17 Oct 2018

Did British Empire Fall Because It Failed to Bless Abraham?
For religious history buffs, a video series explores the possibility that the British Empire – which once spanned a quarter of the globe – fell and that Great Britain has now been relegated to its current second-rate status because it failed to fulfill its part in the covenant of Abraham. Stephen Briggs, Director of Operations for Hatikvah Films, explained how the one verse became the basis of video series titled “Blessing, Curse, or Coincidence?”

2,000-Year-Old Decapitated Skeletons Uncovered At Jerusalem Dig
Based on the coins and pottery found at the site, it believed that the massacre took place during the period in which Yannai ruled over the ancient kingdom of Judea, between 103 and 76 BCE. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the skeletons were discovered in an ancient water cistern, which was found during a recent salvage excavation, close to the Jerusalem Municipality offices.

Democrats’ communications official: ‘Guillotines’ for Republicans
A deputy communications director for Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has been suspended for a week for a tweet threatening members of the GOP with “guillotines.” It’s just the latest in a long list of statements advocating violence that have been made recently by Democratic leaders.

Denmark And Italy Fight Back Against Open Borders As Populism Swells Across Europe
Inger Støjberg, Danish Integration and Immigration Minister, recently rejected EU migrant quotas for 2018, detailing that refugees do not do enough to contribute to Denmark. Matteo Salvini led the Italian government’s deportation of three African migrants suspected of plotting with Islamist terrorist groups, including one refugee who expressed the desire to kill “Christians” and white tourists”.

More than a thousand remain missing a week after Hurricane Michael
Teams made up of hundreds of volunteers with the Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue organization were searching for more than 1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with friends and family, Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue.

Iran says its land-to-sea missiles can now travel 700km
Iran, which says its missile program is purely defensive, has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if Washington tries to strangle Tehran’s oil exports.

Israel-Hamas Nearing War Over Continued Terrorism, Rocket Strikes Beersheba
Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza strip are about as close to outright war as they have been since the cessation of 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. Tensions have been high for several weeks, but the temperature was raised significantly earlier today following the launch of two rockets just before 3:40 a.m., including a long-range missile, fired at Israel.

Magnitude 6.5 quake near New Caledonia
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has been recorded east of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, the US Geological Survey says. The epicentre of the quake was 190 km east of Tadine in the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 33 km, the USGS said. There was no immediate threat of a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

Hamas denies responsibility for attack, IDF: Only Hamas has these rockets
Following rocket fire from the Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning, which destroyed a home in the city of Beersheba, and an IDF strike on the Palestinian coastal enclave in response, IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis held Palestinian faction Hamas responsible for the attack. Hamas “creates an atmosphere of terror in the demonstrations near the border fence, where grenades have been thrown in recent weeks,” Manelis said.

U.N. ups Palestinians’ status, makes it head of Group of 77
The United Nations General Assembly voted 146-3 to place the “state of Palestine” at the head of a group of 134 member nations, known as the Group of 77 and China. There were 15 abstentions. The United Nations considers the Palestinians to be a non-member state, but grants it many of the same privileges that it would award a member state.

U.S. envoy Haley: Palestine is not any state at all
The United States does not recognize Palestine as a state, its envoys said on Tuesday as they opposed United Nations General Assembly move to enhance the stature of the Palestinian Authority. “The Palestinians are not a UN Member State or any state at all. The United States will continually point that out in our remarks at UN events led by the Palestinians,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras over migrants
President Donald Trump has threatened to cut financial aid to Honduras over a large group of migrants heading towards the US border. In a Tweet posted on Tuesday, Mr Trump said the country’s president was told funds would be cut “immediately” if the group was not stopped and returned. Honduras has a long history of poverty and corruption. It also has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana
The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of people. Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis. Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.

CDC Investigates Cases Of Rare Neurological ‘Mystery Illness’ In Kids
A rare condition causing weakness in the arms or legs — and sometimes paralysis — has been confirmed in 62 children so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. One child has died of the condition, called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. At least 65 more cases are under investigation, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Facebook accused of censorship after hundreds of US political pages purged
On Thursday, Facebook announced it had removed more than 800 political pages and accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and spamming. This week, the people behind the pages Facebook purged for being inauthentic are angry. They feel they have been unfairly targeted for practices they say are common across the entire social network.

Supreme Court agrees to hear a case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations.

More than a thousand remain missing a week after Hurricane Michael
More than a thousand people were still missing on Wednesday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 27. Teams made up of hundreds of volunteers with the Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue organization were searching for more than 1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with friends and family…

UK German military practice mobility logistics before Trident Juncture
More than 40,000 personnel, 10,000 vehicles, 130 aircraft, and 70 vessels from 31 countries are descending on Norway for Trident Juncture, NATO’s largest military exercise since 2002, which comes as NATO countries reorient themselves toward large-scale conflict.

Pepper The Robot Becomes First Non-Human To Address The British Parliament In Over 700 Years Of Its Existence
British MPs made history today as they took evidence from a robot for the first time ever. Pepper the robot spoke to the education select committee on the rise of artificial intelligence and how UK schools should respond

Trump’s America: Job Openings Reach Record High of 7.1 Million
A record number of new jobs opened up in the United States in August as President Trump’s booming economy showed no sign of slowing down amid an escalating trade war with China and Hurricane Florence-hit Carolinas.

IDF aircraft fires at cell launching incendiary balloons from Gaza
An IDF aircraft opened fire at a group of Palestinians launching incendiary balloons at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, the army said.

Signaling war, Liberman urges cabinet to okay ‘serious blow’ to Hamas in Gaza
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday called on his fellow ministers to approve a large-scale military campaign against the Hamas terror group in Gaza in light of ongoing riots and violence along the Strip’s security fence.

German ‘anti-racism’ demonstrators urge destruction of Israel
An “anti-racism” march that drew more than 200,000 people in Berlin featured speakers who called for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Macron Still Awaiting Information From Iranian Regime on Foiled Bomb Plot But Wants to Stay in Nuclear Deal
France is still awaiting explanations from Iran about a foiled plot to bomb a dissidents’ rally near Paris over the summer, but maintains that staying in the nuclear deal with Tehran is the best option available to Europe, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.

‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss
Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico, the study found, and the forest’s insect-eating animals have gone missing, too.

Washington Catholic Archdiocese releases names of 31 clergy members ‘credibly accused’ since 1948 of sexually abusing minors
Four days after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl amid criticism of his handling of clerical sex abuse, Washington’s archbishop released a list of 31 members of the clergy who had been “credibly accused” of abusing minors dating back 70 years.

Rocket fired at Beersheba from Gaza, hits house; no injuries reported
Rocket warning sirens blared early Wednesday in the southern city of Beersheeba and nearby communities and at least one projectile hit the courtyard of a house, media reports said.

Democrat suggests ‘guillotines’ for Republicans
A deputy communications director for Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has been suspended for a week for a social-media statement threatening members of the GOP with “guillotines.”

Sweden Begins Hand Grenade Amnesty
It’s war and the Swedes think the invaders are going to give up their explosives?

France Caught Dumping Migrants In Italian Woods, Matteo Salvini Says
The Italian anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has slammed the French President Emmanuel Macron calling him an “international embarrassment” after French officials where caught dumping migrants in an Italian forest.

Jewish Home draws fire over anti-assimilation poster in Jewish-Arab city Ramle
A municipal election poster campaign poster by the national-religious Jewish Home party drew condemnation from an Arab member of Knesset on Tuesday over its pledge to counter interfaith assimilation between Jews and Arabs.