Iran says it supports Russian efforts to bring south Syria under army control Iran supports a Russian-led effort to impose Syrian government control over the south of Syria, a senior Iranian security official was quoted as saying on Saturday, amid reports that Damascus is preparing a major military offensive in the area. Russia said last week that only Syrian army troops should be on the country’s southern border with Jordan and Israel.
Sisi sworn in for second Egyptian presidential term Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second term as president before the Egyptian parliament on Saturday, after a landslide victory in a March election in which all serious opponents had withdrawn. Egyptian air force fighter planes and helicopters buzzed over the former military chief’s motorcade as he approached parliament early on Saturday.
BDS fly Hezbollah flag at Israel-South Africa photo exhibition Protesters and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement made several attempts to disrupt the opening of the #YallaYebo photography exhibition in South Africa on Thursday night. Several scuffles broke out as the BDS supporters waved Hezbollah flags covered in red paint and compared Jews to Nazis, while hurling abuse in an attempt to provoke violence.
South China Sea dispute: Mattis says China ‘intimidating neighbours’ China is deploying missiles in the disputed South China Sea to intimidate and coerce its neighbours, US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said. Speaking in Singapore, General Mattis said Beijing’s actions called into question its broader goals. He also said the issue of US troops in South Korea was “not on the table” at this month’s summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Pedro Sánchez is sworn in as Spain’s new prime minister Spanish Socialist Pedro Sánchez has been sworn in as the country’s new prime minister by King Felipe after the ousting of conservative Mariano Rajoy. Mr Sánchez, who is an atheist, took the oath to protect the constitution without a bible or crucifix – a first in Spain’s modern history. He plans to see out the remaining two years of the parliamentary term.
Black unemployment rate hits new record low in May The unemployment rate for black workers hit new record lows in May, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Black unemployment fell sharply to 5.9 percent, beating out the 6.6 percent record low that was set a month earlier. The unemployment rate for Hispanic workers hit a record low in April, at 4.8 percent, but it rose slightly to 4.9 percent in May.
Pope convenes Big Oil, investors to talk climate change Pope Francis is hosting a gathering next week at the Vatican with executives of major oil producers and investment firms to talk about how the companies can address climate change, according to several people familiar with the event.
Calif. Goes Easy On HIV Transmission, Then Blames Racism For Rise In STD Rates Even for California, it’s crazy. A state so dedicated to sexual freedom that it recently decided it’s no longer a felony to knowingly expose a partner to a potentially deadly HIV infection is finding itself confronted with a rising tide of sexually transmitted diseases. Then decides the culprit has to be anything but the most obvious reason: It’s got to be racism.
Tell Congress: Stop Beijing’s U.S. port takeover …Cosco Shipping Holdings Company, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, is buying a competitor that has the long-term concession to operate the Long Beach port. If the deal goes through, a company controlled by the Communist Party of China will be running America’s largest port.
Never Drink Another Starbucks Coffee Again, It Funds Planned Parenthood Your tax dollars aren’t the only thing supporting Planned Parenthood — proceeds from your daily coffee may be too! By now, Starbucks’s grande agenda on social issues isn’t a surprise to anyone, except maybe its CEO. Yesterday, in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Kevin Johnson seemed completely oblivious to Starbucks’s ongoing relationship with the abortion giant through its matching gift program.
Feds bust four fake cancer charities that defrauded $187 million from Americans A string of cancer charities — the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, the Breast Cancer Society and the Children’s Cancer Fund of America — have turned out to be manipulative frauds run by a family of con artists. The money they raised for cancer patients actually went to pay for personal luxuries instead — Disney World trips, jet ski outings, new cars, college tuition and luxury travel.
IDF: Some Hamas Rockets Made in Iran; UNRWA Sacks Used in Terror Tunnels As Hamas changed tactics, ending eight weeks of violent riots attacking Israel’s security fence in favor of rocket and mortar barrages, unlikely sources for their terror efforts were discovered. The IDF released a statement saying the some of the more than 70 rockets and mortars fired into Israel in the last week were made in Iran.
Is Biblical King Og Rematch About to Take Place In Syria? Daraa, a small city in southern Syria noted for being the powderkeg that set off Syria’s civil war seven years ago is about to become the scene of what may be the final battle between Syrian government forces and the rebels. The city’s identity as a battlefield has its roots in the Bible, and according to Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, it may be the surrogate that replaces Israel as the scene of the devastating War of Gog and Magog.
Moment of truth arrives for EU after U.S. tariffs strike After all the condemnation of U.S. tariffs on EU metal exports and calls for unity, the European Union still has two decisions to make – how hard to hit back at the United States and whether to engage in trade talks with Washington.
Marc Thiessen: Democrats’ dishonesty about MS-13 hands Trump a winning issue How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as “Diabolico”) told the young girl that “the Beast” wanted “a soul” before having his partner shoot her in the head and dump her body on a street corner. MS-13 is a demonic death cult. And President Trump has Nancy Pelosi defending its members’ humanity.
Imran Awan Allegedly Tried ‘To Hide His Money’ While DOJ Negotiates With Him Embattled former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan has as recently as weeks ago attempted to get someone to create an LLC to hide the ownership of real estate, and two people to buy a $40,000 gold bar for him, sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation. This while his lawyer has told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran “doesn’t have a pot to piss in.”
After embassy move, Trump weighs Jerusalem consulate changes US President Donald Trump considers bestowing US envoy to Israel David Friedman authority over US outpost in charge of Palestinian affairs; such move would have significant policy implications since it suggests Washington considers Palestinian Authority to be under Israel’s jurisdiction; Friedman, who has pushed for changes to consulate since arriving in Israel, is seen by Palestinian leadership as staunchly pro-Israel.
IDF sees possibility of settlement with Hamas As another round of clashes winds down, a senior Southern Command officer says Israel is ‘closer to than ever for a battle greater than the previous Gaza war,’ adds IDF does not wish for it, but remains prepared.
Google labels Republicans ‘Nazis’ Under fire along with Facebook and other social media giants for its left-leaning bias, Google listed “Nazism” as the chief ideology of the California Republican Party. The designation was in a “knowledge panel,” a summary that pops up next to search results, reported Vice News.
Report: Iranian forces, Hezbollah prepare to leave southern Syria Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah, are preparing to withdraw from southern Syria against the backdrop of regional and international negotiations currently underway between the United States, Russia and Jordan over the war-torn country’s future, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday. Specifically, the London-based organization reported, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to withdraw forces from the Dara and Kuneitra areas near Israel’s northern border.
Haley: ‘We’ll veto UNSC resolution for force to protect Palestinians’ The United Stated pledged to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution that calls for an international protection force for the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Kuwaiti draft which will be debated on Friday afternoon in New York, was initially written in response to the IDF shooting of Palestinians during violet riots on Israel’s border with Gaza, during an eight week event dubbed the Great March of Return.
ANZ, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup face ‘criminal cartel’ charges Financial institutions ANZ, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup will be prosecuted on criminal cartel charges, Australia’s consumer watchdog says. The allegations concern arrangements for the sale of A$2.5bn (£1.4bn; $1.9bn) worth of ANZ shares in 2015. The three banks said they would fight the charges. ANZ said it would also defend allegations against an employee.
Italy government: Giuseppe Conte to head populist coalition A coalition government has been agreed in Italy, ending months of uncertainty in the EU’s fourth-biggest economy. Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte presented his list of ministers to President Sergio Mattarella for the second time in a week and the new government will be sworn in on Friday. Ministers are drawn from both the anti-establishment Five Star (M5S) and the right-wing League.
Gaza violence: Red Cross sends surgeons ‘to help health crisis’ The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it will send two surgical teams to Gaza to help with an “unprecedented health crisis”. More than 13,000 Palestinians have been injured since violence flared up along the border with Israel in March, the aid agency says. As well as surgeons, it will send other medical staff and additional supplies.
Chinese SILENT KILLER lasers can now eliminate aircraft – as tensions with US soar Chinese company Poly Technologies showed off its new bit of next-age tech at a military exhibition in Kazakhstan this week. The “Silent Killer” laser is able to obliterate unmanned drones from about 328 yards away. It is, however, only able to target slow-moving, low-flying, and small-sized targets. Silent killer’s lasers are also able to jam incoming electronic attacks, effectively making an hack attempt impossible.
Report: US Oil Output Jumps To Record High In March U.S. crude oil production jumped 215,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) to 10.47 million bbl/d in March, the highest on record, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a monthly report on May 31. Production in Texas rose by 4% to almost 4.2 million bbl/d, a record high based on the data going back to 2005. The Permian Basin, which stretches across West Texas and eastern New Mexico, is the largest U.S. oil field.
Russia reportedly gives Israel conditional ‘green light’ on Syria strikes Russia gave Israel the “green light” to operate in Syria’s territory, so long as assets belonging to the Syrian regime remain unscathed, a Russian source told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper Friday. According to the same Russian official…Russia and Israel also reached an understanding regarding removing Iranian forces from Syria’s southern frontier.
Israel to invest in neglected Palestinian areas in Jerusalem The Israeli government on Thursday unveiled what it billed as a groundbreaking program to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in long-neglected Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem. The “Leading Change” program aims to reduce the huge social gaps between the Palestinian neighborhoods and the overwhelmingly Jewish western part of the city.
U.S. allies hit back at Washington’s steel, aluminum tariffs Canada and Mexico retaliated on Thursday after Washington imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports while the European Union had its own reprisals ready to go, reviving investor fears of a global trade war. Germany’s Economy Minister said early on Friday the EU might look to coordinate its response with Canada and Mexico.
Mandatory evacuation ordered as Hawaii eruption hits four-week mark The Hawaii community hardest hit by the Kilauea Volcano was ordered sealed off under a strict new mandatory evacuation on Thursday as the eruption marked its fourth week with no end in sight. The Big Island’s mayor, Harry Kim, declared a roughly 17-block swath of the lava-stricken Leilani Estates subdivision off-limits indefinitely and gave any residents remaining there 24 hours to leave or face possible arrest.
Google labels Republicans ‘Nazis’ Under fire along with Facebook and other social media giants for its left-leaning bias, Google listed “Nazism” as the chief ideology of the California Republican Party.
Catholic League: Irish Central Celebrates Abortion, Just Like the Nazis Commenting on Irish Central news’ support for legalizing abortion in Ireland and its comparison of the win to the “glorious” victory of gay marriage, Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the publication had rejected morality and was exhibiting the same “mentality” as the “Nazis.”
Cryptic emergency alert panics Oregon city’s residents Oregon’s emergency alert systems blasted a cryptic alert to cellphones around the capital city, panicking residents by telling them simply “Civil Emergency” and “Prepare for Action” and leaving off that the threat was toxic algae at a local water supply.
Why millions of college kids are mentally ‘disabled’ “As many as one in four students at some elite U.S. colleges are now classified as disabled, largely because of mental-health issues such as depression or anxiety,” starts the Wall Street Journal’s recent report on the alarmingly high level of mental disorders and psychological problems currently plaguing America’s college students.
Russia Brokers Deal Keeping Iran Out of Region Bordering With Israel
Russia is doubling-down on its demand that non-Syrian forces step back from the border with Israel. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed the situation in Syria on Tuesday at the international Primakov Readings Forum, an international think-tank annual summit held in Moscow. TASS Russian news agency reported his statements. “We have well-known agreements concerning the southwestern de-escalation zone,” he said. “Those agreements were concluded by Russia, the United States, and Jordan.”
Israel Has Nothing to Fear from Trump’s Plan?
Jonathan S. Tobin, editor-in-chief of the Jewish News Syndicate, argues that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has nothing to worry about!” when it comes to the expected Trump plan that recognizes “Palestine” with Jerusalem as its capital, even though such a plan normally “would be fiercely opposed by the Israeli right and could potentially set off a coalition crisis.” Why is this lack of concern? Because “Palestinians will reliably say ‘no’ to any peace deal,” making it virtually certain that “Trump’s peace plan will be dead on arrival.”
Former Mossad chief: In 2011, Netanyahu ordered 2-week Iran attack plan
According to the former Mossad chief, Israel was closer than ever to attacking Iran in 2011. This is when Netanyahu instructed Mossad chief Pardo and then-chief of staff Benny Gantz to prepare for the P15+ plan, which meant improving Israel’s defense so that it would be prepared to attack Iran within 15 days of the order.
After another round of violence, it is time for a Gaza plan
As a delicate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza appeared to go into effect on Wednesday after the biggest escalation since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, it was time to play the blame game. While Egypt was credited with mediating a truce between the parties and Jerusalem officially held Hamas accountable for the dozens of rockets fired at Israel on Tuesday…
Haley calls Security Council response to Gazan volleys ‘outrageous’
Nikki Haley, US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the UN, tore into the organization on Wednesday for what she characterized as a lackadaisical response to the firing of over 70 rockets on Israel from Gaza the day before…”Apparently some council members didn’t think Hamas launching rockets qualified as terrorism,” she continued, but “the United States begs to differ.”
Key North Korea official meets Pompeo in New York
The right-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York to discuss a historic summit. Gen Kim Yong-chol dined with Mr Pompeo after flying in from China, and the two are due to meet again on Thursday. He is the most senior North Korean to visit the US in nearly 20 years.
Colombia Hidroituango dam: ‘The river took my house’
…Puerto Valdivia is just one of the communities affected by a series of emergencies which have hit Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, Hidroituango. Tens of thousands of people living downstream from the dam have been evacuated and the emergencies just keep coming. The Hidroituango dam over the river Cauca, …was just months from completion when on 28 April a landslide near the site blocked a tunnel built to divert the river’s flow while construction was going on.
Assad: There are no Iranian forces in Syria
Syrian President Bashar Assad has rebuffed claims of an Iranian military presence in his country, while accusing Israel of launching attacks on his territory and of propagating “lies” about its massive aerial offensive launched earlier in May. “Israel is attacking us, but we are only becoming stronger and improving our defenses even more,” he said in an interview with Russia Today. “That is the only way to stop the Israeli attacks, and we are doing that.”
U.S. to slap tariffs on steel, aluminum from EU on Thursday
Washington will announce plans to slap tariffs on EU steel and aluminum imports as early as Thursday morning, sources said, while the U.S. commerce secretary said any escalation of their trade dispute would depend on the bloc’s reaction. The two sources briefed on the matter said the decision would land before a Friday expiration deadline for exemptions to the planned tariffs.
China rejects ‘ridiculous’ U.S. accusation of South China Sea militarization
U.S. assertions that China is militarizing the South China Sea are “ridiculous”, China said on Thursday, after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington would confront China’s actions in the disputed waterways. Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would push back against what it sees as China’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea despite China’s condemnation of a voyage through the region on the weekend by two U.S. Navy ships.
China says carrier group has reached ‘initial’ combat readiness
The carrier group led by China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has reached “initial” combat readiness, the defense ministry said on Thursday, in another significant step in the country’s ambitious military modernization program. Little is known about the aircraft carrier program, which China regards as a state secret.
Israeli rabbis: This year marks the end of ‘the left’
“The left” is going down! This year! That’s according to two Jewish rabbis, one a leading Sephardic rabbi who is the spiritual head of a political party and the second a Torah Codes expert who has analyzed what he regards as clues hidden in the Scriptures.
Vatican & Banks Overthrow Election In Italy
The European Union political establishment, allied with Pope Francis & the Vatican, have overthrown democracy in Italy. Leo Zagami reports from Italy on how this happened and what is likely to happen next.
Storms and lightning kill at least 47 in India
Storms and lightning across a swathe of northern India have killed at least 47 people, officials said Tuesday, the latest deaths from freak weather that has battered the country this month.
‘Kind of alarming’: Number of new gonorrhea cases in Alaska skyrockets in 2017
The number of new gonorrhea cases in Alaska increased by 51 percent in 2017 compared to the year before, a statistic that’s concerning to public health officials, the state health department said. “This is kind of alarming,” said Susan Jones, HIV and STD program manager for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. “Alaskans need to know what’s going on to protect themselves.”
Roseanne Says Having 7 Personalities Is Tough
…Roseanne, who first told the world that she has multiple personality disorder in 1994, says it’s not easy dealing with switching between “Somebody” and “Nobody.” Those are just two of the names the former sitcom queen has given to her personalities, which she says total seven in all. The rest she calls Baby, Cindy, Susan, Joey, and Heather. In an interview in the August issue of Esquire magazine, Roseanne says that after 10 years of hard work, she’s managed to integrate the differing personalities.
School’s suspension of privacy rights headed to Supremes?
The U.S. Supreme Court likely will consider the case of a school district that has taken away the privacy rights of the vast majority of students to provide special rights to a few. The few contend they are of the opposite sex. That is, some boys say they are girls, and some girls say they are boys. And when they demanded the right to use the rest rooms and locker facilities of their choice, the school, Boyertown Area School District, simply said yes.
Feds want to program genes to halt flu, other threats
The federal government is launching a research effort that will look for ways to program genetic codes to protect people, especially military service members and first responders, from the flu, other pathogens and more..
Does this televangelist really need a fourth $54 million private jet? Prosperity gospel televangelist Jesse Duplantis is pleading with his followers, claiming he needs a $54 million jet to help him efficiently spread the gospel to as many people as possible…Duplantis even suggested that God would use private jets to evangelize, saying, “He’d be on an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world” and also opining that “Jesus wouldn’t be riding a donkey.”
US calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting over Gaza American Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley condemns attacks out of Gaza at Israel’s southern communities, saying Security Council should be ‘outraged and respond,’ calls to hold Palestinian leadership ‘accountable’; Israel says not looking for escalation but warns Hamas it would retaliate if needed.
European ‘Christians’ no longer align with Christian faith A new poll by Pew Research Center indicates European Christians, once the driving force behind the faith’s expansion worldwide, no longer are. Christian. Really. At least in terms of what they believe. They may call themselves Christian, but Pew describes them as “non-practicing” and found that they “drifted away,” “were alienated” or just “stopped believing.” They only rarely walk in the doors of a church.
Rabbis: The End of the Left-Wing Signals the Beginnings of Messiah As in the US, the battle lines in politics are drawn according to religious observance. Rabbi Meir Mazuz, …gave a speech last week in his yeshiva (Torah Seminary) of Kissei Rachamim (Seat of Mercy) in Bnei Brak. In the lesson, the rabbi described the imminent demise of the political left-wing and the corresponding rise of religion. The Left is going down and nothing of it will remain.
Defense official: Mortar fire on Israel stopped by extensive IDF strikes The rocket and mortar fire from Gaza has ceased because of significant strikes that the IDF carried out overnight in Gaza, a senior source in the Israeli defense establishment said Wednesday. “The IDF launched a significant strike overnight in Gaza and we have acted responsibly, and since the morning the fire has stopped. Israel has delivered a message that if the fire resumes, the attacks on Hamas and the other groups will intensify,” he said.
U.S. calls UN Security Council meeting to condemn Gaza rockets The United States called on the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday in New York to condemn the Gaza rocket and mortar attacks against Israel. “The recent attacks out of Gaza are the largest we have seen since 2014. Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement she issue to the media.
Hamas says it will agree to ceasefire if Israel reciprocates Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement said on Wednesday that Palestinian armed groups in Gaza have agreed to a ceasefire as long as Israel also ceases fire, after the most intense flare-up of fighting since a 2014 war. Following dozens of rocket and mortar launches at Israel throughout Tuesday and overnight, and Israeli tank and air strikes in Gaza, there were no reports of violence more than two hours after the announcement of a truce by Hamas.
Catholic Church joins sex abuse compensation scheme The Catholic Church has confirmed it will be part of a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in Australia. The nation recently held a five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in the country’s institutions. Among harrowing stories, it heard that 7% of Australia’s Catholic priests abused children between 1950 and 2010. Governments and institutions have faced intense pressure to join a compensation programme for victims.
Ukraine blames Russia for shooting of journalist Arkady Babchenko Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has accused Russia of being behind the killing in Kiev of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. “I am confident that the Russian totalitarian machine did not forgive him his honesty and principled stance,” the prime minister posted on Facebook. A Kremlin critic, Babchenko was gunned down outside his apartment on Tuesday.
Italy government: Leaders talk amid political crisis Fresh talks to overcome political turmoil in Italy – the EU’s fourth largest economy – are being held. Stock markets have been hit because there is still no government three months after elections. PM-designate Carlo Cottarelli has met the president for talks on forming a technocrat government. But there are also reports a snap election might be called, or that two populist parties could try again to form an administration.
Run-up in home prices is ‘not sustainable’: Realtors’ chief economist Home values have been rising for six straight years, and the gains have been accelerating for the past two years. Unlike the last housing boom, the gains are not driven by fast and easy mortgage money, but instead by solid buyer demand and very low supply. Still, like the last housing boom, some are starting to warn these price gains cannot continue.
China vows to protect its interests from ‘reckless’ U.S. trade threats China lashed out on Wednesday at renewed threats from the White House on trade, warning that it was ready to fight back if Washington was looking for a trade war, days ahead of a planned visit by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. In an unexpected change in tone, the United States said on Tuesday that it still held the threat of imposing tariffs on $50 billion of imports from China unless it addressed the issue of theft of American intellectual property.
Trump and Mexican president spar over border wall again U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Mexico of doing “nothing” to stop illegal immigrants crossing into the United States, and repeated his election campaign pledge that Mexico would pay for his planned border wall. Very quickly Mexico replied: no we won’t. Trump was addressing supporters in a campaign-style rally in Nashville, Tennessee when he returned to the wall he wants built on the U.S. southern border to keep out illegal immigrants.
New Details Emerge Of ‘Smallville’ Star’s Sex Slave Cult, And They’re Insanely Creepy The highly-disturbing sex slave cult, NXIVM, that was uncovered recently and resulted in the arrest of ‘Smallville’ star Allison Mack, has been held under a harsh light now that its top leaders have been apprehended, and the details are sickening. It also deserves no small mention that these people were tied to the Democrats and Clinton. Go figure.