Track this! Olympians now face implanted chipsThe head of an association of Olympic athletes wants to require anyone who participates in the Summer or Winter Games to be implanted with a tracking chip to prevent the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons MillionsAs the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we’re almost certain they’ll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U.S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America’s uranium reserves…and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation.
More Serial Human Rights Abusers Elected to UN Human Rights CouncilThe United Nations General Assembly on Monday elected 15 member states to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 term, including such notorious human rights abusers as Qatar, Angola, Pakistan, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Member states considered eligible for membership on the Human Rights Council are theoretically supposed to be able to demonstrate their commitment to the highest standards of human rights and their full cooperation with all UN mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Special Procedures and treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. These countries fall woefully short of such standards.
George Soros Goes “All-In” With Monster Donation To Own FoundationLeftist billionaire George Soros has transferred billions of his personal wealth into his infamous Open Society Foundation. The non-profit is one of the world’s top funders of ‘open-borders’ causes. As Soros approaches 90 years old in the Trump-era, it appears the hedge fund manager is “going all in.”
Storm Brian forms in Atlantic: UK superstorm alert as huge WEATHER BOMB to hit on FRIDAY Worried forecasters fear another violent tempest, which could potentially be the second storm of the season, Storm Brian, will unleash chaos similar to Ophelia’s 100mph onslaught this week. Terrifying weather charts show a churning 80mph cyclone hurtling towards the UK with landfall expected late Friday into Saturday. Fierce gales brewing in the Atlantic are poised to tear across Ireland and smash the southwest coast of Britain in a near carbon copy of Ophelia.
An open letter to US President Trump Dear Mr. President, you are a good man with high aspirations to advance the welfare of your nation in every field. But just look around: uncontrollable forest fires in California. Tornadoes in Oklahoma and other states. Devastating hurricanes that are costing the federal, state, and local governments hundreds of billions of dollars. Oil rigs are down. California is counting the days until the next major earthquake, not to mention New York City, which is built on a geological fault. Stop for a moment and ask yourself, why are these tragedies happening to your country?
PM to Russian def. minister: We won’t allow Iran into Syria As Sergey Shoygu visits Jerusalem to discuss security coordination in Syria, Netanyahu warns an unchanged Iranian nuclear deal will result in nuclear arsenal in Tehran within 8-10 years; says ‘Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow’ military entrenchment in Syria.
Drag-queen demon reads to kids at Michelle Obama Library The Michelle Obama public library in Long Beach, California, has presented to children who are part of its young readers program a huge array of diversity and “inclusion” agendas. In one shot. It was when Xochi Mochi arrived for a visit. That made the program pro-LGBTQ. And transgender. And drag queen-friendly. And Satanist-approved, with the character’s red-tipped, demon-like horns. All to read to children for LGBTQ History Month.
Putin halts NKorea ties in line with UN demands President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday Russia will curtail economic, scientific and other ties with North Korea in line with restrictions imposed by the United Nations. Putin’s decree, published on the state legal portal, orders the halting of an array of economic, scientific and technical ties with Pyongyang in accordance with sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council in November 2016.
Israelis Protest 11 PM Muezzin Calls with Shofars and Whistles After repeated appeals to the army, the police and the Civil Administration have not yielded a solution, on Saturday night Ma’on residents decided to do something about the noise. Around 11 PM, the Jewish residents arrived outside the Arab village, equipped with shofars, drums, and whistles, and began a noisy neighborly statement of their own.
Islamic State cleared from Syria’s Raqqa US-backed militias have completely taken Syria’s Raqqa from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement’s collapsing fortunes. From the city, the group planned attacks abroad.
Netanyahu to Russian defense minister: Israel won’t allow Iranian presence in Syria Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday that Israel will not allow a permanent military presence in Syria. Netanyahu’s comment came a day after Israel’s destruction of an SA-5 anti aircraft battery in Syria. Both Russia and Iran are key backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Catalonia: Spain detains two separatists A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist groups, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. The men were leading figures in the 1 October independence vote, which the Madrid government regards as illegal.
Afghanistan Taliban ‘suicide attack’ kills dozens Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen have stormed a police training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez, killing at least 33 people, officials say. Another 160 were injured in the assault. The Interior Ministry said the local police chief is among the dead. “At first a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training centre, making way for a number of attackers to start their assault,” a spokesperson said.
Portugal fires: Three days of national mourning for wildfire victims Portugal has declared three days of national mourning, beginning on Tuesday, for the victims of wildfires that raged across the country. At least 36 people died after hundreds of fires spread across central and northern areas on Sunday and Monday. They started in dry conditions and fanned by strong Atlantic winds from Hurricane Ophelia.
North Korea rejects diplomacy with US for now, source says A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang’s commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching “all the way to the East coast of the mainland US,”…North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but “before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States,” the official said.
Report: Israel launched strike in Sinai hours after rocket attack Israeli sorties bombed targets in the Sinai Peninsula Sunday evening in retaliation for two rockets launched at Israel from the Egyptian territory hours earlier, according to Tuesday report in the London-based newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. One of the rockets exploded in open space in the Eshkol Regional Council near Gaza and was located following the IDF’s searches of the area. No casualties were reported in the attack for which ISIS took responsibility.
Hezbollah claims to have captured 3 Mossad agents Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah claimed on Monday that Lebanese security forces have detained three “agents on behalf of Israel,” allegedly recruited by the Mossad. Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar television network broke the news, while the pictures and alleged confessions of the three men were published on the internet. The three’s arrests were published last week in the Al-Akhbar newspaper, which is also affiliated with the organization.
The Obama Legacy: 118 Cops Killed in Line of Duty in 2016 On July 7, 2016 a crazed Black Lives Matter supporter gunned down five police officers at a Black Lives Matter racial march in Dallas. After the attack, Bill Johnson, the Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations, blamed Barack Obama for the police massacre. Johnson said under Barack Obama it was ” a war on cops.”
PP At Year 101: 7 Million Abortions Planned Parenthood celebrated its 101st birthday Monday, marking the century-long operation of what started as a small birth control clinic in Brooklyn and is now an abortion giant operating in every U.S. state.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, The Soldier That Obama Traded 5 Islamic Terrorists For, Pleads Guilty To Desertion EDITOR’S NOTE: Former President Barack Obama traded 5 hardcore Islamic terrorists to recover traitor Bowe Bergdahl for today admitted to desertion. Think about that for a moment. Obama released 5 Muslim terrorists to go back to the battlefield of terrorism, sealing the death of dozens of people, all to get back a deserter who wanted to leave his troops and join the Taliban. This is the true legacy of Barack Obama, negotiating with terrorists for deserters and traitors.
Storm Ophelia: Ireland on lockdown as UK braces for 80mph winds Ophelia is bearing down on Ireland, putting the entire country on lockdown and leaving thousands without power, as parts of the UK brace for 80mph winds and the Met Office warns of a potential “danger to life”. Fears about the impact of strong winds have seen troops placed on standby and many public services in Ireland and Northern Ireland closed with schools, government buildings and courts among the services affected. More than 20,000 properties have been left without power and people were urged to stay indoors.
EU vows to save Iran deal, fears for North Korea mediation The European Union vowed on Monday to defend a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and urged US lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions after President Donald Trump chose not to certify Tehran’s compliance with the accord. Germany and France led a chorus of warnings to the United States, normally the EU’s closest foreign policy ally, that any weakening of the agreement to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons could have serious consequences for peace.
Far-Right ‘kingmaker’ Heinz Christian Strache set for prominent role in Austrian government Heinz-Christian Strache, the far-Right leader who emerged as ‘kingmaker’ in Austria’s election, was greeted with a Hitler salute when he cast his own vote on Sunday. Though the lone saluter was quickly bundled away by police, and later said to be mentally disturbed, the incident captured the controversy that has clung to Mr Strache throughout his political career. The man now in pole position to become Austria’s vice-chancellor and take his Freedom Party (FPÖ) into power for the first time in 12 years was once held by police in Germany for taking part in a torchlit Hitler Youth-style neo-Nazi rally.
SPOTLESS SUN SPARKS BRIGHT AURORAS The sun just did something ironic. For a whole week, Oct. 9th – 15th, the face of the sun was utterly blank. There were no sunspots and no solar flares; NOAA classified solar activity as “very low.” At the same time, space weather was remarkably stormy. From Oct. 11th through 15th, not a single day went by without a geomagnetic storm.
Clinton Foundation keeping Harvey Weinstein’s donations The Clinton Foundation has announced that it will not return $250,000 it received from now-disgraced ex-Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the Daily Mail reported. A slew of politicians had said they would return money donated by Weinstein after the New York Times uncovered his history of sexually molesting women, including prominent actresses Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie. However, the Clinton Foundation decided it would not be returning the money because it has already used it for charitable causes.
Israeli air force destroys Syrian anti-aircraft battery in retaliatory strike The Israeli Air Force attacked and destroyed a Syrian SA-5 anti-aircraft battery east of Damascus Monday morning after it fired a surface-to-air missile at Israeli jets. The SA-5 missile battery, which was stationed some 50 kilometers east of the Syrian capital, fired at Israeli jets that were on a routine aerial reconnaissance flight in Lebanese airspace, IDF Spokesman Brig.Gen. Ronen Manelis stated.
Iraqi forces launch operation to take parts of Kirkuk from Kurds Just after two o’clock on Sunday morning in Baghdad the Prime Minister of Iraq ordered the Iraq Security Forces to “secure bases and federal institutions in Kirkuk province.” Overnight confusion along the frontline between the Iraqis and Peshmerga of the Kurdistan Regional Government led to clashes which destroyed several vehicles and a chaotic situation that is ongoing south of Kirkuk.
Russia’s Defense Minister to begin first official visit to Israel Sergei Shoigu will land in Israel on Monday for meetings with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his first visit to the Jewish state since becoming Russia’s defense minister in 2012…the meetings…are expected to cover the cooperation between Russia and Israel…military coordination over Syria…the Iranian entrenchment in the wartorn country and transfer of…weapons to Hezbollah…through Damascus.
Catalonia leader Puigdemont fails to clarify independence bid The president of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia has failed to clarify whether he has declared independence, in a letter to Madrid. Spain had issued a Monday deadline for Carles Puigdemont to clarify his intent – or face direct rule. Instead, the Catalan leader called for negotiation over the next two months.
Death toll in Portugal wildfires soars to 27 At least 27 people have died in a series of wildfires in Portugal, the country’s civil protection service says. More than 50 people have been injured. A spokeswoman for the agency told reporters that firefighters were still tackling 145 separate fires, 32 of which were serious.
Venezuela socialists win governor seats amid fraud claims Electoral authorities in Venezuela say the governing Socialist Party has won 17 of 23 state governorships in a crushing victory. President Nicolás Maduro hailed it as a victory for Chavismo, his party’s brand of socialism named after former president Hugo Chávez. But opposition leaders alleged fraud.
Wi-fi security flaw ‘puts devices at risk of hacks’ The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack. It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections. Experts said it could leave “the majority” of connections at risk until they are patched.
Storm Ophelia batters Ireland, trees and power lines down Tropical Storm Ophelia began to batter Ireland’s southern coast on Monday, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre waves, as the government warned the country’s worst storm in half a century could cause fatalities. At least 15,000 homes were without electricity and 130 flights were cancelled from Dublin Airport.
The Black Death is killing people: Why is Madagascar facing its worst plague outbreak in years? Madagascar sees cases of plague nearly every year in the rainy season. This year is different. Instead of cases in the hinterlands where plague is endemic, the disease — which is initially spread by flea bites and was known as the Black Death in medieval times — has spread to the capital, Antananarivo, and other densely populated cities for the first time, killing 45 people and sparking panic.
Pope implicitly criticizes U.S. for leaving Paris climate accord Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, praising it as a means to control the devastating effects of global warming. The United States is the only country out of 195 signatories to have withdrawn from the accord, which aims to cut emissions blamed for the rise in temperatures.
276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country’s information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll was expected to rise.
Newspeak! U.N. now calls abortion part of basic ‘right to life’Perhaps the ultimate example of bureaucratic double-speak is developing at the United Nations, where officials are set to adopt a new definition of the “right to life.” It apparently now will include a “right to abortion.” The Human Rights Committee’s proposed revision regarding the right to life in Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights says, “States must provide safe access to abortion.”
Outraged Dad’s 8 Simple Words Shut Down School That Is Teaching Islam …“The organization CAIR is a front for the Muslim brotherhood and every member of CAIR is a member of The Muslim Brotherhood and all of them are members of HAMAS.CAIR is pushing this Islam teachings nation wide and infiltrating the school. These teaching are actually FORCED Conversion to Islam and it is ILLEGAL. Everybody on San Diego School Board shoud be fired ASAP.”
Saudi view of Trump’s new Iran approach ‘identical’ to Israel’s Saudi Arabia’s reaction to US President Donald Trump’s more confrontational posture toward Tehran was strikingly similar to Israel’s, highlighting the two countries’ common desire for a more determined American effort to counter Iranian influence in the region. On Saturday, King Salman praised Trump in a phone call for his “firm strategy” against “Iranian aggression and its support for terrorism in the region,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Erbil tells Peshmerga to be ready to defend Kurdistan against Baghdad The Peshmerga General Command released a statement on Friday, urging its forces to be ready to defend Kurdistan against the central government. “Last night, the forces of Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Units] and some Iraqi forces started moving and getting ready to attack the places under the control of Peshmerga around Kirkuk,” the statement read.
Somalia: At least 85 dead in Mogadishu blasts A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 85 people, officials say. Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel on Saturday. It is one of the deadliest attacks in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.
Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz, is just 31. The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Social Democrats are competing for second place, opinion polls suggest. The Social Democrats led the outgoing coalition with the ÖVP.
Iran nuclear deal: Global powers stand by pact despite Trump threat Global powers, including key US allies, have said they will stand by the Iran nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear apart. Mr Trump said on Friday that he would stop signing off on the agreement. The UK, France and Germany responded that the pact was “in our shared national security interest”. The EU said it was “not up to any single country to terminate” a “working” deal.
North Korea Missile Jitters Surface Ahead of U.S. War Games The U.S. and South Korea are readying for a new joint military exercise, raising the specter of another missile test by Pyongyang. The two nations will this week start a five-day drill off the Korean Peninsula, involving more than 40 naval vessels and both countries’ air forces…The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and the USS Stethem and USS Mustin destroyers will be deployed for the exercise, the commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet said.
Grim reality of NAFTA talks sets in after tough U.S. demands Negotiators from Canada and Mexico grappled with U.S. demands to drastically alter the North American Free Trade Agreement on Saturday, as talks over renewal of the pact vilified by President Donald Trump ran through a fourth straight day. Some downcast participants said the demands, unveiled this week in line with Trump’s “America First” agenda, have increased the odds of NAFTA’s demise.
ISIS facing collapse in Syria’s Raqqa Syrian government forces and their allies on Saturday said they seized the town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold in the country’s east, in a major gain in the race for territories previously held by the militant group.
Black Death PLAGUE: Outbreak ‘SPREADING FAST’ and could hit USA says shock warning AN OUTBREAK of pneumonic plague – commonly known as the Black Death – has killed at least 45 people and could become an epidemic in the United States, experts have warned. More than 231 cases of the contagious disease have been recorded in Madagascar this year, and the number of deaths is higher than in previous years due to the country’s “deteriorating” medical services.
Pence, Biden hit the trail in Virginia governor’s race The current and former vice presidents swooped into the Virginia governor’s race Saturday, with Vice President Mike Pence rallying for Republican Ed Gillespie in the state’s Trump-loving Southwest and Joe Biden hosting a low-key economic development roundtable for Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in vote-rich Northern Virginia.
Found: Real Reason “Bump Stock Bill” Is Being Pushed Through Unread In other words, somebody who bought a bump-fire stock years ago — completely legally — and tossed it into the back of their gun safe could face five years in prison if this bill became law. How would the government enforce such a ban? The only answer that makes any sense is chilling: Investigation of lawful gun owners and confiscation of previously-legal items.
Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Motion Picture Academy “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”
Magnitude 5.4 quake rumbles southern Mexico, no reports of damage 7360Three European powers party to a nuclear deal with Iran expressed “concern” with US President Donald Trump’s speech on the agreement on Friday, in which he threatened to “terminate” the accord unilaterally. The three US allies– Britain, France and Germany– cautioned Trump and the US Congress from walking down a dangerous path by “taking any steps that might undermine the JCPOA, such as re-imposing sanctions on Iran lifted under the agreement.”
Trump officially decertifies Iran deal United States President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Trump said that while the US wouldn’t scrap the deal, it could “leave at any time”. Speaking at the White House, Trump said that “We cannot and will not make this certification. We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.”
US Treasury sanctions Iran’s Revolutionary GuardsThe United States Treasury announced that it will slap sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite unit considered close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in addition to sanctioning four organizations it says supports Iran’s military. The move came after Trump officially decertified Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal and vowed to implement “tough sanctions” on the Revolutionary Guard Corps. Trump vowed to end Iran’s support for terrorism around the world, calling the sanctions “long overdue”.
George Barna Explains How Christians Altered America’s Future by Supporting Trump Last November A veteran researcher has detailed how on Nov. 8, 2016, Christian conservatives altered the course of American history by voting overwhelmingly for and delivering victory to Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States. And though the mainstream press derides or ignores them, he says, such Christians will retain their influence if and only if they stay alert and engaged. To the chagrin of secular progressives, particularly in the mass media, George Barna believes that spiritually active, government engaged conservatives — SAGE Cons he calls them — continue to leave an indelible mark on American political life.
Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on return visit The most recent models of the space rock’s future path, which can be altered by Earth’s gravity each time it makes a close pass, have ruled out the possibility that it will impact Earth when it makes another close call in 2050. But the same can’t be said for its visit in 2079.
Analysis: Turkey plans move to box in Kurds in northern Syria The Turkish military this week scouted Syria’s Idlib province, in the northwest of the country, in preparation for a military operation in the province. The deployment of a reconnaissance team into Idlib came days after Turkish troops and armor massed on the Turkish-Syrian border, and a section of the border wall was dismantled to allow the passage of military vehicles.
Iran ‘behind cyber attack’ on British lawmakers in June Iran carried out a cyber attack on British lawmakers earlier this year, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing an intelligence assessment of the incident. The report came the day after Britain joined other European countries in warning the United States against harming a nuclear deal with Iran. Britain’s parliament was hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber attack in June, designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country’s health service.
Tensions flare between Kurds and Baghdad Tensions and fears of impending conflict have risen between Baghdad’s central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s autonomous region. On the night of October 13th there was gunfire in Tuz Khurmatu south of Kirkuk with local reports of several killed and injured. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters it was essential “we keep any potential for conflict off the table.” US advisors and special forces serve with both the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi Security Forces.
Antibiotic resistance could spell end of modern medicine, says chief medic England’s chief medical officer has repeated her warning of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she urged world leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Prof Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it would spell “the end of modern medicine”. Without the drugs used to fight infections, common medical interventions such as caesarean sections, cancer treatments and hip replacements would become incredibly risky and transplant medicine would be a thing of the past, she said.
Hepatitis A outbreak: State of emergency declared in California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the deadly hepatitis A outbreak in California. The emergency proclamation, which was issued by Brown on Friday, allows the state to increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the current outbreak. Immunizations from the federal vaccine program have been distributed to at-risk populations in affected areas, but additional supplies are needed, according to a statement released by Brown’s office.
More police departments and other first-responders are using drones IN JUNE a search-and-rescue team in Colorado used a drone to spot lost hikers in a pine forest, shaving hours off the time it would have taken to find the hikers using dogs, and thousands of dollars off the cost of doing so with a helicopter. In August police officers in Maine used a drone to snap 81 photos of the aftermath of a collision between a pickup truck and a blueberry lorry. The process took 14 minutes, instead of the hoursofficers said would usually have been required.
Israel plans to follow US in exiting UNESCO Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday night Israel plans to pull out of the United Nations’ cultural agency following the “brave and moral” decision by the United States to withdraw from UNESCO. Netanyahu said UNESCO has become a “theater of the absurd because instead of preserving history, it distorts it.” He has ordered Israeli diplomats to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organization in concert with the Americans.
Turkey orders detention of 100 former police officers in post-coup probe: Anadolu Turkish authorities issued detention warrants on Saturday for 100 former police officers and have so far detained 63 of them, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, as part of a widening crackdown since last year’s failed coup attempt. The suspects were believed to be users of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app which the government says was used by the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating last July’s abortive putsch.
IRS puts Equifax contract on hold during security review The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has temporarily suspended a contract worth more than $7 million…awarded to Equifax Inc following a security issue with the beleaguered credit reporting agency’s website… Equifax, which disclosed last month that cyber criminals breached its systems between mid-May and late July and made off with sensitive data on 145.5 million people, said on Thursday it shut down one of its website pages after discovering that a third-party vendor was running malicious code on the page.
Trump refuses to recertify Obama’s Iran deal President Trump refused Friday to certify that Iran is complying with Barack Obama’s expensive Iran nuclear deal, which cost American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cash, telling members of Congress there are “many serious flaws” that need to be addressed. The decision not to recertify doesn’t mean the deal collapses immediately. Under a 2015 law, the president must inform Congress every 90 days if Iran is complying.
Trump administration: ‘Life begins at conception’ The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception. The personhood of the unborn child is central to the abortion debate — as even the justice who wrote the landmark Roe v. Wade opinion has acknowledged — because, if established in law, it would nullify a “right” to abortion. The largely overlooked HHS strategic plan for 2018-22 states the agency “accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”
US pulls out of UNESCO, citing ‘anti-Israel’ bias The United States said Thursday that it was pulling out of the UN’s culture and education body, accusing it of “anti-Israel bias” in a move that underlines Washington’s drift away from international institutions. Following years of tension at UNESCO, which is in the process of electing a new director-general, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that Washington planned to withdraw.
Germany to work to maintain global unity if US de-certifies Iran deal The German government on Friday vowed to work for continued global unity if US President Donald Trump announces that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord negotiated by world powers, as expected. “We have a great interest in the continuation of this international unity. If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.
Hillary Clinton vows to give Harvey Weinstein money to charity – but suffers huge backlash HILLARY Clinton has given campaign donations from disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to charity – but all may not be as it appears…questions were raised over whether she should contribute the money on top of her usual 10 per cent. If not, the cash would appear to be replacing dollars she was already handing over. It is also not known if the money will end up going to her own charity, the Clinton Foundation. The lack of clarity sparked a furious online backlash against Mrs Clinton.
California wildfires: Death toll climbs to 29 The number of people confirmed dead in wildfires sweeping northern California has climbed to 29, as officials warned that conditions would worsen. Hundreds of people remain missing as at least 22 fires rampaged across the state’s famous wine country.