10 May 2017

High noon at the Golan Heights
Trump 1, Israel 1, World 0.
President Trump did not quite send in the marines as Thomas Jefferson did against the Barbary pirates, but he did send the same message – No Deal. We Win. You Lose. That’s the word particularly to Muslim terrorists who try us from Tehran as before they tried us from Tripoli.

Trump signs law to help Holocaust victims reclaim lost property
President signs law requiring State Department to monitor European countries handling of property taken from Holocaust victims.

Time to ‘take fate into its own hands’: Europe can’t rely on US protection anymore, says Merkel
“It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us,” Merkel said in a speech honoring President Macron, who came to Aachen to receive the prestigious Charlemagne Prize. Receiving a round of applause, Merkel stated: “Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That’s the task for the future.

Iraq used Baghdadi aide’s phone to capture Islamic State commanders
Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and used an app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group into a trap, a security advisor to the Iraqi government said on Thursday.

Israel strikes dozens of Iranian targets in Syria
Israel struck 50 Iranian targets in Syria after 20 rockets were fired towards Israel’s front defensive line in the Golan Heights…The targets all belonged to IRGC’s Quds Force and included intelligence sites, logistics headquarters, a military compound and logistics complex in Kiswah near the Syrian capital of Damascus, weapons storage sites belonging at Damascus International Airport, intelligence systems and installations, as well as observation, military posts and military hardware in the buffer zone.

Trump welcomes back Americans freed by North Korea
A plane carrying three Americans released by North Korea landed at a military base bear Washington early on Thursday to be welcomed by US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania. North Korea released the three – Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, and Kim Hak-song – and handed them over to US.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang on Wednesday, clearing a major obstacle to an unprecedented summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kenya’s Patel dam burst ’causes huge destruction’
A dam burst in Kenya on Wednesday night after heavy rain, causing “huge destruction” and killing at least 32 people, police say. The breach happened on farmland near the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. The dead are thought to include children and women trapped in mud. The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued some 40 people so far. More than 2,000 people are said to have been left homeless.

Italy breaks up Syrian jihadist funding ring
A network suspected of financing al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria has been dismantled, Italian police say. Fourteen people were arrested on the island of Sardinia and in parts of northern Italy. Police said 10 of those detained were suspected of money laundering and of illegally distributing money from across Europe to the jihadists.

Stray dogs are killing children in India, scientists want to find out why
A team of scientists in India is investigating why packs of stray dogs in villages near the north Indian town of Sitapur have mysteriously started killing children. In just a week, six children between 5 and 12-years-old were killed by snarling strays, while more than two dozen others have been injured in attacks. The attacks have terrorized the town and, according to local reports, school attendance has dropped and villagers…believe the killer beasts are hyenas, not dogs.

Bill Nye Gives Planned Parenthood Props
Comedian Bill Nye gave a talk at Planned Parenthood Tuesday night in which he suggested that keeping the population level to a minimum is the best way to roll back the scourge of global warming.

Storm exposes 70-year-old copy of independence declaration
A copy of Israel’s Declaration of Independence dating back to the year that the State of Israel was born was discovered Monday during efforts to remove an old tree damaged during surprise storms two weeks ago.

Google’s robot assistant now makes eerily lifelike phone calls for you
Google’s virtual assistant can now make phone calls on your behalf to schedule appointments, make reservations in restaurants and get holiday hours. The robotic assistant uses a very natural speech pattern that includes hesitations and affirmations such as “er” and “mmm-hmm” so that it is extremely difficult to distinguish from an actual human phone call.

Amazon’s Ring launches a neighborhood-watch social network
Ring, the Amazon -owned doorbell-with-a-camera company, is launching a social network called Neighbors for sharing photos and videos of package thieves, burglars and other suspicious activity.

Worst river flooding since 1981 to threaten lives, property in Montana
Ongoing flooding along streams and rivers is likely to worsen across parts of the northern Rockies this week. Surging temperatures are causing over intermediate and high elevations from this past winter to rapidly melt. Temperatures have lunged into the 60s, 70s and 80s F since late April.

Nuns arrested for torturing 65 children
Two nuns in western Colombia have been arrested for allegedly torturing as many as 65 children by pushing their heads into toilets and burning the kids’ hands.

IDF: Iranian forces fire 20 rockets at Israel; Iron Dome intercepts some
Some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces in southern Syria just after midnight on Thursday, with some of the incoming missiles being intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the army said, amid sky high tensions on the northern border.

Boy Scouts Lose 425,000 Boys 1 Week After Announcing Name Change
The Scouts should have been prepared for this. One week after the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing its name and its mission to accept girls at all levels of scouting, its single biggest participant announced Tuesday that it was cutting ties to the Scouts. And taking one-fifth of the Scouts membership with it.

Coldest April in 20 years across the United States, feds say
Temperatures in the contiguous United States were 2.2 degrees below 20th Century averages last month, making it the coldest April in 20 years, according to the government analysis released Tuesday.

Nikki Haley Spikes The UN’s Climate Pact
The United Nations will likely vote on a proposal Thursday that would streamline international environmental law and codify it under one “legally binding” document enforceable over all nations, Fox News reported.