7 Sep 2018

GOP senator introduces bill targeting UNRWA refugee model
Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced a bill…that would demand the UN Relief and Works Agency change its definition of who qualifies as a Palestinian refugee or else permanently lose its annual congressional funding. The…bill…Palestinian Assistance Reform Act, would siphon UNRWA aid “to other entities providing assistance to Palestinians living in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon,” unless the organization reforms…

Abbas threatens to sever relations with Israel if it negotiates with Hamas
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to sever ties with Israel if the state makes an agreement with Hamas, Palestinian sources told Al Hayat, a London based newspaper on Friday. According to the report, the sources said that Abbas’s position caused Egypt to place the internal Palestinian reconciliation at the top of its list of priorities and to reject the “calm first” option.

Syria war: US ‘has seen evidence’ chemical weapons being prepared
The new US envoy for Syria has said there is “lots of evidence” that Syrian government forces are preparing to use chemical weapons in Idlib. Jim Jeffrey said an anticipated offensive against the last major rebel-held area would be a “reckless escalation”, Reuters reported. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied ever using chemical weapons.

Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse
Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform. The company said Jones won’t be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars…

Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska
Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska on Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command disclosed. The bombers were detected flying near the Aleutian Islands, said Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Southwest passengers in Texas possibly exposed to measles
Southwest Airlines says passengers on four flights between Dallas, Houston and Harlingen may have been exposed to the measles. The airline says it has contacted travelers with help from the CDC who shared a plane two weeks ago with a passenger later diagnosed with the highly contagious virus…The Houston Health Department said Thursday night that it is assisting in the investigation into the measles case.

Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads to new city
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in two eastern provinces of Congo has spread to a major international trading hub with almost a million residents, Congolese health officials said Wednesday. Health officials in Butembo, a city with close links to neighboring Uganda, said they had confirmed that a man who died at Butembo University Hospital had tested positive for the virus.

Turkey to open Paraguay embassy after policy shift on Israeli capital
Turkey will open an embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, the South American country said on Thursday, a day after President Mario Abdo Benitez reversed the previous administration’s decision to move its diplomatic mission in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Turkey’s ambassador to Paraguay has been operating out of Buenos Aires. Turkey has a consulate in Asuncion and another in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.

Israeli jets hit Gaza incendiary balloon squad
Israeli jets struck an incendiary balloon squad in northern Gaza on Friday morning after terrorists were seen launching flaming balloons and kites into Israeli territory. The attack disrupts a prolonged period of relative calm on Israel’s volatile southern border, after the defense establishment recorded a significant drop in the number of incendiary balloons from the Hamas-ruled strip…

China warns Britain ties at risk after warship mission
China on Friday warned Britain ties were at risk unless it took steps to “rectify” the situation, after a British warship sailed close to South China Sea islands claimed by China, while a major newspaper said sealing a free trade deal could now be harder. China was infuriated by the HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship, sailing near the Paracel Islands last month, calling it a “provocation”.

Russia’s Multinational Military Exercise Last Week Was A Dry Run For Bigger War Games
The ground trembled as Russian Sukhoi attack jets blasted off at the Shagol airfield in the Ural Mountains. Close behind them, fighters from China and assault planes from Kazakhstan roared into the late-summer sky.

Secret Grand Jury Proceedings Underway Against Andrew McCabe; Witnesses Summoned
He’s gonna need that GoFundMe more than ever…

9 dead, 33 missing after M6.7 quake hits Hokkaido, knocks out power
A powerful earthquake paralyzed Hokkaido on Thursday, killing at least nine people, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. The death toll from the 6.7-magnitude, pre-dawn quake was likely to rise as rescuers searched houses buried by landslides.

Manhattan, Kan., hit by 500-year flash flood event
Nearly 9 inches of rain that pounded Manhattan, Kan., overnight and into the day Monday caused major flash flooding, forcing more than 300 people to evacuate their homes. Some 750 homes still lack power, the city of Manhattan reports.

151 dead or missing, tens of thousands displaced as major floods hit North Korea after ‘unprecedented’ drought
76 people have been killed and 75 others remain missing after extremely heavy rains hit parts of North Korea at the end of August 2018. Major flooding continued into September. It came after ‘unprecedented’ drought hit the country in July and August, forcing authorities to call on its people to wage an ‘all-out battle’ against a record heatwave that hit hard already fragile crops.

About 100 people fall ill on Emirates flight to New York, says CDC
As many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling ill on Wednesday during an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York, and health workers were evaluating them as the airplane sat on the tarmac of JFK International Airport, authorities said.

India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling
In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence. The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”.

THREAT: Linda Sarsour Asks Muslims To Form “Jihad” Against Trump, Not To Assimilate
Activist Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the 2017 women’s march against Donald Trump, called for a “jihad” against the president at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Chicago over the weekend. Sarsour was a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

After Over 200 Airstrikes On Iran In Syria, Israel Working Full Time To Prevent Production Of Precision Guided Missiles In Region
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting reiterates that Israel is determined to stop Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, and says it is working to thwart the production of precision missiles in the region “both near and far.”

Thousands of Christians defy own churches’ ‘social justice’ campaigns
A relatively unpublicized and unpromoted online statement for Christians to affirm that they are defying the “social justice” agenda of some American churches, and rejecting “values borrowed from secular culture,” is surging.

Massachusetts RMV handed out nearly 2,000 licenses to dead people, audit finds
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) issued 1,905 licenses to dead people — 97 percent of which were active as of January — in a move the state auditor called “a significant public safety risk.”

Soros-Financed, Kerry-Linked Group Furious USA Out of Iran Nuke Deal
A George Soros-financed organization that was previously identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media has warned Donald Trump that he will “own the consequences” of bolting the international nuclear accord.

Israel Building A Massive Wall On Lebanon Border To Protect From Hezbollah Attacks Stokes Mideast Tensions
Israel is building a massive wall along its northern border, saying the barrier is needed to protect civilians from Hezbollah attacks, but the project has raised tensions with Lebanon, which fears the fence will encroach on its territory.

After Over 200 Airstrikes On Iran In Syria, Israel Working Full Time To Prevent Production Of Precision Guided Missiles In Region
The Israeli army has carried out more than 200 air-strikes against Iranian targets in Syria and fired over 800 missiles and mortar shells over the past year and a half, the IDF has revealed

Israel closes Gaza border till next Thursday, blames recent riots
Announcement of Erez’s shuttering appears mostly symbolic however, as a general closure is at any rate expected in West Bank, Gaza for most of the coming week due to Rosh Hashanah