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Moscow: North Korean leader 'positive' about Moscow invite
21 January 2015 - Russia's foreign minister says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given a positive response to the Kremlin's invitation to visit Russia. (more)

Russian FM pledges cooperation with West to combat terror
21 January 2015 - Moscow is continuing to cooperate with the West on fighting terrorism despite tensions over Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday. Despite tensions with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin quickly offered his condolences when 12 people were slain at French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this month, and said Moscow was ready to help France combat terrorism. (more)

Cameron and Obama: Prosperity will conquer terror
15 January 2015 - US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say strong economies and democratic institutions will defeat 'those who think they can muzzle freedom of speech and expression with violence'. British Prime Minister Cameron is flying to Washington, DC Thursday for talks with President Obama. (more)

Germany's Merkel: Important not to ostracize Muslims
15 January 2015 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out strongly on Thursday against ostracism of Muslims following last week's attacks in France, but said it is also urgent for clerics to draw a clear line between Islam and terrorism. ''We will not allow ourselves to be divided by those who, in the face of Islamist terror, place Muslims in Germany under general suspicion,' she told lawmakers, (more)

US, Iran hopeful on speeding up nuclear talks
14 January 2015 - The United States and Iran are expressing hope that nuclear talks can be accelerated in order to meet a March target for a framework agreement, as the countries' top diplomats met Wednesday ahead of a resumption of full negotiations. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif met for six hours in Geneva, Switzerland. Zarif said that his meeting with Kerry was important to see if progress could be made in narrowing differences on his country's disputed nuclear programme. Kerry and Zarif also took a walk together around Geneva. (more)

Libya's factions agree to new talks in Geneva next week
11 January 2015 - Libya's factions have agreed to a new round of UN-backed negotiations to attempt to end the conflict destabilizing the North African country three years after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in a civil war. Libya has slipped deeper into division since the August 2011 overthrow of Gaddafi, with two opposing governments and two parliaments, each backed by competing groups of heavily armed former rebel fighters. (more)

Muslim man hailed for life-saving courage during Paris siege
11 January 2015 - At a kosher supermarket in Paris, a quick-thinking Muslim employee hides several Jewish shoppers in the basement before sneaking out to brief police on the hostage-taker upstairs. In the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, a poker-faced businessman fools a pair of gunmen into believing they're alone in the building before being allowed to leave unharmed. In the days after the end of twin French hostage crises Friday, stories of life-saving courage are beginning to filter out. One of the most striking is the story of Lassana Bathily, a young immigrant from Mali who literally provided police with the key to ending the hostage crisis at the supermarket. (more)

UN pledges commitment to peace, tolerance, and dignity for all
11 January 2015 - In Gujarat, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked for a renewed emphasis of Mahatma Gandhi's ideals -- both spiritual and political, pledging the ongoing commitment of the United Nations to promote tolerance, and ensure justice and dignity for all. 'Divisive politics and sectarian incitement have no place in our modern world. As Gandhi reminded us, ''There will be no lasting peace on earth unless we learn not merely to tolerate but even to respect the other faiths as our own,''' said Mr Ban in remarks at Sbarmati Gandhi Ashram, which houses a library and museum chronicling the life, work, and teachings of the legendary leader of India's independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. (more)

North Korea hints at nuclear test moratorium
10 January 2015 - North Korea has told the United States that it's willing to impose a temporary moratorium on its nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North's official news agency said Saturday. The US has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tensions, and has said the North must first demonstrate how sincere it is about nuclear disarmament before serious talks can resume. (more)

US Secretary of State Kerry to meet Iran counterpart next week in Geneva
9 January 2015 - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Switzerland next week to discuss the current state of nuclear negotiations as a March target date for the outline of a deal approaches, the US State Department said Friday. En route to India this weekend, Kerry will stop in Munich, Germany, for a private meeting with the Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, whose country played a key role in the secret US-Iran talks that led to an interim nuclear accord with Tehran, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psak. (more)


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Who are today's meditators?
25 January 2015 - Rose Hoffmann reflects on just what kind of people make up the millions who practice Transcendental Meditation every day. She affirms that the technique fits into any lifestyle and adds, '. . . the 20 minutes twice a day spent practicing the TM technique has nothing to do with what you choose to make of the other 23 hours and 20 minutes of your day'. She quotes filmmaker David Lynch who said, 'That's the whole thing . . . . You have a foundation you can leap off and go to any place you want.' (more)

'A few individuals rising to totality are enough to raise the national consciousness to its full dignity' - Maharishi, 12 January 1978
12 January 2015 - Today the Global Country of World Peace is holding its annual conference celebrating the achievements of the worldwide programmes founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. On this day in 1978, Maharishi described the mechanics of bringing enlightenment to every individual and invincibility to every nation through his Transcendental Meditation programme: 'The totality of life will be open to our awareness. This is how just a few individuals rising to totality are enough to raise the national consciousness to its full dignity. Life in the nation is according to the laws of nature, health is perfect, nature is balanced, and every individual is able to fulfil all his desires without harming the interests of any other person. In fact, his success brings success to others. The technique of Transcendental Meditation cultures individual activity in such a way that the interests of the nation as a whole are upheld.' (more)

Integration of life and the nature of Self-realization
12 January 2015 - The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring an excerpt from a talk by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on 23 June 1971 in Amherst, Massachusetts. He explained how we naturally integrate our inner silence with outer activity and enjoy greater fullness of life through regular practise of Transcendental Meditation. 'We may have a calmer mind to deal with the seemingly infinite number of requests at work. Or perhaps a colleague or family member is no longer able to ''push our buttons'', Maharishi said. . . . 'When every boundary of life, every little bit of life is in tune with that boundless aspect of life, then every aspect is strong, flourishing, fresh, encouraging.' (more)

Joining the Universal Peace Corps: Transforming the world from within, Part II
7 January 2015 - Cynthia E. Johnson, a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation programme, writer, and graduate of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, concludes her examination of our view of the world and world peace -- attainable by the scientifically validated method of group practise by advanced practitioners of Transcendental Meditation. She offers a unique perspective of creation backed by the research of physicist Dr John Hagelin, a Harvard trained physicist and leader in the investigation into the relationship of consciousness and physics. Dr Hagelin says that there is a 'universal field where all the forces and particles of nature are united as one . . . . They are ripples on a single ocean of existence.' Cynthia adds, 'The wonderful thing about experiencing the field of pure consciousness, especially in groups, is that individuals augment their own personal growth while bringing peace to the world.' (more)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's comments to the press - Christmas, 2002
25 December 2014 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi replies to a question from the world press on the Vedic nature of Christ's words, 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.' -- 25 December 2002, MERU, Netherlands. (more)

Joining the Universal Peace Corps: Transforming the world from within, Part I
18 December 2014 - Cynthia E. Johnson, a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation programme, writer, and graduate of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, explores the question, 'Can we possibly transform this world of ours, on a large scale, for the better?' She explains that there are three sources we can turn to for knowledge: wisdom of the sages, both ancient and contemporary; modern science; and our own experience. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi calls these the 'Three Eurekas'. (more)

Maharishi on 'Happiness and Peace'
14 December 2014 - A priority of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's was always the scientific validation and widespread sharing of a practical technique that automatically led to inner peace for the individual, and thence, spontaneously, to peace in their wider environment. See videos of how Maharishi responded to a question asked by a reporter from The Discovery Channel about war and peace. (more)

Ten most useful videos on Transcendental Meditation
11 December 2014 - Here are ten most useful videos on the Transcendental Meditation technique. The clips range from personal testimonials to videos of groups of practitioners, covering both the essence and the effects of daily practice. (more)

The 'Dear Prudence' story
7 December 2014 - Prudence Farrow Bruns -- made famous by the Beatles song 'Dear Prudence' -- has devoted her life to teaching Transcendental Meditation. Over the past 46 years, she's instructed thousands of people in the TM technique throughout the United States and Canada. 'The years of meditating have enriched my life so much,'' Prudence said. 'We need a better world. We need people to be more conscious, to be more evolved. And expanding the mind, like TM does, is absolutely vital to bring about stronger people. If you can strengthen people inside, you've changed the world.'' (more)

My story: breaking down barriers for women and children
2 December 2014 - Feeling burnt-out and powerless, Tish Lara was prepared to walk away from social work forever. Intrigued by the happiness encountered at the David Lynch Foundation, she joined DLF's Woman's Initiative division, began Transcendental Meditation, and soon found herself feeling drastically more peaceful, excited and optimistic about life. (more)


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Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 4 foreigners, 5 guards dead
27 January 2015 - Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing four foreigners and five guards, and triggering an hours-long standoff that ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said. The attack on the Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea, underscores the lawlessness that this North African country descended into following the 2011 ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Since Gadhafi's ouster, Libya has been torn among competing militias and tribes vying for power. The post-Gadhafi transition has collapsed, with two rival governments and parliaments -- each backed by different militias -- effectively ruling in the country's eastern and western regions. The militia-backed government in Tripoli said the target of the attack was Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi. The hotel previously came under attack in 2013 when a former Prime Minister was abducted there. Amid months of violence, Libya's elected parliament was forced to relocate to the far-eastern city of Tobruk after the Islamist-allied militias seized Tripoli and the second-largest city of Benghazi. The internationally-recognized Cabinet meets in Bayda, also in the east. (more)

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed
25 January 2015 - In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the south in Adamawa state, [killing] residents, looting and burning homes, and abducting dozens of trapped women and children, according to Vandu Kainu and other escaping survivors. (more)

Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch offensive
23 January 2015 - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and announced a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops. The main separatist leader in the Donetsk region said the insurgents won't join further peace talks and another rebel went even further saying they will not abide by a peace deal signed in September. (more)

Yemen suffers power vacuum after President, Premier quit
23 January 2015 - Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance. His resignation on Thursday startled the Arabian Peninsula country of 25 million, where the Houthis emerged as the dominant faction by seizing Sanaa in September and dictating terms to a humiliated Hadi, whom they had held as a virtual prisoner at his home residence clashes with security guards this week. 'The United States is troubled by reports of President Hadi and his cabinet's resignation,' State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. 'At this time, it is critical that all sides avoid violence.' (more)

A year on, Islamic State group still rules Iraq's Fallujah
18 January 2015 - Nearly every night for a year, mortar and sniper fire from Islamic State group militants has pinned down outgunned Iraqi troops on the edge of Fallujah. The city, the first to fall to the Sunni extremists a year ago this month, exemplifies the lack of progress in Iraq's war against the Islamic State group, which holds a third of the country. U.S.-led airstrikes and Iranian aid have helped Iraqi troops, militiamen, and Kurdish fighters take back bits around Islamic State-held territory, but recapturing it all remains far out of reach. The fall of Fallujah in January 2014 started the Islamic State group's dramatic blitz across Iraq. A year later, the extremists still rule Fallujah, which saw some of the heaviest fighting of the U.S.-led war of 2003. (more)

In new blow, Syrian opposition shuns Russia peace initiative
17 January 2015 - A Russian initiative to host peace talks this month between the Syrian government and its opponents appears to be unraveling as prominent Syrian opposition figures shun the prospective negotiations amid deep distrust of Moscow and concerns the talks hold no chance of success. The faltering effort suggests that even after four years and at least 220,000 people killed, the antagonists in Syria's civil war are far from burning themselves out and will likely keep fighting for a more decisive battlefield advantage before any real talks can take place. (more)

Islamic State group reaches for Afghanistan and Pakistan
16 January 2015 - Afghanistan and Pakistan, home to al-Qaida and Taliban militants and the focus of the longest war in US history, face a new, emerging threat from the Islamic State group, officials have told The Associated Press. Disenchanted extremists from the Taliban and other organizations, impressed by the Islamic State group's territorial gains and slick online propaganda, have begun raising its black flag in extremist-dominated areas of both countries. Analysts and officials say the number of IS supporters in the Afghan-Pakistan region remains small and that the group faces resistance from militants with strong tribal links. However, the rise of even a small Islamic State affiliate could further destabilize the region and complicate US and NATO efforts to end the 13-year Afghan war. Taliban militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan owe their allegiance to Mullah Omar, a cleric who has led the Taliban since the 1990s but has not been seen or heard in public for years. Officials fear that an Islamic State push into the region could bring an infusion of guns and money, sparking brutal competition among local militants disenchanted with Mullah Omar's silence and eager to prove themselves with escalating atrocities. (more)

'Virtual kidnapping' on the rise in New York, FBI says
15 January 2015 - In a new wrinkle to an old crime, hundreds of New Yorkers have been tricked into paying ransoms by wire transfer to callers who falsely claim to have kidnapped their family members, according to the FBI. In these 'virtual kidnappings', scammers make random calls to find their victims, saying a loved one has been snatched and demanding the immediate transfer of small sums of money to have them released, the FBI said. (more)

Homegrown attacks like those in Paris worry analysts
15 January 2015 - US and French intelligence officials are leaning toward an assessment that the Paris terror attacks were inspired by al-Qaida but not directly supervised by the group, a view that would put the violence in a category of homegrown incidents that are extremely difficult to detect and thwart. If the assessments hold, they would place the Paris attacks on a continuum of violence by disaffected individuals who have become sympathetic to al-Qaida, the Islamic State group or their ilk -- yet are not involved in the sort of international conspiracy that lends itself to relatively easy detection. The cases run a gamut, analysts say. (more)

Boko Haram increases attacks as Nigeria elections loom
14 January 2015 - Boko Haram, Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremist group, is increasing the ferocity and tempo of its attacks, destabilizing Africa's most populous nation as it prepares for elections. Girls as young as 10 are being used as suicide bombers. There have been daring attacks on military barracks in Nigeria and Cameroon. The group, which wants to impose Shariah across the country and is increasing its territory under a self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate, recently massacred hundreds of civilians, with death toll estimates ranging up to 2,000. (more)

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