2 Mar 2017

Hillary aide in hot water for swipe at widow of fallen SEAL
“You’re not helping your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot’

At peace talks, Syria rebels urge Trump to correct Obama’s “catastrophic mistakes”
The lead Syrian opposition negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said he hoped U.S. President Donald Trump would correct the “catastrophic” errors of his predecessor Barack Obama to become a reliable partner against “devilish” Iran.

American claims to be rightful heir to the throne, plans to overthrow Prince Charles
The Colorado man says he has traced an unbroken line of primogeniture, the right of succession belonging to the firstborn child, back to the third century. It emerged last month that the US may become an “associate member” of the Commonwealth, thanks to President Donald Trump’s reported love of the UK and Queen Elizabeth II.

Jiminy Cricket! Disney Goes Gay
The folks who gave us Mickey Mouse and Goofy have decided it’s time for your children to enjoy same-sex romance while they slurp down their Fruit Loops. An audience scene shows two guys kissing and a later scene show two ladies sharing an intimate moment.

Rabbi’s Deathbed Vision: Angel Michael Bringing Mercy to Jewish People in Messianic Tumult
“In Jewish tradition, when a tzaddik (righteous man) is about to leave the world, he receives a greater vision, a form of prophecy,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “Rabbi Edelstein was referring to the last chapter in Daniel that discusses the war of Gog and Magog preceding the Messiah.”

Israel Politician Predicts Mass Jewish Immigration From US in Wake of Rising Anti-Semitism
At a meeting on Monday of the Zionist Union party he heads, Herzog said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should prepare for massive “waves of immigration” of American Jews.

UN chief urged to add IDF to blacklist
A network of human rights and humanitarian organizations that aims to protect children in conflict is urging UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to add the Israel Defense Forces to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children…Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict released its annual report ahead of the release of the UN’s annual report on children and armed conflict, which contains the blacklist that is usually released in May or June.

Antisemitic acts in US gain attention of Netanyahu, other Israeli leaders
Israeli leaders are increasingly speaking out against the rise in antisemitic incidents in the US, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who came under some criticism for not publicly commenting on the matter – saying on Wednesday that antisemitism is alive and world leaders need to clearly condemn it. “Antisemitism certainly has not disappeared, but there is much we can do to fight back,” he said in a video message to a conference of the Jewish People Policy Institute being held in Jerusalem.

Palmyra: Syrian forces ‘enter’ IS-held town
Syrian government forces have entered the ancient city of Palmyra, pushing back militants from so-called Islamic State (IS), activists say. The troops and their allies, backed by Russian air strikes, have reportedly seized part of a neighbourhood in the west of the city. The jihadists recaptured the Unesco-listed archaeological site in December from government forces.

China eyes global economic leadership as U.S. turns inward
This year, a 300-mile railway will begin slicing through Kenya, cutting travel time between the capital, Nairobi, and one of East Africa’s largest ports, Mombasa, from 12 to four hours and breeding hopes of an economic and tourism revival in the region. The country’s most significant transportation project since its independence in 1963 is being built courtesy of China.

Barack Obama’s close confidante Valerie Jarrett has moved into his new DC home
Barack Obama is turning his new home in the posh Kalorama section of the nation’s capital – just two miles away from the White House – into the nerve center of the mounting insurgency against his successor, President Donald J. Trump. Obama’s goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment.

Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’
House lawmakers were warned Wednesday that artificial intelligence could soon be used by potential adversaries in military operations. Jason Healey, a senior fellow on the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, told members of a House panel with oversight of the Pentagon that he expects the capabilities to be developed in the next decade.

Iran’s Navy to Benefit From an Expiring UN Ban, U.S. Study Says
Iran is likely to go on an international shopping spree for surface warships, submarines and anti-ship missiles after the expiration in 2020 of a United Nations resolution prohibiting it from acquiring sophisticated weapons, according to the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence. The expiration “will allow Iran to pursue foreign acquisitions that have been inaccessible since sanctions were imposed,” according to a new assessment of Iran’s naval forces, strategy and capability obtained by Bloomberg News.

Rocket fired from Gaza explodes on Ashkelon beach
A rocket exploded in Ashkelon beach after being fired from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, despite no Code Red siren being sounded. There were no casualties in the incident and no property was damaged. Shortly after the launch, Hamas began evacuating security posts for fear of an Israeli retribitive strike.

Antarctica hits record high temperature at balmy 63.5°F
An Argentine research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula has set a heat record at a balmy 63.5° Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius), the U.N. weather agency said on Wednesday.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sidekick LeFou Will Have Disney’s First ‘Gay Moment’
Disney’s live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast is set to lead the March box-office charge, with some analysts estimating that the lavish adaptation could earn upwards of $120 million during its opening weekend alone. That would make it a potential record-setter — although according to director Bill Condon, the film will also be blazing a new trail when it hits theaters, thanks to the fact that it will feature the studio’s first ever “exclusively gay moment.”

Art Bubble Bursting: Gauguin Painting Collapses 74% To $22 Million
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev paid €54 million or $85 million for a landscape by Paul Gauguin in a private transaction in June 2008. Yesterday, he incurred a whopping 74% loss on his store of value “investment.”

Islam Set To Overtake Christianity As Most Popular Religion…
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and will overtake Christianity as the most popular before the end of this century, according to an analysis of religious surveys published Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

New American Spy Satellite Launches on Classified Mission
A new American satellite soared into Earth orbit today (March 1), kicking off a reconnaissance mission that’s shrouded in secrecy. The NROL-79 satellite launched into space atop a two-stage United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket at 12:49 p.m. EST (1749 GMT) today, rising off a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Scandal-hit François Fillon stays in French presidential race but rivals sense openings
Former French prime minister François Fillon defiantly refused to suspend his scandal-ridden presidential bid Wednesday, highlighting political weaknesses that could boost the campaign of the country’s far-right leader.

Abbas Aide: In Coming Months, Palestinian Authority Plans to Pressure International Bodies to Act Against Israel
In the coming months, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to pressure international institutions to act against Israel, a top Abbas aide said on Tuesday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.