11 July 2017

China’s Intelligence Networks in United States Include 25,000 Spies
Beijing’s spy networks in the United States include up to 25,000 Chinese intelligence officers and more than 15,000 recruited agents who have stepped up offensive spying activities since 2012, according to a Chinese dissident with close ties to Beijing’s military and intelligence establishment.

Huge blaze at Vesuvius as fires continue to rage across Italy
Tourists and residents were reportedly evacuated from parts of Mount Vesuvius for the second time in a week on Tuesday, after five separate blazes broke out close to the volcano. Firefighters and workers from the Civil Protection Agency were on the scene tackling several different fires in the national park, as forest fires burned across large parts of Italy.

Feds hire researchers to merge brains, computers
The federal government has reached contract agreements with six entities, five research groups and a company for the Neural Engineering System Design program designed to merge human brains with computers,

Jews fast, mourn on 17th Day of Tammuz
The “Three Weeks” of gradually-increasing mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temples and Israel’s exile begins Tuesday with the fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz. This is the day on which Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces breached the walls of Jerusalem, after many months of siege, on their way to destroying the first Holy Temple.

Pope Warns of ‘Dangerous Alliances’ between US & Russia
Pope Francis said he fears there are “very dangerous alliances between powers who have a distorted view of the world,” in a blatant slide towards the United States and Russia and other countries.

Over 500 dead in Marawi battle with IS
The death toll in a protracted battle between Islamic State-allied militants and government troops in the southern Philippine city of Marawi has topped 500, the military says.

Strong earthquake hits NZ’s South Island
A strong earthquake has struck off New Zealand’s coast, but there are no initial reports of serious damage or injuries and no tsunami is expected. The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.6 quake struck 198 kilometres northwest of Auckland Island. The quake was shallow, with a depth of only 10 kilometres.

Berlin mayor rapped for allowing terrorist group fund-raising event
Berlin Mayor Michael Müller was under fire on Monday for failing to stop a local fund-raising event for the terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The pro-PFLP event was organized by the Democratic Committee of Palestine and reportedly took place in the publishing house of the socialist newspaper Neues Deutschland (New Germany) on Saturday.

Gabbay says Labor under his rule will defeat Netanyahu
Former environmental protection minister Avi Gabbay, who joined Labor only six months ago, swept the party off its feet and emerged victorious in Monday’s close runoff race against veteran MK and former Labor chairman Amir Peretz…In his victory speech, Gabbay promised that Labor was starting a path on the way to a new government in Israel.

In defiance of UNESCO, settlers urge Israeli cabinet meeting at Tomb of Patriarchs
Settlers on Monday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold a cabinet meeting in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in order to underscore Israel’s religious and historical ties to the Biblical site. They issued their call after UNESCO on Friday inscribed Hebron’s Old Town and the Tomb of the Patriarchs to its list of World Heritage in Danger under the State of Palestine.

Mosul: US commander says Iraq must stop Islamic State 2.0
The senior US commander in Iraq has warned that the war against the so-called Islamic State (IS) is not over, despite a “historic” victory in Mosul. Lt Gen Stephen Townsend told the BBC there were still IS fighters in Iraq. He said the government should reach out to Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority to stop IS from renewing itself.

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 as outbreak spirals – ICRC
A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. The situation has continued to “spiral out of control”, with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC warned. More than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, according to the UN.

Raging Western Wildfires Hit Lumber Mills, Mining Workers
Wildfires in British Columbia have forced Canadian lumber mills to shut and were edging closer to a Kinder Morgan Inc. oil pipeline as hot, dry weather sparked blazes across swathes of western Canada and the U.S…forcing thousands of evacuations across California, Colorado and B.C., and prompting military personnel to mobilize on both sides of the border to help battle the flames.

US military reveals $65m funding for ‘Matrix’ projects to plug human brains directly into a computer
The US military has revealed $65 of funding for a programme to develop a ‘brain chip’ allowing humans to simply plug into a computer. They say the system could give soldiers supersenses and even help treat people with blindness, paralysis and speech disorders. The goal is ‘developing an implantable system able to provide precision communication between the brain and the digital world,’ DARPA officials said.

U.S. carrier group leads biggest yet drills with India and Japan
A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began naval exercises with India and Japan on Monday that the U.S. navy said would help the three countries tackle maritime threats in the Asia-Pacific region. The annual exercises named Malabar are being held off India. They are the largest since India and the United States launched the exercise in 1992. Japan was later included.

Arctic outpost becomes hotbed of Russian military activity
A TINY stretch of Arctic water has become a hotbed of military activity amid fears it could become the next flashpoint in a global conflict between the US and Russia. Locals on the tiny Norwegian island of Vardo have seen an increase in military action through the upgrade of a critical radar system, Globus III, due to be completed by 2020.

China says ‘China responsibility theory’ on North Korea has to stop
China hit back on Tuesday in unusually strong terms at repeated calls from the United States to put more pressure on North Korea, urging a halt to what it called the “China responsibility theory”, and saying all parties needed to pull their weight. U.S President Trump took a more conciliatory tone…with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, but he has expressed some impatience that China…is not doing enough to rein in North Korea.

Israel backs Hungary, says financier Soros is a threat
Israel’s foreign ministry has issued a statement denouncing U.S. billionaire George Soros, a move that appeared designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary ahead of a visit to Budapest next week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Catholics Rally Against Satanist Statue
Catholics in Minnesota will gather to ask for God’s protection and to pray against the nation’s first Satanic monument approved for display on public land.

Sickening: Major food corporations use tissue from aborted babies to manufacture flavor additives in processed foods
Every time you purchase mass-produced processed “food” from the likes of Kraft, PepsiCo, or Nestle, you’re choosing, whether you realize it or not, to feed your family not only genetically engineered poisons and chemical additives, but also various flavoring agents manufactured using the tissue of aborted human babies.

Christian slapped with $12,000 ‘Shariah fine’ for not removing shoes
Canada is now fining its citizens for offending people of the Islamic faith. John Alabi, 53, is a Christian and a landlord who lives in the Toronto area and is being ordered to pay a fine of $12,000 by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal because he failed to remove his shoes when he entered the apartment he was renting to a Muslim couple.