5 May 2018

Netanyahu warns India, UK, Australia on Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Friday against the Iran deal with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Netanyahu’s office said he “discussed regional issues with the world leaders and also updated them on the important material that he revealed regarding the Iranian nuclear archive.”

Israel withdraws from race for UN Security Council seat
Israel withdrew on Friday from a race against Germany and Belgium for two seats on the United Nations Security Council in 2019 and 2020. “After consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the State of Israel has decided to postpone its candidacy for a seat on the Security Council,” a statement from the mission said.

India girl, 16, burnt alive after Jharkhand rape
A 16-year-old girl in India was burnt alive after her parents complained to village elders that she had been raped, according to police. Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the attacks in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Police said the elders had ordered the accused rapists to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee (£550; $750) fine as punishment. They were so enraged they beat the girl’s parents then set her on fire.

North Korea changes its time zone to match South
North Korea has changed time zone to match the South after last week’s inter-Korean summit, according to state media. At 23:30 local time (15:00 GMT) on Friday the country’s clocks moved forward 30 minutes to midnight. The reset is “the first practical step” to speed up Korean unification, the official KCNA news agency said.

US Navy resurrects Second Fleet in Atlantic to counter Russia
The US Navy has said it will re-establish its Second Fleet, as Russia becomes more assertive. Chief of Naval Operations Adm John Richardson said the fleet, disbanded in 2011, would oversee forces on the US East Coast and North Atlantic. He said the National Defense Strategy, published earlier this year, made it clear that the era of great power competition had returned.

Argentina raises interest rates to 40%
Argentina’s central bank has raised interest rates for the third time in eight days as the country’s currency, the peso, continues to fall sharply. On Friday, the bank hiked rates to 40% from 33.25%, a day after they were raised from 30.25%. A week ago, they were raised from 27.25%. The rises are aimed at supporting the peso, which has lost a quarter of its value over the past year.

Mormon support for gay marriage gradually grows
Mormon Alex Landers supports the legalization of gay marriage…for a simple reason: She has LGBTQ friends who she loves and respects… “I can’t look at him and his boyfriend and tell them that they can’t be happy and they can’t love each other,” said Landers… “Heavenly Father loves us for who we are. He wants us to be happy, as long as we’re treating people well and we’re being who we truly are and we’re not hurting anyone.”

Spy agency NSA triples collection of U.S. phone records: official report
The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said. The sharp increase from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system…after U.S. lawmakers passed a law in 2015 that sought to limit its ability to collect such records in bulk.

U.N. Says Climate Change Is ‘Single Biggest Threat to Life, Security and Prosperity on Earth’
The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat released its first ever annual report this week, in which it held up its “Gender Action Plan” as a key to increasing the participation of women in responding to global warming.

Making the desert sand bloom
Norwegian scientists have developed a treatment that can turn desert sand into farmland. During a trial in United Arab Emirates the “nanoclay” halved the amount of water needed to grow crops.

LGBT Alarm as President Trump Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order
In a Thursday morning Rose Garden ceremony marking the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order creating a new “faith initiative” that will be tasked with working on “religious liberty” issues across federal agencies.

6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Hawaii’s Big Island, USGS says, following a recent volcanic eruption
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled the Big Island of Hawaii on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, following a recent volcanic eruption.

Pence Reveals What Prayer Is Like At WH, And It’ll Leave Some People Angry
…“There’s prayer going on on a regular basis in this White House,” Pence told the Christian news service Thursday. “And it’s one of the most meaningful things to me, whether it’s public meetings or not, I’ve lost count of the number of times that the president has nudged me, or nudged another member of the Cabinet and said, ‘Let’s start this meeting with prayer,’” he added.

SHADOW GOVERNMENT=> John Kerry Secretly Met With Foreign Leaders to Salvage Iran Nuclear Weapons Program
Barack Obama’s former Secretary of State, John Kerry has been secretly meeting with foreign officials to salvage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Amazing Footage! Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts
Dramatic footage shows ash plumes and lava coming from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano as 10,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate.

BREAKING: Judge in Manafort Case Orders Govt to Hand Over Unredacted Rosenstein Memo Within 2 Weeks
The Federal Judge in the Manafort case is not messing around. Judge T.S. Ellis lost his temper Friday in a Manafort hearing and accused Mueller’s prosecutors of using the case against Trump’s former campaign chairman to oust the President from office.

Jade Helm drills conspiracy fueled by… Russian bots, claims ex-CIA top spook
The almighty Russian bots were to blame for panic and paranoia around military drills held in Texas and six other states in 2015, claims former CIA head Michael Hayden. As is the tradition with bot theories, he cites zero proof.

Japan sides with Muslims and vows they will NOT move their embassy to Jerusalem, calls for the division of Israel
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Abbas, reiterates support for two-state solution.

Study: ‘Collective Narcissism’ Drives Liberal Belief in Fake News
…After asking 722 Americans to read a positive or negative invented story about either the U.S. President or his predecessor Barack Obama, the researchers found that while participants were quite good at recognising an article was fake, they still rated the story that was favourable to their ideology as having more truth than the one that contradicted it.

Multicultural Wales Gets First Female Genital Mutilation Clinic
Wales is opening its first-ever female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic to provide medical and psychological help to victims of the practice imported from Africa and Asia.

Report: Artwork in Italy Covered Up to Avoid Offending Muslims
Paintings and statues depicting nudity were covered with veils at an exposition held in the palace of Savona to avoid offending visiting Muslims, according to the artist who created them.

US ‘Freezes Funding’ For White Helmets as Group’s Chem Attack Claim Falls Apart
As the reputation of the controversial militant-linked White Helmets continues to crumble, even the US State Department seems to be having second thoughts about supporting the group, reportedly placing a freeze on its funding.