15 July 2017

Israel and allies seek to break up the ‘Sh’ite crescent’
Last month, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Al-Quds Force, released a photo of himself in the company of troops from the Fatemiyoun Brigade…Over the last three years, the IAF has executed dozens of bombing missions against convoys and arsenals of advanced long-range missiles – Iranian-made and destined for Hezbollah.

Turkey to mark anniversary of coup attempt
Events will be held in Turkey later to mark the first anniversary of a failed coup in which at least 260 people died and 2,196 were wounded. A faction of the army tried to seize power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but the attempt collapsed. Since the coup, the government has dismissed more than 150,000 employees from state institutions in a purge that continued until the anniversary’s eve.

Poland MPs back controversial judiciary bill
Poland’s parliament has approved a bill to give MPs and the justice minister the power to appoint judges without consulting judicial circles. Opposition parties and human rights groups say this would erode the independence of the judiciary. The governing Law and Justice party says the reforms are needed because the judiciary is corrupt and serves only the elite.

Hawaii fire: Flames rip through Honolulu tower block
At least three people have been killed and more are feared dead in a fire in a block of high-rise flats in Honolulu, Hawaii, firefighters say. Black smoke was seen billowing from the 26th floor of the 36th-storey condominium, a short distance from one of the US state’s famous beaches. Twelve people were hurt in the blaze, according to officials. Emergency services are searching for survivors.

Amazon Antitrust Concerns Emerge in Washington and Wall Street
Amazon.com Inc.’s expansion plans, including its agreement to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, are raising hackles in Washington — and Wall Street is taking notice. A U.S. lawmaker has called for hearings on the proposed deal to consider its ramifications for shoppers and workers. Hedge-fund manager Doug Kass has taken a short position on the fast-growing online retailer, saying government antitrust concerns will erode its value.

New Turkey purge on eve of failed coup anniversary
Turkey announced the dismissal of another 7,000 police, soldiers and officials on Friday, a new purge on the eve of the one-year anniversary of a military-led coup that failed to topple President Tayyip Erdogan. July 15 has been declared an annual national holiday of “democracy and unity” and the authorities want people to see the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy.

Top 10 Oregon counties for gonorrhea
A gonorrhea epidemic has hit Oregon amid public health concerns that the disease is becoming immune to standard treatment. Since 2012, cases have nearly tripled statewide, affecting just about every part of Oregon, including rural counties where infections have been traditionally low.

N. Korea likely has more plutonium than previously thought
New images of North Korea’s main nuclear facility show that the isolated regime has apparently produced more plutonium for its weapons programme than previously thought… The respected 38 North website, a monitoring project linked to Johns Hopkins university, said Friday that thermal imagery of the Yongbyon nuclear complex appeared to show that Pyongyang had reprocessed spent fuel rods at least twice between last September and June this year.

Jordan demands Israel reopen mosque
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected demands by Jordan Friday night to immediately reopen the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was closed following a terrorist attack Friday morning. According to officials, Netanyahu said, “Instead of denouncing the terror attack, Jordan chose to attack Israel. It is appropriate that all parties involved, including Jordan, maintain restraint and refrain from flaming the atmosphere.”

White House: Budget Deficit To Spike To $702b
The White House said Friday that worsening tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to jump to $702 billion this year. That’s a $99 billion spike from what was predicted less than two months ago.

Retired Green Beret Warns: “There Could Be A Nuclear Strike Against The US Coming Soon”
“The next world war will be initiated by an EMP, and North Korea will either launch it or take the blame for it by a country that did launch it… to include the United States…”

China Warns Japan: “Get Used To Our Warplanes”, Sends Spy Ship Near Alaska
China told Japan on Friday to “get used to it” after it flew six warplanes over the Miyako Strait between two southern Japanese islands in a military exercise, while at the same time sending a spy ship off Alaska to observe the latest successful THAAD intercept of a ballistic missile.

16-year-old in custody after 5 people were attacked with acid in London
A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and causing grievous bodily harm after five people were attacked with acid in different locations around east London on Thursday night, Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Mexico’s Gasoline Thieves Go Full Mad Max As Competing Cartels Declare War On Each Other And The Army
“The battle against the fuel thieves has left a strange “huachicolero” landscape east of Mexico City. Fields are littered with leaking illegal taps, abandoned fuel tanks and Mad Max-style vehicles whose interiors have been ripped out to hold thousand-liter tanks. Fires from stolen fuel are common.”

More Christian Refugees Arriving under Trump than Muslims
Under President Donald Trump, more Christian refugees have been admitted to the United States in the first six months of 2017 than Muslim refugees, a departure from the Obama-era.

‘You didn’t build that’: 5 years later
“[F]or everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.” – 1 Chronicles 29:11 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. – John 1:3 It’s been five years since Barack Obama, during a re-election campaign speech, told entrepreneurs they weren’t really responsible for the successful businesses they built.