Merkel rival Friedrich Merz emerges as surprise early frontrunner to succeed chancellor
A 62-year-old former rival of Angela Merkel who retired from politics nine years ago has emerged as an unlikely early frontrunner to succeed her as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrat party (CDU). Friedrich Merz is the most popular candidate for the party leadership with ordinary voters, according to two rival polls published on Wednesday.
Russian Defense Ministry Issues Veiled Israel Warning
The Russian Defense Ministry has issued a veiled warning to Israel that it should not attempt any “provocative actions” in Syria, as Russia completes its transfer of T-300 anti-aircraft missile systems and Polyana D-4 air defense systems to the Syrian Army.
Father of Web says tech giants may have to be split up
Silicon Valley technology giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, the inventor of the World Wide Web told Reuters.
New US sanctions target Hezbollah’s top leadership
Washington has imposed sanctions on the militant group for decades. But a new wave this year appears to be more serious about targeting Hezbollah’s top leadership as well as businessmen and companies that Washington says are funding the group.
Feds sued over Hillary Clinton’s security clearance
Government watchdog Judicial Watch is suing the State Department to find out why Hillary Clinton was allowed to keep her security clearance after the FBI determined she had mishandled classified information. The lawsuit also demands records related to the security clearances of Clinton associates Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, Jacob Sullivan and Phillipe Reines.
Seoul ceases military drills along the border
Seoul’s defense ministry said that two Koreas has ceased all hostile acts against each other in land, air and sea from Thursday, as part of a military agreement between North and South Korea.
Fox News’ Round of 5 Senate Polls is Good News for the GOP
The polls are good news for Republican chances of keeping or expanding their majority, and here’s why.
Russia warns of ‘provocation’ in Syria, hints at Israeli ‘hot heads’
The Russian Defense Ministry held a long briefing about the situation in Syria on Wednesday, warning against “provocations.” Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the ministry, warned against “hot heads” provoking Syria and intimated that the S-300 had been deployed to defend against such action. Although Israel wasn’t mentioned, the reference to the S-300 clearly is pointed at Jerusalem.
Report: Abbas to meet Sisi about Gaza as part of Egyptian truce efforts
PA President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi later this week as part of ongoing efforts to restore calm between Israel and Hams, KAN News reported on Wednesday night. The two leaders, who last met in Egypt 10 months ago, are expected to talk about reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas as well as Egyptian efforts to broker a long-term cease-fire in Gaza.
‘Fish are vanishing’ – Senegal’s devastated coastline
Foreign trawlers and an expanding fishmeal industry are increasingly threatening the livelihood of Senegalese fishermen, forcing many to migrate to Europe, writes the BBC’s Alfonso Daniels. Mor Ndiaye, 34..”The fish just vanished, what can we do? We used to catch enough fish in a day or two. Now we need to go out at sea for weeks to catch the same amount. It’s terrifying, we can only rely on God,” he says…
Hopes rise of UK-EU financial service deal
The UK has struck a deal with the EU on post-Brexit financial services, according to unconfirmed reports. The Times newspaper said London had agreed in talks with Brussels to give UK financial services firms continued access to the bloc. The pound has risen 1% against the dollar in response. But a government source said that was “a rather rose-tinted interpretation of where we have got to”.
Spinal implant helps three paralysed men walk again
Three paralysed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland. An electrical device inserted around the men’s spines boosted signals from their brains to their legs. And it also helped damaged nerves in the spinal cord to regrow.
Tech stocks plunged in October, suffering their worst month since the 2008 recession
Technology stocks just capped off their worst month since the depths of the recession a decade ago. The Nasdaq plunged 9.2 percent in October, its steepest monthly drop since a 10.8 percent decline in November 2008. At that time the financial markets were in crisis and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was at the tail end of a six-month slump, during which the index lost more than 40 percent of its value.
Brain implants used to treat Parkinson’s can be hacked and used to control people, scientists warn
Brain implants used to treat Parkinson’s disease could be hacked by cyber attackers and used to control people, scientists have claimed. A report by the Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group and cyber security company Kaspersky claims that people’s memories could be exploited by hackers and has called on cyber security companies, manufacturers and healthcare companies to develop new technology to stop them.
China Supersizes Detention Camps in Xinjiang Despite International Criticism
Chinese authorities aggressively expanded the scale of internment camps in Xinjiang this year, according to a new study, even as China’s program of mass detentions of Muslims in the region started to draw international scrutiny. An examination of satellite imagery released Thursday by intelligence analysts from an Australian security think tank mapped the expansion of 28 detention camps in the restive frontier region.
Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet
Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation.. The report came hours after Israel…thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and…after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged.
Chinese-style ‘digital authoritarianism’ grows globally: study
Governments worldwide are stepping up use of online tools, in many cases inspired by China’s model, to suppress dissent and tighten their grip on power, a human rights watchdog study found Thursday. The annual Freedom House study of 65 countries found global internet freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2018, amid a rise in what the group called “digital authoritarianism.”
Analyst says ‘New Age’ beliefs more popular as fewer Americans follow traditional religions
The growing popularity of “New Age” beliefs likely stems in part from fewer Americans following traditional religions, according to political analyst Ruy Teixeira. “The data suggests this is the fastest growing religious group in America, are people who don’t hold any firm religious beliefs,” Teixeira, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said Wednesday on Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking.”
Outrage as the Belgian Christmas Market is renamed Winter Market because it could offend Muslims
Organisers of the Christmas Market in the Belgian city of Brugge changed its name to Winter Market. The decision was made to not ‘offend other beliefs’, Belgian newspaper HLN reports.
The ‘Palestinians’ just voted to SUSPEND recognition of Israel, a move that will infuriate the Trump Administration
PLO Central Committee votes to revoke validity of Oslo Accords until Israel agrees to Palestinian State on pre-1967 borders.
President Donald Trump Warns Caravan Migrants: ‘Our Military Is Waiting for You’
President Donald Trump issued another warning on Monday to migrants in the caravan traveling through Mexico, telling them they would not be allowed into the United States.
Chicago: 43 Shot, 5 Killed Over Weekend — 2,530 Shot, 469 Killed So Far This Year
Over the weekend, 43 people were shot in Chicago and 5 of the victims died, making it one of the most violent weekends in the Windy City this year. Since the beginning of the year, 2,530 people have been shot in Chicago, according to the shooting and homicide data maintained by the Chicago Tribune.
Philippines Typhoon Yutu landslides death toll and injuries
At least seven people are dead and dozens are trapped as powerful Typhoon Yutu struck the northern Philippines on Tuesday, Reuterssaid Wednesday.
Italy storms kill 11 and floods inundate St Mark’s Basilica, Venice
Violent storms battered Italy for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, and flooding much of Venice.
German nurse admits murdering 100 patients by giving them drug-induced heart attacks so he could show off to colleagues
A German nurse has admitted murdering 100 patients by giving them drug-induced heart attacks so he could bring them back to life.
Ben & Jerry’s embraces Linda Sarsour in launch of new “Resist” ice cream
Only days after a Trump hater massacred dozens of Jews, leftist company Ben & Jerry’s has decided to announce they teamed up with the Women’s March to promote a resistance themed ice cream flavor. You know, the group led by notorious anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour and others who continue to praise and adore anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan.
Men of Notre Dame University Request Porn Filter: Three Reasons for Concern
At first glance, it seems to be a very positive initiative on the part of those at Notre Dame University. Over one thousand male students, faculty and staff have signed a petition asking that “the University implement a filter to make pornography inaccessible on the Notre Dame Wi-Fi networks.” Finally, some sanity seems to be taking hold in Catholic higher education.
This Clinic Has Seen More Than 500 Patients For ‘Abortion Care’ In The Past Year
Abortion doctor LeRoy Carhart’s clinic has seen more than 500 patients for “abortion care” since opening its doors in Maryland in October 2017, according to a spokeswoman from his practice.
Google Employees To Stage ‘Massive Walkout’ This Thursday
Employees at tech giant Google plan to stage a massive walkout this Thursday to protest the company’s controversial settlement of a sexual misconduct allegation, and its handling of sexual harassment cases, reports say.
Robert Mueller Stood to Gain the Most from the Murder of Whitey Bulger-The Damning Evidence
How much of Mueller’s criminality is America going to keep putting up with? A two-year witch hunt launched against Donald Trump and not one shred of evidence of wrong-doing. Mueller’s skeletons are surfacing.
Here Comes the 3rd Wave-Red Dawn Invasion Brought to You By George Soros and His Rent An Army
Can Steve Quayle, Paul Martin, Dave Hodges, Infowars and many others from the Independent Media all be incorrect? And if we mix in some timely predictive programming, a very clear picture is emerging. The practice of embedding deadly 5th column forces within the United States is nearing completion. Phase II of the Red Dawn Invasion has been implemented. An amazing 3rd wave of so-called immigrants have now surfaced and with the support of George Soros are making their way north towards to the US border. Here is the complete story.
Human Remains Found in Vatican Property, Investigation Launched
With the Catholic Church already waist deep in scandal, liberal Pope Francis is now faced with an even longer list of questions to avoid answering, after human remains have been discovered on a property belonging to the Vatican.
San Francisco Votes to Starve Itself of Water to Spite Trump; Backs Bay-Delta Plan
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously 11-0 on Tuesday to endorse California’s new Bay-Delta plan, which will restrict the city’s water supply. The reason: to spite President Donald Trump’s water policy.
Andrew Gillum’s Group Trained, Gave Award to Anti-Israel Dream Defenders’ Founder
The ties between the Israel boycott-promoting and anti-police Dream Defenders organization and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum run deeper than previously reported.