14 Dec 2019

“Bomb Cyclone” Looms Again As NorthEast Storm Intensifies Through Weekend
The storm will be a rain and wind event for the Northeast on Saturday and early Sunday.

UN votes to extend UNRWA’s mandate until 2023
The UN voted to extend the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) mandate until 2023, in addition to approving seven other pro-Palestinian resolutions on Friday. UNRWA was established 70 years ago to supply aid to Palestinian refugees. Its mandate is renewed every three years. The organization has come under scrutiny over the past few months and has been accused of corruption.

Algeria election: Fresh protests as Tebboune replaces Bouteflika
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital, Algiers, in protest at the results of Thursday’s presidential election. They chanted slogans against the winner, ex-PM Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former loyalist of ousted leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Protesters are demanding that the whole political establishment be swept away.

N Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ – state media
North Korea has conducted a “crucial test” at a satellite launch site to boost its nuclear deterrent, state media reports. A spokesman told KNCA news agency it took place late on Friday at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, but did not give specific details. This is the second test to take place at the Sohae site in less than a week.

EU carbon neutrality: Leaders agree 2050 target without Poland
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed to make the currently 28-member bloc carbon neutral by 2050. However Poland, which is heavily reliant on coal, remains opposed and has been exempted for the time being. European Council President Charles Michel admitted that it was more difficult for some countries and regions to adapt.

Pompeo warns Iran of ‘decisive response’ if US interests in Iraq harmed
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday warned Iran of a “decisive” response if US interests are harmed in Iraq, after a series of rocket attacks on bases. “We must … use this opportunity to remind Iran’s leaders that any attacks by them, or their proxies of any identity, that harm Americans, our allies or our interests will be answered with a decisive US response,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Deadly floods and landslides hit Huanuco and San Martin, Peru
Heavy rain since December 6, 2019, has led to landslides and severe flooding that affected portions of Huanuco and San Martin regions in Peru. Reports confirmed total and partial damages to homes, schools, roads, and bridges, as well as dozens of fatalities. In the Huanuco region, floods hit the district of Yuyapichis, Puerto Inca Province, following the swelling of Pachitea River’s banks.

Netflix Christmas satire in Brazil sparks religious outcry
A Christmas satire on Netflix depicting Jesus in a gay relationship has sparked a backlash in Brazil, where hundreds of thousands signed a petition calling for the film to be axed.

Transgender Latina makes history as Evangelical Lutheran pastor
Before coming out as transgender, Nicole Garcia prayed daily that God would “fix” her. When her prayers weren’t answered and the feeling in her gut didn’t go away, she gave up on religion.

Quebec considers allowing doctors to euthanize dementia patients without their active consent
The Quebec government is opening public consultations on allowing doctors to euthanize sick people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other degenerative diseases who are no longer able to give their consent.

Impeachment Insanity: Democrat Asks Lawmakers To Imagine Girl Tied Up In Trump’s Basement
“…and he says, ‘Oh, by the way, no pressure’… And you saw President Zelensky shaking his head as if his daughter was downstairs in the basement, duct-taped…”

Intense Genoa cyclone brings rain and heavy snow across north-central Mediterranean
An intense, deep cyclone traveling across the north-central Mediterranean has started bringing rain and snow locally on December 13, 2019. According to Severe Weather Europe, the pattern supporting the weather evolution has a large trough over western Europe.

Massive flooding sweeps through 22 areas in South Trinidad
Incessant heavy rain battered parts of South Trinidad beginning Tuesday, December 10, 2019, flooding roads and homes across 22 areas. Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC) Dr. Allen Sammy described the situation as the “worst ever”. Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said Penal recorded 127 mm (5 inches) of rain in two days.

Jewish Worshippers Are Praying on the Temple Mount for the First Time in Decades
Videos and pictures surfacing online appear to show Jews praying on the Temple Mount – a simple act of worship they have been banned from doing there for decades.

New York Public School Rejects Request By Christian Teen To Start A Christian Club As ‘Too Exclusive’ Then Approves An LGBTQ+ Pride Club Instead
First they wanted tolerance, and they got it. Then they wanted acceptance and they got that. More recently they demanded equality and were given that as well, but it didn’t stop with mere equality. No, the LGBTQ+P for Pedophile Mafia won’t be satisfied with equality. They want dominance and control, and because of a sleeping Laodicean Church they are getting that, too. Such is the case in the Wappingers Central School District, where being Christian seems to violate school policy.

What A Trip: Magic Mushrooms One Step Closer To Becoming Legal Depression Treatment
Scientists are also looking to test psilocybin for Alzheimer’s, anorexia, OCD and migraines…