27 Aug 2017

Abbas to meet Erdogan in Ankara Tuesday
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss Palestinian reconciliation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced. Fatah, Abbas’s party, and Hamas have been at loggerheads since 2007 when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in a coup d’etat and ousted the Fatah-dominated PA from the territory.

UN gives Gaza $2.5m. in humanitarian aid for water and fuel crisis
The United Nations has provided the Gaza Strip with $2.5 million in humanitarian aid to help with its water, electricity and fuel crisis. The funds come as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatens to gradually cut funding to Gaza if Hamas does not allow Fatah to return to the Strip.

Top US congressman: Time to think beyond two-state solution
Some basic assumptions that have governed Middle East diplomacy over the last quarter century — such as the need for a Palestinian state in the West Bank — are being questioned by more and more people in Congress…“My view is that some of the assumptions that we have all operated under for a long time – that there has to be a two-state solution…those assumptions are now being questioned,” said [Rep. Mac] Thornberry [(R-Texas)].

King of Spain joins Barcelona march of defiance against terrorism
Hundreds of thousands of people in Barcelona have marched against militant Islamists who left 15 people dead in and around the city last week. King Felipe VI joined the demonstrators, alongside Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The king is the first Spanish sovereign to join a march since the monarchy was re-established in the 1970s.

Ceasefire with ‘Islamic State’ on Syria-Lebanon border
A ceasefire has been declared in offensives against so-called Islamic State on the Syria-Lebanon border. The militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other. Lebanon’s army said the pause in operations would enable talks over the fate of kidnapped soldiers.

Harvey: Fears grow over severe flooding risk
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that severe flooding is his main worry as the rains from Tropical Storm Harvey continue to lash the state. Mr Abbott said the cities of Houston and Corpus Christi had already received as much as 20in (50cm) of rain. He said another 40in of rain could be due before the storm subsides midweek.

Venezuela to stage war games in warning to Trump
Venezuela kicks off two days of military drills on Saturday in response to US President Donald Trump’s threat of military action and newly announced sanctions on the crisis-stricken nation. Trump warned on August 11 that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, “including a possible military option if necessary.”

As Britain cracks down on weapons, criminals turn to acid attacks
Jabed Hussain said he was really lucky. The delivery driver was one of the latest victims in an alarming surge of acid attacks in Britain. He was still trembling when he said, “But they didn’t get my face. They didn’t ruin me.” Attacks by people throwing acid at their victims has tripled in the past three years in Britain, stoking fears that almost anyone can be the victim…

Purchase finalized for 17 more F-35 stealth fighter jets
This past weekend saw the completion of a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 (“Adir”) jets for the Israeli Air Force, bringing Israel’s total to 50 F-35s set to enter into service in two squadrons. The Ministry of Defense’s acquisition team signed the agreement in the United States with director of the US government’s JSF program, making use of the option to purchase 17 more jets…

Storm Pakhar hits Hong Kong and Macau days after deadly Hato
Tropical storm Pakhar brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just four days after one of the strongest typhoons on record, Hato, caused serious flooding and damage in the territories and killed at least 10 people in the gaming hub. The two cities lowered their typhoon signal to No.3 in the early afternoon, after Pakhar brushed passed and landed in the southern Chinese city of Taishan in the morning.

Hundreds of Russians protest tighter internet controls
About 1,000 Russians braved pouring rain in Moscow on Saturday to demonstrate against the government’s moves to tighten controls on internet use, with police arresting about a dozen protesters.

Buckingham Palace knifeman had 4ft sword and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, police reveal
The man arrested outside Buckingham Palace drove at police before lunging for a 4ft sword and repeatedly shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The 26-year-old man from Luton was wrestled to the ground by unarmed police who had to use CS gas to incapacitate him.

Congress Quietly Passed A Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Homes – Only 1% Opposed It
One of the most important things to remember about this legislation is that it was ignored by the media, and while it may only affect the Washington D.C. metro area now, it could be laying the blueprint for future legislation across the country.

Catholic school removes Jesus statues to be ‘more inclusive’
Parents of students at a Catholic school in the San Francisco Bay area are protesting the board’s decision to remove and relocate more than 160 statues of Jesus, Mary and historic church figures from the campus in an effort to make the school more “inclusive.”

Germany Bans ‘Extremist AntiFa’ Website For “Legitimizing Violence Against Cops”
“…the site tried to legitimize violence against police officers …in an expression of an attitude that tramples human dignity…. This is absolutelyunacceptable and incompatible with our liberal democratic order…”

IT’S ON: Christian Group Sues SPLC and Amazon Over ‘Hate Group’ Designation
On Tuesday, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon, for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a “hate group,” while GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and Amazon kept the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile.