25 July 2017

DARPA invests $65 million in developing gene editing technologies
“The field of gene editing has been advancing at an astounding pace, opening the door to previously impossible genetic solutions but without much emphasis on how to mitigate potential downsides,” says Safe Genes program manager Renee Wegrzyn. “DARPA launched Safe Genes to begin to refine those capabilities by emphasizing safety first for the full range of potential applications, enabling responsible science to proceed by providing tools to prevent and mitigate misuse.”

US Navy Patrol Ship Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Vessel
One day after a US spy plane had to take “evasive action” over the East China Sea after a Chinese fighter jet showed off its Top Gun skills and appeared 90 meters in front of the interloper, a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian vessel near the northern Arabian Gulf on Tuesday after the vessel came within 150 yards

After spate of Chinese patrols, Taiwan says it’s prepared to defend itself
Taiwan is prepared to defend itself against China if necessary, the self-ruled island’s defence ministry said on Tuesday, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes near the island China claims as a wayward province.

Temple Mount police concerned:’we’re sitting ducks’
The decision to remove metal detectors at the entrances to Temple Mount have alarmed the police situated at the site, who are wondering whether they are supposed to be what they termed ‘sitting ducks.’

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000
Yemen’s cholera outbreak is set to hit 400,000 cases on Tuesday but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data…

Muslims urged to stay away from Temple Mount
A senior cleric says Muslims should stay away from a major Jerusalem shrine, pending a review of the new Israeli security arrangements there. Ikrema Sabri, the head of the Supreme Islamic Committee in the city, said such a review might be completed later on Tuesday.

Netanyahu welcomes homes Jordan envoy and freed embassy guard
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in his Jerusalem office Tuesday morning with Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlein, and Ziv, the Israeli guard stabbed in the embassy complex Sunday evening. The meeting came less than 12 hours after they…crossed over the Allenby Bridge after a hair-raising drama that began with the stabbing of Ziv, and his firing two shots in self-defense, killing the assailant and another man at the scene.

Israel removes Temple Mount metal detectors that enraged the Muslim world
Israeli authorities began Tuesday morning to dismantle metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the placing of which earlier this month lead to widespread outrage in the Muslim world, claiming they violated the status quo in the site that is sacred to believers…In the meantime, Israel is also removing some of the security cameras it installed overlooking the entrance to the complex.

China set to launch an ‘unhackable’ internet communication
As malicious hackers mount ever more sophisticated attacks, China is about to launch a new, “unhackable” communications network – at least in the sense that any attack on it would be quickly detected. The technology it has turned to is quantum cryptography, a radical break from the traditional encryption methods around.

Japanese woman dies from tick disease after cat bite
A Japanese woman died last year of a tick-borne disease after being bitten by a stray cat, Japan’s health ministry says, in what could be the first such mammal-to-human transmission. The unnamed woman in her 50s had been helping the apparently sick cat. Ten days later she died of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), which is carried by ticks.

France tackles fierce forest fires on Riviera and in Corsica
Unusually hot, dry and windy weather in south-east France has contributed to the spread of forest fires across the region. The island of Corsica, the town of Carros, close to Nice, and Saint-Tropez were among the areas badly hit on Monday. Hundreds of homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Syria war: Russia sends police to southern ‘safe zones’
Russia says it has deployed forces to monitor so-called de-escalation zones in southern Syria. The defence ministry said military police had been sent to Eastern Ghouta on the edge of the capital Damascus, and to an area in the south-west. It is the first time foreign personnel have been despatched to help implement the “safe zones” agreed with Turkey and Iran earlier this year.

Egypt’s El-Sisi calls on Israel not to provoke Muslims
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressed Israel in a speech Monday, calling on its residents and leaders to “stop what is happening in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and not to provoke the feelings of Arabs and Muslims.” El-Sisi…said, “The unfortunate events at Al-Aqsa are causing an unnecessary situation. I appeal to public opinion in Israel, the Israeli people and the Israeli leadership—please, this must stop.

Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials
Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to the U.S. EP-3 plane on Sunday to cause the American aircraft to change direction.

North Korea identifies Hawaii and Alaska as possible targets for missile launch
The official government newspaper of North Korea boasted on Sunday that Hawaii and Alaska could be possible targets for the nuclear ballistic missile the North Korean government allegedly possesses. According to NK News, Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper run by the Workers’ Party of Korea stated that intercontinental ballistic missile has a range capability up to 6,400 kilometers, which means the missile could travel far enough to hit Hawaii or Alaska.

Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller
“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out some of these orders that again are inconsistent with what this country is all about…. If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say enough is enough.”

Proof Positive Obama Administration Stole Dividends from Fannie and Freddie Shareholders
Shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, after years of discouraging litigation, finally have the proof positive they need to demonstrate at court exactly how the Obama administration stole from them billions of dollars of profits earned by the Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs).

“Time Is Running Out” – China Is Planning For A Crisis Along North Korean Border
Despite Chinese officials reassurance that “military means shouldn’t be an option,” WSJ reports that China has been bolstering defenses along its 880-mile frontier with North Korea and realigning forces in surrounding regions to prepare for a potential crisis across their border, including the possibility of a U.S. military strike.

Trump throws wrench in U.N. plan to ‘replace’ U.S. population
In the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama and his administration worked tirelessly with the United Nations to expand the definition of “refugee” to include economic migrants and drastically increase the numbers being resettled in the United States.

Flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from U.S. rises …
The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada rose in June after dropping in the previous two months, according to government figures released on Friday.

NYT Blames Obama Admin For Foiled Attack
The New York Times blamed former Obama administration officials for releasing information that a U.S. general says allowed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to slip away from American forces.