4 Mar 2020

Afghan conflict: US conducts first air strike on Taliban since deal
The US military has conducted an air strike against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, just hours after President Donald Trump said he had had a “very good talk” with a leader of the group. The US signed a deal with the Taliban on Saturday aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan after years of war.

Brazil hit by deadly rain and landslides
At least 23 people have died in Brazil and more than 30 are missing after torrential rain and landslides hit coastal areas in the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The death toll is expected to rise further as firefighters and rescue crews are continuing to search for missing people.

Coronavirus: US central bank makes emergency rate cut
The US central bank has slashed interest rates in response to mounting concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus. The Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark rate by 50 basis points to a range of 1% to 1.25%. The emergency move comes after the G7 group of finance ministers pledged action earlier on Tuesday.

Turkey shoots down third plane as Syrian forces retake town
Turkish forces downed a fighter jet flown by Syrian government forces over southern Idlib on Tuesday as a strategic town in northwest Syria fell under the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s military. It was the third such shoot-down in three days after Turkey hit two other Syrian aircraft on Sunday.

Palestinian cleric: Hating Jews is an Islamic obligation
In a Friday sermon in Jerusalem that aired on Lebanon’s Hizb ut-Tahrir-affiliated Al-Waqiyah television, Palestinian cleric Yousuf Makharzah said that animosity towards Jews is an Islamic religious duty, and that any Muslim that did not show enmity to the Jews was a heretic.

‘This Was a Great Victory’: Netanyahu Promises ‘Strong, Stable Government,’ Vows to ‘Heal the Rifts’
In his address to supporters, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the initial results from Monday’s election, the results of which are poised to make the Likud Party the largest in the next Knesset and on the cusp of forming a new government.

Coronavirus deaths cross 3,000 as outbreak enters “uncharted territory”
As global confirmed Covid-19 cases cross 90,000, with more than 3,000 fatalities, the World Health Organization’s Director-General says the world is now in “unchartered territory” but the virus can still potentially be contained.

Biological and artificial neurons connect and communicate online
Researchers in Europe and the UK have managed to connect biological and artificial neurons together – and allow them to communicate long distances through the internet. The biological neurons were grown in one country, sent signals through an artificial synapse located in another to electronic neurons in a third country.

In 2022: Those who Blessed Israel Can Finally Get Blessed Back
If the current trend continues, the demographic tipping point marking a Jewish majority living in Israel estimated to be achieved in two years will also mark a spiritual watershed signaling the return of many Biblical commandments that officially end the final exile of the Jews. The report showed that 46.94% of the world’s 14.8 million Jews currently live in Israel. 39.3% of the world’s Jews live in the U.S.

School Survey Asks 6th Graders If They’re Transgender, ‘Non-Binary,’ Pansexual
A survey within a Charlotte, North Carolina public school system sparked pushback last week for asking students a series of LGBT-themed questions, including if they identify as transgender.

Vice President Mike Pence Mocked for Praying with Coronavirus Task Force
A White House photo of Vice President Mike Pence praying with his coronavirus task force team has sparked a heated debate on social media about religion, politics and the efficacy of prayer.

Strong tornado hits Nashville, causing extensive damage — at least 19 casualties and 40 structures destroyed, Tennessee, U.S.
A strong tornado hit the city of Nashville, Tennessee on March 3, 2020, causing extensive damage. The twister has left at least 19 people dead and at least 40 buildings destroyed.

More Violent Thunderstorms to Threaten US This Week
Following deadly and destructive tornadoes in Tennessee early Tuesday morning, an outbreak of severe weather will continue to pummel portions of the United States this week.

Blue Cross Plans Say Alzheimer’s Has Tripled Among Adults Ages 30 To 64
Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease jumped 200% among commercially insured Americans between the ages of 30 and 64 over a recent five-year period, a new analysis of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer claims shows.

Gallup: Americans Deem U.S. World’s Leading Economic Power for 1st Time in 10 Years
Americans regard the U.S. as both the current world leader in economic power, as well as the country most likely to be the leader 20 years in the future, a new Gallup survey reveals.

What Is An SDR And Will It Be The Next World Reserve Currency?
There’s no way IMF’s Special Drawing Right, a poorly designed synthetic reserve asset, will replace the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency…

Coronavirus fears empty streets in some of the world’s busiest cities
The coronavirus epidemic has had a ripple effect on some of the world’s busiest cities, with fears of the highly contagious virus emptying cafes, public squares and streets in China, South Korea, Japan and Italy, among other countries.

OPERATION SPRING SHIELD: Turkey Launches All-Out Offensive Against Syria Killing And Wounding 2,557 Syrian Soldiers And Militia Forces
Turkey is calling it ‘Operation Spring Shield‘, and it is nothing less than a declaration of war against Syria which to so far has resulted in the killing and wounding of 2,557 Assad soldiers and militia. Erdogan is acting with impunity as Putin over in Russia is oddly silent. Putin placed two Russian warships with cruise missiles on the Syrian coast last week to defend against attacks like this, so why has it not called them into action?

What You Need to Know About the Supply Chain Chaos
What You Need to Know About the Supply Chain Chaos-  Bob Griswold-CSS

The Myth Of Moderate Nuclear War
There are many influential supporters of nuclear war, and some of these contend that the use of ‘low-yield’ and/or short-range weapons is practicable without the possibility of escalation to all-out Armageddon…

Coronavirus: Iran temporarily frees 54,000 prisoners to combat spread
Iran has temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners in an effort to combat the spread of the new coronavirus disease in crowded jails.