17 Aug 2018

Egyptian Intelligence Chief in Israel to Finalize Gaza Truce
Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip shifted into high gear over the last two days as Egyptian intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Abbas Kamel held talks on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lock down the deal, though Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet him Thursday. Abbas is reportedly furious at the deal, fearing it will concertize and give international legitimacy to the split between the West Bank and Gaza, and make extending the Palestinian Authority’s control over the coastal enclave even more difficult.

Russian warships storm through Gibraltar waters as Vladimir Putin readies Navy for combat
Russian missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov and anti-submarine destroyer Severomorsk passed through the Strait of Gibraltar en route to the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend. Both ships are heading to the eastern Mediterranean, where they will reinforce the Russian Navy’s operations supporting Syria president Bashar al-Assad in the civil war. The warships, belonging to Vladimir Putin’s Northern Fleet, conducted “planned combat training” during the voyage…

Report: Israel-Hamas agreement to include sea route to Cyprus
The Israel-Hamas peace deal is expected to include the opening of a sea route between Gaza and Cyprus, Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen reported Thursday. According to the report, the route would be under Israeli security. The deal includes a one-year ceasefire, Al Mayadeen said. Arab sources also told Al Mayadeen that Qatar will pay for Gaza’s electricity, and the money will be transferred via Israel. Qatar will also take financial responsibility for paying the Hamas government’s salaries. … the agreement with Hamas is “virtually done.”

Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on U.S. targets
China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said.

DOJ’s Bruce Ohr wrote Christopher Steele was ‘very concerned about Comey’s firing — afraid they will be exposed’
A collection of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s emails, texts and handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, reveals that he was deeply connected to the unverified Steele dossier as well as its author and, during the presidential election campaign, the alleged government surveillance abuses involving a Trump campaign official.

Report: Trump and Putin see eye to eye on Iran leaving Syria
the two leaders agreed in their July discussions during a summit in Helsinki that Tehran’s forces should leave the war-torn country, but Putin expressed reservations about the feasibility of forcing them to vacate the territory; disputes over the Golan Heights also said to be a major talking point.

McConnell urged to bypass Dems, confirm judges
a coalition of conservative legal voices are pleading with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to brush aside stalling tactics from Democrats and confirm a major backlog of judicial nominees before Kavanaugh’s hearings next month.

Trump administration creates Iran Action Group at State Department
The Trump administration has created an “elite team” at the State Department on Iran policy hoping to streamline execution of its newly aggressive strategy toward the Islamic republic. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the team will be responsible with “directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity,” reporting directly to him.

No reason to evacuate settlements, U.S. Ambassador tells Israeli group
West Bank settlements do not need to be uprooted, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told visitors to his Jerusalem office – on the same day the Trump administration warned that its peace deal to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would leave both sides dissatisfied. “There is no reason to evacuate settlements,” Friedman told the group…

China ‘training for strikes’ on US targets
China’s military “is likely training for strikes” against US and allied targets in the Pacific, a Pentagon report warns. The annual report to Congress says China is increasing its ability to send bomber planes further afield. The report highlights its increasing military capability, including defence spending estimated at $190bn (£150bn) – a third that of the US.

US threatens more action against Turkey unless pastor freed
The US has threatened to impose more economic sanctions on Turkey if it does not free a detained American pastor. Andrew Brunson has been held in Turkey for nearly two years over alleged links to outlawed political groups. The dispute over his release has seen the two Nato allies impose tariffs on one another’s goods. This has worsened a crisis for Turkey’s currency, the lira, which has lost about a third of its value against the dollar since January.

Trump administration nearing deal with Mexico on revised NAFTA — but issues with Canada remain
The Trump administration is close to striking a deal with Mexico on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, analysts said, but thorny issues are yet to be resolved with Canada, the third party in the trilateral pact. Reaching an agreement with Mexico would mark a breakthrough for the administration after a year of roller-coaster talks and tension with its longtime North American trading partners.

Google clarifies location-tracking policy
Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they’ve disabled the setting. The change came three days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned off Location History. Google has not changed its location-tracking practice in that regard.

Russian strategic bombers deploy near Alaska
The Russian military says that two nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown to the easternmost Chukotka Peninsula, near Alaska, as part of an air force exercise. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Tu-160 bombers flew about 7,000 kilometers (4,350 Miles) from their home base near Saratov in southwestern Russia to Anadyr, on Chukotka, before returning to their home base.

Navy guided-missile destroyer visits Anchorage
The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen docked at the Port of Alaska on Wednesday. The ship’s visit to Alaska coincided with the Arctic Maritime Symposium, a multi-agency discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented by Arctic maritime operations. The USS Momsen will be docked at the port until Saturday and will host small community groups. There will not be any public tours.

Klavan: The Enemy Is In The Church
…“The enemy is not the editorialist who goes off in outrage against the Catholic Church. The enemy is not me when I say these things. The enemy is the devil who is in your church, he is in your church, this has got to be pulled up root and branch. I mean it shouldn’t be, you know, God bless Joshua Shapiro the AG in Philadelphia for the work he’s doing, but it shouldn’t be a guy named Shapiro who’s doing this work, it should be a guy in the church, your Pope should be doing this.”

Anti-Tumor Freeze Blasting Technology to be Used in Israeli Hospital
Tel Aviv-listed IceCure Medical develops a medical device that provides a minimally invasive alternative to surgery

The Mormon Church Doesn’t Want To Be Called “Mormon” Any More
In a reversal of years of branding and more than a century of colloquial use, the religion commonly known as the Mormon Church has asked that people stop using the word “Mormon” when referring to the faith.

700 trucks carrying goods enter Gaza after border crossing reopens
Following the reopening of the Kerem Shalom Crossing this morning, the Defense Ministry says 700 trucks carrying goods entered the Gaza Strip throughout the day.

Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry
At one of Caracas’ biggest public hospitals, most bathrooms are closed. Patients fill jugs from a tiny tap on the ground floor that sometimes has a trickle of water. Operations are postponed or canceled.

6.4-magnitude quake hits near Iwo Jima island off Japan
 An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted 252 km southeast off Iwo Jima island, Japan, at 3:22 local time early Friday (1822 GMT Thursday), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Strong earthquake rocks remote western Aleutian Islands
The Alaska Earthquake Center says a strong earthquake rocked an area of the remote Aleutian Islands. The center recorded the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 and its depth at 7 miles

LOCK HER UP=> Judicial Watch Uncovers 5 More Hillary Emails Containing Classified Information on Her Unsecure Server
…The emails show Hillary Clinton meeting with George Soros and continuing to be advised from Sid Blumenthal, who was previously barred from a State Department position.

Is the TSA secretly spying on you while you fly? WATCH at REAL.video
As reported by Linda from WGON on her REAL video channel, the surveillance scheme was actually implemented back in 2010 under Barack Obama. And it represents yet another violation by the Feds of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon
Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report that also details how Beijing is transforming its ground forces to “fight and win.”

South African farmers panic after list of apparent expropriation targets published
A list of white farmers whose lands are to be seized without compensation in South Africa has been published by the local minority rights group AfriForum. The government denies the accuracy of the list.

After Imposing ‘Knife Control,’ London’s Khan Now Wants To Ban Cars In Key Areas
After yet another suspected terror attack in which a vehicle was used as a weapon, and fresh off of rolling out a new “knife control” initiative, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is now considering banning cars from some key areas in the city.

UK Child Trafficking Bust: 31 Arrested, Grooming Gang Members Named
British police have arrested 31 people in connection with a major child trafficking operation in the UK.One woman and thirty men have been charged with offenses linked to child sexual exploitation in Huddersfield, England.

Pope Francis Refuses to Apologize for Catholic Church Pedophile Scandal
Pope Francis and the Vatican have come under fire after refusing to respond to the recent grand jury report alleging the massive cover-up of decades of pedophilia in the Catholic church.

Mr. President, Why Are You Afraid of George Soros?
I am not going to review the virtues of the First Amendment, they are self-evident. However, there is an undeniable purge going on the historical precedent is undeniable as to how this is going to end. Sitting at the heart of all of America’s problems is a man named George Soros and he continues to destroy this country with impunity.