9 Feb 2019

Russian diplomat warns of Israel-Lebanon conflict, slams U.S. for ‘incitement’
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin warned of a possible conflict between Israel and Lebanon and accused the US of inciting “new conflicts” in the Middle East during an interview in the Russian news agency Sputnik on Saturday. “As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty,” he said, adding that America’s influence in the region was “negative.”

North Korea nuclear talks: Hanoi to host Trump summit with Kim
US President Donald Trump says his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. The two men will meet on 27-28 February for talks expected to focus on persuading the communist state to give up its nuclear weapons programme. Modern relations with Vietnam are seen as a model for US ties with the North.

Nord Stream 2: EU agrees tighter rules for Russian pipeline
EU ambassadors have agreed to toughen regulations on a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, but they have decided not to back plans that might threaten its completion. Work on the 1,225km (760-mile) Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea is set to end this year, but it has angered several EU countries. The EU wants to bring pipelines coming into the bloc under its energy rules.

Finland basic income trial left people ‘happier but jobless’
Giving jobless people in Finland a basic income for two years did not lead them to find work, researchers said. From January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns got a monthly flat payment of €560 (£490; $634). The aim was to see if a guaranteed safety net would help people find jobs, and support them if they had to take insecure gig economy work.

Extreme rainfall has led to deadly floods in northern Chile
Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in northern Chile causing rivers to overflow and forcing residents from their flooded homes. Extreme rainfall in the Andes claimed several lives and destroyed homes and roads. In the Atacama Desert, normally one of the driest places on Earth, a 60m (196ft) waterfall that had run dry for 10 years has been reactivated.

Nearly 700 evacuated in Brazil over mine safety concerns
About 700 people have been evacuated from towns near two dams in Brazil’s Gerais state following safety concerns. Mining firm Vale said it has moved 500 people living close to Gongo Soco dam in Barão de Cocais. A further 200 near Serra Azul dam in Itatiaiuçu were moved by ArcelorMittal, which runs both dams with Vale. They are used to store waste from mining.

Reports: Russian authorities make deal with Google
Russian news reports say that Google has agreed with national authorities to delete links to websites banned in Russia. The daily Vedomosti reported Thursday that Google has reached an agreement with the Russian state media oversight agency, Roskomnadzor, to regularly receive updated lists of banned sites and delete links to them upon review.

In the name of ‘fake news,’ Asian governments tighten control on social media
…Taiwan is one of at least seven countries across eastern Asia that have recently enacted or are considering laws to limit or gain access to information about internet reports that officials claim are false, speculative, exaggerated, or truthful yet hurtful. As does President Trump, they often lump such reports under a vague, and often misleading, heading: fake news.

U.S. appeals court to revisit open carrying of guns
A federal appeals court has decided to reconsider its recent decision that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to openly carry guns in self-defense. In an order on Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will revisit whether Hawaii acted lawfully in denying the plaintiff George Young a permit to openly carry a loaded gun in public.

Seattle snowfall: Friday will bring a potentially crippling storm
Monday’s storm may soon seem like just a light dusting after a snowstorm forecast to be even larger slams the region Friday through Saturday.

‘Like a wildfire’: Washington state measles outbreak has potential to go very big, very quickly
Measles outbreaks have sprung up in nine other states this winter, but officials are particularly alarmed about the one in Clark County because of its potential to go very big very quickly.

Video Shows Rats Inside L.A. City Hall Amid Typhus Outbreak That May Force Removal of the Gov’t Hub’s Carpets
All carpets at Los Angeles City Hall may need to be replaced amid a Typhus outbreak that may have infected one city employee while at work, according to a motion filed by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday.

New Mexico abortion bill called ‘most extreme in the nation’
Following the New York abortion law celebrated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Vermont is pushing a “right to abortion” bill that goes even further. But opponents of a new abortion bill in New Mexico say a proposal in that state would be the “most extreme bill in the nation” due to its far-reaching changes.

‘Use Him for Your Kingdom’s Sake’: This Powerful Prayer Over President Trump Brought Democrats and Republicans Together
At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, event co-chairs Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joined together in a rare moment of unity in Washington to pray over President Donald Trump.

Iran Leader: ‘Death To America’ Really Means ‘Death To Trump’
Iranian Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reiterated the old slogan ‘death to America’ saying that it means ‘death to Trump’

No longer a conspiracy theory: MIT scientists confirm they possess technology to beam voices into your head
A crackpot theory no more, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology just revealed they now possess the technology to beam voices into your head. For years , the mainstream media has been poking fun at anyone who actually believed the “powers that be” are desperately trying to usurp control over humanity — but some of the latest technological developments are clear indications that a totalitarian regime is brewing on the horizon.

U.S. Military, Israel Defense Forces Will Conduct Joint Drills Next Week
The United States military will participate in “Juniper Falcon” a joint operation alongside Israeli Defense Forces troops in Israel next week.The drill will renew a bilateral strategic partnership as well as test the forces’ abilities to handle continued volatility in the region.

BREAKING: Surveillance video captures FBI directing CNN camera man at Roger Stone raid; it’s all THEATER
Stunning new video footage released exclusively by InfoWars.com shows FBI personnel directing the CNN camera man who filmed the armed raid of Roger Stone. The new footage exposes the pure theater of the armed “Gestapo” raid on Roger Stone, which was carried out by 29 armed, geared-up FBI agents who now function as Robert Mueller’s domestic terrorism mercenaries.

Supremes asked to confirm embryos are ‘persons’
As the battle over abortion intensifies following Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s assent to infanticide and New York’s passage of an abortion-until-birth law, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review a Colorado case involving frozen embryos.

Massachusetts Is Latest Liberal State to Approve Abortion Up to Birth of Baby
Massachusetts followed New York and became the latest liberal state to approve of abortion up to birth of a baby.