27 Apr 2017

Report: ISIS Militants Killed by Wild Boars in Northern Iraq
The group was planning to attack a band of local tribesmen who had fled from the ISIS-controlled town of Hawija, which the jihadists seized in mid-2014. Three militants were reportedly killed and five more were injured. Al-Assi said the group of eight likely disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area and apparently mauled the fighters. According to Al-Assi, the militants had summarily executed 25 people fleeing the Islamic State’s territory in the three days before the boar attack.

Trump ‘absolutely’ looking at breaking up 9th Circuit
“Absolutely, I have,” Trump said of considering 9th circuit breakup proposals during a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at the White House on Wednesday. “There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous.”

UK Refuses to Apologize to Palestinians for 1917 Balfour Declaration
The United Kingdom has rejected a request by the Palestinians to apologize for the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which helped pave the way for the founding of the state of Israel.

Amalek Fought Israel on Biblical Battlefield of Rephidim. Today, New Generation of Ancient Enemy Appears on Same Site
The violent, ongoing conflict between Egypt and the Islamic State currently raging in the Sinai is a reenactment of the Biblical confrontation between Israel and Amalek, even taking place on the same battlefield, pointed out a military analyst who has turned to the Bible to make sense of current events.

North Korea threat: Top admiral calls on more missile interceptors in Hawaii
Adm. Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee that Hawaii’s defenses were sufficient for now, but could one day be overwhelmed in an onslaught. “I don’t share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States … once they have the capability,” Harris said.

Mysterious spike in humpback whale deaths on Atlantic Coast
On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Fisheries issued a press release, declaring an “unusual mortality event” when an abnormally high number of marine mammals were found dead for unknown reasons. There have been 62 such events designated since 1991, when the program was established.

Syria says Israeli missile strike near Damascus airport confirmed
Several Israeli missiles hit a Syrian military position southwest of Damascus airport at dawn on Thursday, Syrian state media said. The “Israeli aggression” resulted in explosions at the site and some material losses, it said, citing a military source. Earlier in the day, Syrian rebel and regional sources said the alleged Israeli strike hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes.

IDF strikes Hamas target in Gaza in response to cross-border fire
IDF tank fire struck and destroyed a Hamas terror target in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday shortly after shots from the Palestinian enclave were fired at Israeli forces stationed near the border, the military said. “The IDF will continue to act with determination at all times to maintain the security of the State of Israel,” the IDF said in a statement on the cross-border exchange.

Palestinian Authority says it’s halting Gaza power payments to Israel
The Palestinian Authority informed Israel that it is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza through 10 electrical lines, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said on Thursday. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has warned over the past two weeks that he will take “unprecedented measures,” if Hamas does not concede some of its control over Gaza to the PA.

Israeli defense minister warns of Iranian presence in Golan Heights
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reiterated Israel’s position that it will “not allow the concentration of Iranian and Hezbollah forces on the Golan Heights” while in Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov while in the Russian capital for the International Moscow Security Conference, Liberman expressed Israel’s concern over Iranian activity in Syria, stating that Tehran is using Syrian soil as a base to smuggle arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

South Africa’s nuclear deals unlawful, court rules
A South African court has annulled initial agreements the government reached with three countries to help it build nuclear power stations. The deals with Russia, the US and South Korea were unlawful, the court ruled. The government failed to hold public hearings and a parliamentary debate over its plans, it added.

North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’
The US says it plans to activate a missile defence system in South Korea “within days” and tighten economic sanctions against North Korea. The announcements from the Trump administration come amid rising fears about the North’s military advances. The Thaad system was originally not expected to be in use until late 2017. Many South Koreans oppose it, fearing they will become a target.

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have “illusions” about discussing the UK’s future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK’s Brexit terms. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues – such as UK payments to the EU budget – are resolved, she told German MPs. On the sequence of the Brexit talks, she said “some people in the UK still have some illusions on that score”.

Trump ‘considering draft order to scrap Nafta’
The Trump administration has drafted an executive order that would withdraw the US from the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), US media say. It is unclear whether President Donald Trump will follow through and strike down the deal, which eliminated tariffs between the US, Mexico and Canada. In the election he vowed to withdraw from the 23-year-old pact, calling it a US job killer.

Hawaii threatened by North Korea now, U.S. commander tells Congress
The Pentagon needs to consider deploying new anti-ballistic missile systems and a defensive radar to Hawaii to protect against a growing threat from North Korea… “Kim Jong-Un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee. “I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that…defend (it) directly, and that we look at a defensive Hawaii radar.”

Trump’s promised tax plan is here, including lower tax rates and fewer deductionsPresident Donald Trump’s long-anticipated tax proposal was released today. U.S. National Economic Director Gary Cohn…said the President has focused on three things since he took office: job creation, economic growth, and “helping the low and middle income families…The White House proposal eliminates four tax brackets, leaving only three: 10%, 25%, and 35%. The administration has yet to disclose the earning parameters for the remaining brackets.

Chelsea Clinton Gets Another Award For Doing Nothing Special
Like her mother before her, Chelsea Clinton appears to be creating a cottage industry for herself in receiving random awards for her unparalleled contributions to society, scintillating takes on current events, and incredibly generous heart. Not content with just her Variety-sponsored “achievement award,” Chelsea on Tuesday night accepted the annual City Harvest Award for Commitment in fighting hunger in New York City.

Cashless society getting closer, survey finds
More than a third of Europeans and Americans would be happy to go without cash and rely on electronic forms of payment if they could, and at least 20 percent already pretty much do so, a study showed on Wednesday.

Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent
The Senate took part in a rare White House briefing on Wednesday to hear what senior leaders described as “an urgent national security threat” posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

Why We Have A 2nd Amendment: Venezuela Plans To Give Firearms To Loyalists To Purge Growing Resistance
After enduring shortages of food and medicine for years, as well as a total collapse of their currency, the people of Venezuela have had enough. In the lead-up to last week’s massive protests, President Maduro issued an alarming proclamation that didn’t receive nearly enough press… He promised to expand the nation’s armed militia, and hand out firearms to as many as 400,000 loyalists.

Tillerson, Mattis, Coats Call North Korea “Urgent National Security Threat”, Prepared To Act
“North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat… The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies.”

Macron Booed, Jeered By Factory Workers In His Hometown After Le Pen “Ambush”
Chaotic scenes broke out during a visit by French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron to striking factory workers in his hometown of Amiens. Macron was greeted Wednesday with jeers, boos and chants in favour of his far-right rival Marine Le Pen as he made a chaotic visit to the factory in northern France.