14 May 2017

Convicted murderer of six Israelis elected as Palestinian mayor of Hebron
Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the convicted murderer of six Israelis, was reportedly elected mayor of the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday as head of the Fatah Party list. Abu Sneineh was one of four Palestinians behind the murder of six Israeli yeshiva students in 1980. The students, included two American citizens and a Canadian national, were part of a group that had danced from the Cave of the Patriarchs to Beit Hadassah in Hebron when Abu Sneineh and his terror cell opened fire.

PM Netanyahu pans Jordan for siding with terrorist
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Jordan for not condemning Saturday’s terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City, in which one of its citizens stabbed an Israeli police officer. “It is time that Jordan ceases its double sided game. Just as Israel condemns terror attacks in Jordan, Jordan must condemn terrorist attacks in Israel. Terror is terror,” Netanyahu’s Office said.

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road as champion of globalization
Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his ambitious new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomatic power games. Xi used a summit on the initiative, attended by leaders and top officials from around the world, to bolster China’s global leadership ambitions as U.S. President Donald Trump promotes “America First” and questions existing global free trade deals.

Macron’s win adds to Poland’s worries about its place in EU
While the election of Emmanuel Macron as French president…was a relief to much of Europe, for Poland and Hungary it fanned fears of losing influence. Poland has been the most vocal among eastern EU members fearing that their wealthier western neighbors, keen to deepen cooperation among themselves, will erode the single market that has been the biggest benefit of membership in the east and, in shifting power westward, reduce financial support for less wealthy countries.

Syrian army retakes most of rebel-held district on edge of Damascus
The Syrian army and its allies are on the verge of completely seizing the rebel-held district of Qaboun on the edge of the capital Damascus following over two months of aerial strikes and artillery shelling… But rebels said they still held a small pocket within the neighborhood that lies in the northeastern edge of the capital that has been mostly reduced to rubble after around 80 days in which it was struck by hundreds of aerial strikes and missiles.

Scotland needs choice on independence at end of Brexit: Sturgeon
Scotland must have a choice on independence at the end of Britain’s divorce with the European Union when the exit terms are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday…Sturgeon called on voters to back her Scottish National Party at an election on June 8 to strengthen her hand and make sure that Scotland’s voice is heard in the Brexit negotiations.

G7 financial leaders reiterate FX pledges, vow more cyber cooperation
Financial leaders of seven leading world economies pledged stronger cooperation against cyber crime…and not to use foreign exchange to gain competitive advantage, but stuck to their cautious wording on trade… Finance ministers and central bank governors from the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Britain met in the Italian city of Bari to discuss the world economy, combating terrorist funding, cyber security and taxes.

Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants
In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.

2 dead, hundreds injured in northeastern Iran quake
The earthquake hit 3 cities and 97 villages of the province at 22:31 local time. According to Morteza Salimi, the head of the Red Crescent Society’s rescue and relief organization, 14 villages suffered up to 70 percent damage, ISNA reported.

Russian jet said to ‘buzz’ US reconnaissance plane
A Russian fighter jet reportedly “buzzed” a US reconnaissance plane flying over the Black Sea in the second such incident in a week. According to a Fox News report on Saturday, the Russian Su-27 jet flew only 40 feet from a US Navy P-8 Poseidon plane in international airspace over the Black Sea on Friday, some 100 miles from the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.

Pope Francis acknowledges 2,000-case backlog in sex abuse cases
Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is “on the right path.”

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts
Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday’s global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems, security experts have warned. UK security researcher “MalwareTech”, who helped to limit the ransomware attack, predicted “another one coming… quite likely on Monday”.

North Korea Test-Fires 7th Ballistic Missile Of 2017, Projectile Flew 700Km, Landed In Sea Of Japan
On the eve of a summit in Beijing, and just hours after Pyongyang’s chief nuclear negotiator said North Korea is ready to hold talks with the United States “if the conditions are mature”, South Korea’s Yonhap reports that North Korea has fired a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile, from a region northwest of Pyongyang.

NSA Director Uses “Russian Hacker Threat” To Gain Access To Voting Systems
In a statement to the committee on May 9, Rogers positioned NSA to oversee a wider role in conducting surveillance over elections, not only in the United States, but in other countries, including France and Britain.

UofA Hires “Social Justice Advocates” To Police Fellow Students For “Bias Incidents”
Administrators at the University of Arizona are now accepting applications for “social justice advocates”, whose job it is to snitch on other students accused of bias.

Our Leader’s Crimes Are On Display- The Whole World’s Watching
…Some people simply call it Karma, or, just good ole’ fashion revenge, but I take great comfort and delight that evil does not get a pass from the Lord. And the older I get, the more I see the Lord’s scale of justice beign carried out in His time. Steve Quayle once told me that Donald Trump is God’s special prosecutor and that in the end days, all the sins of the leaders will be revealed.