17 Jul 2019

Amid Internal Dispute Over Mission, Planned Parenthood President Resigns
Citing disagreements with board leaders over whether Planned Parenthood should focus on health care or abortion advocacy, the organization’s president is stepping down. Dr. Leana Wen took the reins at Planned Parenthood eight months ago. On Tuesday, she announced that she was resigning. “The new Board leadership has determined that the priority of Planned Parenthood moving forward is to double down on abortion rights advocacy,” Wen said.

Israel identifies Hezbollah precision missile project commander
I24 News has identified the Iranian Revolutionary Guards engineer commanding Hezbollah’s precision missile project in Lebanon as Majed Naveed. Israel estimates that Iran-backed Hezbollah possesses some 100,000 to 150,000 rockets, and has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes targeting weapons stores and convoys destined for the Lebanese terror group in Syria…

Trump Says US Won’t Sell Fighter Jets To Turkey. Here’s Why.
The Trump administration has repeatedly told Turkey that it will be cut off from buying F-35s if it buys the S-400 Russian air defense system because it’s incompatible with NATO defenses and could jeopardize sensitive information about F-35 technologies. Turkey is a member of NATO.

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay Area
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 has rattled parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. There are no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck Tuesday afternoon 9 miles (14 kilometers) south of Brentwood, California.

Crusader Era Moat Discovered Outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls
Archaeologists have discovered an 11th-century moat just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls—the first hard evidence of a fabled Crusader siege against the city 920 years ago. Attested to in several historical documents, many scholars nonetheless believed the siege was a myth. The five-week battle for Jerusalem between Crusader armies and the Fatimid Caliphate which controlled the region in 1099 C.E. came to a head in July 15 of that year, with Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, attacking the city from the south while another Christian force erected a tower to breach the city walls from the north.

Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway becomes latest to defy congressional subpoena
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will ignore a congressional subpoena demanding she answer questions about whether she broke the law by engaging politics in her official capacity, administration officials said Monday.

Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo
The patient is a pastor who had been preaching in church and would have touched the hands of worshippers “including the sick”, the ministry said in a statement. His symptoms first appeared last Tuesday in Butembo, one of the main towns touched by Ebola where he had been preaching. He left by bus on Friday to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, arriving early Sunday where “the results of the laboratory test confirmed that he was positive for Ebola”, the ministry said.

APA: We’d Like to Teach the World to Swing…
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, the American Psychological Association (APA) decides this: Monogamy is the new bigotry. That’s right. According to the supposed “mental health experts,” open marriages are the tolerant approach to intimacy. And they’ve launched a task force to prove it to the world.

Sanhedrin to Host Conference of 70 Nations to Take Place on Anniversary of Creation of the World: Nations Answer Call
“God established the borders of the world based on the 70 children of Israel who went down to Egypt and the 70 nations that came out from Noah,” the Sanhedrin’ proclomation explained. “The concept of 70 Nations is from the Bible and symbolizes the basis for the organization while not being intended to imply a limit or requirement for participation.”

Lebanese PM Hariri: Lebanon to increase naval capabilities
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri is finalizing a plan to increase the country’s naval capabilities while he continues to work to re-start negotiations on the country’s maritime borders with Israel. “Lebanon’s strong naval capabilities will play a pivotal role in protecting our national oil and gas resources,” Hariri was quoted as saying by Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Imam with ties to terror organization to speak on State Dep’t religious panel
An imam of an organization connected to a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism case will speak as part of a panel at the US State Department’s annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington on Wednesday, JNS reported. Mohamed Magid, who was born in Sudan in 1965 and emigrated to the US in 1987, is currently imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Virginia.

Rohingya crisis: US imposes sanctions on top Myanmar generals
The US has imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s top general and three senior officers, accusing them of human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. The generals and their families are banned from entering the US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was credible evidence that the generals were involved in the violent crackdown on the Rohingya minority in 2017, and that abuses were continuing.

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen
Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country’s tax agency. According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised. Bulgarian authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

Iran rejects suggestion its missile programme is negotiable
Iran has rejected suggestions it is willing to discuss its missile programme with the US. A spokesman for Iran’s UN Mission said the weapons “are absolutely and under no condition negotiable”. His denial comes after Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested in an interview the missiles could be up for discussion if sanctions are lifted.

Netanyahu: ‘Europe might ignore Iran threat until nuclear missiles hit’
Israel’s prime minister has said the European Union might not wake up to the threat of Iran “until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil”. Mr Netanyahu likened Europe’s approach to Iran’s recent breaches of a 2015 deal limiting its nuclear programme to the appeasement of Nazi Germany. He spoke after EU foreign ministers said the breaches were not significant.

Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans
NeuraLink, a company set up by Elon Musk to explore ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied to US regulators to start trialling its device on humans. The system has been tested on a monkey that was able to control a computer with its brain, according to Mr Musk. The firm said it wanted to focus on patients with severe neurological conditions.

TICKING BOMBS Pentagon ordered to reveal to Congress if its scientists used diseased TICKS as biological weapons – and if any escaped the lab
US Military chiefs have been ordered to reveal whether they used diseased TICKS in sick biological warfare experiments. A bill passed in the House of Representatives requires the Pentagon to investigate whether researches infected the insects in the 1970s – and if any were let loose. It comes after a bombshell new book claims the Defence Department was behind the spread of Lyme Disease between 1950 and 1975.

Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing
Four of the nation’s largest tech companies sought to reassure skeptical lawmakers over their market power as the House ramps up its antitrust investigation into Silicon Valley. Executives from Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee Tuesday in a hearing examining the effect that their size has had on small businesses and their ability to innovate.

Iran doubles down on threat to attack Britain over ‘vicious’ oil tanker seizure as Royal Navy sends a THIRD warship to the Gulf
IRAN’s supreme leader has threatened Britain with retaliation over the “vicious” seizure of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar. As tensions escalate over the tanker row, it’s been revealed that the Royal Navy is set to send a third warship to the Persian Gulf this summer. It comes as an Iranian bomb boat was found in the path of a second British warship – the HMS Duncan – which is currently racing to the flashpoint.

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake widely felt around San Francisco Bay Area
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday afternoon, and residents around the region widely reported feeling light shaking. The quake struck at 1:11 p.m. with a depth of 7.46 miles and an epicenter in the East Bay, about 7.5 miles east of Blackhawk and 17 miles southeast of Concord, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Hottest weather of season on tap for Northeast as record-challenging heat wave builds
As heat expands across the northeastern United States, highs near the century mark will be common, with some locations experiencing dangerously high…Temperatures well above 100 F — but not before what’s left of Barry sweeps through with localized flooding downpours. While temperatures may be briefly held back…a northward retreat of the jet stream will allow an impressive heat wave to build even for midsummer standards.

Temperatures soar as Israel hit by extreme heatwave
An unexpected extreme heatwave hit Israel on Wednesday, with temperatures skyrocketing to above 40 Celsius in some parts of the country. While residents of Tel Aviv and the central region saw the mercury climb to 39 degrees Celsius, in Tiberias in the north the termperature hit 41 degrees, and in the southern cities of Eilat and Be’er Sheva it was to reach as high as 42 degrees.