17 Jan 17
New embassy a sign of pope’s love for Palestine, President Abbas says
Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country’s new embassy to the Holy See. “This is a sign that the pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace,” Abbas told the pope Jan. 14 before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome. The pope welcomed Abbas with open arms, embracing the president and saying, “It is a pleasure to welcome you here.”
Trump Gives One Word Answer For His Priority As Commander-in-Chief
President-elect Donald Trump said the EU should shoulder more of NATO’s economic burden, dinged German immigration policy, and told reporters his singular “priority” as commander-and-chief boiled down to one word: “ISIS.”
Ex-Black Panther GRILLS ‘Illegitimate Congressman’ John Lewis — ‘A Little Girl Being Beaten By Daddy’
Mason Weaver told Tucker Carlson Monday night that Georgia Democrat John Lewis is an “illegitimate congressman.” What he has done now, he has turned himself to his enemy.” Weaver compared Lewis to “a little girl being beaten by Daddy and joins Daddy,” and “a woman beaten by her husband who joins the husband.”
“He has joined the enemy.”
UK Stands Up for Israel, Slams Paris Summit, Refuses to Sign Anti-Israel Statement
The United Kingdom defied the anti-Israel sentiment coursing through Sunday’s “peace” summit in Paris by criticizing the conference as detrimental to Israel’s interests and refusing to sign a joint statement issued after the summit which called for a two-state solution.
Evidence of Biblical Capture of Edom Found in 10th Century BCE Excavation
A copper smelting site and an ancient wall dating back to the 10th century BCE have been excavated at the Timna copper mines antiquities site in southern Israel’s Arava desert region, lending credence to the biblical story of the capture of Edom in the time of King David.
Germany says NATO concerned about Trump 'obsolete' remark
Germany's Foreign Minister said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking after a meeting with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, said Trump's remarks contradicted views expressed by designated Defense Secretary James Mattis. He spoke also of "amazement".
Moderate earthquake strikes off Cuba, felt in Santiago
A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 has struck off the southeastern coast of Cuba, seismologists say. Shaking was felt in Santiago de Cuba, Palma Soriano, Bayamo, and Guantanamo.
Earth’s atmosphere can be turned into massive surveillance system using LASERS
BAE Systems are designing a directed energy laser system that could allow military commanders to spy on enemy activities from space.
BAE believe that within 50 years, one of their aircraft could use an “atmospheric lens” to observe people from very long distances using the Earth’s atmosphere as a tool.
Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' show worrisome ability to diversify and spread
A family of highly drug-resistant and potentially deadly bacteria may be spreading more widely—and more stealthily—than previously thought...
Researchers examined carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) causing disease in four U.S. hospitals. They found a wide variety of CRE species. They also found...genetic traits enabling CRE to resist antibiotics, and...these traits are transferring easily among various CRE species.
As robots take jobs, Europeans mull free money for all
...The radical notion that governments should hand out free money to everyone...those who work and those who don't - is slowly but surely gaining ground in Europe. Yes, you read that right: a guaranteed monthly living allowance, no strings attached.
In France, two of the seven candidates vying to represent the ruling Socialist Party in this year's presidential election are promising modest but regular stipends to all French adults.
Yemen conflict: At least 10,000 killed, says UN
At least 10,000 people have been killed in the war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition supporting the government, the UN says.
The organisation said the death toll "underscores the need to resolve the situation" that has lasted for more than 21 months.
The news came as a UN envoy met President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi on Monday in the southern city of Aden.
Venezuela's new high value banknotes enter circulation
Venezuela has issued new larger denomination banknotes in response to the country's soaring rate of inflation.
The three notes, ranging from 500 to 20,000-bolivars, have entered circulation with the aim of making paying for essentials easier.
Inflation in Venezuela is forecast to reach 1,600% this year.
Lithuania plans fence on Russian Kaliningrad border
Lithuania has announced plans to build a fence to boost security on its border with Russia's Kaliningrad enclave.
The move comes amid heightened tensions in the Baltic region, where Nato is deploying extra troops and Russia has installed nuclear-capable missiles.
The fence will cover 130km (81 miles) of border, from Vistytis to the Neman River, which runs to the Baltic Sea. No barrier exists there currently.
Brexit speech: Theresa May rejects 'partial' EU membership
The UK will not retain "partial" membership of the EU once it leaves, Theresa May is due to say in her much-anticipated Brexit speech.
The PM will tell other European countries the UK wants to trade with them "as freely as possible" but will not be "half-in, half-out" of the EU.
Her speech, currently taking place, is expected to include further hints the UK could leave the EU single market.
Palestinians slam UK, Australia for not supporting Paris peace declaration
PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Saeb Erekat on Tuesday slammed the UK and Australia for their refusal to support a declaration that emerged earlier in the week from an international conference on Middle East peace in Paris.
"We regret and denounce the reservations made by the United Kingdom and Australia to the final statement of the Paris Peace Conference," he said in a statement.
'Draconian EU anti-terror laws target Muslims'
A raft of new counter-terrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International said...
The human rights group sounded the alarm over security measures adopted over the past two years...including expanded surveillance powers. During that period, militant attacks have killed some 280 people in France, Belgium and Germany.
70 Nations Paris Peace Conference Total Dud, Anti-Israel Gathering Defeated
In what should have been an all-out Israel hate-fest with possibly disastrous consequences for the Jewish state, 70 nations gathered in Paris for a “peace” conference on Sunday – but at the end of the day, the results were lackluster and failed to accomplish anything significant against Israel.
Trump: ObamaCare Replacement Is Ready to Go
Donald Trump says he's got a plan to replace ObamaCare ready to go—and there will be "insurance for everybody." In an interview with the Washington Post, the president-elect doesn't say much about the specifics of TrumpCare, though he does say there will be "lower numbers, much lower deductibles."
Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia
Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.
China claimed its troops can reach New Delhi in 48 hours and everyone cracked the same joke
Over the weekend, Indian Twitter found amusement in the not-so-amusing.
After China TV reported that Chinese troops would take only 48 hours to reach New Delhi in case of a war, Indians got chatty — and catty — about it.
Muted reaction in Russia to Trump's talk of nuclear arms cut
Suggestions by President-elect Donald Trump that sanctions against Russia could be lifted in exchange for a nuclear arms cut attracted a frosty reception in Moscow on Monday.
Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured
Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt.
Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead.
Martin Luther King’s Niece Voted For Trump
Martin Luther King Jr’s niece revealed Monday she voted for Donald Trump.
Urging Democrats and Republicans to “work together as brothers and sisters” as Trump takes office, Alveda C. King acknowledged she voted for Trump in a statement provided to the American Thinker. King is a Catholic pro-life activist.
North Sumatra quake felt in Peninsular Malaysia
The tremors from the earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale which hit North Sumatra at 7.20 pm local time Monday were also felt in Peninsular Malaysia.
16 Jan 17
It’s time to face facts: Obama’s presidency was a failure
The closing arguments for the Obama years are arriving, and they aren’t helping the outgoing president. A case in point is a new book published this week, one that acknowledges “Obama’s supporters have experienced [his presidency] as a continuous disappointment.”
'You’re not having control of our lives again!' – Farage mocks EU as 'hard' Brexit looms
The former Ukip leader claimed the sooner overly bureaucratic organisations like the EU are “swept away” people will not have to give “control of our lives” over to anyone again.
Pinpointed: 'Locus of satanic power' in world today
In his new book “Mystery Babylon: Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mystery,” he makes his case for the identity of the city of evil. It’s the city billions of people prostrate themselves before five times every single day – the Islamic city of Mecca. Richardson makes an exhaustive and tightly reasoned argument, recognizing his answer may be surprising to many Christians.
Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia
300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.
Trump calls CIA chief ‘fake news leaker’ after Brennan warns him about ‘talking & tweeting’
Donald Trump branded outgoing CIA chief Brennan “the leaker of fake news” after he told Trump to grasp the “Russia threat” instead of “talking and tweeting,” stirring up another feud between the incoming administration and the intelligence community.
Donald Trump says Britain was right to vote Brexit and he will offer a 'quick' and 'fair' trade deal
Britain and America will get a new trade deal “done quickly and done properly”, Donald Trump said on Sunday night as he promised he would help make Brexit great.
The US president-elect praised Britain for voting to leave the European Union, saying: “People, countries, want their own identity, and the UK wanted its own identity.”