18 June 2017

Netanyahu slams PA after Jerusalem attack: ‘No limit to lies, brazenness’
The international community must demand that the Palestinian Authority end payments to the families of terrorists, “something that only encourages terrorism,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said…in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Damascus Gate on Friday night that killed Border Police officer Hadas Malka. Netanyahu noted that not only did the Palestinian Authority not condemn the murder, but Fatah…headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas – issued a statement condemning the Border Police for killing the terrorists.

Afghan soldier attacks US troops at Camp Sheheen
An Afghan soldier has attacked US troops at a military base, wounding seven. The US soldiers were evacuated after the “insider attack” in the northern Balkh province on Saturday, a spokesman for the US military command said. The Nato-led Resolute Support mission said one Afghan soldier was killed and another injured in the incident at Camp Shaheen, in Mazar-e Sharif city.

Southwest US preps for 120 temps: Water, water, more water
When bracing for 120 degrees, it’s all about the water. Drinking it, splashing in it to stay cool, and drinking it some more. A lot more. That’s what officials were urging and residents were planning Friday as a potentially record-shattering heat wave started enveloping the Southwest United States and threatened to bring temperatures of more than 120 degrees to parts of Arizona and California next week.

Scientists tracking earthquake swarm in northern Yellowstone Park
The small earthquake that struck Yellowstone National Park on Thursday night was part of a swarm that has been hitting the area since Monday, scientists say. The quake was centered near West Yellowstone, but was also felt by people in Gardiner and Bozeman. “As of 10 a.m. this morning we had located a total of 235 earthquakes in the area,” said Jamie Farrell, University of Utah research professor of seismology.

Russia criticizes U.S. for ‘anti-Cuban’ approach, says it sides with Cuba
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that “anti-Cuban” actions recently announced by Washington were regrettable and that Moscow confirmed its solidarity with Havana. The ministry also said that the new approach toward Cuba by the U.S. administration resembles a “Cold war rhetoric”. U.S. 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…

With a weakened leader and reeling from crisis, Britain hurtles into the Brexit unknown
With her strategy unclear and her position insecure, Prime Minister Theresa May plunges this week into tortuous divorce talks with the European Union that will shape Britain’s prosperity and global influence for generations to come. At one of the most important junctures for Europe and the West since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, May’s government is reeling from a crisis of her own making – the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 snap election she did not need to call.

Iran and China conduct naval drill in Gulf
Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause of concern for Washington. In recent months, the U.S. navy has accused the Iranian navy of sending fast-attack boats to harass warships as they pass through the Strait of Hormuz.

Sharp Rise in Violent Islamist Extremists in Sweden After Migrant Influx
The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to “thousands”, intelligence agency Sapo said Friday, while noting that only a handful were deemed able to carry out a terror attack. “We would say that (the number) has gone from hundreds to thousands now,” Sapo chief Anders Thornberg told news agency TT in an interview, describing the situation as “serious”.

Illinois State Official: “We Are In Massive Crisis Mode, This Is Not A False Alarm”
“I don’t know what part of ‘We are in massive crisis mode’ the General Assembly and the governor don’t understand. This is not a false alarm” said Illinois comtroller Susana Mendoza, a Chicago Democrat.

Missing U.S. sailors found dead after collision with merchant ship off coast of Japan
A number of the seven U.S. Navy sailors missing after a collision between a destroyer and a container ship have been found dead, the Seventh Fleet said Sunday.

Why Obama’s presidency didn’t lead to black progress
Since the 1960s, black leaders have placed a heavy emphasis on gaining political power, and Barack Obama’s presidency represented the apex of those efforts. The assumption — rarely challenged — is that black political clout must come before black social and economic advancement. But as JASON L. RILEY argues in this excerpt from his new book, “False Black Power” (Templeton Press), political success has not been a major factor in the rise of racial and ethnic groups from poverty to prosperity.

At least 24 killed as fierce wildfire rages in Portugal
Twenty-four people were killed in Portugal in what officials are calling the country’s ‘greatest wildfire tragedy of recent years’. On Saturday, a wildfire spread onto the town of Pedrogao Grande, about 120 miles north of Lisbon. The victims were caught in the fire as they tried to flee, officials said.

Former Attorney General Mukasey: ‘Obama Guilty Of ‘Real’ Hillary Clinton Obstruction’
“President Obama’s statement that he thought she shouldn’t be charged because she didn’t intend to violate the law is the real Clinton obstruction because that is a statement by him that this is the way I want that investigation to come out,” Mukasey said Tuesday in an interview with FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “He was introducing an element that was not in the statute to know you’re violating the law and he was saying that, that was the way he wanted the investigation to end. Obviously the Justice Department picked up on that.”

Trump raises alarm on ObamaCare ‘death spiral’ as insurers flee
President Trump is reviving his effort to overhaul ObamaCare and reverse what he describes as the “death spiral,” as fresh figures show premiums soaring and the number of counties growing where there will soon be no insurance option under the program.

Trump accepts ‘dumb deal’ to take Australia’s rejected Muslim ‘refugees’
According to a new report, President Trump is moving forward with a deal made by the Obama administration to resettle illegal-immigrant boat people whom Australia will not accept as “refugees” even though they have been classified as such by the United Nations.

Obamacare-repeal promises fizzle before America’s eyes
Senate Republican leaders are not offering any specifics on their health-care reform bill, but reports of critical concessions in at least three major areas leave skeptical conservatives worried that years worth of Obamacare-repeal promises are wilting before our eyes.