9 Sep 2017

Irish FM pushes EU involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
Israelis and Palestinians will face more unrest over the next year without a revival of a long-fractured Middle East peace process that the European Union must be part of, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday (September 8). Simon Coveney, who met Israeli and Palestinian leaders less than a month after taking up his post in June, is leading the charge to involve the EU in a fresh attempt at peace talks…

Rohingya crisis: Exodus swells ‘as 270,000 flee Myanmar’
About 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar two weeks ago, the UN says. A spokeswoman said the jump – up from 164,000 on Thursday – was because new pockets of people had been found. She called the figure “so alarming” and said urgent action was needed to address the situation in Myanmar.

Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises as rescue effort begins
The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 61, officials say. A huge rescue operation is under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under rubble. President Enrique Peña Nieto says at least 200 people have been injured.

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia angered after emir’s phone call
Saudi Arabia says it has suspended dialogue with Qatar, shortly after a phone call between the Qatari leader and the Saudi crown prince. The two sides had discussed holding talks to resolve the Qatar crisis, which has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. However, Saudi Arabia then accused Qatar of distorting facts about the call, and said it was ending talks.

Sweeping change in China’s military points to more firepower for Xi
China’s military is preparing a sweeping leadership reshuffle, dropping top generals, including two that sources say are under investigation for corruption. The changes would make room for President Xi Jinping to install trusted allies in key positions at a key party congress that begins on Oct 18.

Diamond Exchange announces new currency
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) has announced intentions to launch a new form of virtual currency, the Carats.IO Diamond Currency, which will be backed by diamonds. The IDE penned an agreement with startup company Carats.IO—owned by Gabriel Diamant—that has developed the technological infrastructure for trading the coin while using IDE data.

University receives $138,000 in federal grant money to study preschoolers’ gender identity
The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $130,000 in grant money to a university that plans to study gender identity development in young children between the ages of 4 and 6. NSF, an independent federal agency tasked with promoting the progress of science, gave the $138,000 grant to the University of Washington over the summer for the two-year project…

BREAKING: Soros Caught Helping Kim Jong-Un 
…Refuse Fascism, a group funded by Soros, is attempting to pull the Democrats away from working in the interests of the United States, according to The Daily Caller. Back in July, Refuse Fascism released a statement that said the US is bullying and demonizing Kim Jong-un, and needs to reconsider. The statement urged the need to “stop thinking like an American,” and “start thinking about humanity.”

AccuWeather: “No Way To Avoid Another Catastrophic Weather Event”
“Unfortunately, there is no way the United States is going to avoid another catastrophic weather event.  There will be massive damage in Florida. It will be the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.”

Central Banks Have Purchased $2 Trillion In Assets In 2017
So far in 2017 there has been $1.96 trillion of central bank purchases of financial assets in 2017 alone, as central bank balance sheets have grown by $11.26 trillion since Lehman to $15.6 trillion.

Online news set to top TV next year, already has for under-50 crowd
Over just the last year, Americans have radically changed their media consuming habits, abandoning TV news in favor of online sources, a trend that could have the internet as the nation’s No. 1 news provider in a year.

Christian teenager beaten to death by classmates in Pakistan
A Christian teenager has been beaten to death by his classmates in Pakistan. Sharoon Masih was the only Christian in his year and was attacked after he apparently drank from the same glass as a Muslim.

Saudi Arabia Suspends Any Dialogue With Qatar
Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute.