22 June 2017

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala’s Pacific coast on Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Local officials said there were initial reports of only minor damage.

Representative Scalise, wounded in shooting, in fair condition – hospital
US Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was upgraded to fair condition on Wednesday, the hospital said, a week after he was shot in Virginia during congressional baseball practice.

US congressman: We have a bull’s eye on our backs
Following baseball practice shooting, Congressman Jody Hice of Georgia proposes legislation to allow lawmakers to carry guns anywhere in US.

US, Russia, Jordan agree on safe zone in Syria’s Daraa
According to report in Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat, Hezbollah and Iranian-backed forces will not be allowed into safe zone, which will stretch 30 kilometers from the Jordan border; humanitarian aid will be allowed in and refugees who fled to Jordan will return.

DNA Study of Mummies Indicates Ancient Egyptians Descended From Biblical Ham
In a scientific first, DNA taken from Egyptian mummies has been decoded, producing unexpected results about the true origins of the Egyptian people. These results confirm a controversial theory that traces the First Egyptian Dynasty back to Biblical Ham, as described in the Book of Genesis.

With a Strong Partner Like Russia, Nothing Would Stop China’s New Space Station
“For now, there are agreements and plans for the future, but we do not have anything concrete,” the Russian space agency head said.

Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana, Texas
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall on Gulf Coast states early Thursday, packing nearly 40 mph winds and heavy rainfall, forecasters said.

Liberman: Abbas is dragging Israel into war with Hamas
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will halt all financial payments to Gaza in the future and in so doing push Israel into war with Hamas, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned…“I have no intention of initiating any military activity; not in the summer and not in the fall, not in the South and not in the North. Our objective is to prevent war and the only way to do that is through credible deference,” Liberman said.

US anti-ISIS envoy vows not to let Iran threaten Israel from Syrian Golan
The US will not let Iranian proxies threaten Israel from the Golan after ISIS-rule in Syria falls, US envoy for combating ISIS Brett McGurk said on Thursday. Speaking at the IDC Herzliya Conference, McGurk said that he was “recently on the Golan looking at… ISIS across the border” and that neither ISIS nor “Iranian proxies” can be allowed to remain to trouble Israel.

Israeli forces brace for last Friday of Ramadan prayers
Police have finalized enhanced security preparations in the Old City for the final Friday of Ramadan, less than one week after a terrorist stabbed to death a female Border Police officer guarding the Damascus Gate. Noting that tens of thousands of Muslims from the West Bank and east Jerusalem will gather at al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday that special units will be on hand to ensure there is no violence.

Afghan car bomb hits New Kabul Bank in Helmand
At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb explosion outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say. Police told the BBC the bomb detonated at the gate of the New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah. Civilians and members of the security forces are reportedly among casualties.

Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids
Australia has said it will resume its military air operations over Syria. A temporary suspension was declared on Tuesday after Russia warned it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. That warning came after the US shot down a Syrian military plane. The Australian Defence Force said it had been “a precautionary measure to allow the coalition to assess the operational risk”.

Guatemala landslide death toll rises to 12
The number of people killed in a landslide in Guatemala has risen to 12 after a 94-year-old man who was rescued on Tuesday died in hospital. Heavy rains caused the mudslide in the municipality of San Pedro Soloma. A minibus carrying 10 people to work was buried by the mudslide which came down the Wachuná hillside. All passengers on board were killed.

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops. IS said American aircraft had destroyed the complex, a claim denied by the US.

Michigan airport knife attacker shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, says FBI
Authorities are treating the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Michigan as an act of terrorism. The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, 50, shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) before knifing the officer in the back and neck, said officials. Lieutenant Jeff Neville is in a stable condition in hospital after Wednesday morning’s attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint.

North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un Fears ‘Decapitation’ by Squad of U.S. Navy Seals
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is so fearful of being assassinated by U.S. Navy Seals that he will only travel at night and uses cars belonging to his subordinates, The Korea Herald reported.

Caught On Video: Russian, NATO Jets In Near Standoff After F-16 Buzzes Defense Minister’s Airplane
A day after a Russian fighter allegedly flew within 5 feet of a US reconnaissance plane traveling over the Baltic Sea, Reuters reports that a NATO F-16 fighter jet returned the favor when it tried to improperly approach a plane carrying the Russian defense minister, prompting a near intervention from a Russian Su-27.

Trump’s son-in-law Kushner begins peace push with Middle East Talks 
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, beginning a new U.S. effort to revive Middle East peace efforts. Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international diplomacy and peace negotiations, arrived in Israel early on Wednesday and will spend barely 20 hours on the ground – he departs shortly after midnight.

Next up: a special counsel to probe Team Obama’s obstruction of justice 
By using fired FBI Director James Comey to attack the new Republican administration, Democrats have opened up a legal can of worms for the Obama administration.

Democrats trapped in their hate-filled corner
So-called ‘White Obama’ Jon Ossoff’s defeat in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district yesterday makes it clear that the Democrats are going down in the water for the third time with no lifeguard coming to save them. Resistance leaders Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the hordes of entertainment industry celebrities, mainstream media puppets, their hate-spewing and violence

Will Syria Be the Next Libya–or Worse?
The day before he ordered the U.S. military to intervene in Libya’s civil war — without securing a constitutionally mandated authorization from Congress — President Barack Obama, with presumably unintended irony, attempted to sound poetic about the need to defend “democratic values” in the nation then ruled by Moammar Gadhafi.

States Urge EPA To Cut Obama Era WOTUS Rule
The attorneys general of 20 states are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cede some control of water resources by cutting an expansive, Obama-era rule.

Now James Comey, FBI sued for obstruction of justice
A former contractor for several federal agencies and his attorney, who both sued former FBI Director James Comey claiming he obstructed justice by burying an investigation into the mass surveillance of Americans, are asking a federal court for a protection order preventing the destruction of evidence in the case.

New study bolsters Trump’s claim of rampant vote fraud
A new study has concluded that as many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election won by Barack Obama, giving credence to President Trump’s much-maligned claim that more than 3 million illegal-alien voters cost him the nationwide popular vote last November.

Armageddon: Ken doll gets a man bun
I guess eight years with an emasculated president wasn’t enough for American culture…if the man bun is not your thing, there’s also Still On His Parents’ Health Insurance At 26 Thanks To ObamaCare Ken: