13 Jan 2018

Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, sets 120-day clock for talks
President Donald Trump waived nuclear-related sanctions on Iran on Friday, keeping the US in an international deal governing its nuclear program for the time being. But in doing so, a senior administration official said that Trump would not sign any more such waivers going forward— starting a 120-day clock for negotiations over what the White House describes as a supplemental accord with Europe that will impose new terms on Iran over its future nuclear work.

Germany coalition talks: Merkel welcomes breakthrough
German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. A blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD). Politicians stayed up all night to discuss the 28-page document, with the talks lasting more than 24 hours.

Chile churches attacked before Pope Francis visit
Several churches in Chile have been attacked or vandalised ahead of a visit by Pope Francis next week. Three churches in the capital Santiago were damaged by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the next one was for the Pope. But at another church south of the capital, a pamphlet used a phrase that refers to activism in the indigenous Mapuche territory.

Iran sanctions: Tehran vows retaliation over Trump move
Iran says the US has “crossed a red line” by imposing sanctions on the head of its judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani. The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate, but did not say what form any action might take. Iran also rejected any changes to its nuclear deal with world powers.

Saudi Arabia allows women at football game for first time
Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate at a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country. Women fans filed into a stadium in the city of Jeddah on Friday, through family gates into family seating. But even segregated as they were, their presence in the stadium marked a significant moment for the Kingdom.

Flu season is shaping up as one of the worst in years, officials say
The entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years.

Chinese authorities blow up Christian megachurch with dynamite
Chinese authorities have demolished a well-known Christian megachurch, inflaming long-standing tensions between religious groups and the Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists said the paramilitary People’s Armed Police used dynamite and excavators to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, which has a congregation of more than 50,000, in the city of Linfen in Shaanxi province.

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisions
Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued policy guidance on Thursday allowing states to design and propose test programs with such requirements.

Russia deploys more surface-to-air missiles in Crimean build-up
Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula. Russian annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, triggering economic sanctions by the European Union and United States and a tense stand-off in the region.

New Survey Reveals Staggering Number Of People Are Buying BitCoin On Their Credit Cards
A new survey from LendEDU reveals that a staggering number of Americans are making BitCoin purchases on their credit cards…what could go wrong?

Caught on Camera: Baltimore Hospital Dumps Patient on Street in Gown in Frigid Weather
“I saw the unthinkable: another human in a wheelchair being wheeled out in the dead of cold,” Imamu Baraka said of the horrifying scene he witnessed earlier this week.

Another Step Toward Armageddon
The US military/security complex has taken another step toward Armageddon. The Pentagon has prepared a nuclear posture review (NPR) that gives the OK to development of smaller “usable” nuclear weapons and permits their use in response to a non-nuclear attack.

Facebook blocks funding for major pro-life movie
A crowdfunding site for a theatrical drama in production that promises to tell the “true story” of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a “right” to abortion has been blocked by Facebook.

LEAKED: New UN Boss Reveals Chilling Plot To Promote Global Mass Migration
….This year, governments will negotiate a global compact on migration through the United Nations. This will be the first overarching international agreement of its kind. It will not be a formal treaty. Nor will it place any binding obligations on states. Instead, it is an unprecedented opportunity for leaders to counter the pernicious myths surrounding migrants, and lay out a common vision of how to make migration work for all our nations.

1984: Facebook Getting Ready To Release ‘Portal’ Hardware That Will Mine Your Home 24×7 For Video And Sound
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Internet is filled with funny memes and videos of people asking their in-home ‘personal assistants’ like Alexa and Echo funny questions. But while you’re chuckling over the next one you see posted, just remember that you’re laughing as you watch the One World surveillance system that will eventually be known as the Mark Of The Beast coming to life in stages. Just as the Day Of The Lord is a period of time beginning from the Rapture of the Church to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ that culminates in an actual day, so the Mark Of The Beast is a system whose crown jewel will be an implantable mark. Facebook had 2.07 billion monthly active users as of September 30, 2017, and now they want in-home surveillance. Hey, Alexa…are you ready for what comes next?

Trump Accuses Adam Schiff Of Leaking Details
“All I see of these Democrats, like Adam Schiff — it’s all he does, he’ll have a meeting, and then he’ll leave, and he’ll call up the meeting, and then I’ll have a meeting and then he’ll leave. He left meetings where people are being interviewed, and then all of a sudden they say a story about what’s going on inside the meetings,” Trump said.

RINO Jeff Flake Announces ‘Gang of 6’ Have Reached a DACA Amnesty Agreement
…Flake is an anti-Trump pro-amnesty Republican. He is not running for reelection this year in Arizona…The three Republicans also are top anti-Trumpers.

Army Finds $830 Million In “Missing” Helicopters As First Ever Audit Begins
After several decades of nation-building and trillions of dollars missing or improperly recorded, the long-awaited audit of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has finally begun. On Wednesday, the Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist told lawmakers in Washington that the DoD’s first-ever department wide audit will cost about $367 million in 2018 and an additional