17 June 2017

Palestinian militant groups deny Islamic State claim of Jerusalem attack
Palestinian militant factions denied on Saturday a claim by Islamic State that three Palestinian men who carried out a fatal shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem were members of the militant group. Islamic State took responsibility for the attack on Friday, in which one Israeli police officer was killed and another wounded, according to the group’s Amaq news agency.

Bennett tries to prevent peace process on Jerusalem
A special majority with eighty Knesset members would be needed to divide Jerusalem, according to a new bill for a Basic Law submitted Friday by Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett. The bill will be brought to a vote within two weeks in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, which is headed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Bennett’s political ally. Shaked said in radio interviews that she expected Likud ministers to support the bill.

USS Fitzgerald crash: Seven navy crew missing off Japan
Seven US Navy crew members are missing after their ship collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan. Among the injured is the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, who was taken to hospital by helicopter. The destroyer collided with the container ship about 56 nautical miles (104km) south-west of Yokosuka.

Australia announces national gun amnesty
Australia is bringing in its first national gun amnesty since 1996 because of the growing terrorism threat and an influx of illegal arms in the country. During the three-month amnesty running from 1 July, people can hand in unregistered weapons without the fear of prosecution, the government says. Those caught outside that period face fines of up to A$280,000 ($212,730; £166,480) or up to 14 years in prison.

Robert Mueller expands special counsel office, hires 13 lawyers
Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russia investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr.
Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts, including seasoned attorneys who’ve represented major American companies in court and who have worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal.

Cannabis industry org forms to “be ready” for national legalization
Cannabis is joining the ranks of the financial, advertising, real estate and alcohol industries with the formation of its first self-regulatory organization. The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) launched Thursday with a powerhouse leadership team and an ambitious plan: Develop and enforce national standards that will increase compliance and transparency, spur growth, and shape future federal regulations.

Putin: early to speak about retaliation against new U.S. sanctions: agency
Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was too early to speak about retaliation against a possible new round of sanctions that the United States is considering imposing on Moscow, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday. “We need to see how it is all going to be. That is why it is premature to speak publicly about our retaliatory actions,” RIA cited Putin as saying in an interview, parts of which were shown on Rossiya1 state TV channel on Saturday.

Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms
Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms. The Senate bill, approved on Thursday by a margin of 98-2, includes new sanctions against Russia and Iran. Crucially, it foresees punitive measures against entities that provide material support to Russia in building energy export pipelines.

US ‘concerned’ about Gaza crisis but says Hamas responsible
The administration of US President Donald Trump said it was “concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza,” but placed the blame for the unfolding crisis on the Hamas terror group that rules the Palestinian enclave.

United Nations Wants to Outlaw “Cultural Appropriation” Worldwide
The UN wants to expand intellectual property regulations to include cultural entities and concepts, such as clothing, dances, arts, medicines, etc. The UN’s efforts would allow for legal action to be taken by minority groups against those who supposedly steal or monetize a piece of their culture.

Two fugitives who ‘killed guards on prison bus’ captured in Tennessee
Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured after a chase and being held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said.

Trump rolls back parts of what he calls ‘terrible’ Obama Cuba policy
President Donald Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the Caribbean island’s military, saying he was canceling former President Barack Obama’s “terrible and misguided deal” with Havana.

Health Insurers Plan Rate Hikes for Obamacare Exchanges
Several health insurers will raise premiums by roughly 20 percent on plans sold through Obamacare exchanges.

Wikileaks Unveils ‘Cherry Blossom’ Docs: CIA Has Been Hacking WiFi Routers for Years
The agency could allegedly monitor Internet users’ activity using an advanced firmware known as Cherry Blossom (CB). The technology allows the CIA to manipulate an individual’s browser and also look for personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses.

London Mayor Khan Slammed by Jewish Groups Over Refusal to Ban Anti-Israel Al-Quds March
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has been slammed by members of the capital’s Jewish community over his refusal to ban Sunday’s anti-Israel al-Quds Day march and its traditional display of flags supporting the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Canada Criminalizes Use Of Wrong Gender Pronouns
Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal to use the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training.

Bank Proposes End to Obamacare Looting Scheme
Editor’s Note: As we previously reported, the Obama administration was looting profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to illegally fund Obamacare.

Trump’s Purge of the Deep State Is Wiping Out Entire Sections at the State Department (video)
Parts of the State Department, controlled by the Obama loyalists are being purged.  Listen to the account of this State Department whistleblower. She also added a caveat, she is not suicidal.

Former DHS Secretary For Obama Rushes to Capitol Hill to ‘Voluntarily Assist Senate Intel Committee’ on Russia Probe
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary under Obama, Jeh Johnson rushed to Capitol Hill for no reason other than to ‘voluntarily assist the Senate Intel Committee in their work on a very important investigation’.