13 May 2018

Jerusalem embassy: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive for Monday opening
US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have arrived in Israel ahead of the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. The couple – both senior White House advisers – will attend the ceremony. Mr Trump himself will not be there. His decision to move operations from Tel Aviv angered Palestinians.

Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear accord
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that, if its interests were protected, Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal, which his foreign minister hoped could be redesigned without Washington. Tuesday’s US withdrawal from the accord was a “violation of morals,” Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television.

South Africa direct rule for North West province
South Africa has taken over direct administration of North West province where corruption allegations have led to violent protests. There have also been calls for the regional premier to resign. The decision to intervene was taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against corruption a priority.

Surabaya church attacks: One family responsible, police say
A family of six, including a nine-year-old girl, were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya, police say. At least 13 people were killed and dozens injured in the attacks. The mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while the father and two sons targeted two others, according to police.

US offers to help rebuild N Korea economy if it denuclearises
America will help rebuild North Korea’s economy if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The US would be “prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends”, he told reporters on Friday. Mr Pompeo, who has just returned from Pyongyang, said he had “good” talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier begins maiden sea trial
The yet-to-be-christened Type 001A carrier left…the…port of Dalian at 6.45am…The local maritime authority has declared a restricted area in the Yellow Sea off the Dalian coast from Sunday to noon on Friday. Military observers have been watching for signs the new aircraft carrier was about to start sea trials after photos of it being moved from its berth by tugboats were published by state media on April 23.

Russia warships stalk US aircraft carrier in ‘cat and mouse chase’
USS Harry S. Truman has been pursued around the Med by a group of Russian frigates led by warship Yaroslav Mudry. Video of the incident shows a Russian vessel in the distance shadowing the carrier and its destroyer escort. Footage was shared by ITV as a team of news reporters visited the US warship. The vessel is the US’s main weapon against ISIS as it launches strikes on their positions in Syria.

Norway declares boycott against Israel is legal
Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry determined that boycotting products and services coming from Israeli settlements is legal and does not contradict Norway’s international trade commitments. Nevertheless, the assertion was said to be inappropriate, according to an internal document signed by Norway’s deputy foreign affairs minister published during the weekend.

School board warned about ‘illegal, obscene’ classroom instruction
A top-flight legal team has written a letter to the Sunnyside Unified School District  in Tucson, Arizona, warning that a sex-ed indoctrination program the district is considering is “illegal, obscene” and guilty of promoting “harmful sexual behavior to K-12 grade children.”

Israel sends troop reinforcements to Gaza, West Bank ahead of US embassy opening | The Times of Israel
The Israeli army is deploying three additional brigades to Gaza and the West Bank at the start of what Israeli security officials believe could be an extremely violent week of Palestinian protests coinciding with the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the military said Saturday.

Melbourne weather: A month’s worth of rain in one night – and it’s not over yet
Roads were flooded and flights delayed as rain drenched Melbourne on Friday in what is expected to be the city’s wettest May day in six years.

Illinois Senate Approves Bill Requiring Public Schools to Teach LGBT History
The Illinois Senate approved a bill Wednesday requiring all public schools in the state to teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in history.

ONE DEAD – Several Injured in Paris Stabbing Near Place de l’Opéra, Paris — Assailant Screaming “Allahu Akbar!”
At least one person is dead and several were injured on Saturday evening in a stabbing near the Place de l’Opéra in Paris.

Presbyterian Minister Blesses Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in God’s Name, Volunteers as Chaplain
Echoing the words of former President Barack Obama, a Presbyterian minister recently “blessed” a Maine abortion facility in God’s name.

Jerusalem is rising as Israel’s enemies falter
In just a few days, Washington will move its embassy to the Jewish state’s capital. At the same time, Palestinian leadership is showing signs of collapse, and Iran is struggling from internal unrest and a failing economy, topped off by America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Former Obama Officials Show True Colors By Encouraging Europe To Take Action Against US
Even for Democrats, it’s disturbing.American liberals might have nothing but contempt for the freedom and strength that make the country great when they’re talking in private, but they used to be smart enough to know that they had to at least pretend to be patriotic in public.

U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Off Alaska Coast
A pair of Russian bombers were intercepted by two U.S. stealth fighters off the coast of Alaska on Friday, officials said.

Kenyan Bishops Denounce Polygamy
Kenya’s Catholic bishops confronted the growing issue of polygamy among Christians in the country, saying that God forbids the practice even if it is legal.

Missouri Gives PP Boot, Handmaids Yell
Missouri lawmakers passed a spending plan that will ensure Planned Parenthood does not receive funding through the state, and a number of disgruntled protesters dressed up as handmaids to air their grievances.

EMP Commission Warns Of Year-Long Blackout And A Massive Death Toll
A federal EMP commission report warns that even the smallest EMP attack on our grid system would down it for about a year, if not longer.  A year-long blackout would certainly be coupled with a massive death toll that would devastate entire populations.

Congress’ Omnibus Bill Ended Funding for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System
Science magazine reported this week that funding for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), which costs $10-million a year and is designed to measure greenhouse gas emissions, was not included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in March, which in effect kills the program.

23 Major League Baseball Teams to Promote Homosexuality at ‘LGBT Pride’ Nights
Sadly, 23 of the 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are promoting homosexuality through “LGBT Pride” nights this year, reported Outsports.com In addition, only two MLB teams — New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels — have never held such “pride” nights.

Ca. Bill Wants To Drop Washington’s Bday
The California Assembly discussed Thursday a bill that would replace Abraham Lincoln or George Washington’s birthday with International Socialist Workers’ Day as a paid holiday.