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Russian President Putin praises Iran deal in call with Netanyahu (+ AP video)
30 July 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised a deal between Iran and world powers in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (more)

Canada: Fewer youth accused of crime in 2014
22 July 2015 - Both the police-reported youth CSI and the rate of youth accused of crime decreased by 9 per cent in 2014, representing the fifth consecutive annual decline for both measures of youth crime. Compared with a decade ago, the youth CSI was 40 per cent lower in 2014, and the rate of youth accused of crime was 42 per cent lower. (more)

Canada: Violent crime rate down for 8th year in a row as crime falls to 1969 levels
22 July 2015 - Violent crime in Canada fell for the eighth straight year, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday. The downward trend came as the agency reported serious crime in general fell to its lowest relative level since 1969 -- marking 11 straight years of declines. (more)

Japanese company apologizes to US POWs
20 July 2015 - He was forced to toil in enemy mines as a prisoner of war, but James Murphy wasn't angry or bitter. He was just happy to have lived long enough to hear the Japanese apology he had sought for seven decades. Mr Murphy, a POW during World War II and now 94 years old, accepted an unprecedented apology from Mitsubishi Materials Corp. on Sunday on behalf of his fellow POWs, few of whom remain alive, in a ceremony that was both solemn and joyful. (more)

New era in ties begins as Cuba raises flag at embassy in US (+ AP videos)
20 July 2015 - Cuba's blue, red, and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations. Earlier, without ceremony, the Cuban flag was added in the lobby of the U.S. State Department alongside those of other countries with which the U.S. has diplomatic ties. In Havana, meanwhile, a carnival atmosphere reigned around the new U.S. Embassy overlooking Havana's Malecon seaside promenade. The U.S. and Cuba severed diplomatic relations in 1961 and since the 1970s have been represented in each other's capitals by limited-service interests sections. President Obama has sought engagement with communist Cuba since he first took office and has progressively loosened restrictions on travel and remittances to the island. (more)

U.S., Cuba quietly open historic new chapter in post-Cold War ties (+ Reuters video)
20 July 2015 - The United States and Cuba quietly ushered in a new era of post-Cold War relations on Monday, formally restoring diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago and re-establishing embassies in each other's capitals. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez will preside around 10:30 a.m. over the raising of the Cuban flag for the first time in 54 years over a mansion that will again serve as Havana's embassy in Washington. (more)

US, Cuba restore full diplomatic ties after 5 decades
20 July 2015 - More than a half century of Cold War and lingering enmity came to an abrupt but quiet end on Monday as the United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations. The new era began with little fanfare when an agreement between the two nations to resume normal ties on July 20 came into force just after midnight Sunday and the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests sections to embassies. Monday's events cap a remarkable change of course in U.S. policy toward the communist island under President Barack Obama. (more)

US, Cuba set to reboot relations over 5 decades after split
19 July 2015 - Cuba's blue, red, and white-starred flag is set to fly outside the country's diplomatic mission in the United States for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961. While no formal ceremony is planned Monday for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, it too will become a full-fledged embassy just after midnight as the Cold War foes formally enter a new era of engagement despite what remains a deep ideological gulf. Cuba plans a solemn morning ceremony at its stately mission in Washington with some 500 guests. (more)

In phone call, Netanyahu and Abbas express peace wishes
18 July 2015 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have spoken by phone, a rare exchange amid years of paralyzed peace efforts. (more)

Taliban, Afghan officials hold peace talks, agree to meet again
8 July 2015 - The first official peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul concluded with an agreement to meet again after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, officials said on Wednesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the talks, calling them 'an important step toward advancing prospects for a credible peace'. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China backed the process and was in touch with all sides. (more)

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Yahoo Health: Living life centred, focused, healthy, and clear
17 July 2015 - On 9 July, Yahoo Health held a live Facebook 'Q and A' with Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation. Topics included TM and the benefits to relationships, the best times to meditate, and practising meditation at your workplace. One participant asked, 'What if I feel like I'm too busy to meditate?' Mr Roth replied, 'Many of the busiest, most successful people in business, media, the arts, and medicine practice TM and take the time to make meditation a priority.' (more)

Are you one of the one percent? Create a powerful foundation for a better world with TM
12 July 2015 - 'It was in 1959 that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, spoke of the positive, peaceful global transformations that would naturally result when as little as one percent of the world's population practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique', writes Vanessa Vidal, US National Director of the TM organization for Women. 'Sixteen years later, scientific research results were published, indicating statistically significant reductions in crime rates in 12 American cities when the threshold of one percent of each city's population practicing the TM technique was reached.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Preventing depression through spiritual growth
3 July 2015 - Health writer Linda Egenes explores how Transcendental Meditation can help a person of any cultural tradition reconnect to their innate spiritual foundation. After learning TM, she writes, 'for the first time I felt that I was having the transcendental, spiritual experience that I had always been seeking. Inner silence, inner happiness and inner peace became a daily experience for me.' Pointing out that many 'have found that the transcendental experience enhances their understanding and appreciation for their religious faith,' she highlights spiritual experiences of a Rabbi who practises TM: 'I'm more on my path to God than ever', and quotes Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who says,'by direct experience of transcendental Being through the inward stroke of action during meditation, a man not only gains spiritual freedom, but also greater success in the world.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A window to experience the infinite within ourselves and the world
27 June 2015 - 'At the source of the world's layers of diversity there is an infinite field of potential', described by modern physics as the fundamental level of all matter and activity, writes Lesley Goldman, Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in Long Island, New York, USA. This field of pure infinite potentiality lies 'deep within the mind at the source of the activity of our own thinking process'. During Transcendental Meditation, 'the mind settles effortlessly from the concrete, active layer of the mind to quieter, more subtle layers of mental activity until all activity is transcended and the mind rests within its own silent infinite nature. . . . In transcendental consciousness, we experience the ''stillness'' that is the source and goal of everything.' (more)

Understanding the International Day of Yoga in light of Transcendental Meditation
23 June 2015 - On 21 June, the International Day of Yoga, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's worldwide Transcendental Meditation organization celebrated the deeper reality of what Yoga (union) is--the unity of life that is available on every level of the body, mind, consciousness, society, and even world peace. This is in contrast to how Yoga is understood these days, which is mainly in terms of the body, physical postures, exercises, or asanas. Maharishi has explained that the process of unifying starts from the field of Unity, which is our own transcendental Self, silent and blissful, deep inside every one of us. Yoga in its ultimate form, Transcendental Meditation, allows every individual to transcend all differences. It is a science and technology of health, balance, peace, and supreme unity in diversity. (more)

The art of making right decisions - Maharishi
13 June 2015 - In an address on 17 July 1972 in Massachusetts, USA, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi described how daily contact with the field of Creative Intelligence or pure consciousness during our practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique allows our mind to think and act from a calmer and more expanded level of awareness. This helps us make better decisions and live more of our full potential in life. This lecture is currently being featured on the Excellence In Action page of Global Good News. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Living in harmony with the laws of nature
6 June 2015 - How do we know what action will bring the best results for all concerned? 'The source of our thought is an infinite source of energy, intelligence, creativity, and organizing power,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the United States--identical with the infinite unified field of pure potentiality described by physics, from which 'the laws of nature silently, automatically, and objectively administer every aspect of life.' Ms Hoffman describes how practising Transcendental Meditation 'enlivens within us that nourishing unified field of all the laws of nature that connects us to everything else, spontaneously giving us the most appropriate, evolutionary, supportive response to every situation'--noting that social scientists have verified the increasingly positive moral reasoning and harmonious behaviour of those practising TM. (more)

University of Chicago's Crime Lab awards David Lynch Foundation $300,000 to help end violence in Chicago
4 June 2015 - The University of Chicago's Crime Lab in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Get IN Chicago, and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation have awarded the David Lynch Foundation $300,000 to help reduce youth violence in Chicago's most underserved communities. Through these funds, the Foundation will be able to teach Transcendental Meditation to 250 youth in high crime areas over the next year. 'This is a tool that will help our students to be able to successfully navigate life no matter where life happens to take them,' says Nakisha Hobbs, the principal of the Village Leadership Academy in Chicago. (more)

Book review: 'The Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Journey of Enlightenment'
13 May 2015 - In this new, expanded second edition of her book, Ann Purcell shares her own experience of practising Transcendental Meditation, gives an easy-to-digest overview of different levels of consciousness as described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and covers a range of benefits of TM documented by scientific research. Illustrating these topics with practitioners' descriptions of their TM experiences, the book reveals the secret to personal fulfilment, spontaneity, inner peace, and balance. Ann Purcell explains that you do not have to give up your normal everyday life to experience enlightenment. Rather, it is the innate natural quality of each human to be enlightened. (more)

Today - Conference call for women: 'Developing Higher States of Consciousness'
3 May 2015 - Today the 10,000 Women Initiative continues in 2015, with the second in a series of six phone conferences being held throughout the year. Women are invited to join in this bimonthly 'virtual assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world, by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. Today's conference call features a discussion on the topic 'Developing Higher States of Consciousness'. (more)

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Hundreds of Mozambicans cross into Malawi to flee fighting
27 July 2015 - Hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into neighboring Malawi after renewed fighting between government troops and fighters loyal to the opposition party Renamo, officials from both countries said Monday. The Mozambican government, run by the ruling Frelimo party, and Renamo fought a bloody civil war from 1977 to 1992. After more than 20 years of peace, fighting broke out between the government and Renamo las year in northern Mozambique. A peace accord was signed in September last year. (more)

Islamic State claims suicide car bomb that kills more than 100 in Iraq
18 July 2015 - More than 100 people were killed in a suicide car bombing at a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out by Islamic State militants since they overran large parts of the country. The blast brought down several buildings in Khan Bani Saad, about 30 km (20 miles) northeast of Baghdad, crushing to death people who were celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (more)

US: Military site shootings crystallize FBI terrorism concerns
18 July 2015 - The deadly shootings at military sites in Tennessee illustrate the threat that FBI officials have warned about: violence directed against a vulnerable government target by a lone gunman with apparent terrorist aspirations. The rampage unfolded as the federal government has raised alarms about the online spread of terrorist propaganda, including repeated exhortations by groups such as the Islamic State for sympathizers to target police officers and military installations. (more)

US: 4 Marines and gunman die in attack on 2 military sites
17 July 2015 - A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday (16 July), killing at least four Marines before he was shot to death by police, and sending service members scrambling for cover as bullets smashed through the windows. Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism. The FBI has taken charge of the case. (more)

Germany struggles to cope with growing number of migrants
13 July 2015 - The number of people applying for asylum in Germany more than doubled to almost 180,000 in the first half of the year, officials said Monday, acknowledging that police are struggling to keep tabs on everyone who enters the country. Many Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans who arrive on Europe's shores by boat try to continue their journey to Germany or Scandinavia. (more)

America: After years of declining crime, a spike in city violence
11 July 2015 - Police departments across the United States that have spent years boasting about plummeting crime numbers are now scrambling to confront something many agencies have not seen in decades: more bloodshed. Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Baltimore have all seen significant spikes in the number of homicides this year. The totals are up in other cities, too, including New York and Chicago. (more)

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents step up attacks in Nigeria
4 July 2015 - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of a state capital in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, escalating their attacks after a week of bloodletting in which more than 150 people were killed, military sources said. (more)

Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack
4 July 2015 - Tunisia's President declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is 'not safe' and risks collapse from further extremist attacks. The decision came just over a week after a gunman at the popular beach resort of Sousse attacked foreign tourists, killing 38 people. (more)

Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria
2 July 2015 - Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday. The attack Wednesday night on the town of Kukawa came the day after the Islamic extremist group attacked a village 35 kilometers (22 miles) away and killed another 48 men and boys, according to witnesses who counted the dead. (more)

US: TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts
2 July 2015 - News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. Television and newspaper crews have been robbed in the San Francisco Bay Area several times in recent years. Many crews travel with armed guards when reporting in high-crime areas. (more)

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