21 May 2017

Netanyahu: ‘I’ll talk security and peace with Trump’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would discuss regional security and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with US President Donald Trump when he arrives in Israel on Monday for a two day trip. “This is President Trump’s first visit outside the US, and the honor is ours that he has chosen to come to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, and – of course – to the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu orders reluctant Israeli ministers to greet Trump at airport
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered all Israeli government ministers to attend a reception ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport for US President Donald Trump when he arrives here on Monday. Netanyahu’s order came after he stopped short a meeting of the heads of the coalition on Sunday, after most ministers refused to come to the airport. The ministers allegedly did not want to attend the greeting event at the airport due to the long hours they would have to wait on the tarmac in the sun.

North Korea in new missile test, South says
North Korea has conducted another missile test, South Korea’s military has said. The White House said the medium-range missile had a shorter range than those used in North Korea’s last three tests. It comes a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

TPP trade deal will continue without Trump
Asia-Pacific trade ministers have agreed to resuscitate the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, despite US President Donald Trump abandoning it. Mr Trump signalled in January he would block the passage of the 12-nation pact in order to protect American jobs. Trade ministers from the 11 remaining countries have met in Vietnam to get the deal back on track.

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations
The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause.

Ebola Spreading: Infections Up 800% In Last Week: Officials Race To Track Down
Last week three suspected Ebola infections were detected in a remote region of the Congo. Since then, World Health Organization officials have been scrambling to contain the virus.

Gallup: Only 24% of Americans Believe Bible is Literal Word of God
A new Gallup poll shows that only 24% of Americans believe the Bible is the “literal word” of God, which is a decline from the 1970s, but the survey also shows that the number of Americans who think the Bible is the “inspired word” of God, 47%, has stayed pretty steady over the last 40 years.

At least 20 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambushes: officials
At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed in Taliban ambushes in south central Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, as security forces sought to dislodge insurgents in multiple districts.

A Quarter Of American Adults Can’t Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash
According to the Fed’s latest annual “household well-being” report, 23% of US adults are not able to pay all of their current month’s bills in full while 44% of respondents said they wouldn’t be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense like a car repair or medical bill.

Why Is The Trump Administration Rewarding Saudi War Crimes With More Weapons?
“Trump should be urging the Saudis to shift course by abiding by the laws of war and holding those responsible for past abuses to account. Instead he will effectively be telling them to continue as before and not to worry – the flow of US weapons will not stop. Trump will also be putting Americans at risk.”

CNN Reports Comey Has Changed His Mind, Now Believes Trump Tried To Influence Him
Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says…