

‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:18:38 AMGo to full article
Liberian health workers at the Medecins Sans Frontieres Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, on October 18, 2014London (AFP) - Aid agency Oxfam said Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", as US President Barack Obama urged against "hysteria" in the face of the growing crisis.

Iran says number of foreign tourists surges

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:30:00 PMGo to full article
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The number of foreigners visiting Iran jumped dramatically over the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier, Iran's top tourism official said Saturday.

Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:34:46 PMGo to full article
In this June 20, 2014 photo, firemen inspect the burned Teresa Moda garment factory in Prato, Italy. The fire that destroyed the Teresa Moda factory on Dec. 1, 2013, was the deadliest in living memory. It exposed the true cost of cheap clothes, laying bare the consequences of years of failed law enforcement and the pursuit of profit over safety. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)PRATO, Italy (AP) — The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This fire had been burning for some time.

Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:33:15 PMGo to full article
Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa.

Japan unveils first passenger jet in four decades

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:31 PMGo to full article
Guests look at a Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) during a ceremony at the Nagoya airport in Komaki, Aichi prefecture on October 18, 2014Komaki (Japan) (AFP) - The first passenger aircraft to be made in Japan in nearly four decades was unveiled Saturday as its manufacturer pushed into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier.

Oxfam urges more troops to stop Ebola 'disaster'

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:00 PMGo to full article
British military personnel of 22 Field Hospital arriving in Sierra Leone as a part of Britain's military response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa on October 16, 2014London (AFP) - Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", the aid agency Oxfam warned on Saturday, as it issued a call for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to west Africa.

Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:33:21 PMGo to full article
In this June 19, 2014 photo, Gong Suilan cries as she mourns her husband, Su Qifu, who died in a Dec. 1, 2013 fire in an illegal Chinese-run garment factory in Prato, Italy. The fire that destroyed the Teresa Moda factory on Dec. 1, was the deadliest in living memory. It exposed the true cost of cheap clothes, laying bare the consequences of years of failed law enforcement and the pursuit of profit over safety. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)PRATO, Italy (AP) — There was no fire alarm at the garment factory outside Florence where Chen Changzhong worked and lived.

Danish immigrant party challenges populist right

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:30:12 PMGo to full article
National Party leader Kashif Ahmad (C) hosts a press conference on October 16, 2014 in CopenhagenCopenhagen (AFP) - A political party targeting the immigrant vote by advocating looser immigration laws and "a ban on banning" religious symbols has launched in Denmark amid record support for the populist right.

Japan's trade minister denies plans to quit

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:55:20 AMGo to full article
Japanese Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi is surrounded by reporters at at her ministry in Tokyo Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Obuchi denied reports that she plans to resign soon over allegations that she violated election laws. Japanese media reported Saturday that Obuchi was planning to submit her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his return later in the day from an Asia-Europe summit in Italy. But Obuchi told reporters that she was still investigating the allegations that she failed to report donations and spending by a political support group. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORYTOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade minister denied reports Saturday that she plans to resign soon over allegations that she violated election laws.

China, Vietnam patch ties after territory disputes

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:45:44 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — China and Vietnam agreed to resume military ties and better manage their maritime disputes in the first signs that tensions over territorial claims could be easing.

In blow to Abe, Japan trade minister to resign over funds scandal: media

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:33:52 AMGo to full article
Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi leaves the upper house of parliament in TokyoBy Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) - In a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's newly appointed trade and industry minister plans to resign following reports that some of her support groups misused political funds, Japanese media said on Saturday. Yuko Obuchi, the 40-year-old daughter of a former premier, has told people close to Abe that she plans to resign and take responsibility for a furor she caused, the Nikkei newspaper said, without citing any sources. ...

Frustrating West, Turkey maintains cautious stance on jihadists

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:16:40 AMGo to full article
A Syrian Kurdish woman walks in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 17, 2014Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ukraine-Russia peace hopes rise as gas deal edges closer

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:17:36 AMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (bottom-L), Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), French President Francois Hollande (3-R) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) attend a meeting on October 17, 2014 in MilanMilan (AFP) - Ukraine and Russia both signalled progress towards settling their festering row over gas, raising hopes of an EU-backed resolution of the broader conflict embroiling the Soviet-era allies.

World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:11:43 AMGo to full article
A girl walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Stop Ebola", in Monrovia on August 31, 2014Geneva (AFP) - The World Bank warned the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

In blow to Abe, Japan trade minister to resign over funds scandal: media

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:45:06 AMGo to full article
Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi leaves the upper house of parliament in TokyoBy Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) - In a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's newly appointed trade and industry minister plans to resign following reports that some of her support groups misused political funds, Japanese media said on Saturday. Yuko Obuchi, a 40-year-old mother of two and the daughter of a former prime minister, has told people close to Abe that she plans to quit and will discuss the matter when Abe returns on Saturday from an Asia-Europe summit in Italy, the Nikkei newspaper said. ...

Greek PM says he can ride out market turbulence and quit bailout

‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:07:37 AMGo to full article
Greece's Prime Minister Samaras attends a parliament session before a confidence vote for the country's coalition government in AthensBy Alessandra Galloni MILAN (Reuters) - Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Friday Greece would ride out market doubts about whether it can survive without international support, telling Reuters he can lead his country out of a four-year bailout and not call early elections. Samaras said Athens was talking with its lenders about what should happen if Greece succeeds in leaving its bailout program by the end of December, a year ahead of schedule, as Greek officials hope. He sees one option as a credit line that Athens could tap post-bailout should it fall prey to future market turmoil. ...

US stocks end dramatic week with rally

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:23:37 PMGo to full article
Specialist David Haubner works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. U.S. stocks opened higher Friday as investors weighed the latest corporate earnings news and data showing home construction picked up last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a turbulent week with a big gain Friday, a sign of renewed investor confidence after days of gloomy economic news.

Europe's top powers deadlocked as economy sinks

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:57:42 PMGo to full article
German chancellor Angela Merkel leaves after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Oct.17, 2014. European leaders and Russia signaled cautious optimism over a peace deal for Ukraine after a high-level meeting in Milan on Friday, but emphasized details still need to be worked out. European leaders are pressing Russian leader Vladimir Putin to fully respect a cease-fire deal signed last month in Belarus, which has reduced by not completely ended hostilities in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's economy needs help — fast. Yet the two powers that could take action, the European Central Bank and Germany, don't see eye to eye about what to do.

Red Sea drownings of Yemen-bound migrants hit new high: UNHCR

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:12:11 PMGo to full article
An undated picture shows Yemeni coast guards checking a small boat with refugees arriving from Somalia to the Yemeni port city AdenGeneva (AFP) - Scores have drowned in the Red Sea in recent weeks trying to cross to Yemen making this year's death toll the highest in years, the UN's refugee agency said Friday.

Russia and Ukraine reach tentative gas deal in tough Milan talks

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:32 PMGo to full article
Leaders arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy Andreas Rinke and Alexei Anishchuk MILAN (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a dispute over gas supplies in time for winter, but European leaders said Moscow still had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The mooted deal could re-open Russian gas to Ukraine cut off since June, and ensure supply to European buyers further west before demand surges in the cold months and stocks run down. ...

Shelling adds to MH17 nightmare for east Ukraine village

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:34:07 PMGo to full article
Seats of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are pictured at the crash site, in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region, on July 23, 2014Grabove (Ukraine) (AFP) - Three months after debris and bodies from doomed flight MH17 rained down on them, residents of the village of Grabove in eastern Ukraine still look fearfully to the sky.

Japan PM sends offerings to war shrine

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:32:41 PMGo to full article
A group of Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest to pay respect for the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine during an annual autumn festival in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The shrine honors war criminals, including wartime leader Hideki Tojo, among the 2.5 million war dead. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Friday to a Tokyo shrine honoring the war dead including convicted wartime leaders, as dozens of lawmakers prayed at the site in a ceremony that drew a rebuke from China.

Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:05:55 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking to get relief from Western economic sanctions imposed since Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. To that end, he has scheduled a series of meetings on the sidelines of a two-day ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, POOL)MILAN (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe-brokered talks Friday, signaling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter.

UN: We botched response to the Ebola outbreak

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:47:21 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.

IMF: Market sell-off may have been 'over-reaction'

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:58:02 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande, right, speaks with IMF President Christine Lagarde prior to a meeting with International economic organizations at the OECD in Paris, Friday Oct. 17, 2014. The heads of major international economic organizations are to discuss the global economy following turmoil in financial markets this week and worries about another recession in Europe.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)PARIS (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund says market turmoil this week may have been an "over-reaction," as leading economic figures met to discuss Friday the global economy and worries about another recession in Europe.

European stock markets rebound from week of turbulence

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:56:02 PMGo to full article
The benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 1.85 percent to end the day at 6,310.29 pointsLondon (AFP) - European stock markets surged Friday as investors snapped up bargains, ending a roller-coaster week marked by alarm over fading global growth, a reemergence of eurozone tensions and the spreading Ebola virus.

Latin America's growing middle classes are restless

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:29:50 PMGo to full article
A supermarket in San Jose del Cabo, on September 15, 2014. Latin Americans are struggling with the rising cost of groceriesMontevideo (AFP) - "Juan Middle Class" may be a cartoon, but the problems he faces -- expensive schools, crummy healthcare, ballooning grocery bills -- are all too real for millions of newly middle-class Latin Americans.

Arabs from Israel risk arrest for 'Arab Idol' show

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:27:28 PMGo to full article
CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS IDENTITY FROM MANAL MOUSA TO SABREN MOUSA - In this image made from AP video filmed on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Sabren Mousa, sister of Manal Mousa, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at her family home in the Galilee village of Deir Al-Assad, northern Israel. Her sister Manal Mousa's goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world's premiere television song competition. The journey Manal Mousa and another singer Haitham Khalaily, 24, have taken from their villages in Israel to the competition in Lebanon could comprise a television drama of its own - featuring travel to an enemy country, Israeli security interrogations, and the complicated identity crisis of Israel's Arabs. (AP Photo/AP video)MAJD AL-KRUM, Israel (AP) — Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world's premiere television song competition.

Frank Gehry opens Paris' Louis Vuitton Foundation

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:32:58 PMGo to full article
The Louis Vuitton Foundation art museum and cultural center, created by American architect Frank Gehry, is photographed during the press day, in Paris, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The 100-million-euro building, with billowing glass casing and 11 gallery spaces, has been compared to an iceberg or giant sailboat and took over a decade to make. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — Architect Frank Gehry opened his latest project on Friday, the more than 100 million euro ($126 million) Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, which has bowled over critics.

British EU referendum bid clears parliamentary vote

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:00:52 PMGo to full article
Prime Minister David Cameron (C) speaks to journalists at the ASEM summit in Milan on October 17, 2014London (AFP) - A bid by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives to get a 2017 referendum on Britain's EU membership enshrined in law cleared its first parliamentary hurdle Friday as they attempt to stave off the rise of the anti-EU UK Independence Party.

Jihadis take their kids to war; moms fight back

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:34 PMGo to full article
Pranvera Abazi kisses her son Erion Zena during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — It started out as a father-and-son trip to Kosovo's western mountains in July. It turned into a months-long ordeal for an 8-year-old boy who was taken to war-torn Syria by his jihadi father and only returned following a shadowy operation involving Kosovo's spy agency.

British navy heading for Sierra Leone Ebola zone

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:42:14 PMGo to full article
An MOD image shows RFA Argus, the ship bound for Sierra Leone as part of Britain's Ebola responseLondon (AFP) - A British navy ship left Friday for Sierra Leone laden with personnel, aid and equipment to treat people infected with the Ebola virus as Prime Minister David Cameron appealed for other countries to do more to tackle the epidemic.

Kremlin dismisses EU hopes of Ukraine progress

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:48 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko before their meeting with European leaders on Ukraine's crisis, on October 17, 2014Milan (AFP) - European leaders expressed hope Friday of solving the bloody Ukraine conflict following "positive" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, only for the Kremlin to berate them as out of touch with reality.

Israel raises the dead with skyward cemetery

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:32:43 PMGo to full article
This Oct. 6, 2014, photo shows a new vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery outside of the city of Petah Tikva, Israel. With real estate at a premium, Israel is at the forefront of a global movement building vertical cemeteries in densely populated countries. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — At first glance, the multi-tiered jungle of concrete off a major central Israeli highway does not appear unusual in this city of bland high-rises. But the burgeoning towers are groundbreaking when you consider its future tenants: They will be homes not for the living but rather the dead.

Africa stems Ebola via border closings, luck

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:41 PMGo to full article
In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, a medical worker from the Infection Prevention and Control unit wearing full protective equipment prepares to enter an isolation tent housing a man being quarantined after coming into contact in Uganda with a carrier of the Marburg Virus, a hemorrhagic fever from the same family as Ebola, at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries, with Kenya so far escaping the virus. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries — and two of them appear to have snuffed out the disease.

Putin to hold more talks with Ukraine, EU leaders on Friday: RIA news agency

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:13:18 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold more talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, RIA news agency reported on Friday. The agency, citing the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, said that the four had agreed to meet after the Europe-Asia summit held in Milan. "It was agreed that a few hours after the ASEM summit ends, discussion on Ukraine will continue (between the four)," the agency quoted Peskov as saying. (Reporting by Lidia Kelly, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

Don't mention the war! London show tackles German cliches

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:42:46 AMGo to full article
A Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 (1953) is displayed at the "Germany: Memories of a Nation" exhibition at the British Museum in London on October 15, 2014London (AFP) - From a copy of the medieval Gutenberg bible to Karl Marx's Capital, an exhibition opening at the British Museum in London explores 600 years of German history frequently overshadowed by Nazi horrors.

Defying Russia, Georgia to host NATO training center: minister

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:29:00 AMGo to full article
Georgia's Defence Minister Alasania and U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel walk before a news conference in TbilisiBy Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia will not allow pressure from Russia to stop it hosting a NATO training center on its territory or deter its plans to deepen ties with the West, the former Soviet republic's defense minister said. The South Caucasus country of 4.5 million, crossed by pipelines that carry Caspian oil and gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, went to war with Russia in 2008 and remains wary of antagonizing Moscow as it tries to move further out of its orbit. "Confrontation with Russia should be avoided. ...

China, Vietnam pledge to 'address and control' maritime disputes

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:11:49 AMGo to full article
Chinese coastguard ships give chase to Vietnamese coastguard vessels after they came within 10 nautical miles of the Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in the South China SeaBEIJING (Reuters) - China and Vietnam have agreed to "address and control" maritime disputes, state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have roiled relations between the two countries and other neighbors. Ties between the Communist countries sank to a three-decade low this year after China deployed a $1 billion-oil rig to the disputed waters which straddle key shipping lanes. Vietnam claims the portion of the sea as its exclusive economic zone, and the rig's deployment sparked a wave of violent protests in Vietnam. ...

World steps up Ebola action as fear mounts

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:08:44 AMGo to full article
A tourist poses for a photo next to a demonstrator dressed in a protective suit and mask, demanding for a halt of all flights from West Africa, outside the White House, in Washington, DC, on October 16, 2014Geneva (AFP) - Western countries scrambled to review safety measures at airports and borders amid a mounting wave of fear that West Africa's Ebola outbreak will spread worldwide.

Asia stocks find footing after global gyrations

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:39:38 AMGo to full article
Trader Luke Scanlon works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening lower while European markets suffer even steeper declines. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Asian stock markets mostly steadied Friday after a fall in U.S. unemployment applications and comments from a Federal Reserve official eased nerves about a stalling economic recovery.

Japan PM sends offerings to war shrine

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:51 AMGo to full article
A group of Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest to pay respect for the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine during an annual autumn festival in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The shrine honors war criminals, including wartime leader Hideki Tojo, among the 2.5 million war dead. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Friday to a Tokyo shrine honoring the war dead including convicted wartime leaders, as dozens of lawmakers prayed at the site in a ceremony that has repeatedly drawn rebukes from Japan's neighbors.

Ebola checks stepped up as UN appeal ignored

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:17:09 AMGo to full article
An airport worker wears a protective face mask in the arrivals area of Los Angeles International AirportWashington (AFP) - Western countries scrambled to put airport security measures in place Friday amid mounting fear of the spread of Ebola worldwide.

'Maximum cooperation' demanded on MH17: Dutch PM

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:27:18 AMGo to full article
The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Rassipnoe, on October 15, 2014The Hague (AFP) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to demand "maximum cooperation" in the probe into doomed Malaysia flight MH17, the Dutch top politician has said.

Putin keeps Merkel waiting in Milan

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:55:14 AMGo to full article
Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak (center) is welcomed by Italian Priemier Matteo Renzi (left) and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, Pool)MILAN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's diplomatic blitz on Ukraine got off to a rocky start Thursday when he kept German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for a meeting then showed up in the middle of a dinner with European and Asian leaders.

EU leaders to confront Putin over gas threats

‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:51:52 AMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets on October 16, 2014 with his Serbian counterpart in BelgradeMilan (AFP) - Vladimir Putin meets his Ukrainian counterpart and EU leaders here on Friday fresh from warning he could pull the plug on crucial Russian gas supplies to Western Europe this winter.

Ebola neglected because it started in Africa: ex-UN head Annan

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:45:54 PMGo to full article
Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan attends a peace mediator conference at Loerenskog, Norway on June 18, 2014London (AFP) - Wealthy countries were slow to tackle the Ebola epidemic as it began in Africa, former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan said in tough criticism of the response to the crisis on Thursday.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation grants $2 million for ocean conservation

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:35:48 PMGo to full article
U.S. actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio takes the podium to speak during the Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio's conservation foundation said on Thursday it has awarded a $2 million grant to establish marine reserves and to stop overfishing. DiCaprio, who was named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations last month to raise awareness about climate change, said the money provided to Oceans 5 will support marine conservation projects around the globe. Ocean 5 is an international funders' collaborative that supports groups working on ocean conservation projects. ...

Falling oil prices shake up global economies

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:06:12 PMGo to full article
CORRECTS TRILLIONS TO BILLIONS - Gas prices below $3 dollars are displayed at a gas station, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world as oil exporting countries face the prospect of billions of dollars of lost revenue and importing nations get some relief in a time of slower economic growth. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years.

Albania's PM 'disappointed' but undaunted by drone incident

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:47:39 PMGo to full article
Prime Minister of Albania Rama is interviewed by Reuters at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in CambridgeBy Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE Mass. (Reuters) - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said he was "disappointed" at Serbian officials' comments following a drone stunt at a soccer match this week but vowed on Thursday to push ahead with plans to meet his counterpart in Belgrade next week. ...

Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:32:36 PMGo to full article
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader tried to soothe tensions with student-led democracy protesters Thursday by reviving an offer of talks, though public anger over a video of police kicking a handcuffed activist complicates efforts to end an increasingly bitter political standoff. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the government is ready to meet with student leaders as soon as next week, but urged them to be pragmatic, reiterating that Beijing will not change its mind on election restrictions. That raised doubts that the proposed meeting can overcome the vast differences between the two sides.

Turkey fails in bid to join UN Security Council

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:30:50 PMGo to full article
In this photo provided by the United Nations, Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, Foreign Minister of Turkey, attends a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/United Nations, Mark Garten)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turkey failed in its effort to join the U.N.'s most powerful body on Thursday, while Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Angola and Malaysia were elected to coveted Security Council seats.

EU may boost exit screening in Ebola-hit states

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:06 PMGo to full article
A handout picture received on September 15, 2014 from Britain's Department of Health shows a man having his temperature checked during ebola screeningBrussels (AFP) - European health ministers agreed Thursday to launch an immediate review of the screening of passengers departing Ebola-hit countries in West Africa and boost them if the measures are found to be failing.

Wed in a lion's cage: circus queen's active at 103

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:15 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Sept.8, 2014, Rosa Bouglione poses for a photographer in her apartment in Paris. Madame Rosa was born in Belgium to a performing family in time for Christmas in 1910, and though the indefatigable centenarian lived through two world wars, and lost the circus briefly during the Nazi-occupation of Paris, she’s never let the trials of the 20th century spoil her zest for life. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Madame Rosa appears at the circus apartment doorway in sparkling diamonds, red lipstick and a walking frame — and sits down beside her leopard skin rug.

EU pledges support for Greece as markets plunge

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:57:23 PMGo to full article
An woman sells garlic at a central Athens' Fish market Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Greece is back at the center of Europe's financial troubles, with concerns over the stability of the government and its bailout program triggering a massive sell-off in stocks this week, falling 1.6 percent in early afternoon trading Thursday.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union is promising Greece continued financial support, in the hopes of calming market turmoil triggered by concerns over the government's survival and the future of its bailout program.

British-led eurosceptic group in EU parliament collapses

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:13:20 PMGo to full article
Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage address a rally to put forward the case against Scottish independence in Glasgow on September 12, 2014Brussels (AFP) - British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage's group in the European parliament collapsed on Thursday, ending a short-lived alliance that he formed with Italian populist Beppe Grillo after elections in May.

Putin cheered in Serbia, seeks pipeline backing

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:58:41 PMGo to full article
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin review honor guard during a welcome ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Putin arrived in Serbia on Thursday for talks that are expected to focus on economic issues and energy, including construction of the South Stream gas pipeline that has been opposed by the European Union. (AP Photo/Vasily Maximov, Pool)BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Greeted by enthusiastic chants of "Putin! Putin!," Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a military parade Thursday in Slavic ally Serbia, where he held talks on economic issues, including on the South Stream gas pipeline opposed by the European Union.

UKIP cries foul as Latvian defection weakens hand in EU parliament

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:52:11 PMGo to full article
By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The UK Independence Party accused the European Parliament of blackmail and bias on Thursday after it wound up a voting bloc forged by British and Italian Eurosceptics, depriving them of funding and influence. The dissolution of the four-month-old Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD), one of seven formal parliamentary blocs, was sparked by the loss of Latvia's Iveta Grigule, sole member of the Latvian Farmers Union, who quit to sit as an independent. ...

Philip Morris Int'l 3Q profit falls 8 percent

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:48:09 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Jan. 17, 2008 file photo shows a pack of Marlboro cigarettes in Bremen, Germany. Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc., which sells Marlboros and other U.S. brands abroad, on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 said its third-quarter profit dropped 8 percent as cigarette sales fell in the overseas markets that it serves and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Philip Morris International's third-quarter profit dropped 8 percent as cigarette sales fell in the overseas markets that it serves and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar.

Europe gas supply faces 'major transit risks': Putin

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:26 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the forum of the Russian pro-government movement "Popular Front" in Penza on October 15, 2014Belgrade (AFP) - Europe faces "major transit risks" to gas supplies coming from Russia this winter unless Ukraine resolves a gas dispute with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday.

Warsaw upgrades exhibit of saved Sudanese art

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:08:22 PMGo to full article
A man points at a 9th century wall painting of Saint Anna in an enhanced exhibition of Christian-era paintings from Faras, Sudan, at the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Polish archaeologists found and saved the paintings in the 1960s in a UNESCO action before they could be flooded by the New Aswan Dam reservoir. Some of the found paintings were brought to the National Museum in Warsaw, the others are in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw's National Museum has added state-of-the art multimedia and installed new settings to enhance Europe's only exhibition of Christian-era wall paintings saved by the Poles from flooding in Sudan in the 1960s.

After World Cup, Americans struggle for field time

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:50:44 PMGo to full article
Following the fortunes of U.S. players in Europe's best leagues doesn't take much time these days. Except for the goalkeepers, many of the Americans are spending most of their time on the bench.

UK should have 'one last go' at reshaping EU ties: PM Cameron

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:39:49 PMGo to full article
British Prime Minister Cameron speaks during a news conference in KabulBy Andrew Osborn ROCHESTER England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said his plan to try to reshape ties with the European Union would be the last such renegotiation, saying on Thursday he wanted a 1970s-style Common Market arrangement with the bloc. Cameron, facing an election challenge from the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), adopted a tougher stance on Europe, complaining that the single currency "was not working well", immigration from other EU countries was too high and Britain wanted to "do some things differently" from Europe. ...

Russia's Putin warns of repeat of 2008 gas crisis

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:36:52 PMGo to full article
Russian President Putin reacts during a meeting with Serbian President Nikolic at Serbia Palace building in BelgradeBy Alexei Anishchuk BELGRADE (Reuters) - Russia will reduce gas supplies to Europe if Ukraine steals from the transit pipeline to cover its own needs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding that he was "hopeful" it would not come to that. Russia cut off supply to Ukraine on June 16 over what gas exporter Gazprom said were billions of euros in unpaid bills. Without Russian flows, there is concern that Ukraine might have to siphon off gas from flows transiting the country en route to Europe this winter. ...

Serbia salutes Putin but sees future with Europe

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:35:03 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Putin delivers a speech during celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the MGIMO in MoscowBy Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk BELGRADE (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is guest of honour at a military parade in Belgrade on Thursday to mark 70 years since the city's liberation by the Red Army, a visit loaded with symbolism as Serbia walks a tightrope between the Europe it wants to join and a big-power ally it cannot leave behind. ...

Exxon Mobil votes with feet to stay in EU as energy laws loom

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:27:33 PMGo to full article
A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, TexasBy Barbara Lewis ANTWERP Belgium (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil is pouring $1 billion into a refinery in the European Union, setting aside concerns ranging from poor margins to EU green energy rules due to be agreed next week that will cut demand for oil. The company, which believes all its oil and gas reserves will be ultimately be needed to meet future demand, despite efforts to curb climate change, says the Antwerp refinery upgrade is one of its highly strategic long-term investments. ...

EU energy chief hopeful of Ukraine gas deal

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:55:26 PMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top energy official says he's cautiously optimistic about chances of a deal to secure gas supplies this winter for Ukraine and Europe as he prepares for new talks with Kiev and Moscow.

China to punish carmakers who fail to meet fuel targets in 2015

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:33:56 PMGo to full article
Vehicles drive on the Sihui overpass amid heavy haze and smog in BeijingBy Samuel Shen and Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it would punish carmakers by restricting their production and publicly naming them if they fail to meet fuel consumption requirements on passenger vehicles set for 2015. Punitive measures outlined for offenders of the already-announced fuel economy rules reflect Beijing's latest effort to fight pollution and promote more efficient use of energy. They are also likely to push automakers, both foreign and Chinese, to embrace more cutting-edge technology such as gasoline-electric hybrids and all-electric cars. ...

Exodus campaign to Berlin sparks outrage in Israel

‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:23:50 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, Israeli Asaf Lev, center, attends a gathering encouraging others to immigrate to Berlin in Tel Aviv, Israel. A group of young Israeli expats have unleashed a storm of controversy back home by encouraging others to join them in Berlin, touching on two of the most sensitive issues in Israel: the country’s high cost of living and Jews’ tortured history with Germany. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A group of young Israeli expats have unleashed controversy back home by encouraging others to join them in Berlin, touching on two of the most sensitive issues in Israel: the country's high cost of living and Jews' tortured history with Germany.




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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study

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Are we now IN the Age of Apostasy?
Indicators of Decline
• Church Attendance: Church attendance in Eng­land as a percentage of the population (both Protestant and Catholics are included in these figures):
1970 13.3%
1980 11.1%
1990 9.4%
2000 7.2%
2010 5.3%
• Decline in Biblical Literacy: In England, The Portsmouth News, 13 April 2001, asked 50 members of church clergy about their congregation’s beliefs: 48% “Did not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus” and 60% “believed that the spirit of Easter had been lost in favour of bunnies and Easter eggs.”
Cause for this Decline?
We will examine three causes—all three have an ex­ample in the history of Israel.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

Weathering the Coming Storm

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Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Brie fing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary outlining what lies
ahead and how we can prepare for the coming storm.

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Unconditional Covenants - Chuck MIssler







"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.





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