31 Aug 2019

Hong Kong protests: Demonstrators defy ban on march
Hong Kong police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds of protesters who defied a police ban and marched through the city. Demonstrators lit fires and attacked the parliament building as thousands joined the march. An event to mark five years since Beijing ruled out fully democratic elections was banned by officials and called off by organisers.

Assam NRC: What next for 1.9 million ‘stateless’ Indians?
India has published the final version of a list which effectively strips about 1.9 million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, the day before neighbouring Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan. People left off the list will have 120 days to appeal against their exclusion.

Iran tanker row: US blacklists vessel ‘bound for Syria’
The US Treasury has blacklisted an Iranian tanker it says is being used to ship oil to Syria. The Adrian Darya 1, previously known as Grace 1, was detained by British authorities in Gibraltar in July after it was suspected of moving oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. It was released earlier this month after Iran gave assurances it would not discharge its cargo in Syria.

Syria war: Russia announces ceasefire in Idlib rebel stronghold
A ceasefire by Syrian government forces will come into force on Saturday morning in the rebel-held province of Idlib, Russia has announced. The unilateral agreement will begin at 06:00 (03:00 GMT), Russia’s defence ministry said. Syrian forces intensified their efforts to recapture Idlib in April.

UN chief Guterres fears eruption of ‘full civil war’ in Liby
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has said he fears Libya will end up in a “full civil war” unless moves are soon made to end the conflict. “Unless action is taken in the near term, it is highly likely that the current conflict will escalate into full civil war,” Guterres said on Thursday in his latest report on the UN Support Mission in Libya.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah pledges to retaliate against Israel
Lebanon’s Hezbollah has promised to retaliate against Israel after accusing it of being behind what it called a suicide attack by self-destructing drones last weekend. Domestic rivals have long accused the group of making security and military decisions on its own, dragging the country to war. But this time Lebanese officials are rallying behind Hezbollah.

Erdogan suggests Turkey could look to Russia for jets
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday suggested Turkey could look to Russia for an alternative after the US excluded Ankara from its F-35 fighter jet program. Following Turkey’s controversial purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, Washington discontinued Turkey’s involvement in the F-35 program.

Arab leader seeks to shake up Israeli election
The leader of the main Arab faction in parliament has shaken up Israel’s election campaign by offering to sit in a moderate coalition government — …that would end decades of Arab political marginalization and could potentially bring down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ayman Odeh’s offer to back…Benny Gantz…reflects the growing desire of Israel’s large Arab minority to take a more active role in shaping the country.

Muslims Demand That ‘Offensive’ Crosses Be Removed…From CATHOLIC School
A complaint that says crosses at Catholic school are “offensive”, and prevent Muslim prayers, has been filed against Catholic University in Washington, D.C. It is only the latest in an endless series of demands for Sharia Law adherence by Muslims in America.

Buddhist Monk says all races and religions could live together if it weren’t for Muslims
In Myanmar, Muslims are killing Buddhists and trying to destroy Buddhism in order to create an Islamic State.

World’s 2nd-largest Ebola outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases
The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has exceeded 3,000 cases and 2,000 deaths as the yearlong epidemic continues despite access to an experimental vaccine and developmental treatments.

Toxic Algae Kills Dogs Across the Country
A deadly variety of algae has caused a recent spate of dog deaths in the Southern United States, causing concern among canine owners nationwide.

DNC Resolution Celebrates Democrats’ ‘Largest Religious Group’ — And It’s Not Christians
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) passed a resolution at its summer meeting championing “religiously unaffiliated” voters, who the resolution noted are the “largest religious group” within the party.

Florida preps for ‘absolute monster’ of a storm: Hurricane Dorian
Unsure where Hurricane Dorian is going to land over Labor Day weekend, many Florida residents faced a sense of helplessness as they prepared for what US President Donald Trump said could be an “absolute monster” of a storm.

Bolivia loses 1.2 million ha (3.2 million acres) of forest land this year as wildfires continue
Forest fires continue raging across Bolivia’s forests, damaging almost 1.2 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of land this year.

Liberals REALLY hate God, and the REASON will surprise you. Patriots, pay attention
…It turns out it never was about sex, or drugs, or even Rock and Roll—that was just the Trojan Horse; it was about that damned Constitution. Not all of it, just those pesky “inalienable rights.” You remember them…Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Report: Google to Pay up to $200 Million for Child Privacy Violations
Google will reportedly pay between $150 and $200 million to resolve a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into YouTube regarding its potential violation of a children’s privacy law, according to a report.

Why Does Darpa Need a Huge Underground Facility by Friday?
…Darpa sent out a tweet today that’s making people a little nervous. The agency wants a large underground facility for “testing” of some sort. And they need it by Friday at 5pm ET.

The Nazi-Like Boycott of Jews Is a Global Menace: Why BDS Is All About Eradicating the State of Israel
Since its establishment in 2001 by the major Palestinian terrorist organizations, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has masqueraded as a nonviolent grassroots human rights organization that aims to “improve” the well-being of Palestinians. Instead of protecting the Palestinians, the movement is laser-focused on economically, culturally, and politically isolating and eradicating the State of Israel, using the model that was applied previously to the apartheid regime of South Africa.

Illinois Passes Law Requiring LGBTQ Classes in Middle School
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a new bill into law requiring the state’s schools to teach “LGBTQ history” to students by the eighth grade.

Democrats Attack Religious Liberty in New Resolution, Praise Nonreligious Voters
In a new resolution, the Democratic Party praises nonreligious voters and “religiously unaffiliated” Americans while attacking “religious liberty.”