Deadly South Asia floods affect 16m people More than 16 million people have now been affected by seasonal flooding across a swathe of South Asia, say aid officials. The floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India are thought to have killed about 500 people and are expected to worsen. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says it is becoming one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years.
US to review China intellectual property policies The US has formally launched an investigation into China’s policies regarding intellectual property. The top US trade official, Robert Lighthizer, said his office had “determined that these critical issues merit a thorough investigation”. The move was expected after President Donald Trump asked Mr Lighthizer to review China’s practices.
Barcelona attack: New manhunt for suspected driver The driver in Thursday’s van attack that killed 13 people in a tourist area of Barcelona may still be alive and on the run, Spanish police say. They are hunting for Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, now named by Spanish media as the suspected driver. A man previously reported as the key suspect, Moussa Oukabir, 17, was one of five men killed by police after a later attack in Cambrils, west of Barcelona.
Finland killings: Stabbings in Turku a ‘terror attack’ Police in Finland say they believe the killing of two people in the south-western city of Turku on Friday was a terrorist attack. They said the attacker, who was shot in the leg by police and taken into custody, was an 18-year-old Moroccan. The two people stabbed to death were both Finnish. Eight people were also injured, among them two Swedes and one Italian.
Boston braces for rival protests week after Charlottesville Officials in Boston, Massachusetts, are bracing for possible confrontations as rival protests converge on the city centre on Saturday. The organisers of the conservative “Free Speech Rally” said they would not offer a platform to racism or bigotry. A counter-protest is also planned, with some 11,000 people saying on Facebook they plan to attend.
Hamas holds war-ready summer camp graduation Hamas held a closing ceremony in the Gaza Strip on Friday for a batch of the 120,000 boys and girls attending the Islamist movement’s controversial summer schools. The ceremony, for some 1,000 students who took part in camps in the southern city of Khan Yunis, was framed as part of the militant group’s plan to continue its armed conflict with Israel.
Steve Bannon: ‘I’m leaving the White House and going to war’ for Trump Steve Bannon is on his way out at the White House – but the fiery, anti-establishment conservative who helped Donald Trump win the presidency says he getting ready to wage his populist campaign from the outside. “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon told Bloomberg on Friday.
“This Is Dangerous”: Digital Activists Slam Tech Firms For Banning Neo-Nazi WebsitesThe Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, best known for its activism surrounding net neutrality has a simple message: even though you don’t agree with their message, banning people from the internet is a slippery slope. Which is why it called on domain-name companies like Google and GoDaddy to “draw a hard line” and not remove or suspend websites based solely on their content. Quoted by Reuters: Cindy Cohn, EFF CEO wrote in a blog post that “We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was dangerous.”
Two Former Wasserman Schultz IT Aides Indicted For Conspiracy Against U.S.A federal grand jury Thursday indicted two former information technology (IT) aides of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — Pakistani-born Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi — on four counts of conspiracy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The FBI arrested Awan at Dulles International Airport July 24 as he was preparing to board a flight to Pakistan.
Congressman: WikiLeaks’ Assange ‘has info of dramatic importance to U.S.’‘I would bet that we are going to get information that will be mind-boggling’ “He has information that will be of dramatic importance to the United States and the people of our country as well as to our government,” Rohrabacher said, according to the Daily Caller. “Thus if he comes up with that, you know he’s going to expect something in return. He can’t even leave the embassy to get out to Washington to talk to anybody if he doesn’t have a pardon. Assange also requested Rohrabacher arrange for the WikiLeaks organization to be granted a seat in the White House press briefing room.
Total Solar Eclipse “Final Wake-Up Call” for American Jews: End-of-Days ExpertA rare confluence of conflicting elemental forces may appear next Monday off the coast of America, when a rare hurricane is expected to hit the north Atlantic precisely as the shadow of a total solar eclipse passes overhead. A prominent End-of-Days expert sees this as a powerful last-ditch wake-up call for America, with an especially chilling message for American Jews.
Israeli, Czech special forces complete joint urban-warfare exercise
A joint, two-week-long military exercise between Israeli and Czech special forces in the Negev Desert came to a close on Tuesday. The IDF’s elite Duvdevan unit and the Czech Armed Force’s 601st Special Forces Group participated in the drill. The exercise was held at Tze’elim Army Base and emphasized urban warfare, including techniques for breaking into structures.
Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona
Spanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens. Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out. Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday.
US senator Chappelle-Nadal’s Trump assassination post investigated
A state senator from Missouri is being investigated by the US Secret Service for saying she hopes President Donald Trump will be assassinated. Democratic state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted the comment on Facebook but later deleted it. The Secret Service has confirmed they are “looking into the comments” and say “all threats against the President” will be investigated.
Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: ‘An absolute disgraceful act’
Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments. Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid.
Venezuela’s Maduro Regime Steps Up Crackdown on Dissidents
Venezuela’s government is intensifying its crackdown on critics of President Nicolas Maduro, ordering the detention of the husband of former Public Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz and separate investigations of prominent opposition leaders. Ortega said in a post on her Twitter account that secret police were raiding the family’s home in Caracas.
Ukraine central bank warns of new cyber-attack risk
The Ukrainian central bank said…it had warned state-owned and private lenders of the appearance of new malware…like those that knocked out global systems in June…”Therefore on Aug. 11…, the central bank promptly informed banks about the appearance of new malicious code, its features, compromise indicators and the need to implement precautionary measures to prevent infection,” the central bank told Reuters in emailed comments.
Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer Indicted By Grand Jury On 4 Counts
The walls may be closing in on Debbie Wasserman Schultz after her former IT aide, the one who was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport last month while trying to flee the country to Pakistan via Qatar, has officially been indicted by a grand jury on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements.
The U.S. Military Will Be Conducting ‘A Major Military Exercise’ On The Korean Peninsula During The Solar Eclipse
On August 21st, approximately 25,000 U.S. troops will join “tens of thousands” from the South Korean military to conduct a “major military exercise” that is already triggering threats from North Korea. Considering the fact that any sort of provocation could cause a nuclear war to erupt on the Korean peninsula, is this really a wise thing to do? The more research that I do on this upcoming solar eclipse, the stranger things become. When I first started hearing about this eclipse many months ago, I didn’t pay too much attention, but now after looking into it extensively I do believe that it is going to be quite significant.
“Let’s Blow Up Mount Rushmore” Says Vice
We’ve hit peak crazy here. A prominent online news publication says, “Let’s blow up Mt. Rushmore.” No, this is not al-Qaeda’s “Inspire” magazine or the Islamic State’s “Dabiq” propaganda publication – it’s Brooklyn based Vice News.
Stunner! Eclipse aligns with biblical day of repentanceFor centuries, one particular day has signified repentance for God’s people. It had deep meaning for Jonah, Moses and Jesus Christ. And this year, Aug. 21 – the first of Elul on the biblical calendar – contains a critical message for American Christians, as it will be the date of a total solar eclipse that will traverse the entire United States.
First they came for our statues…Whether destroying statues of Robert E. Lee or Abraham Lincoln – those who try to erase the past are eerily reminiscent of UNESCO denying the Jewish roots on the Temple Mount.
Media plead ignorance of the ‘alt-left’Members of the national media are disputing President Trump’s decision to blame the “alt-left” for engaging in acts of violence, and many say there is no such thing even though the term has been used for months.
FBI ‘Reopens’ FOIA Case On Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting After Getting Caught In LieThe letter quite simply stated there were “no records responsive to your request.” Of course, since the DOJ has subsequently provided numerous documents which include email traffic with various FBI officials we now know that the FBI’s original response was either (i) just a simple reflection of their complete incompetence (best case) or (ii) an outright lie (worst case).
Court freezes law that retroactively legalized unauthorized settler homes The High Court of Justice has temporarily frozen the Settlements Law, which retroactively legalizes settler homes illegally built on private Palestinian property. Earlier this month Attorney General Avihai Mandelblitt had asked for a permanent injunction until completion of the adjudication process.
Israel’s Government Press Office revokes Al Jazeera press card The Government Press Organization invalidated the press credentials of an Al Jazeera reporter on Wednesday, after he said his journalism was part of the Palestinian “resistance.” Communications Minister Ayoub Kara sent the information about Elias Karam, a senior reporter at Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau, to the GPO as part of Kara’s efforts to shut down the Qatari-owned cable news channel in Israel.
Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day Spain’s coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals. The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddleboats and a jet ski and included 35 children and a baby. The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year – three times as many as the previous year.
Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj Saudi Arabia will open its border with Qatar to allow Muslim pilgrims to attend the annual Hajj in Mecca beginning this month, state media say. The announcement came after the first high-level meeting between the neighbours since Saudi Arabia and three other states cut all links in June. They accuse Qatar of aiding terrorists – a charge the emirate denies.
Special counsel’s Russia probe loses top FBI investigator One of the FBI’s top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News. The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead.
U.S. Begins Nafta Negotiations With Harsh Words The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is off to a rocky start. The Trump administration lectured Canada and Mexico on the failures of the current agreement at an opening news conference Wednesday morning, while behind closed doors negotiators began to seek significant concessions from America’s neighbors.
Assad’s march east compounds West’s Syria dilemma Syria’s war has entered a new phase as President Bashar al-Assad extends his grip in areas being captured from Islamic State, using firepower freed by Russian-backed truces in western Syria. Backed by Russia and Iran, the government hopes to steal a march on U.S.-backed militias in the attack on Islamic State’s last major Syrian stronghold, the Deir al-Zor region that extends to the Iraqi border.
Time to deport the parents of terrorists to Gaza’ Tova Salomon reacted to the news that the IDF had destroyed the home of Halamish attacker Omar al-Abed with mixed feelings. “He can rebuild his home one day. My home can never be rebuilt,” she told Channel 2. Salomon, whose husband, son, and daughter were killed in a deadly Friday night terror attack in Halamish, visited the scene of the attack to collect things she had left behind. She has sworn never to set foot inside that house again after the massacre that unfolded there.
Trump Asks the One Question the Leftist Media Doesn’t Want Asked“Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Trump said. “So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop?”
The Secret Jewish Roots of the Vatican’s Sistine ChapelThe Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, perhaps the most famous Catholic prayer sanctuary in the world, has a deep, hidden connection to the Jewish faith: it shares features and measurements with King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem as described in the Bible. According to Rabbi Blech, the changes were motivated by a sinister desire to co-opt Jewish concepts in order to strengthen the Catholic dogma.
Israel’s Top Spies Head to DC for High-Level Security Talks With H.R. McMasterA senior Israeli security delegation will head to Washington this week for talks with United States National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell, Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and other senior officials, according to a report on the Axios website.
Two small earthquakes shake New Madrid zone in southeast MissouriThe ground shook three miles from Tiptonville, TN at around 8:00am. The town is located on the Mississippi river on the border with Missouri. The magnitude of this quake was 2.9 with a depth of five and a half miles. A 2.3 magnitude earthquake was reported six miles north of New Madrid, MO at around 12:30pm. The depth was at eight miles.
Philippine drug war sees ‘bloodiest night’ of deaths Philippine police have killed 32 people in drug raids, thought to be the highest death toll in a single day in the country’s war on drugs. The raids took place over 24 hours on Tuesday in Bulacan province, north of the capital Manila. Police said that those killed were suspected drug offenders who were armed and resisted officers.
India and China troops clash along Himalayan border A confrontation occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border in the western Himalayas, Indian officials said on Tuesday. The PTI news agency said soldiers threw stones, causing minor injuries to both sides, as Chinese troops tried to enter Indian territory near the Pangong lake. Beijing maintains that their soldiers were inside Chinese territory.
Household Debt Hits Record as Auto Loans and Credit Cards Climb U.S. household debt reached a new record of $12.8 trillion in the second quarter, driven by rising mortgage debt, a strong quarter for auto loan originations, and an uptick in credit-card balances, which reached their highest level since 2009. Today’s report marked the 12th consecutive quarterly increase in household debt, as Americans continue to re-embrace credit as the financial crisis recedes into memory.
Argentina warns US against military move on Venezuela US Vice President Mike Pence heard more complaints from Latin American allies Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s warning of a possible US military option to deal with the crisis in Venezuela. “The use of force is not the way,” but rather political pressure, Argentine President Mauricio Macri said at a news conference alongside Mike Pence, who is on a tour of Latin American countries.
Russia’s New Advanced Stealth Fighter Jet Named Su-57 Russia has designated its first indigenously designed and build fifth-generation stealth fighter the Su-57, the head of the Russian Air Force, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, told local media on August 11. “The decision has been made and the plane has got its name like a child after the birth. Su-57 is how we now call it,” TASS news agency quoted Bondarev.
How Obama Handled Racial Nationalist Attack …With several officers dead by the hand of a committed black nationalist, one might think the Obama administration may have considered the assassinations domestic terror and launched an investigation into groups associated with this ideology. Not at all. Barack Obama condemned the shootings, but he did not call out or even allude to Johnson’s hateful views. He did, however, blame “powerful weapons” for the violence.
Plague Breaks Out in Arizona …Fleas in two northern Arizona counties have tested positive for the plague, the infamous disease that killed millions in the middle ages. Residents and tourists camping the areas are warned to avoid contact with dead animals and burrowing rodents, which may carry the fleas. Pets should not be allowed to roam free. The CDC says outbreaks of the plague occasionally happen in the southwest during cool summers that follow wet winters. While deadly centuries ago, the plague can be treated with antibiotics.
Spitznagel: Why Cryptocurrencies Will Never Be Safe Havens “Cryptocurrencies are a very important development, and an enormous step in the direction toward the decentralization of monetary power. This has enormously positive potential, and I am a big cheerleader for their success. But caveat emptor – thinking that we are magically creating new stores-of-value and thus a new safe haven is a profound mistake.”
YouTube Begins Purging Alternative Media – Including Prophecy News WatchWe are one of the sites affected by this crackdown as our youtube videos have now been demonetized. In the last week, we’ve witnessed a massive crackdown on alternative media — the likes of which are unprecedented. Quite literally overnight, YouTube issued a sweeping update and demonetized thousands of video in accounts across the political spectrum.
Kim Jong Un appears to back down after Mattis, Trump warningsKim Jong Un appeared to blink first, with North Korean media reporting Tuesday the dictator had delayed a decision about whether to fire missiles toward Guam – a pronouncement that came hours after a particularly stark warning from Defense Secretary James Mattis promised further escalation would mean “game on.”
GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCHNOAA forecasters say there is a 55% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Aug. 16th increasing to 70% on Aug. 17th as Earth moves into a stream of fast-moving solar wind. The wind is flowing from a large hole in the sun’s northern atmosphere:
Solar Eclipse on Eve of Elul Signals Downfall of North Korea, Says Century-Old Jewish ProphecyAn esoteric prophecy written over a century ago described the solar eclipse that will traverse the entire United States next week and predicted, in shocking detail, what the astronomical event portends for the outcome of the current North Korean-US conflict. The total solar eclipse’s timing is meaningful according to the Jewish calendar. Incredibly, it comes precisely at the beginning of a Hebrew month – Elul – singled out in a Jewish source as having significance for the specific political situation the US is facing today with Eastern aggressors.
More Christians Than Jews Visited Israel in 2016, New Data RevealsFifty-four percent of the tourists who visited Israel last year were Christians. Of the Christian visitors, 38 percent were Catholic, 28 percent were Protestant and 28 percent were Eastern Orthodox. Jews comprised only 24 percent of tourists visiting Israel in 2016.
Israel will soon re-open embassy in Cairo Israel will soon re-open its embassy in Cairo, some nine months after it was closed due to security concerns, Israel media widely reported Tuesday. The Foreign Ministry would not confirm the reports, saying it does not discuss security arrangements at Israeli embassies. Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, David Govrin, was pulled out of the country with the entire embassy staff in December. He has been working out of Jerusalem since.
Iran may quit nuke deal if US imposes sanctions, Iran’s president warns Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of the possibility that Iran could drop out of the 2015 nuclear deal… The deal was made with a number of world powers and included the lifting of international sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. Rouhani’s warning, made in a televised address to parliament, said that Iran could abandon the deal within hours if the United States continues to impose sanctions.
Jordan: No entry for Israel’s ambassador until it probes Amman shooting Jordan has remained steadfast in its refusal to allow Israel to return its ambassador to Amman unless an Israeli security guard involved in a shooting at the embassy last month is brought to trial… Yahya Al-Saud, head of the Palestine Committee in Jordan’s parliament…confirmed that “an order was issued [Monday] banning the Israeli ambassador in the absence of an initial investigation in Israel over the actions of the security guard.”
Sierra Leone mudslides: Desperate dig for Freetown survivors The desperate dig for survivors is resuming in Sierra Leone’s capital, after mudslides and floods claimed the lives of more than 300 people. Their homes in Freetown were engulfed after part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed following heavy rain early on Monday morning. Many of the victims were still asleep in their beds when disaster struck.
Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU The government says it will propose an “innovative and untested approach” to customs checks as part of its Brexit negotiations. The model, one of two being put forward in a newly-published paper, would mean customs checks would not be needed at UK-EU borders. But “robust” enforcement would be required to avoid the UK being used to bypass EU border rules.
Venezuela’s Maduro orders military drill after Trump comments Venezuela’s president has ordered the armed forces to hold exercises following US President Donald Trump comments about military intervention. In a televised speech, Nicolás Maduro said Venezuelans had to be prepared to defend the country against “the imperialist boot”. The “civic-military” exercises are due to take place on 26-27 August.
Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle Plans to build the world’s “largest” data centre are being made public. The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle. The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropower available locally would help it keep its energy costs down.
Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England says in some cases patients will have no symptoms, but the infection can cause serious bloodstream and wound infections.
Iran Sending Warships to Atlantic Ocean Amid Massive New Military Buildup Iran is preparing to send a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic Ocean following the announcement of a massive $500 million investment in war spending, according to Iranian leaders, who say the military moves are in response to recent efforts by the United States to impose a package of new economic sanctions on Tehran.
Mossad chief to visit Washington to give security briefing on Syria Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sending a security delegation to the United States that will include Mossad director Yossi Cohen. American news site Axios reports that the delegation will arrive in Washington later in the week and will meet with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, his deputy Dina Powell, US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and other senior officials.
Taliban urge Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan The United States should withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan and stop listening to “stooges” in Kabul, the Taliban warned in an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The Trump administration is working to finalize a regional strategy that could include nearly 4,000 additional U.S. troops, part of a NATO-led coalition, that have been requested by commanders in the country.
Kim Jong-Un “Briefed On Guam Attack Plan”, Backs Off Threat Of Imminent Missile Launch “[Kim Jong-Un] said that if the planned fire of power demonstration is carried out as the U.S. is going more reckless, it will be the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks, underlining the need to be always ready for launching to go into action anytime once our Party decides.”
Soros Dips Into the Nazi Playbook at Charlottesville A public gather of two opposing forces turned into a violent brawl between the two groups. Beer glasses, chairs, tables, fists and clubs flew through the air, and severely injured people who were left lying covered with blood on the floor/ground. There were fatalities. No I am not talking about the deadly riots in Charlottesville, this happened in pre-Nazi Germany and the conflict between the two opposing forces, the Communists and the Nazis, set the stage for totalitarian government in Germany.
Civil war ‘becoming real threat for South Africa’ Civil war is looming larger and larger as a threat in South Africa as the once-prosperous nation pursues a race-driven agenda that already has damaged to its neighbors to the north, says Charl Van Wyk, a longtime missionary in the troubled nation.
Space agencies track trajectory of approaching asteroidAsteroid 2012 TC4 hasn’t been seen since its last brush with our planet five years ago, but calculations of its trajectory told astronomers that it would return in October 2017. Right on cue, the building-sized rock has now emerged from the darkness of space as it hurtles towards the Earth. NASA and the ESA plan to use it as a test run for the international Planetary Defense network, and have now been able to calculate its trajectory.
Bizarre Wildfire Visible From Space Rages on Ice ContinentIn an inexplicable mixture of fire and ice, a wildfire has been burning out of control in frozen Greenland, wreaking havoc with the ecosystem. The strange phenomenon of mixing opposing elements has its roots in the Bible, lending a deeper meaning to its reappearance. Even in the summer, 90 percent of Greenland is covered in a sheet of ice up to two miles thick, so when satellites first picked up thermal images indicating a large fire in late July, scientists thought it was an error in the data. It wasn’t until a pilot in a small airplane actually spotted the blaze on July 31 that scientists realized there was a problem.
A Prophetic Warning To Christian EducatorsTime and again in the Gospels, Jesus warned His listeners, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:25). This applies directly to our Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries. If we try to “save our lives” by capitulating to worldly standards, we will “lose our lives” in the process.
Study: Terrorists do understand IslamAn international organization that supports persecuted Christians has a heads-up for Western politicians and other leaders who continually insist Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and describe it as a “religion of peace.” It’s not, contends the England-based Barnabas Fund, citing a newly released study by Ednan Aslan, a professor of Islamic religious education at the University of Vienna. Aslan found that many jihadis and “other radical Islamists” have a “deep understanding of Islamic theology.”
Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheetScientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica. The project, by Edinburgh University researchers, has revealed almost 100 volcanoes – with the highest as tall as the Eiger, which stands at almost 4,000 metres in Switzerland. “We were amazed,” Bingham said. “We had not expected to find anything like that number.
Netanyahu: Time for Kurds to have their own stateBinyamin Netanyahu offered rare support for Kurdish independence, telling a visiting delegation of 33 Republican Congressmen last week that he was in favor of an independent state for the “brave, pro-Western people who share our values,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
Iranian official: No one will inspect our military centers“Both the great Iranian nation and the U.S. and the world should know that if there is only one demand in the whole world which will be rejected and if there is only one wish that will be taken to the grave, it is the Americans’ demand to visit our military centers,” Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said in a televised interview on Saturday.
‘Binyamin Netanyahu, enough is enough!’Likud MK Yehuda Glick moved his offices to the Old City of Jerusalem Monday, as part of a protest against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ban on MKs and government ministers ascending the Temple Mount.
Indonesia’s Sumatra island jolted by 6.6-magnitude quakeA 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Sunday, officials said, alarming residents who fled their homes. The quake hit at 10:08 a.m. at a depth of 6 miles and about 44 miles southwest of North Bengkulu province.
Palestinians call on Trump to back two-states, halt settlement building
The PLO Executive Committee called on US President Donald Trump’s administration to endorse the two-state solution and ask Israel to halt settlement building, days after the White House announced a team of envoys including senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in the coming days.
Hezbollah leader: Perhaps Israel should move nuclear research center
On Sunday Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech to mark the 11th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War. He called to the Israeli leadership not to stop at the closure of the Haifa ammonia tank – which was ordered closed due to health hazards – but to continue and move the nuclear research center in Dimona. He also referred to the Second Lebanon War as “a divine victory.”
Australia church abuse: Priests ‘must report’ confessions
Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended. It is among 85 proposals to emerge from a landmark inquiry into institutional abuse in the nation. The inquiry had heard harrowing tales of abuse, which were never passed on to the relevant authorities.
Yemen cholera epidemic: Cases exceed 500,000 in four months
The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from an epidemic in war-torn Yemen has reached 500,000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. At least 1,975 people have died since the waterborne disease began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The WHO said the overall caseload had declined since July, but that 5,000 people a day were still being infected.
Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m
Iran’s parliament has voted in favour of boosting investment in its missile defence and foreign operations programmes by more than $500m (£386m). The bill, which received overwhelming approval, is in response to the latest round of US sanctions against Tehran. The US imposed sanctions after a ballistic missile test in January.
Guam leader backs ‘punch in the nose’ for Pyongyang
Guam’s leader said Monday that “sometimes a bully can only be stopped with a punch in the nose”, in a spirited defence of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against North Korea which has the island in its crosshairs. While Trump’s critics accuse him of inflaming tensions with Pyongyang, Guam governor Eddie Calvo said he was grateful the US leader was taking a strong stance against North Korean threats to his Pacific homeland.
Chicago still leads nation in homicides; violent crime on rise in other big cities
Violent crime is on the rise this year in some of the country’s biggest cities, according to statistics, which find Chicago still leads as the deadliest city while homicide cases have spiked in Baltimore and New Orleans. The 62 police departments that provided data for the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s midyear crime survey reported 3,081 homicides in the first six months of the year, an increase of 3 percent over the same time last year.
Netanyahu: Iran is expanding its influence in Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran was expanding its regional influence in Syria. Netanyahu said the government was briefed by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen on the security challenges Israel faces. “I’ll give you a summary in one sentence—ISIS going out, Iran coming in. Simple. We’re mostly talking about Syria,” he said during a ceremony in Ashdod.
Uh-oh: Look who’s supporting McMaster now
…the McMaster controversy is just a symptom of the clear, emerging pattern of Muslim Brotherhood influence over the U.S. government that started under the Clinton and Bush administrations and became entrenched under President Obama, said Philip Haney, a former Homeland Security officer and co-author of “See Something, Say Nothing.” “This is the swamp, Part II,” Haney said.
Judicial Watch: Media Ignore Lawsuit Against DNC, Wasserman Schultz
News outlets are ignoring a class-action lawsuit filed by 150 Democrat voters and donors against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its former chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, for the “breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, unjust enrichment, and negligent misrepresentation for secretly helping Clinton get the presidential nomination over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders,” according to Judicial Watch.
Intel Memo: Marco Rubio Targeted For Assassination By Venezuela Lawmaker
Senator Marco Rubio may have been targeted for assassination by one of Venezuela’s most powerful lawmakers and long time secretive head of the country’s security services. According to the Miami Herald, the US Department of Homeland Security disseminated a sensitive memo to federal agencies last month which identified Diosdado Cabello Rondon as behind the “order to have Senator Rubio assassinated.”