25 May 2018

Report: Syrian air defense intercepts Israeli missile strike on airport
Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs had come under missile attack which was repelled by its air defense systems on Thursday. “One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to hostile missile aggression, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim,” state news agency SANA said.

The ‘Gaza Spring’? Palestinian man sets himself on fire
A young man in the Gaza Strip committed an act of self-immolation, pouring gasoline over his body and setting himself on fire, in protest of what many Palestinians view as a hopeless situation…Harb was a Gaza-based employee of the Palestinian Authority whose salary had been withheld for several months. Local reports said he cursed the Palestinian government as onlookers rushed to put out the flames engulfing him.

MH17: Russia ‘liable’ for downing airliner over Ukraine
Australia and the Netherlands have formally accused Russia of being responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board MH17, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. On Thursday, Dutch-led international investigators concluded that the missile belonged to a Russian brigade.

Irish abortion referendum voting opens
Polls are open in the referendum on the Republic of Ireland’s abortion laws. The vote will decide whether to repeal a part of the constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment, which effectively bans terminations in the country. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.

North Korea ready to talk ‘at any time’ with Donald Trump
North Korea has said it is still willing to talk “at any time in any form” after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his meeting with Kim Jong-un. Vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump’s decision was “extremely regrettable”. President Trump blamed the North’s “open hostility” for the cancellation.

Tech companies scramble as sweeping data rules take effect
A sweeping set of new data privacy regulations descending on Europe is leaving internet companies in the U.S. scrambling to overhaul their practices to avoid steep penalties. Companies like Google, Twitter, Yelp and Uber have in recent weeks sent notices to their users about updates to privacy policies and user agreements aimed at making their data collection practices more transparent.

Mortgage rates have been rising at a pace not seen in almost 50 years
Mortgage rates continued their upward march this week, extending the most prolonged increase in rates in 46 years. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.66 percent with an average 0.4 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 4.61 percent a week ago and 3.95 percent a year ago.

NFL players reportedly already discussing new forms of protest after national anthem rule
Various NFL players are reportedly discussing different forms of protesting in response to a new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. “I talked to a former NFL player yesterday who has said that players are already talking about other ways in which they can protest,” NBC’s Craig Melvin said on “Today” on Thursday.

Hybrid human chicken embryos: HALF HUMAN – HALF CHICKEN abomination created in US lab
A TEAM of stem cell researchers have done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life. Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves.

Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as new lava stream hits ocean
A third lava flow from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes.

Taiwan sends aircraft to shadow Chinese bombers around island
Taiwan’s air force scrambled aircraft on Friday as Chinese bombers flew around the self-ruled island, just a few hours after Taiwan vowed not to be cowed having lost another diplomatic ally amid growing Chinese pressure. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a potential dangerous military flashpoint. China claims the island as its sacred territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwan separatism.

Mysterious Booms, House-Rattling Sounds In Pennsylvania Under Investigation By FBI
Federal and local authorities are investigating mysterious booms being reported in Upper Bucks and Lehigh Counties. Springfield Township police say there have been multiple reports of loud explosions, with the most recent one happening shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Someone Has Infected At Least 500,000 Routers All Over The World And No One Knows Why
Unknown hackers have reportedly infected at least 500,000 routers and other network devices all over the world with sophisticated and potentially destructive malware—and the Ukrainian government believes Russian hackers may use this botnet in an attack ahead of the Champions League soccer final this week in Kiev.

Tropical cyclone Sagar cause deaths and floods in Somalia, Djibouti}
A tropical cyclone has wrecked havoc across the Horn of Africa, leaving at least 15 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

Is East Africa is splitting in two? A big crack raises question
A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu Brings Life-Threatening Flooding Concerns to Oman, Yemen and Might Be an Unusual Landfall
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is strengthening as it tracks toward the Arabian Peninsula, where it is expected to make landfall near the border of Oman and Yemen late this week.

Paris hit by flash flooding in shock hailstorm
The streets and Métro stations in Paris have been flooded after unseasonal storms brought heavy rainfall and strong hail to the capital – while strong hail further south in Vaucluse has destroyed crops.

Trump Quotes Jeremiah 1:5 at Pro-Life Gala, Says ‘Every Life Has Meaning’
President Donald Trump assured a prominent gathering of pro-life leaders and activists Tuesday night that the pro-life movement will “never fail” as long as “we keep trusting God” and quoted the Old Testament to argue that “every child is a precious gift from God.”

Sweden distributes 4.8 million leaflets demanding their citizens be prepared for WAR – are they referring to Russia or Muslim migrants?
“The publication comes as the debate on security – and the possibility of joining Nato – has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines.”

WATCH: Israeli “Flying Car” Makes Successful First Trip
A “flying car” being developed by an Israeli firm successfully completed its first trip over terrain this past November, Reuters reported Tuesday.

MEDIA BLACKOUT: Turkish soldiers shoot read Syrian refugees (including children) at the border, why no outrage?
Eight Syrian civilians, half of them are children, were shot dead by Turkish border guards while attempting to cross into Turkey, local activists reported.

Massive Explosions Reported From North Korea’s Nuclear Site
Witnesses have reported huge explosions from the Punggye-ri nuclear test site as North Korea announces it wants to achieve peace by destroying its nukes.

Surprise outcome for Iowa 4-H LGBT coup
After a major campaign to impose controversial LGBTQ policies on the state’s 4-H youth program – including the admission of biological males into female restrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight accommodations, as well as mandatory use of exotic transgender pronouns – those in charge of Iowa’s 4-H program now say they will not be adopting the transgender guidelines after all.

Valedictorian Ordered Not to Thank ‘Jesus’ During Graduation Speech
The valedictorian at a high school in Illinois is considering legal action after officials barred him from referencing God and Jesus during his graduation speech.

Population of England set to rise by 3.2million in 10 years, London by 774,000
The latest set of data from the Office for National Statistics shows the population of England is set to rise by 3.2million by mid-2026. As you would expect, migration plays a huge role in that population surge. In fact, in the North East of England, out of a projected population growth of 50,000, 44,000 is down to international migration.

Dartmouth Survey Finds Democrat Students Are the Most Intolerant
“also are much less likely than Republican students to study and work on course projects with those of differing ideology”