24 Jun 2018

IDF fires Patriot missile toward UAV approaching Israel’s Golan Heights
The IDF confirmed firing a Patriot missile towards an unmanned aerial vehicle approaching Israel’s Golan Heights from Syria on Sunday. “Air defense systems as well as detection systems identified the threat in advance and before it crossed into the country,” read a statement released by the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit adding that the military “will not allow for a violation of Israel’s aerial sovereignty and will act against any attempt to harm its citizens.”

Saudi women take victory laps as driving ban ends
Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads early on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. “It’s a beautiful day,” said businesswoman Samah al-Qusaibi as she cruised the eastern city of Khobar just after midnight with police looking on. “Today we are here,” she said from the driver’s seat. “Yesterday we sat there,” she added, pointing to the back.

Russian jets strike rebel held town in Syria
Russian jets struck an opposition held town in southwest Syria on Sunday, opposition sources said, in the first air cover provided by Moscow to an expanding Syrian army offensive to recapture the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Golan Heights. Two tracking centers that monitor military aircraft movements recorded at least twenty strikes on Busra al Harir, northeast of Deraa, a city in Syria, two sources told Reuters.

Turkey election: Erdogan seeks second term in hard-fought contest
Turkish voters are going to the polls to decide whether to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a second five-year term, in the most fiercely fought elections in the country in years. Polls opened at 08:00 (05:00 GMT) in presidential and parliamentary votes. If Mr Erdogan wins, he will adopt major new powers that critics say will weaken democratic rule.

Prince William makes historic visit to Middle East
Prince William is to make the first official royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a five-day tour of the Middle East. The Duke of Cambridge is scheduled to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He will begin his trip in Jordan on Sunday, meeting Jordanian Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II.

Divided EU leaders convene for emergency talks on migration
European Union leaders gather in Brussels on Sunday in an attempt to bridge their deep divisions over migration, an issue that has been splitting them for years and now poses a fresh threat to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Though arrivals across the Mediterranean are only a fraction of what they were in 2015, when more than a million people reached Europe, a recent opinion poll showed migration was the top concern for the EU’s 500 million citizens.

Xi says China must lead way in reform of global governance
China must lead the way in reforming global governance, the foreign ministry on Saturday cited President Xi Jinping as saying, as Beijing looks to increase its world influence. China has sought a greater say in global organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and United Nations, in line with its growing economic and diplomatic clout.

Supreme Court poised to rule on Trump travel ban, other cases
The U.S. Supreme Court…will issue rulings this week…on the legality of President Donald Trump’s ban on people from five Muslim-majority nations entering the country. The nine justices are due to decide…on whether non-union workers have to pay fees to unions representing certain public-sector workers such as police and teachers, and the legality of California regulations on clinics that steer women with unplanned pregnancies away from abortion.

Jared Kushner tells Palestinian newspaper he’s ‘ready to work’ with Abbas
Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, said that he is “ready to work with President Abbas,” a Palestinian newspaper reported on Sunday.

July’s Blood Moon To Trigger Global Chaos On Levels ‘Never Seen Before’
This July’s Blood Moon is going to be no ordinary event, the total lunar eclipse is expected to bring biblical chaos on levels never seen before, even some Christian groups are anticipating a prophetic sign of the end times.

Donald Trump: Top Democrats Are Running a Global Pedophile Ring
President Trump has blasted his critics in an epic rant in which he exposed top Democrats for running an international pedophile ring.

Border Agent Arrested For Massive Cache of Child Porn, Hired By Immigrant Shelter To Work With Kids
A Border Patrol agent who was arrested on child pornography charges was given direct access to children when he was hired by an immigration shelter, according to reports detailing the conditions thousands of immigrant children are subjected to when they are separated from their parents and then detained in shelters across the country.

U.S. Median Age Hits All-Time High of 38; Record 86,248 Are 100 or Older
The median age of the U.S. population hit an all-time high of 38.0 in 2017, according to data released by the Census Bureau on Thursday.

Florida Teen First Human to Be Diagnosed with ‘Keystone’ Virus
A teen in Florida is the first known person to be infected by a mosquito-borne virus that previously had only been found in animals,

Bill Gates Says ‘Vaccines Are Safe,’ Begs Trump Not Set Up Safety Testing
“In both of those two meetings [with Donald Trump], he asked me if vaccines weren’t a bad thing, because he was considering a commission to look into ill-effects of vaccines… And I said, “No… that would be a bad thing, don’t do that.” Said Gates.

Canadian Judge Recognizes Two Men in Polyamorous Relationship With Woman as Parents of Child
A Canadian judge has ruled that two men who are involved in a polyamorous relationship with a woman who gave birth last year should both be recognized as the child’s parents on his birth certificate.

Canadian Professors Write About ‘Intimacy of Human-Fish Relations’
Three gender studies professors at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada penned an academic piece this month about the “intimacy of human-fish relations.”