Syrian army takes last Islamic State bastion in Syria
The Syrian army and its allies have taken Albu Kamal, Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Syria, representing the end of Islamic State’s project in the region, the army general command said on Thursday. The army said it is now fighting the last remaining IS pockets in the country’s eastern desert, an army statement said.
Egyptian lawmaker to propose anti-gay bill as part of crackdown
An Egyptian lawmaker is introducing a draft bill that would imprison those engaging in or promoting same-sex relations, a copy of the draft seen by Reuters on Thursday showed. It would introduce sentences of to up to 10 years in prison for people engaging in or promoting same-sex relations.
Mysterious ‘geomagnetic spike’ 3,000 years ago challenges our understanding of the Earth’s interior
So what are geomagnetic spikes and what are the prospects and implications of another one coming along? The geomagnetic spike of 1000BC was first identified from copper slag heaps located in Jordan and Israel. These were dated from organic material within the slag heaps using radiocarbon dating. The prospect that the iron core could flow faster and change more suddenly than previously thought, together with the possibility that even more extreme spike-like events occurred in the past, is challenging some conventional views on the dynamics of Earth’s core.
Sisi to Iran: Stop meddling in the region
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Wednesday called on Iran to stop “meddling” in the Middle East, but stressed that he does not want war and believes dialogue can resolve the region’s crises. With his comments, quoted by The Associated Press, Sisi threw his support behind Egypt’s Gulf ally Saudi Arabia amid the kingdom’s mounting tensions with Iran.
Saudi king appoints 30 judges, promotes 26 amid anti-graft purge
King Salman has appointed or promoted 56 judges, Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA reported on Thursday, a step coinciding with an anti-corruption crackdown in the kingdom. The king issued a royal order that promoted 26 judges and appointed 30 others at different levels of the judiciary, SPA said. Saudi authorities have arrested dozens of royal family members, officials and businessmen in the anti-graft purge that began on Saturday. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public office for personal gain.
Pope seeks to defuse Korea tension, push nuclear disarmament
Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, and representatives from a handful of countries with the bomb.
Deep State & DOJ Plot to Sell CNN to George Soros in AT&T Acquisition of Time Warner
In a stunning series of leaks late Tuesday, anti-Trump holdovers loyal to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama issued a demand that AT&T must sell Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, to get final approval for the $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.
Scotland apologizes to gay men for historical convictions
Scotland’s devolved government issued an apology on Tuesday to men convicted in the past for same-sex activity and passed a new law which will allow them to clear their names. “It is only right that we address this historic wrong,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament.
Ynetnews Business – Israel’s water worries return after 4 years of drought
Following 4-year drought, Israel at precipice of another water crisis as Kinneret set to reach record low and underground aquifers nearly depleted; additional desalination plant considered to ameliorate crisis, as well as several new reservoirs; facing uncertainty, farmers still vexed at their prospects.
Danica Roem wins in Virginia, becoming first openly transgender state representative
Virginia’s most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office Tuesday by Danica Roem , a Democrat who will be one of the nation’s first openly transgender elected officials and who embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marchall fought against in Richmond.
School ‘Transitioned’ 11-Year-Old Girl to Transgender Boy Behind Parents Back
Parents of an 11-year-old child have filed a lawsuit against a school after teachers helped their daughter “transition” into a transgender boy without their permission or knowledge.
New FBI Director Wray Admits: “This Place Is Actually Worse Than I Thought”
Verifying what many of us have already surmised, the new FBI Director confirms that the FBI has morphed into a weaponized tool, full of deep state ‘fixers’ who are loyal to Clinton, Kerry and Obama. Known as the 7th Floor Cabal to some.
Black Death and incurable Marburg Virus now spreading across Africa’s cities… world’s medical system helpless to stop it
…Warnings have been issued in nine African counties, including Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Seychelles, Ethiopia, and Reunion. Schools and businesses are closed and public gatherings are canceled in Madagascar as the island nation tries to keep the death toll down.
Prince William argues for urgent depopulation efforts in Africa
… Prince William continued, “Urbanization, infrastructure development, cultivation – all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now.” He added, “We are going to have to work much harder, and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist.”